I begin making traditional quilts in 1986, and became interested in Art Quilting, mixed media,and other fiber arts in 2001. I was in several juried art quilt exhibits in the 2000s, and also participated in various initiatives to support social causes. I continue to make quilts for myself, donation, gifting and on commission.
I am an amateur photographer, inspired to document interesting sights I notice in my daily life. If it attracts me, I take a photo for future art quilt creation or just viewing pleasure. It’s the little things we pass by each day that are often inspirational for me.
I am a retired registered nurse, former gift shop owner, and former nurse consultant. I am a lifelong resident of Northwest Indiana. I am married with four sons and five grandchildren. I am a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates.
My art is inspired by my daily life and my love of natural elements. My work is also directed by the colors, textures, shapes, and sounds of the natural world. I have a particular affinity for exploring trees, forests, and waterways in making art quilts and mixed media in fabric and other fibers.
My best work is done intuitively without extensive planning. Some of my art quilts are named before I begin and the name guides my art making. Other art quilts arise unexpectedly and are brought to expression as if guided by another hand, and at some point that presence suggests a name for the artwork.
Creating fiber art has become a passion for me in my retirement. I consider any day incomplete in which I have not designed, sketched, sewn, woven, photographed, or in some way worked with fabric, thread or other fibers. I live a creative fulfilling life for which I am grateful! There is no day without inspiration if you are open to receiving it.
Besides traditional quilting techniques, I use surface design processes as wel to create my art quilts and mixed media art.
Monoprinting, fabric painting and dyeing, screen printing, and photo transfer and digital manipulation, and collage are some of my favorites. I enjoy weaving both on the table loom and tapestry loom, as well as knitting. I also practice hand felting with wool and other fibers. There’s always something to do with fiberart that grabs my attention on any given day.