Truly Inspired!

I guess I really was inspired — I’ve spent the last few days working feverishly on a commission for a former co-worker and just finished it this afternoon.  — By the way, when I say “days”, you should read day and night.  When I get going on something that I feel really inspired by, I just can’t stop. — Larry, my coworker, brought this photo into work several months back and asked me if I could recreate it in fabric.  I was completely drawn in by the beautiful colors and the challenge of recreating the composition of foreground, middleground and background.  Then work got busy and I forgot all about it.

A few weeks ago I found his card in my wallet and remembered the hot air balloon picture. I contacted him and he was all for me attempting this wall quilt.  After the American Craft Council Show, the time seemed perfect.  So here it is, the finished piece.  What do you think? 🙂

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I have always loved the process of transforming pieces of fabric into quilts. For years I collected scraps, just to be sure I'd have the right piece for the project at hand. Eventually, as my skills progressed, my hobby grew into art. I moved from simple quits, to 'landscape quilting' and then eventually onto portrait work. I am new to the art field and am self-taught, learning from my mistakes as well as from my successes. I create my images using only fabric and thread. I remain true to this limitation for two reasons; first, I love the challenge of finding new ways to depict ever more challenging subjects. Second, fabric work remains my true love. I enjoy the hunt for fabrics; where other artists might blend oil paints, I love finding that perfect shade or pattern for a specific need. I refer to my style as "gestalt impressionism" for one needs to take a step back from my pieces to get the whole picture. My view point changes by what is influencing me at the time. Recently I've begun to focus on the journey of the individual. I enjoy working on portraits of people whom I feel have lead interesting lives.

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