Artist Statement

 

    I grew up in the mountains of Southeastern Kentucky.  
Working with my hands has always been a way of life for me. 
 I was part of a rich heritage of women who
 sewed, crocheted, knitted, smocked and embroidered. 
 They placed a high value on creativity
 and allowed me to explore in any way that I wished.
 That exploration has enabled me to become the artist that I am today.

 Nature is always a strong influence in my work. 
 I find inspiration in the patterns and colors that I see.  
It’s especially rewarding to be able to take nature and use it to make my work. 
 The artwork then reminds me of the peace and energy of that natural experience.