IN THE STUDIO  
A color, an object, a scene, a memory: like certain passages of music, any of these can be so moving, so deeply attracting, that they evoke a yearning, a yearning that needs to become an image.

In my pursuit of images, I started my work by making textiles, then continued over the years in drawing and painting, moving back and forth among the three.

Deep attention to the so-called "everyday" world shows it to be filled with nuance and mystery, movement and change, and, often unexpectedly, beauty. I try to give shape to whatever I can of these, not necessarily in a literal way.

Sometimes I think of an image as a form in which the play of nature intersects with the play of mind. With line, color, shape, and composition I work to create what I hope is a vital, heartfelt image resonating with light, movement, beauty, and other qualities, sometimes like nature, sometimes perhaps parallel to it.

BIO

I grew up in Mundelein Illinois, a town north of Chicago. One snowy winter, during a semester break while I was attending Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, I discovered my interest in weaving: reinventing the wheel, I attempted to weave on a frame with nails at either end to hold the threads. I used a needle to weave. I had never seen a loom.

After graduation from college, I began to seriously pursue weaving when I happened upon a toy loom in a department store, and following that, a book by Nell Znamierowski, Weaving Step by Step. The loom and the book were revelations to me and helped me to weave my first wall hanging. Soon afterward, I started taking courses part-time in textiles, drawing, and design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. That in turn led me to study art history at the University of Chicago (M.A., 1973), while also working at the Art Institute of Chicago as a curatorial assistant in the Oriental and Textile Departments.

After this daily exposure to works from all over the world, I resumed working in textiles. I made pieces in tapestry and other techniques for myself and on commission, and studied drawing and painting on my own as much as I could. Later, while living in New York City, I worked as a free-lance textile designer and continued studying drawing and painting independently and at Cooper Union Extended Studies Program and National Academy School of Art. During this time I also occasionally taught tapestry-weaving workshops at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City and Maine College of Art Continuing Education Program in Portland, Maine.

In 2004 my husband and I moved to Vermont, whose natural beauty illuminates my path as I draw, paint, and weave.



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