My path to becoming a fiber artist began with my love of sewing and creating traditional quilts for the bed. After several years perfecting quarter-inch seams and matching points, I discovered art quilts. I found that I could make art with fabric and thread and it was perfectly acceptable to color outside the lines.
Most of my work is based on photographs—my own, or those of family members. I edit and enlarge the photo and use it as a guide for a line drawing, which then becomes my pattern. Finding just the right fabric in the perfect color is much like a painter mixing paints. Threadwork adds shading and detail and sometimes a bit of fabric paint or ink is utilized. Then the work is layered with a piece of batting and a backing fabric and the quilting takes place. That step is what gives it dimension and draws the viewer in for a closer look.
My work has been displayed in museums around the country, from Grants Pass, Oregon to Paducah, Kentucky, to Melbourne, Florida, to LaGrange and Carrollton, Georgia. It has been featured in several magazines and other publications.
I am an Juried Artist Member of SAQA (Studio Art Quilts Associates)and was honored to be the feature artist in the Fall 2019 issue of Art Quilting Studio magazine. I am also a member of the Columbus Artists’ Guild and the American Quilt Society, as well as a past Artist in Residence at the Georgia National Fair and a supporter of the Artists for Art awards at the fair.