I've been making art for a very long time. Back in the 70's, I was embroidering the backs of friend's jean jackets and in the 80's I started taking studio art classes working in printmaking, batik, and stained glass. Eventually, I came back home to my embroidery in the 90's when I had two young children and needed a portable, easy to pick up and put down, art form to work on. That is when I produced the very first embroidered paintings. I experimented with adding paint to my embroidered canvases where I needed more detail then the needle could provide. Soon, I got to a place where I began planning out the embroidery and paint for the entire piece before I touched it. My most recent pieces have been more improvisational with only a rough outline of where I want the embroidery, and now I've added fabric collage and beads too! I really do love what I do!!
Selling my artwork has been frustrating, humbling, scary, exhilarating, exciting and empowering. Getting feedback from happy customers is a precious thing and something I don't take lightly (thank you to all of you out there!!) And I need to give a shoutout to the Artisans of WMass , a group of fellow artisans without whom I would not still be in business today. They've helped me grow my business by providing support, camaraderie, show venues, education and more than a little hand holding.
I have a great feeling about 2016 and have recently been accepted into two very prominent fine art and craft shows, which I am furiously getting ready for. Yes, it is time for a new indoor booth design! And, I've just added a page to this website where I will list all the shows where you can find me in person.