“Natural Disasters” is a series of work done using silk fusion, also known as silk paper. It is a process using silk slivers adhered together using a medium. I have added gold, silver and copper to some of the images. Yarns, fabric and found objects are prevalent in some of the pieces. I love this medium. It is filled with surprises which forces my creativity. I am excited by light and dark patterns and using those to create rhythm in my work. These abstract pieces are a deviation from the realistic human figures that I have always worked with. The bottom line is all about composition, the most important element in any art medium.
Fiber artist, painter, fashion designer
"In the 90's"
"In the 90's" is a series of art about my mother's life after she turned 90 years old. I have attempted to show glimpses of the things she enjoyed doing, as well as, some more somber moments. She loved babies, so I have included several paintings of her with her great, great granddaughter, Leah. She liked drinking her coffee out of China cups, reading, sewing, cooking, knitting and she loved her dog, Peppy.
In her younger years, Mom loved to fish and hunt. She did this mainly to feed her six children that she raised without the aid of a husband. When she was in her seventies and eighties, she was still chopping her own firewood while living in the mountains. She had no running water, so she packed water daily. She also had to fight off bears that threatened to raid the trailer that was her home. I asked her why she went to all that work when she could live with modern conveniences, and she said, "I love the animals and the beauty and solitude of the woods". She was a real pioneer in her younger years, and she was a very strong, independent woman even in her ninety's.
"In the Red"
"On the Mend"
This is a series of 20 watercolors derived from The African Festival in Detroit. I was excited about the beautiful colors and the way the sun created shadows and shapes.