Mixed Media Artist

About Me

San Leandro, California
I am a mostly retired Nurse who works enough to pay for a studio and art supplies. I have been making art all my life, with no formal degree-type training, beginning with sewing at an early age. I discovered the JOY of quilting when I realized how much I liked breaking rules and telling stories. Workshops in surface design and art quilting, mentoring and encouragement from quilt artists, discovering the magic of assemblage with found objects, has landed me right in the middle of a mixed media world of art. I have been making my art and keeping it mostly to myself, giving it away only when I felt it was safe to do so. Finally, I was convinced that in order to grow artistically, I had to open up my art world for others to see, to like or not, but to see. Please take a look. Any comments, suggestions are welcome.

Oct 17, 2012


 The Arts in the Cards trading group color challenge for October was "Fuchsia".
The woman that owned the house that I bought some years ago was an avid gardener and I was able to enjoy the flowers and plants that she nurtured. There were many fuchsias plants  and my favorite was a bush with double blooms of magenta and purple. The purple looked like satin tutus. I just loved that plant.  There's a Brazilian mite that attacks fuchsia blooms before they fully bloom. Fuchsia bushes aren't that pretty without the flowers, and because the Brazilian mite could spread all over the neighborhood, I took them all out. Eventually, not because of mites, everything that was planted when I  moved in died. I was not a gardener .

In Memorium
I sewed strips of sari silk that were the colors of the fuchsia flower and added them to some purchased magenta hand made paper. I  embroidered stamens, adding beads to the ends. I also learned how to spell fuchsia.

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