The thread of my life has been patience and perseverance in the face of many obstacles and adversity. Raised without expectations, like my parents before me, I struggled to define and understand myself without support or guidance. I inherited a legacy of family depression, profound grief and unrealized dreams. I am proud of my ability to push through difficult circumstances, to fight for what I believe in, and my resilience. My childhood love of drawing provided me with a constant companion and focus in my life. I studied painting and became a studio art teacher. At thirty-two I had my first child, and her medical needs made it necessary for me to stay home full time. Despite this shift from professional to care giver, I have spent years developing my artistic skills and exploring different media. Decorative paper and book making helped me create a daily and dedicated practice. My interests expanded to monotype printmaking and in the last five years, fabric dyeing and surface design.
Although I sketch and can plan ahead in my work, I feel very confined by preconceived ideas or rigid plans. I rely instead on experimentation and serendipity in the studio. I try to have a free flowing dialogue and unrestrained relationship with the materials I use at any given time. Presently, I am dyeing my used tea bags: I manipulate the bags by folding or binding using ancient Japanese techniques, and also use soy wax batik as a resist. I carefully study and arrange the bags and decide what they might become. Sometimes I do see art work “finished” in my mind as if I have already made it.
Art making provides solace and peace and gives form to my experiences. It is a meditation on life and a process which allows me to be completely within or outside of myself. I strive toward independence and developing trust in myself. With these goals I can find my voice as an artist. This is my journey. It’s who I am and what is represented in my work.