I work with threads, often 1,000 threads simultaneously, keeping them in order while painting or dyeing them in pattern or randomly, eventually putting them in order onto a loom to weave them. I have done this type of weaving and artwork since 1972 and it is a part of my life.
My largest weaving project was commissioned by the State of Minnesota for Winona State University for their library. The title of the work is “The River and the Prairie” and its size is 5 feet high by 48 feet wide in two panels. Over my weaving lifetime, I have done many commissioned pieces for corporations, public art, and private clients. I love to design a piece of art for a specific space to solve a specific need.
My art degrees are from the University of California, Davis (BA) and San Jose State University (MA). I first learned to weave while I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala in its early days in the 1960’s. In 2004, I had a fellowship to New Pacific Studios in New Zealand where I had an exhibition and did art for 3 months intensively in a 5,000 square foot studio. I have exhibited my work in the United States, Japan, Taiwan, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, El Salvador, and Spain. In 2014 and 2018, I had 2 large exhibitions at the Museo MARCA Cacabelos in the province of León, Spain.
With my use of color, threads, materials, and design, I am trying to communicate some essence, meaning, and something positive for my the viewers to sense and to enjoy.