Delaplaine Art Center

The Delaplaine Art Center in downtown Frederick is hosting their Annual Juried Exhibit this Spring.  I entered my tribute to Stephen King (see March 7th entry), another piece I did of Edgar Allan Poe (which I’ll post later) and this one.


This may look familiar to some of you, and I did draw inspiration once again from my sister’s photograph.  This piece is 2′ X 3′ however, and completely quilted, with borders and a fabric backing so it is not meant to be placed in a frame.  I am really proud of this piece.  The larger size was more difficult to work with (imagine trying to twist and turn a large piece of fabric in your sewing machine) but getting the extra detail out of the piece made it all worth it.

detail of sunflower detail of large sunflower side view a


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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2 comments on “Delaplaine Art Center
  1. Boudicca says:

    Ohhh! MARY!! It’s stunning!!!

  2. […] full-time I’ve had some wonderful recent successes and have decided to go all in.  I sold my large sunflower piece (thank you, Lisa!) the one of the wine bottle that I had at Lowe’s Vineyard, and then the […]

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