I am a mixed media fiber artist living in Manitou Springs, Colorado, a small Victorian town at the base of Pikes Peak. I consider myself extremely lucky to have grown up in New Orleans, Louisiana where there is art everywhere you look–in the landscape, the architecture, the history, the food, and most of all, the people. Though I am a self-taught artist, I consider the creative stimulation I received from growing up in such a wonderful place to be the best education I could have ever received. I love to learn and continue to educate myself through books, workshops and online classes.
I learned to embroider and sew as a child. This was how I first learned to express my creativity. Over the years, I have enjoyed quilting, fabric painting, paper making, book arts, felting and making fiber art jewelry. For the last 4 years I have been eco dyeing fabrics and papers and using both of these in making small textile art pieces and artist books. Eco dyeing has allowed me to put together my love of gardening and sewing.
For me, it is all about the details. Whether I am making jewelry, needle felting, creating art journals, or dyeing fabric, it is the fine detail work that I enjoy the most. It is my goal to create art that is meaningful and beautiful. It is through the integration of various media and attention to color, texture, layers and embellishment that I strive to accomplish this. As Renoir once said, “Why shouldn’t art be beautiful? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.”