I’m a fiber artist specializing in abstract contemporary quilts for the wall. I’m particularly interested in color and the way colors interact with each other to enhance our experience of the world. Many of my designs draw on the traditions of the past, but reinterpret them in a contemporary way, reflecting the fact that I started out as a quilter many years ago with traditional patterns and techniques. Much of my recent work employs improvisational cutting and piecing techniques where the design evolves organically as the process unfolds. Because there’s no pattern to follow, seeing the interplay of color and design is integral to my creative process.
Color and texture are both important in my work, and I think the reason I’m a fiber artist instead of a painter is the three-dimensional, tactile nature of fabric and thread. I show and sell my work at fine art and craft shows all over the country, and I’m thrilled when one of my pieces speaks to someone else so they want to live with it in their home or office.
My formal education includes a BA in Fine Arts from the College of William and Mary and an MBA from George Washington University. I used quiltmaking as a creative outlet for many years as I pursued a career in financial journalism, but art is now my primary occupation. My work is represented by Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ and Chasen Galleries in Richmond, VA, and can be found in a number of private collections all over the country. I am a Juried Artist member of Studio Art Quilt Associates and on the Board of Directors Great Falls Studios in Great Falls, VA.
Inspiration for my designs comes from keen observation of my surroundings, from the pebbles on the path, to the currents in water, to the colors of a meadow. Using improvisational techniques, I create abstract designs that provide a vibrant ground for rich texture added with quilting stitches using a variety of motifs. I design primarily with solid colors so that the color and line of each composition is the main focus. All of my work is designed organically without a preconceived pattern and the textural lines are added freehand, so no two pieces are ever exactly alike. All of the stitching is done on the sewing machine, but it is entirely hand driven. There’s no computer program or marking, just drawing with my needle and thread.
I create wall art and functional items perfect for gifts or maybe just something special for yourself. My work has been juried into some of the top fine art and craft shows in the country, including the American Craft Council shows in Baltimore and Atlanta, the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, the Old Town Art Fair in Chicago, and the Washington Craft Show in Washington, DC.
I’ve also been published in books and magazines, including 500 Traditional Quilts, Machine Quilting Unlimited, Modern Patchwork, and Quilt Scene. In my shop on etsy.com, you’ll find wall quilts in a variety of sizes, plus colorful pillows, table runners, and coasters for the home. Contact me if you would like to commission a special piece for your home or office.