Rich’s Cows

My neighbor recently celebrated a milestone birthday (I care for her too much to share which one) and I wanted to make her something special for that day.  I know she enjoys her cows, which she calls “Rich’s Cows” after her husband who always had them.  For inspiration I took pictures of them grazing one evening.  I love the way the sun plays off their coats and thought it might be fun to try to reproduce that in fabric. 

The shot I chose for the quilt was a head-on view of a cow my neighbor later identified as “Lady”.  I used several layers of different colored thread to give the effect of sunlight on Lady’s flanks.  For her face, I found it necessary to utilize several different shades of white thread to give it depth.  She loved it – and was particularly pleased that she could identify which cow I quilted (so was I!)



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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