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My art reflects my interest in Western Pennsylvania and its neighborhoods, land and industry, both past and present.
The portfolio represented in my 2011 solo show When the Sky Rained Fire consists of contemporary art quilts inspired by the paintings by artists in the heyday of steelmaking in Western PA. As time pushes the smoke-filled sky into distant memory, some nostalgia has crept into our collective consciousness. The fiber pieces including antique lace representing smoke thus speak of current perceptions as well as bring to mind the past.
My current portfolio, Fabric, Found Objects and 10,000 Steps a Day, reflects my habit of walking 10,000 steps a day and taking note of my surroundings. I take photos of the fleeting gems of shape, shadow and texture in my aging industrial neighborhood. I also collect found objects -- the detritus of the every day life of working people -- and include them as well.
My training includes a BA from Oberlin College, with a major in history (still a passion of mine), and a minor in studio art, and an MA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in History of Art. I have taken numerous classes and workshops since then, in printmaking, painting, drawing, and the fiber arts.
I have shown in many group shows in the the Pittsbugh area, where I live with my husband, who is a photographer. We share a spacious and light-filled studio in a re-habbed building in Lawrenceville. I also enjoy the interaction with customers at various art fairs and festivals.
I am a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP), Pittsburgh Society of Artists, Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, and Studio Art Quilt Association.