Despite a passionate dislike of home economics sewing classes, I returned to the thrum of a sewing machine in my middle age. It seemed the only way to create the line,
color and texture I wanted to express my ideas about how life evolves in
patterns of growth. I have listened a
million times to the “kerchunk” of the needle drop, using up thousands of yards
of sewing thread, building compositions stitch by stitch. Occasionally I change up the routine and use other materials, but the zen meditation of free motion embroidery keeps
bringing me back to the sewing machine.
This was not what I planned upon graduation with an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago a smidge over the age of 50. I hoped to make profound statements in audacious ways. The verdant beauty of the Northwest settled me into a quieter life on Camano Island, Washington. Each day I am grateful to be alive in this beautiful place to create art I hope will awake an emotional connection with those who see it.
training includes a M.F.A. (2002) and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (2000) from the
School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I have shown work in the United States, Europe and Japan, including work in exhibitions at
the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, WA, and the
Museum for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh.