Cloth, thread and creating art have been a part of my life since early childhood. I learned to sew on my mother’s Singer sewing machine at the age of five. Art has always been a passion, and has been an outlet for expression. Though these mediums did not converge until a later time, I have always been engaged in creating something artistic, or creating with cloth.
I have lived on the West Coast all my life in all three states, California, Oregon, and Washington spending time in every major city in each state. I graduated from Washington State University in 1977 with a degree in Interior Design with a minor in Architecture. After graduating, I worked in various areas of these industries.
In 2001, I found the medium of fiber art and quilting. This was my muse creating imagery with fiber. My focus and skills have been refined over the years, but creating with cloth and thread has remained constant.
In 2016 my husband and I moved to Northern Idaho, a favorite playground growing up. We built a new home in a small community surrounded by inspiration and beauty with every changing season. Life is good as I look out my studio window with views of beautiful forests and mountain ranges.
I look forward to spending time in my studio pushing myself to discover new possibilities. I identify with who I am through my art work and love the process of creating.
I choose cloth and thread as a means of art and expression. Manipulating cloth, pattern, and color is an irresistible force. Working in a series and exploring a specific theme is how I spend my creative time in my studio. My surroundings and nature are the inspirations I choose to abstract with my medium, cloth and thread.
Form, color, and scale are important aspects in all my series work. The imagery I create from one piece to the next evolve from what I see and experience in my subjects environments. I continue to find new ways and challenges to approach the same subject in my exploration of my series.
Working improvisational is key to the development of each piece. The final work is a visual record of my creative journey expressing my evolution of the subject matter.
I work to please myself first during the building and construction of the stitched cloth. It is my hope that each work will be a place for viewers to ponder and start a conversation.
MARY JANE'S FARM MAGAZINE
Feb / March Issue 2018
VISIONS ART MUSEUM / Bi Annual Publication 2016
VISIONS ART MUSEUM / Interpretations catalog 2015
1000 QUILT INSPIRATIONS
Quarry Books / 2015