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I am a member of the Orange Country Artists Guild. I have served as Tour Coordinator while on the board. I am also a member of Pittsboro Gallery of Arts, Durham Arts Guild, and Triangle Visual Artists. My work has been juried into various gallery shows throughout the triangle area as well as way beyond...
The Art Center in Carrboro
Raleigh Fine Arts
Litmus Gallery in Raleigh
ArtSpace in Raleigh
FRANK community Gallery in Chapel Hill
Higgins and Myers in Chapel Hill
Hillsborough Gallery of Art
Eno Mills Gallery in Hillsborough
Margaret Lane Gallery in Hillsborough
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Gallery in Durham
National Humanities Center Gallery in Research Triangle
Page Walker Arts in Cary
Impulse Creativity in Mebane
Kirby Galery in Roxboro
Incubator in Siler City
Art Fields in Lake City, SC
ADC Fine Art in Cincinatti, Ohio
The Studio Door, San Diego, CA
With intensive self-study and experimentation for many years, I work with a variety of mediums in diverse areas of craft. Originally I was a fiber artist and weaver. I attended classes at Rochester Institute of Technology in the early seventies and have been to the Penland School of Crafts three times to study fiber structures, hand dyeing, painting and marbling fabric, as well as mixing metals with glass. Themes I explored in fiber arts are now reflected in other mediums. The possibilities for patterns and figures sustain my interest.
Of note, I received a Masters Degree in Media/Visual Design from UNC Chapel Hill in the mid 70s.
One usually asks of an artist, “Where does your inspiration come from?” My response: I am inspired by the rhythms and patterns found in nature…such as waves of water, the ebb and flow of surf on sand, the flutter of leaves on trees, swirls of clouds, multifaceted shapes of buds and flowers, the feathered wings of birds. There is repetition as well as variation in both my process and form...in a variety of mediums I work with.
I begin my tapestry work by drawing a detailed design on a grid of graph paper where I draw various shapes. To these I add color that represent the skeins of yarn I plan to use in different portions of the design.
When I settle down to weave the tapestry planned I swipe across the loom and position yarn that varies in color, texture and tone. As a result what one views is carefully planned but also contains random features that un-expectantly materialize in the design.
I vary the types of fiber I use; sometimes my fibers are twisted and spun in unusual ways. I even incorporate various scrap materials from shredded rug selvages and saris. When a work is complete it appears to float around a frame on the wall, or hang on a hand-crafted rod.
When I work with marbled silk or paper, the various patterns appear more organic and result from manipulating colors of paint dropped on a viscous surface; the resistance of water allows patterns to emerge; repeatedly dying one-panel results in cross-currents of color and form.
My fused glass work is made from earth elements; silica is the basics of glass. There is an association with fire because articles are fused at high temperatures. The glass is a hard medium, but the light that passes through the layers can be soft and diffused — enriching the visual experience. My glasswork contains many-faceted cut pieces of glass, carefully constructed, frequently with many layers.
I also create websites for artists. You can see that talent at: https://website-design-at-the-crest-of-the-hill.com/
Collaboration with Ed Ralston
For framing and other unique applications, I collaborate with my partner, Ed Ralston, and together we develop tools and refine processes needed to execute our crafts. Ed applies his skills as a craftsman to combining different media, including glass, wood, and copper. Ed creates brackets for wall hangings as well as unique frames for my tapestry and marbled art. He also assembles bases and armatures for other media. Ed has been active in woodworking for 20 years, creating custom cabinetry and applications for fine homebuilding.
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