__“Let the beauty we love be what we do” - Rumi
This line from a 13th century poet deﬁnes the inspiration and motivation behind my work. Where there is beauty, there is the potential for artwork.
I may ﬁnd that beauty in nature, in a personal relationship, or in a moment of wonder. I use the interplay of color, line, movement and texture to express my work on a variety of grounds.
I am a self-taught artist. I have been showing my artwear and whimsical paintings throughout the country for the last 30 years. Realizing I wanted to beneﬁt from other than my own experience, I became a student of the highly respected teachers at Penland School of Crafts and John Campbell Folk School. They taught me the ancient Japanese surface design of Shibori, as well as direct and immersion dyeing.
I am continually re-discovering the beauty of the dance of dyes on silk and other natural fabrics. I love watching the art cloth blossom into easy-to-wear, elegant clothing. When a woman wears my surface designed garments, she transﬁgures a two-dimensional canvas into a 3-dimensional kinetic sculpture. I am grateful to know I had a part in bringing beauty and delight to the women who wear these original art pieces.
Short list of Memberships, Shows, and Galleries
Founding member of the Boca Grande Art Alliance, Boca Grande, Florida
Toe River Arts Council, Spruce Pine, North Carolina
Art on Banyan, an annual 5-woman art show, Boca Grande, Florida
Student Show, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina
Toe River Arts Council Studio Tour, Spruce Pine, North Carolina
Hughes Gallery, Boca Grande, Florida
Design Gallery, Burnsville, North Carolina
Noon Whistle Gallery, Standardsville, Virginia
Cogswell Gallery, Vail, Colorado
Market Square Showrooms, High Point, North Carolina
Jack Dowd Gallery, Sarasota, Florida