I grew up in South Dakota and Minnesota, and graduated from the University of Minnesota in l963 with a degree in Art Education and nearly completed a Master’s degree in botany. I came to Alaska in 1964 for summer work, met and married my husband Bill, and have lived just outside Denali National Park since. We have one married son.
As a fiber artist, I create all my own fabrics, employing different combinations of silk-screening, deconstructed silk-screening, stenciling, stamping and painting as I dye them. These fabrics are pieced together by machine, and further embellished with paints and oil sticks. Each piece is finished with elaborate quilting.
Virtually all of my work involves Nature, so I must consider elevation, ground cover, season of year, animal migrations and species of plants for each piece. My goal is not to achieve exact representation, but to capture the feeling and energy of a specific place with elements that are found there.
I have a fine-arts background of 45-plus years, which includes printmaking, producing fiber wall hangings with several techniques, and graphic design. When I started quilting in 1992, it combined my life-long interest in sewing and fine arts. I have pieces in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Design (formerly the American Craft Museum), New York City; Alaska State Museum, Juneau; Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage; Alaska Contemporary Art Bank; Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage; The Pratt Museum, Homer, Alaska; and the University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks.
Over the past several years I have completed two large commissions. In November 2006 I completed a 4’ 6” x 10’ 8” four-panel wall quilt To Everything There is a Season at Fort Wainwright, Fairbanks. It was commissioned by the U.S. Army for the new Bassett Army Hospital chapel. In June 2008 I completed a 7’ x 12’ four-panel wall hanging Seasons of Denali commissioned by the National Park Service for the new Eielson Visitor Center, located at Mile 66 on the Denali National Park road.