Beauty in the world around me and life’s quirks, mysteries and capacity to change directions unexpectedly inspire my creative process. I play with subtleties, complexities, the illusion of layers and depth and the interaction of color in my older hand dyed and hand woven pieces as well as in the complex, unrestrained, painted, cut apart and interlaced compositions I am currently making. In both, some interactions are obvious while others become visible upon lingering contemplation. Tree and plant forms, ocean wave patterns, natural and fabricated textures and structures, the landscape, architectural details, and printed, woven, embellished and resist-dyed historic and contemporary textiles draw my attention and inspire me.
Learning to sew at age 10 sparked my love of textiles. After exploring a variety of textile techniques during and after college (University of Michigan, BFA), I learned to weave on a floor loom in 1975. I was drawn to the structural possibilities of the process, and was intrigued by the development of color through the interaction of warp and weft. After my graduate work (University of Kansas, MFA in Textile Design) I held administrative and curatorial positions with non-profit arts organizations, universities and galleries in Vermont, Maine and North Carolina while exploring ikat and shibori techniques in my weavings. I taught color theory and managed the art galleries at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC from 2001-2014. Since that time I have been a full time studio artist.
I have had solo shows at the Cary Arts Center and the Betty Ray McCain Gallery at the Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh, 2-person exhibitions at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design in Raleigh, NC and the Wilson (NC) Arts Council, and have been in national juried shows at the Mesa (AZ) Center for Contemporary Art, Denton (TX) Art Center and the Peters Valley Craft School in Layton, NJ. My weavings are owned by the City of Raleigh, and Levine Cancer Center and Carolinas Healthcare in Charlotte, NC, and are in numerous private collections. Commissioned works hang in the law office of Ward and Smith, and in the UNC-Rex Heart and Vascular Center, both in Raleigh. Awards include a 2013 Open Studio Residency at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Regional Artist Fellowships from the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County in 2010, 2014 and 2018.