A few words about me ...
I am an abstract artist who uses fabric, thread and sometimes paint or other media to express myself and reflect the world around me. There’s no end to inspiration living in Portland, Oregon, where we have a vibrant urban environment as well as easy access to the peace and serenity of mountains, the ocean and the lush natural world. Regular travel provides more insights; I usually return home with new ideas to explore. As I work, I’m focused on creating a pleasing composition more than a representation of a place or a thing. Even so, I have found that a story often emerges as I complete a piece, sometimes surprising myself. I typically start with an idea; maybe a feeling or experience, or it might simply be colors and shapes that are calling. I pull fabrics from my stash of hand-dyed and commercial materials, auditioning them on the design wall. Anything is possible at this stage. I cut fabric shapes and lines freehand and start composing. Arranging and rearranging, trusting in my intuitive choices, and being fully immersed in the process enables the piece to evolve on it’s own into something unique. I finish by adding texture through thread lines and surface design. This spontaneous design process is incredibly engaging and is what draws me to the studio every day, just to see what emerges.
2018 ArtQuilt Elements, Pennsylvania
2017-2018 Dab Art Gallery, California, Nod to Mod
2017 Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts, Oregon 1st place fiber
2017 Portland Open Studio Tour
2017 Patchwork Design 2017 South America
2017-18 Studio Art Quilt Associates, Bridge, Pacific Northwest venues
2016-2018 Columbia FiberArts Guild, It's not easy being Green, Oregon venues
2016 Patchwork Design 2016 South America
2016-2017 Studio Art Quilt Associates, Blending Poetry and Cloth, Pacific Northwest venues
2015-2017 Columbia FiberArts Guild, Making our Mark, Oregon venues
American Craft Council
Columbia FiberArts Guild, NW Regional
High Fiber Diet, NW Regional
Studio Art Quilt Associates, International
Surface Design Association
In addition to spending a lifetime putting fabric together in creative ways, I received a BS degree in Mathematics from the University of Michigan and performed many roles at Intel Corporation over the years including computer programmer, marketing strategist and philanthropist. I am currently focused on my artwork, maintaining a daily studio practice and exhibiting my work internationally. I travel extensively with my husband and enjoy time with my daughter, son-in-law and grandsons who also live in Portland.