Life here on ‘my island in the Pacific’ is
wonderful! There is so much here to inspire me-
the light, the colours, the wildlife, the
mountains and trees. Visit my gallery to see
some of my West Coast inspired work.
Art -in some form or other- has always been a
part of my life. Since I was a child, I sketched
and painted right along with my sewing -making
clothes for myself. Then, during a six-year
visit to Australia, I became interested in
batik. I designed and made casual batik clothing
for sale, learning a lot about dyeing fabric and
using colour along the way.
After returning to Canada, my focus shifted to
quiltmaking and by 1997 I was teaching colour
classes for quilters. This has led to teaching
many different classes for all levels of
I live just outside the little town of
Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island
surrounded by fruit trees, sheep and
Dyeing and painting my own fabrics for so many
years has bulked up my stash somewhat! The
colours and textures grab my attention- I am
bombarded by ideas but I am limited by time. I
keep several idea books, so I always have one
handy to jot or sketch thoughts and impressions.
I will never run out of ideas. However when I
need to work on a new piece for an exhibit or
class sample, I will thumb through my little
books and combine ideas and techniques I have
wanted to try. You might think this would “cross
something off the list”, but it’s not so!
Usually it inspires a new direction and more
ideas. Very exciting!
I have always been interested in both realism
and abstraction in art. As an artist working in
fabric, my pieces often reflect nature and life
on the West Coast. The influence of my
environment is apparent even in my more
Some of my work reflects a more realistic view
of my surroundings. I find that depicting a
scene or wildlife realistically using fabric has
its challenges. Most of the time I have found
that it’s not the ‘perfect duplicate’ fabric
that works best, but a fabric that suggests the
texture or pattern I am trying to replicate.
Textures, colours, and illusions are all brought
together in this one medium- textile art.
Textile art has connections to many different
art forms. Subtly sculptured surfaces create
bas-relief – a technique used since ancient
times. Colours evoke emotional responses and
cultural connections. Illusions are
entertainment- puzzles for the mind.
I feel that the traditions of quiltmaking have a
place in today’s textile art. The present
examples of any art form always have roots in
history. I like to go back to the roots of
patchwork- using geometric patterns- with
contemporary fabrics. I keep thinking about
distorting and/or altering the lines of these
old favorites and exploring different value and
colour placements. I will be posting pictures of
some of my works in progress as I investigate