Now that our children are on their own, my husband and I have been traveling a bit more. I spend my time with friends and church family. I make it a point to thank God throughout the day for the simple things in life. Some daytime hours are spent refinishing accent furniture for a shop that I consign to and grooming my two lovable dogs, Georgie Girl (a Bichon) and Mona (a black Cockapoo).There are many late night hours in my art studio, working on quilts, fabric art and finding new inspirations. My husband works from home and it makes it nice to have lunches together. I'm a very blessed and thankful person.
Through the years of raising four children, I always found time to work my artistic muscles. Beginning in 1980 I chose to focus on spinning and weaving. I felt it was easy for me to put down what I was working on, quickly to tend to the children. Occasionally I would work on drawing, watercolors and photography. My children were always encouraged to create. I loved to set up still life for all of us to draw. While working on our art, classical music would play in the background and we would have refreshments. Creating an enjoyable environment to work in is important to me.
Starting in the early 1990’s I learned how to do patchwork, applique, and quilting. I would meet with a small group of women one night a week to work on projects. In 1998 our family moved from New Hampshire to the mid- Hudson valley of New York state. We lived there for seven years. During that time I mostly quilted and gardened. Anticipating the empty nest phase, my husband and I chose to move truly Up-state, New York. We live just an hour from Montreal! The Adirondack Mountains, Lake Champlain, and the Green Mountains of Vermont have endless inspiration to give.
I took a workshop with my cousin, Wendy, in Florida. One of the classes I took was working with fabric, trimmings, fun foam and tulle. We also learned to shrink the fun foam and singed the top fabric with a heat gun. I was hooked on this and decided to go one step further to exhibit my art work for the first time. I hope my art work will bring joy to you, for me it is Pure Joy to create. The way 2 Pure Joy is through a personal relationship with our creator. To God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit, be all glory and honor.