Being interested in color, line, and stripes led me to this next series. Back to the comfort of working from life, I look at the colorful bindings of each book. The books themselves layer meaning and concept into each composition and they have been easily becoming portraits of people I know. Composed into busy stacks there is a common thread between these paintings, my woven fabric, and the abstract work I have been creating.
Art Turtle Studio
When lost in the creative process, I work in a deliberately intuitive way. Whether working in fibers, with paint, or with a combination of the two, my work is about color, surface, and line. I weave like a painter and paint like a weaver trying to find the delicate balance between the two. Using a variety of found materials in my woven work helps to create the textured surfaces.
Working in my studio, which is in an old mill building in Lowell, MA, I can’t help thinking about city’s rich history. My artwork is certainly inspired by the spirit of a hard working industrial city that is constantly reinventing itself. However, I am also thinking about the ancient traditions of Japanese textiles and how balance can be found even within all the busy details. This is what inspires me to combine bright colored paints with intricately patterned fabric to create my own abstract works of art.