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I am inspired by simplicity in the visual world, and am excited by the opportunity to create abstract representation in its simplest form possible. I work intuitively with the inspiration that is usually an idea I want to represent, which most often is from one of my photos.
My artwork is an attempt to express my outlook and feelings about nature and people. I am a private person and have a quiet demeanor but I feel comfortable expressing my emotions through my artwork. The colors I use are usually clear and strong which reflects my quiet yet self-assured personality.
Using cloth rather than paint or some other medium slows the creative process because there is practical problem solving that needs to be dealt with. This slower pace takes the pressure off and gives me the time I need to make decisions about what to do next. My work has evolved from traditional to realistic to abstract. In my abstract work, I value simplicity and use it to achieve my goal. Abstraction gives me freedom to manipulate the composition to express my own impression and representation. An added bonus of working with cloth are the happy accidents that happen which can be challenging and pleasingly unpredictable.
In 2006 I entered two art quilts in our local guild quilt show. I entered them both in the art quilt category and received first and second place and got a coveted "Best Machine Workmanship" award which covered all category of quilts at the show. My quilting friends encouraged me to enter bigger shows, which I did. I was not only accepted into these shows but won more awards. In 2007 when I entered these same two quilts into the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, the mother of all quilt shows. Not only were they both accepted, they both received ribbons.
Currently I enter more fine art and gallery shows and have won many awards.
Studio Art Quilters Association, Professional Artist Member
Wisconsin Visual Artists
Fiber Artists Coalition
Trout Museum of Art