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November 2013 News: The Art of It is celebrating fiber arts through the month of November, and I will be one of eight artists featured in the Fiber Arts Expo on Friday, November 15th, from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
September 2013 News: September will be a very busy month with my art quilt collages in two galleries. At The Art of It in Jenkintown, PA, I will be exhibiting autumn colors and themes, as well as Japanese-inspired pieces. I will also be participating in an abstract show, 'Unlock the Mystery--An Interactive Abstract Art Show,' at M&H Custom Framing & Gallery in Warminster, PA, through the month of October.
June 2013 News: My art quilt collages have found a new, permanent, home at The Art of It in Jenkintown, PA. The gallery is beautiful, and it's a wonderful place to show work. I'm especially happy that there is enough space for my wildlife quilts.
April 2013 News: I currently have 12 art quilt collages in a two-artist show titled 'All About Flowers' at The Frame House in Elkins Park, PA. Pat Slavek, a watercolor artist, and I created the show as a celebration of beauty and flowers. The show will run through the end of April. An opening reception will take place on Sunday, April 7th, from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
February 2013 News: Six of my quilts have been selected for exhibit at M&H Custom Framing & Gallery in Warminster, PA. They will be on display from March to the end of June.
January 2013 News: My wildlife quilts have been accepted to be in in an upcoming book, Wildlife Art Today, authored by Cindy Ann Coldiron and to be published by Schiffer Publishing.
Sewing came first, then art...when I was a child, my grandmother introduced me to sewing on her ancient, treadle, sewing machine. Later, I studied art and worked in a variety of media--oils, pen and ink, jewelry, fabric, and graphic design.
In 2009, quite by accident, I happened upon a book on art quilt collage that was to change the direction of my artistic expression. In art quilts, I saw an opportunity to combine two loves, art and fabric, in a unique way. I was completely captivated by a new world of possibilities, and I was inspired to attempt art quilting.
Since then, art quilt collage has become my passion. I am fascinated by the challenge of creating art with fabric and thread, rather than paint. I find that fabric adds a unique dimensional quality to my work.
Each piece begins with detailed drawings, which are then used to create patterns within patterns. My designs are built layer by layer, and they sometimes go off in new directions which I never anticipated. The element of surprise is always around the corner. Each quilt is one of a kind, never to be repeated.
I believe my work reflects my love of color and nature and my interest in the world around me. I strive to bring life to my still life studies, and I attempt to capture a moment in time in my wildlife quilts. Now, I find that my love of color and design is sometimes leading me toward more abstract expressions--I'll have to see where that may take me.