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I am a Shenandoah Valley artist and photographer who creates multi-media landscape and art quilts inspired by my own photography. I am retired from teaching English, Photography, and Journalism to teens. I have also devoted much time and sewing skill to designing and creating costumes for both student and community theatre. I live on the western mountain ridge in beautiful Fort Valley, Virginia, with my faithful companion Buddy. Mine Mountain where I live is a small region on the western ridge of that valley that is cut out of the George Washington National Forest that surrounds Fort Valley. Every day I see before me the changing beauty of God's creation and seek to share it with my art.
I have enjoyed both photography and sewing since I was a young child, but it is only recently that I found my niche creating landscape and art quilts that combine the artistry and composition of photographic images with my love of fabric. I love the colors, the texture, the flow of fabric and continue to discover more ways to mold it into images. I start with a background - sometimes realistic, sometimes abstract - that is layered and enhanced with free form quilting and thread painting. Details are added, using fabric and other media, to complete the image. I never know where I will discover the perfect little piece to complete an image. For example, in the picture above, the flowers are made from the "wrong" side of an upholstery fabric sample swatch. What a discovery!
As an artist, my work reflects the beauty of my beloved Shenandoah Valley home and beyond. I cherish the shared human connection I have found in my travels. Wherever go, I absorb the world around me and imagine how I can interpret it using fabric and other media. Sometimes, it's the majestic landscape of a mountain range, a small bend in a river, or the sight of a dragonfly visiting my pond plants. Large or small, these images often make their way into one of my creations. I find that ideas simmer in the back of my brain for a while, evolving and expanding until I am ready to begin a new creation. I love the creative process of making my art quilts as much as I love the finished product that I offer to you.
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