On any day of the week, I spend a lot of time talking about art with both my mother, Diane and my son, Justin. I remember as a small child watching my mother at her pastels and her work hanging on our home in Denver, Colorado. I never paid much attention to those pastels and I never noticed my early on interest in scissors, crayons, glue,clay- PRO JECTS! I remember the other girls in my class gathering around my desk to watch me do my penmaship- I was confused and amused that they made such a big deal of it. I never understood why that I would have my weaved paper basket done before the teacher could explain to the rest of the class what to do. Before she was done, I would have mine done along with additional paper flowers, and maybe a poem as well. Seriously, from my heart, at the age of 7 or 8 , I could not understand why the other children could not see the 'vision' I did for these little projects.
Later on in life and with young ones in tow, I would attend arts and crafts shows- dozens of them. I painted and painted- hundreds of bottles and brushes, bowls of water and heaps of projects including large pieces of furniture spread out everywhere- amidst the diapers, errands, toys and a dinner to prepare. My little blonde boy ,Justin, with a box of crayons and HIS stack of work and his imagination, would exuberantly share with me, "Mom! I saw the tooth fairy! I want to draw him." Today, Justin is a professional artist who is my complete inspiration .
In 2009, I happened upon a rug hooking exhibit. I really should remember the exact date. My heart stopped when my eyes fell over these paintings done with wool fibers- Wool! Sheep! Oh my goodness! It was visual, tactile, and spiritual all at once. I bought a hook and a few pieces of wool and went on my way.
Over the next couple years, I started my 'wool paintings.' I listed some on E-bay and was asked about providing patterns. It occurred to me that I could sell patterns rather than sell some of the rugs that were so hard to part with. I began making patterns. I have found that dyeing my own wool is half the design. So, I also learned how to do that. Dyeing wool enables me to 'create'' the paints and the 'strokes' I want to create with my HOOK! I have found it interesting as I am dyeing wool for a special project, how much I draw from the painting years of my life. I find myself remembering steps I took and ways I worked the paint and it has come in so useful to me now.
I have been asked many times what sort of things inspire me. My top two things are music and color. Often enough, colors will be enough to get the wheels of my mind moving, Many nights, as I try to sleep, I am working things in my mind. Just last night, I had the color gold in mind. What came to mind was wheat. Today I have a sketch drawn out - and it all started with a color. I LOVE color and I LOVE music!
Thank you for visiting my web-site! I truly appreciate it! Feel free to contact me with any questions at all.