"When we beautify our gaze, the grace of hidden beauty becomes our joy and our sanctuary."
I celebrate the cast off, the worn out, and the unanswerable questions of life and try to give them a voice in my art. In them I see unique beauty and great possibility. When I create with fabric I trim, clip and re-shape, then save the fragments which in turn become part of a new work. Life is never neat and tidy, bound and hemmed, finished and squared, just so the untrimmed threads in my work suggest all the beautiful messy "loose ends" of life. Working in layers and textures with canvas, all sorts of remnants, fibers, paint, new, vintage and found cloth allows me to create a metaphor for all the beautiful complexity that makes up life and the human experience. Having learned needlework at the age of 10 and studied textile arts, fiber and printmaking in college, I continue to expand my skills and passion through outside classes and self teaching. I have been fascinated by textile art as a tool for healing and explored this in my training to become a spiritual director.