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Photo by Armen Elliott

As a writer and artist, I’m interested in the confluence of stories and visual art, often through the perspective of the natural world. I like to blend personal stories and artwork together. For example, in collaboration with Lauren Kindle,  I’ve painted portraits of strangers and their stories for a project called Intersections.

Paper Quilt Project
I’m currently at work on a series of Narrative Paper Quilts made of thread, paper, and watercolor. These are based on nine women who, like me, are into art and math/science. I’m interested in their experiences to better understand my own. I’m also searching for commonality through shared perceptions. This project, which at its heart is about identity, is another collaboration with my friend Lauren Kindle. She’ll be painting self portraits inspired by nine female artists who are also mothers. Here’s her blog post about the project.

For the paper quilts, I’m working with an uneven nine-block quilting pattern to make nine different small art quilts that will be displayed as a collective work. This is my first experiment with quilting, which I see as a deeply personal art form created by women to express experiences, imagery, and ideas. I’ve chosen to work with paper because I love paper, but also because it’s a flexible medium that serves new and mature ideas equally well. The work is fragmented, patchworked, patterned, and layered. Each art quilt is inspired by the women featured in the project. Here’s one part of a nine-block square:

A piece of the paper quilt.

A piece of the paper quilt.

The women inspiring my paper quilt include:

Click on the links above to see interviews with each of these women. The interviews were done informally and so they have an organic feel to them. Conversations with Louise E. Jefferson and Mary Vaux Walcott are imagined since these women are no longer alive.

I’ve exhibited in juried shows, including the New Hope Art League and Artsbridge shows. Lauren Kindle and I have had a joint show in cooperation with the Arts Council of Easton. I’ve also had a solo show at Cosmic Cup in Easton. Some of my other paintings are shown below. If you’d like to purchase an original please contact me directly.