Every time an artist works outside the comfort zone… it is a leap of faith! However, over time, with experience, intuition takes over and creative ideas spark in the mind and flow through the hands.
I start with making my art materials. The process of making my materials (weaving fabric, making paper pulp, stone cutting or collecting found objects) inspires me to create a form based on the character of the materials. I don’t think about whether this finished art piece is practical or will match current colors. I think about what the art collector might feel when viewing their art!
My contemporary fine art of fiber wall sculptures and hangings reveal my personal expressionism style derived from borderline “abstract-literal” interpretations, executed through form, color, and tactile materials. I enjoy working in a mix-media textile medium along with incorporating found objects and custom designed iron tapestry frames.
My use of cultural icons and primitive forms delineates the content through a fiber medium that transmits its meaning to the observer. It is a long path from the concept starting in the mind, passing through the fingers, that in turn manipulates the fibers into a final 3-dimensional form.
My unique hand cut/polished Jadeite & Door County geode necklaces and mission work clothing with the Mayan weavers of Guatemala represents a project I started 8 years ago, entitled "Creating Revenue through the Arts" (a fair wage project that provides a skill and high standard of living for the indigenous community of Guatemala).