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.

Jul 20, 2015


Our ATC challenge theme for this month was "Caliente" which brings up many thoughts of hot, hot, hot.  Hot colors, hot places, and memories of the Palace Burlesque on lower Main St., Buffalo, NY, where weekly ads promised the hottest of hot strip dancers.  I never went to the strip shows, but loved reading the ads and enjoyed the stage names. There was Virginia "Ding Dong" Bell, Blaze Starr, Candy Apple, etc.  My favorite stripper name was Chilli Pepper, the "Mexican Spitfire".

Chilli Pepper
Detail, Chilli Pepper

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