My path to becoming a fiber artist began with my love of sewing and creating traditional quilts for the bed. After several years perfecting quarter-inch seams and matching points, I discovered art quilts. I found that I could make art with fabric and thread and it was perfectly acceptable to color outside the lines.
Most of my work is based on photographs—my own, or those of family members. I edit and enlarge the photo and use it as a guide for a line drawing, which then becomes my pattern. Finding just the right fabric in the perfect color is much like a painter mixing paints. Threadwork adds shading and detail and sometimes a bit of fabric paint or ink is utilized. Then the work is layered with a piece of batting and a backing fabric and the quilting takes place. That step is what gives it dimension and draws the viewer in for a closer look.
I have received numerous awards for my traditional quilts and have also found success and recognition on a local, regional, national, and international level for my art quilts in art shows as well as quilt shows.
My work has been displayed in museums around the country, from Grants Pass, Oregon to Paducah, Kentucky, to Melbourne, Florida, to LaGrange and Carrollton, Georgia. It has been featured in several magazines and other publications.
I am an Artist Member of SAQA (Studio Art Quilts Associates), a member of the Columbus Artists’ Guild, and the American Quilt Society, as well as a past Artist in Residence at the Georgia National Fair and a supporter of the Artists for Art awards at the fair.