Bruce Glee

There is an interesting call for artists in Dowell, MD.  The title of the show is “Humor Me!”  I’ve just started to expand my work into conceptual pieces, so this was an exciting challenge.

tommy 14For inspiration, I turned to my son Tommy.  Tom is a freshman in high school and has a wicked sense of humor.  He’s got the best belly laugh and is always sending  goofy updates to my phone.  I thought he’d like this challenge and explained what I wanted (a visually humorous image that I could make into a quilt).

After a few days thought, he came up with Bruce Glee – an image of the legendary karate martial arts expert singing karaoke.  It was a somewhat difficult challenge because while there were a lot of great images of Bruce Lee, there weren’t many that looked like he was singing.  I ended up photo shopping two images together to create the “lounge singer” look I was going for.

My friend Dave told me the image I chose was from “Enter the Dragon”.  The background I created was inspired by one of Bruce’s VHS covers, as I wanted it to have that 70’s look.  I researched Bruce Lee quotes (there’s a lot of good ones) and had Tommy set the phrase I chose to song, as I am musically challenged where he is gifted.  In the end, I like the result.  Hopefully the gallery will think it is humorous, too.

Bruce GLee, 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 “Bruce Glee
  1. Taylor says:

    This kid of yours Mary, is amazing.

    • He’s very kind, a good athlete, does well in school and I would say he’s very bright…. However – he must not realize I can see his gmail account when he posts comments on my blog.
      Love you, Tommy!

  2. […] I finished the ‘Bruce Glee’ for entry in the upcoming “Humor Me” show at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts […]

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