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I am always looking for inspiration to provide the visual context for my artwork. I take photographs whenever I can to capture scenes that spark my artistic senses so that I can use them to help construct my designs. These pieces are based on specific photographs from my collection.
Wandering through one of the neighborhoods in Venice, along a street next to one of the hundreds of canals, I spotted this old, crumbling wall. The dichotomy of the many colored bricks against the decaying cement wall with its blocked opening was spectacular. I had to capture this memory in fabric.
On The Beach
On a trip through Canada, I spent time at Stanley Park in Vancouver. The park is surrounded by Vancouver Harbor and English Bay and it looks out over many beaches located on the shores of those waters. Many photos have blue sky on the top and green grass on the bottom. This scene drew my eye as those usual patterns of color were reversed. The angle of the water and the colors of the sand, some darkened by the waves, would, I thought, make a lovely quilted piece.
Star Over Washington
During a trip to our nation’s capitol, some of my time was spent at the American Art Museum. As I wandered silently through the many halls filled with glorious works of art, this particular piece caught my eye. I was taken with the colors and design, and the way my eye darted over the many areas of the collage. I knew that I must express this piece of art in fabric. The title pays tribute to the single star on the left of the piece and the city in which I saw it.
My first trip to Antelope Canyon, in Page Arizona, left me breathless with amazement. This slot canyon, carved over time by water eating its way through rock, was an otherworldly experience. The way the light played off the walls of the canyon revealed a whole palette of turquoise, coral, purples and deep pink I had never observed in any other location. It literally took my breath away. I’ve expressed in fabric my fascination and my love of this completely unique environment.
Is there anything more glorious then an Arizona sunset? When I saw the colors of the sky, the way the sun was reflected off the clouds and the way the desert plants provided a stark blackness against the sky I knew I had to interpret this in fabric.
While walking down a street in England I loved seeing the fall colors on the trees, something we do not see in The Valley of the Sun. When I saw these beautiful leaves on the sidewalk, with their gorgeous browns, oranges, yellow, greens against the grays of the ground, I knew I would love to express this in fabric.