Artist Statement -

As a child I chased butterflies, scrambled over rocks, and read romantic tales of faraway places. Years later, I’ve studied butterflies and rocks, and traveled to many of the places—the Amazon rainforest, craggy cliffs with castle ruins, remote island beaches—and I’ve never lost the wonder of them. Yet exotic beauty can be found everywhere.

I use the ancient technique of feltmaking not to capture what I’ve seen directly, but to create something new. The simplicity of the technique—combing, layering, and working dyed unspun wool in hot water until the fibers lock—allows me to work spontaneously, and often experimentally. The shape of a piece might come from a bird’s wing, the color from crystals under a microscope, a line from the sinuous edge of a pond meeting the shore, and the texture from the bark of a birch tree. I wish to celebrate nature, not to mirror it.

Artist Exhibitions

Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA 2012
Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC 2012
Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA 2012 (Award of Excellence)
Crafts National 2012, Topeka, KS
Randolph Arts Guild, Asheboro, NC 2012 (solo show)
Craft New York, New York, NY 2011, 2012
Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC 2010 (solo show)
Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir, NC 2010 (three-person show)
Center for the Arts, Rock Hill, SC 2010 (three-person show)
River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN 2009 (three-person show)
Duke University – Bryan Gallery, Durham, NC 2008 (solo show)
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC 2007
Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS 2007
Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA 2006 (solo show)
12th Annual Juried Arts Exhibition, Cary, NC 2006 (Goodnight Award of Excellence)
Louisburg College, Louisburg, NC 2006 (solo show)
Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Asheville, NC, 2005
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC 2005, 1998
U.S. Embassy, Armenia 2002-2005; Turkmenistan 1999-2001
Durham Art Guild, Durham 2003, 1994 (solo shows)
Carrboro Art Center, NC 2002 (two-person show)
Crafts National 35, Penn State, PA 2001
Fayetteville Museum of Art 2001, 2000
Idaho State University 2000 (solo show), 1994 (three-person show)
Twentieth Century Gallery, Williamsburg, VA 1997 (two-person show)
Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC 1998, 1997, 1995
Virginia Center for Contemporary Art 1997, 1996
Piedmont Crafts Fair 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999 (Best Booth Award), 1998, 1983-96 (Choice
Award for Fiber 1994, 1992)
Kentucky Art and Craft Gallery 1996
Atlanta International Museum of Art and Design 1996
ACC Craftfairs – Atlanta 2012, 1998, 1991; Baltimore 2009, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1995;
Tampa 1993; San Francisco 1989, 1985; Rhinebeck 1983
Kentuck Museum, Northport, AL 1996
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL 1995
Galeria Mesa, Mesa, AZ 1995
Textile Arts International, Minneapolis 1989
The Gallery at CNN, Atlanta 1989 (solo show)
NC/SC Fibers Competition 1979-88 (Awards 1988, 1984, 1983, 1981)
National Fiberarts Competition, University of Missouri 1982
Mississippi Museum of Art 1980 (solo show)...

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Artist Collections

Arts in Embassies Program, Yerevan, Armenia
Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
The Marque Hotel, Winston Salem, NC, USA
Northern Telecom, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA
SAS Institute, Cary, NC, USA
Vac Hospital, Vac, Hungary
Wachovia Bank, Winston Salem, NC, USA

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