Patches and Patterns Quilt Exhibit

I am very happy to once again have some of my pieces displayed locally at the Carroll Arts Center.  Fan takes a shotFrom January 9th to February 22nd the Arts Center has on display over 30 quilts by local artists (a few of whom I have had the pleasure of knowing for some time now).  Some are more traditional quilting artists, while others work along the same vein that I do (check out Karen’s site for examples of her work).  It is a true honor to be included in their number.

For the show I submitted 5 pieces (all portraits) and called my collection Artists and Authors.  I am posting photos of each one here and including the text Terry wrote to go along with each piece (he was so creative in tying them all together — Love you, honey!)  The following is his summary for the collection.

“These are familiar faces of American culture — all icons with whom we may carry on personal relationships.  They are in our homes, in our words, our movies, our music and life.  We know so much about them, we’re on a first name basis”.


Johnny Cash Ring of Fire full size

His music, powerful and evocative, was born of an internal struggle to be good to those around him while still dancing around the fire that was his inspiration.


Lizard King full sizeAn American icon of the 60’s, the Lizard King was both mesmerizing and emblematic of the darker side of the counter culture — down to his untimely end when he joined the 27 Club.


Stephen King full sizeA master who writes in black and white and yet creates a brilliant tapestry of color and wonder, often starting with a single drop of blood.


Mark Twain full sizeThe American voice of his time, as important for the standards you read in grade school as he was for his acerbic wit and biting commentary.  He amplified a style that was born among the pamphleteers of the New World and perfected by the likes of Mencken.


Purple Poe full size

Created a genre; progenitor of swaths of our pop culture landscape.  His legacy only tainted by a jealous contemporary who painted a picture of drunken pathos.  A singular master of his art.


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 “Patches and Patterns Quilt Exhibit
  1. Lisa Duff says:

    love them all, but really dig the mark twain. how’s the show going, now that we’re more than half way through?

    • Thanks, Lisa! I like the Twain too 🙂 The response to the show has been good although I have yet to sell anything. The curator told me that “you know you have done something right when the kids from the local college call your work amazing!” — so there’s that 🙂

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