Kathy’s Horse

For the secret Skathy's horseanta at the office this year I drew my friend Kathy’s name.  I was very excited as Kathy was one of the reasons I enjoyed my job.  She has a spirit about her that makes you want to be around her and know her better.  She’s funny, creative, smart and dotes on her grandbabies.  I wanted to make her one of my quilted portraits as she has always been so supportive of my art.  She had a horse that she treasured and I decided to try to recreate an image of Ace for her.  It was kind of tricky getting her to send me a photo of him, but I made up a reason and she did. (Kathy is also very trusting) 🙂

The picture she sent was of the beautiful beast you see here.  I loved all the chocolates in his coat and looked forward to recreating its highlights.  This is my first horse art piece created with the use of a photo.  I also made a cow portrait for my neighbor a few years back.  She recognized it as her “Daisy” and I am proud to say Kathy immediately recognized Ace. She particularly liked the “life” my stitches gave to his eye.


When she first opened the gift, however, she was speechless.  It is a moment I will always treasure.


fullsize quilt


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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One comment on “Kathy’s Horse
  1. Lisa Duff says:

    i had the same immediate response about the eye when i first looked at it. such a precious gift!

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