My earliest creative memory is from kindergarten, making a mosaic from seeds and beans. As a little girl, I designed clothes for my dolls and created them on a toy sewing machine. In high school, I took the requisite home economics course and learned to sew clothes for myself. Over the years, I’ve dabbled in many creative activities such as beading, drawing, painting, knitting and sewing. Although I enjoyed all of these, none held my interest for long.
Then one fateful day in 1998, a friend convinced me to join her at a one-day quilting technique course at the local quilt shop. I was captivated by the variety of fabric colors and patterns and the diversity of quilting techniques. Finally, I had found an artistic medium that fascinated and inspired me! I soon discovered the work of other art quilters and started designing my own quilts. The design and construction of fabric-based art has become my passion.
A perfectionist by nature, the precision demanded by the complex art quilts I create, combined with my passion for beautiful and vivid fabrics, makes art quilting the perfect outlet for my creativity. As a textile artist, I use fabric and thread as my art medium.
I’m fascinated with nature themes, as well as geometric patterns. Recently, I’ve added portrait quilts to my repertoire. Sometimes the concept for a new quilt is based on a specific color combination I want to use, sometimes on a photo I’ve taken of leaves or flowers or a landscape. For commissioned pieces, the starting point is usually a specific size and color theme. The design always evolves during the creative process, and the final quilt is often quite different from my original concept.
My goal is to continue to evolve as an artist, exploring new subject matter and techniques in my art quilts. To date, I’ve completed more than 80 art quilts. I sell and exhibit in the US and Canada and on the Internet.