I’m Out!

Yup –  it’s official.  I left my part-time job in order to pursue my art 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 10X10 Challenge.  Getting in at the Delaplaine was the icing on the cake.  Just a further stamp of approval on this decision was the check for the 10X10 Challenge arriving on the morning of my last day at work.  How perfect is that?

schifferstadt 1 Last week I finished a piece for the Museum Shop in Frederick, MD.  They put out a call to all artists for work reflecting Historic Frederick.  The Schifferstadt House, built in the 1750’s, represents the early German settlers of Frederick.  I took this old photograph of the house and brought the white painted portion back to its original brick. I added flowers to the garden and had fun re-building the stone portion piece by piece.  Some people may look at the finished work and think I had a special stone-type fabric, but that is not the case.  Tweezers, sharp scissors and the first season of Arrested Development is how I got it done.

schifferstadt house quilted


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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3 comments on “I’m Out!
  1. Julie Weaver says:

    Congratulations Mary! You are so talented!

  2. gonerustic says:

    Congratulations on making this big decision to follow your art! Well done on your achievements so far, and may they continue! =D

    • Thanks again. I really am very excited about all this.
      Also, I can’t wait to tell my daughter that I’ve “spoken” to someone from Tasmania – she did a project on Australia last year and will be impressed.

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