I am a multi-disciplinary artist, incorporating a variety of processes into each of my textile pieces. Born and raised on the coast of Maine, I have always been devoted to making things. While my Bachelor’s Degree in Art centered on drawing, printmaking, and painting, perhaps more importantly it fostered a love of exploration and of process, paving the way for continual experimentation and discovery. I learned to sew very early, never expecting I would eventually be making art with a needle and thread. Yet as a new mother, I returned to textiles as a non-toxic medium that meshed well with raising a young family. 25+ years later, the ever-expanding possibilities for expression have kept me hooked.
I exhibit my work nationally. I am an Art in Embassies artist, currently showing in Riga, Latvia. My work is held in numerous private collections and has appeared and been written about in such publications as TextileArt Around the World by Ellen Bakker, Surface Design Journal, Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Quilt Essential by Erin Burke Harris. I am an active member of the Surface Design Association, a Juried Artist member of Studio Art Quilt Associates, and serve on the board of a local arts organization in beautiful Waterbury Center, Vermont, where I live with my husband and our dog, Quinn.
My work investigates the seemingly minor occurrences we all experience, which lend a strong sense of meaning to our lives if we take the time to notice. Abstraction and stitched marks offer a language for examining these ideas in depth while cloth, thread, and dye provide a level of intimacy that taps into a visceral connection between image and idea. I use pattern, color, and intensive stitching as a means of creating and organizing space and manipulating the elements that inhabit it. Building an interchange between shape and texture allows me to investigate both the image and the surface, directing and shifting focus between the two as they merge and separate.