With a background in art photography, decades of experience as a seamstress, a BA with a major in painting, and a Psy.D. in clinical psychology, when I retired from my career as a psychologist, I was free to draw from a lifetime’s worth of experience and turn it into art. Stitch imparts a powerful textural dimension to quilts that can enhance shape, forms, volume, and shadow. Besides loving fabric and sewing, a more prosaic factor that encouraged me to turn to quilting is that quilts can be more easily stored and shipped, compared to mounted and framed canvases.
The human figure, the human condition, the connections we have with others--these inspire me. I am intrigued by the choices people make when crafting their lives and inhabiting their surroundings, and want to present the viewer with that same sense of fascination. I sketch or photograph people in everyday situations, particularly people who interest me because of differences between their lives and mine. I am motivated to highlight and through my art convey in a unique way the many similarities and differences among people. I wonder about others’ lives, how they interact with each other and their environment. In my artwork I seek to capture and record the candid, unguarded moment, and am attracted by vignettes that tell a story or speak to contemporary issues. In choosing to depict people in their surroundings, I hope to invite the viewer into their world, to encourage the viewer to interact with or relate to the subject, maybe to wonder a little--what’s going on here? What can I deduce about these people?
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