I am a silk painter, having come to this after many years pursuing other forms of creative expression. As a child I felt it was my job to be imaginative and have fun. Make-believe was a way of life for me, which later led to my choosing to major in Theatre in college. Creating art always seemed secretive and magical to me. My mother once locked me out of the house while she made copper jewelry. I desperately wanted to see what she was doing.
After graduating from college in 1970, I began writing plays. I was always good about making up stories in my head, and at first this just felt like an extension of that. Yet playwriting was always work, and it did not give me the joy I remembered from my childhood.
In 1990 I began a journey of self-exploration. One of the books that guided me was The Artist Way, which promotes fun artistic explorations called artist dates. One of my artist dates involved buying a child’s silk scarf painting kit. The first time I painted with the dye, I laughed feeling totally free. I had never felt like that with any other creative outlet and knew I had been given a gift.
That was over 20 years ago. Each day is a new adventure for me with my art. I believe strongly in giving back, that in order to keep it, the joy of painting, I must share it. I start with no preconceived ideas of what works and bring to this art an enormous willingness and a beginner’s mind. I believe in interacting with the painting process and love to let the dye and silk first create and then lead me in that process.
Teachers and Conferences:
- Susan Moyer, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, in Mendocino, CA
- Karen Sistek, Master Silk Painter (MSP), near Seattle, WA
- Suzanne Punch, MSP, in New York, NY
- Suzanne Visor, Design Instructor, near Albuquerque, NM
- SPIN (Silk Painters International) Festival 2012, Santa Fe, NM and 2016, Arrowmont, TN
Events, Awards, Boards, and Honors:
- Finalist of the Art with Heart Auction Emerging Artists 2002
- Exhibitor and Demonstrator in the Madison County Fiber Arts Show 2012
- Exhibitor at the Hot Springs Libray in Hot Springs, NC 2012
- Exhibitor in the Madison County Arts Council Traveling Postcard Show 2013
- Board Member of Silk Painters International (SPIN) 2015
- Exhibitor at the Asheville Airport winter 2016
- Owner/Manager of Flow Gallery in Marshall, NC 2016-
- Studio Open House, Montford Artwalk, Asheville, NC 2016-
- Exhibitor at the NC Arboretum near Asheville, NC winter-spring 2018
The following galleries have carried my work and/or currently carry my work:
- Bellagio, Asheville, NC
- Seed, Charlotte, NC
- Dream Weaver, Davidson, NC
- Red Sky Gallery, Charlotte, NC
- Pluff Mudd, Bluffton, SC
- Beth Friedman Jewelry, Tucson, AZ
- Beet at NoDa, Charlotte, NC
- The Mint Museum of Craft and Design Gift Shop, Charlotte, NC
- Flow Gallery, Marshall, NC
- Trust General Store, Sprig Creek, NC
- Haywood County Arts Council Gift Shop, Waynesville, NC
- NC Arboretum Gift Shop, Asheville, NC