| ||I am a retired elementary school teacher and an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. I am a self taught artist.
I work in fabric and I am a watercolour painter. I began working with fabric as a child. I knitted, rug hooked, embroidered, wove, macramed, sewed my own wardrobe and quilted. Twenty years ago, I started to take art lessons (drawing, watercolour painting). As I developed my watercolour painting, I started to marry the two mediums together. What I learned about watercolour, I started to apply to fabric.
Sometimes my watercolours are catalysts for my fabric art. Using learned watercolour techniques, I paint images on cotton. I often use glue resist, paint pouring, chalk pastels, sandpaper transfers, heliographic painting, stencilling, acrylic gels, and fabric crayons. I embellish my work with tulle, sequins, beads embroidery, metallic threads, yarns and found objects. All of my work is hand quilted and finished with a sleeve in the top and bottom (so that the art work can be hung on a wall). The leftover scraps of fabric are made into wearable art.
I paint a variety of subjects moving from one subject to the next. I get bored working in the same theme. However, when I stand back and look, I have really painted in many themes. I paint figures, still lifes, landscapes, leaves, buildings, trees, rocks, flowers, and I often make social comments about the world through cloth game boards and using objects as metaphors. I often paint fabric and paper side by side. Recently, I have experimented with watercolour on canvas.
I work as a visiting artist in the schools and an artist in residence. I have created 5 quilt projects in the Burnaby Schools, 2 mural projects, a Bird and Tree quilt with the Ecology Centre In Stanley Park, and a community art quilt at Bonaccord Elementary in Surrey. I've taught fabric painting to adults and children at Leigh Square in Poco.
2018 Escape From The City (May) Plaskett Gallery New Westminster
2016 Seaing Red and Green (Sept) Leigh Square Port Moody
2014 Natural Fibres (Nov.) Silk Purse West Van.
2013 Seasoned Fibres (March) Gallery at New West Arts Council
2012 Flourishing Fibres (April) Gallery at Leigh Square Port Coquitlam
2009 Painted Threads (April) Gallery at Hycroft University Womens Club
2008 (April) Invested: A Show of Wearable Art Coquitlam Library
2007 (Sept) Fall Into Fibre Scotia Bank Gallery Pt. Moody
2006 (June) Reformed FibresDeer Lake Art Gallery Bby.
2005 Picket Line Art Burnaby Teachers Association.
2005 Materialize New Westminster Library
2004 Fall Fibres Coquitlam Library
2004 Moral Fibre Place Des Art Coquitlam
2003 All That Glitters Blackberry Gallery Port Moody
2003 Loose Threads New West. Arts Council
2002 Textillation Scandinavian Cultural Centre Bby.
1999 Fibre Art Fusion Plaskett Gallery New West.
1999 Watercoloured Quilts Burnaby Art Council Gallery
1997 Fabric Of Art Burnaby Art Council Gallery
Juried Group Shows
2005 Art Gallery of South West Manitoba
2004 Mennonite Heritage Gallery of Manitoba
2003 Art Council of New West.
1999 Confederation Art Centre P.E.I.
1998 Evergreen Cultural Centre Coquitlam
1997 Centennial Museum Ft. Langley
1996 University of Saskatchewan
1995 Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery