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I don’t remember a time when I didn’t love art.  In the 80’s I attended my first Grateful Dead concert.  The tie-dyes, textiles, and flowing fabrics filled my soul as much as the music.  I decided to major in Textiles and Clothing in college with a minor in Fiber Art.  One assignment was to hand embroider a self-portrait.  Using embroidery floss as paint and a needle as a brush, I found my bliss.  After graduating I began working in the clothing industry but always kept stitching.

I was lucky enough to be picked up by galleries, sell work, have solo shows, win awards, and even make the front cover of a magazine.  Then I moved, lost my art space, and somehow lost my mojo.  I got a corporate job and completely lost my artful spirit. I was also fearful that stitching was leaving my hands damaged. 

Luckily, art found its way back to me.   Joy started to slip back into my psyche.  I painted rocks.  I sketched.   I decided to do one piece…just to see if I remembered how to do it.  Then I did another.  Then I remembered who I am…an artist who loves to stitch!  My new images carry many of the old themes; love, joy and harmony. The aesthetic is still deeply influenced by the beauty of hippies but the feeling is all about joy.  I am at peace when I create and it is important to me to bring a sense of joy to the viewer.DoorCountyDaydreamFinalFull
 
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