1- What led to your choice of fiber as the creative medium for your art?
I came to making art at time when I was making traditional quilts. They naturally fell together. I have explored other mediums but they don’t provide the same tactile experience that fabric does – direct manipulation of the materials with my hands. I miss the hands-on process when painting or drawing. It just doesn’t feel the same. I also think fabric is much more flexible and versatile than many other choices, something I appreciate. I use exclusively 100% cotton woven fabric and love the inherent grid in the woven structure of the material. It appeals to me on a basic level that I can’t necessarily explain, it just feels right..
2- Are there any contemporary quilters or quilt artists that you specifically admire?
Nancy Crow, Sue Benner, Deidre Adams
3- How has the recognition and acclaim effected you as an artist?
My successes have given me confidence, which allows me to trust myself more. Paradoxically, the more recognition I receive, the less I look for and need it. Although I am always honored and humbled when I do receive acclaim. I find that more and more, inner strength is what fuels me, but that inner strength was build upon previous accomplishments.
4- How have you handled the business side of your career?
I'm very focused and take it seriously. I created systems to keep it running smoothly. I write about the business of being an artists on makebigart.com
5- How would you describe your quilting style?
Abstract contemporary textile paintings. I strive for simplicity and spareness.
6- Describe yourself in 5 words.
Creative, Focused, Dedicated, Quiet, Caring
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