Artist Statement
I consider myself to be a painter, although not in the conventional sense. Melding fundamentals of fine art and quilting traditions, I collage fabrics together to create my imagery. Machine stitching holds the work together and further defines shape and character. The “magic” of the art is content and emotions conjured through an impressionistic blend of color, texture and pattern. My primary objective is to create a believable atmosphere, so for that purpose, I rely mostly on representational portrayals. I have chosen to work with textiles as their universal familiarity supports my vision of reality. Earlier pieces were intuitive explorations of medium and technique, while current work focuses on purposeful execution of the concept, which is developed through research and drawing. Despite the specific nature of artistic intention and process, I maintain spontaneity through the selection and manipulation of materials at hand. I am interested in narrative realism, and see myself progressing towards that style. Visceral response from the beholder is deeply satisfying, although not the motivator for my art. Rather, it is my own emotional convictions that provoke further exploration and dedication to my artistic endeavors.
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