About the Book
Throughout my career, I have worked both as a painter and as a tapestry weaver. My work has always been strongly influenced by the natural world and my quest to interpret it through close observation. I have always been fascinated by the challenge of looking closely at natural objects to illuminate what their deeper structures reveal and inspire in the creative consciousness. For me, the real drama within nature is perceived in the intimate relationship between the subject and the beholder. The phenomena of nature, such as flowers and butterflies, and their manifestations of tremendous natural energy--creatively transformed through the act of painting and weaving--exert a special psychic force on my being. I am always experiencing the intense spiritual effect of color and minute structures: these provide the mainspring of my creative impulse. My intention in creating this book of selected pieces is to share some of the work that has been the most endearing and fruitful to me in the creative process. I have always enjoyed working in the media and art form that feels most appropriate to the subject matter—therefore, you will see Oil, Gouache, Egg Tempera, Watercolor and Tapestry. There are abstracts, portraits and representational pieces—occasionally manifested simultaneously in the same oeuvre. Some of my earliest work has never been photographed, but is happily out in the world.