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Artist ID: 2322

Before settling into the life of a working and teaching artist in northern Alabama/southern Tennessee, much of my life was nomadic. As a child you could find me climbing trees with all the other military kids on our one way street, soaking in the ocean spray and getting sand between my toes at the Jersey Shore, or hiking trails in the Appalachian Mountains. As an adult, I tried out urban life in the city of Boston, ventured to rural Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, lead students on outdoor adventures down the Susquehanna River, provided humanitarian services in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, lived in intentional community in a Hawaiian jungle, and a long list of other adventures and experiences in exotic and not-so-exotic places.
And yet, regardless of where on this blue ball we call Earth I have found myself, I have always been able look to the sky each evening and take in the ever changing color palates, a visual reminder of what a blessing each day is, and to be thankful for it, even on the hardest of them. The past few years have been full of unexpected challenges and difficult days for all of us. But at the end of each, with my attention directed to the sky, searching out the natural and awe inspiring colors of the closing of the day, I find myself in gratitude, even if for just a moment, for having received the gift of it. This piece, “Sunset Gratitude”, is representative of that beauty and gratitude.

A nomadic past with a focus on environmental conservation and humanitarian services has exposed me to global influences in design and culture, eclectic natural and man-made environmental aesthetics, and has fostered my desire to create functional and visual art with an ecological sensitivity.

As a second generation fiber artist, I freely explore the traditional art of wet felting, the fusing of raw fibers into a textile form with soap, water, and agitation, as well as the contemporary techniques of nuno (fabric) and laminate (multi fabric layer) felting.

I combine renewable natural fiber resources, salvaged and reclaimed fabrics, and my own hand dyed fabrics and fibers to organically create each of my works of art. I allow the materials I use, and influences and experiences in my life, past and present, to guide me instinctively in color and design. Deliberately abstract, but not random, my play of color and pattern placement are meant to evoke emotion.

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