My artworkwhich includes paintings on cloth
and wood panel , and art quiltsis inspired by my interest
in natural history, geology, paleontology, maps, landscape,
cosmography and patterning. Some of the imagery includes paintings
of fossils, topographical views, rivers, planets, constellations,
insects, birds, leaves and other vegetation, sky (and star)
maps and landscapes.
Some of the pieces are based on specific locations,
and depict carefully researched flora, fauna and landforms of
a region. I often use aerial views, maps of geological deposits
and geological formations as a basis for images, contours and
patterns. In other pieces, I intermingle lifeforms that existed
at different times, alter the relative sizes of various plants,
animals and landforms, as well as include multiple points of
view. Recent pieces have been inspired by music and combine
images of musical instruments and other manmade objects with
images from natural history.
The art quilts are made of hand-painted fabric.
Each image, background and pattern is painted on unbleached
muslin, using acrylic paint thinned to the consistency of a
dye or stain. Some are whole-cloth quilts. Others include small
detailed hand-painted pieces that are sewn together.