I make abstract improvisational art quilts and I paint in acrylics and watercolor. My quilted work adopts motifs and ideas from nature, family history, and music. I am now starting to interpret in fabric some of my experiments in paint.
My quilts are collages cut from my hand-dyed fabric or commercial solids, arranged on a design wall and then machine pieced. I start with shapes cut from black or colored fabric and move them around on the wall until an image emerges. Shapes may be recut from different colors, and I add background layers. The meaning of a piece often comes to me while the whole composition sits on the design wall, waiting for final adjustment before piecing begins. Occasionally I will begin a piece with sewn-together motifs in odd shapes and sizes, and arrange them on the design wall, filling in the holes with partial motif units or solid-colored fabric. Many of my motifs come from simplified drawings of rock formations or running streams. After the composition is sewn together I quilt it on a sit-down mid-arm machine.
I started painting in watercolor about 6 years ago, but for the past year I have enjoyed painting in acrylics on canvas. I am experimenting with impressionist styles and abstract expressionism.
Lowe Mill, Huntsville AL, Huntsville Art League gallery
Gadsden Museum of Art and History, Gadsden AL, SAQA Regional Exhibit Southern Voices
Butler Museum, Little Rock AK, SAQA Regional Exhibit Southern Voices
Schweinfurth Museum, Auburn NY, Quilts=Art=Quilts 2014
Color Improvisations II, March 11- August 28, 2016,
Museum Tuch + Technik Textilmuseum, Neumünster, GERMANY; touring in Europe at several venues during 2017, and in the US in 2018.