I have developed an appreciation for the beauty found in simple landscapes; the beauty I see as we drive from Minnesota to the west, or just around the corner. It's these cherished sights: grain fields at harvest, the plains and mountains of Montana, or sitting on the dock at our Minnesota home and seeing the beauty that exists in these "everyday" vistas. I believe in the healing and energizing qualities of nature. In Minnesota, I sit on the dock and experience quiet, joy and peace. My work takes me to these places as I interpret them in fiber.
The horizontal format, the soft colors of sunlight on land and water at different times of the day, enhance the quiet effect in much of my work. I use fabrics and fibers to create these scenes: wool, silk, roving wool, cotton and synthetic fibers. They are needle-felted, fused and stitched. I enjoy the tactile quality of fibers and also the element of surprise when using them. Who could predict that needle-felted organza shreds to create the illusion of glistening water, or that a frayed edge of fabric resembles a tree line in the far distance? It is a challenge for me to use fabric and fiber to create these landscapes, but it is this serendipitous quality that I enjoy most.
My art career has taken a path that began with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art from Bemidji State University in Minnesota. I have also earned a Master's degree in Art Education from Minnesota State University. After teaching art to middle schoolers for 32 years, and a short stint in the graphic design field (which included working on fabric designs for the quilting industry,) I am now able to pursue my own art. I get to Bozeman frequently, as our son and his family live there and we all love the area.
All pieces are in custom made frames and under non-glare acrylic with UV protection.