|After a full career teaching high school, I am lucky to be able to return full time to my first love: Painting and
fabric design. I began experimenting with fabric and surface design around 1970, and have always had a
studio where I can continue to create. Summers always ended too soon, just when I was on the cusp of an
idea. Now I work full time from my cottage studio near Richmond, Virginia, and never tire of it.
Strong, vivid color combinations are my specialty. Experimenting is a consistent joy; I draw my design
inspiration from natural forms and the interplay between negative and positive space. First and foremost, I
am a painter.
I use only the best quality silks. My favorite is 16.5mm stone-washed crepe
de Chine due to its luxurious texture, with chiffon as a close second. 19.5mm silk satin charmeuse is to die for.
The fine "hand" of the silk is unaffected by wax or resists because I apply dye directly to the scarves,
thickened with a seaweed-based thickener. Fiber-reactive dyes bind chemically with the fibers and are
permanently vibrant. Each scarf and necktie is a signed original painting. My floral designs are done from life,
not from photographs; I don't know digital tricks and would never use them if I did.
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