Zephyr Cove, NV
1. What other ideas for this theme "rituals" did you have? I had thought about incorporating the new subject matter I am now exploring using x-rays and MRIs. I had wanted to show x-rays of hands shaking, but I wasn’t able to obtain the images.
2. Are you involved in any community or group projects where you donate your work? if yes, what project or projects No.
3. Do you belong to a small group of like-minded artists? yes/no name/where what is the best part of being part of an art group? Yes. I am a member of a small group of art quilters in Southern California. I think the best part of our group, other than being good friends and sharing our love of art, is the idea that each of us are exploring different aspects and media and it creates a rich environment for us to work within.
4. Are you a member of a professional art organization, such as SAQA? Have you ever held a volunteer position in the organization, and if so, what? I am a member of SAQA and SDA, but have not volunteered.
5. What is your favorite palette of colors that you use in your work? name 5 and your least favorite colors? name 5 My favorite colors that I find I continue to use in my fiber and painting are the tertiary and secondary colors, especially yellow/greens, red/violets blue/greens, red/oranges, yellow/golds, blue/violets.
6. Describe your creative work space in 20 words or less. are you messy or tidy? I basically use a spare bedroom for my sewing room and my laundry room for my painting & dyeing room, which are all very messy all the time!
7. What is your creative process? think, draw, design, make or right to the design For my fiber art, I basically think of an idea, usually stemming from images I have accumulated, then work out colors, size, etc. I rarely sketch ideas. In my painting, I usually work out the composition in my head and rough it out on the canvas, making changes on the canvas as I work.
8. Is there a particular object or shape that shows up repeatedly in your work? Why? Not really.
9. If you had to choose a favorite artist from another media, who would it be, and why? To name a few artists: for abstracts: Richard Diebenkorn for the atmosphere he achieves with multiple layers, for figures: Egon Schiele for his abbreviated, emotional drawings using different line weights, for landscapes: Maynard Dixon for his sense of space and light and still life: Cezanne for his multiple perspectives and color.
10. Have you written a book related to Art Quilts and Quilting or have an instructional DVD? If so, can you tell us the title or titles? No.
11. Do you make art full time? If you have another career, would you describe what you do? and how you incorporate art into your life? I make and study art full time.
12. What is your most thrilling news to date in relation to your art quilt life? I recently was given the wonderful opportunity to have a solo show at ArtQuilt Gallery-NYC. That was really special for me, having never been to New York—it was great fun. I have also been asked to feature my work in articles in the coming Patchwork Professional, a German art quilt publication, and the summer SDA Journal. I feel extremely lucky to have been given all these new opportunities!