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 artistic talent, that has unfolded over the past 40 years, is creating custom commemorative work and expressions of nature and culture. An expression to honor people, nature, and our differences. I execute this symbolic abstract-literal interpretational art through hand weaved fiber forms, color, and tactile materials. My work 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 sculptural form.
My specialty is commission fiber art for the wall. Work that is designed, artist and art collector alike, for large wall spaces. Walls for large scale artwork to be viewed from a distance, interiors that require visual or acoustic softening, a space that detailed artwork would not work.
It is natural to be a bit uncomfortable with purchasing art unseen, but commission work is a process for artist and client alike! It all starts with the art collector...art work character, color, size, and concept! After gathering all this information I provide a drawing, color swatches, and dimensions. The client then has the opportunity to make changes and brainstorm with the artist for further options and possibilities. A price estimate and delivery date are then established.
It is a leap of faith for both artist and collector; however, after creating custom work for 40 years I have never had a disappointed client! A custom designed fiber art wall hanging or sculpture creates a warm of comforting feelings in the home.
My jewelry and clothing line is part of a unique collaborative mission project in Guatemala. The Mayan artisans and I hand cut and polish Jadeite and geode quartz stones, along with sewing garments with the Mayan hand weaved Jaspe' fabric. It represents a project I started 8 years ago, entitled, "Creating Revenue through the Arts"...a fair wage project that provides a skill and higher standard of living for the indigenous communities of Guatemala.
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