Morrison or Bon Jovi?

You may be wondering where I have been for the past month.  Well, I went back to school.  I’ve decided to return to college to pursue my masters in Occupational Therapy.  I am very excited about this career change, but with the studying, homework and the kids going back to school — I seemed to be a little drained of my creative juices.  That, and my sewing machine is in the shop 🙂  

At any rate,  the other day Terry and I decided to take some time for ourselves.  The plan was to head on up to Gettysburg, bring along my college textbooks, and lounge about on a picnic blanket – he resting while I study.  On the way there, we start talking about different classic rock groups (in my mind, they will always be from the 60’s and 70’s – never the 80’s, no matter what my kids say!)  We started talking about The Doors.  I’m a fan, but Terry dislikes Jim Morrison.  One of Morrison’s monikers was “The Lizard King” and BAM!  I saw an image of The Doors’ front man, done entirely in lizard prints.  We never made it to Gettysburg – I hung a right and we went to the local fabric store to get some pieces.  Terry is such a good sport, he even came inside to help me look.

This is the result, although I haven’t been able to stitch it down yet because my sewing machine is still out of commission.  What I can’t decide is if the final result will look more like Bon Jovi than Morrison.  Are my ’80’s colors showing through?  What do you think?

quilted morrison


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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4 comments on “Morrison or Bon Jovi?
  1. nsturgill says:

    I love the fabric choice. It’s wonderful!

  2. lisa says:

    wow- definitely morrison, not Bon Jovi

  3. Morrison all the way!!! It is a fantastic piece of work. I hope you don’t mind, but I reblogged your post on my website: Jim Morrison Project

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