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Artist Statement

I am drawn to the unique perspective of people and places in Israel. I use art to enable people who have never walked the streets of Jerusalem or smelled the spices in the market to sense the atmosphere here. This is my way of showing the world the beauty that surrounds me without controversy and noise.

My educational background is in English writing and literature. Art has become an extension of the written word for me. The process begins with a photograph. I select a snapshot of a moment from my extensive photo library of outings around Israel. Then I immerse myself in that captured moment, converting it into a realistic story told through color values of cloth.

I create fabric collages using raw-edge appliqué and lots of thread work. Free motion quilting enhances the texture of my work. I have discovered that tulle in every possible color adds shadows and depth to scenes without the heaviness of opaque fabric.

I started quilting 20 years ago while raising young kids and working a full-time, highly technical job. I needed a diversion. I took a basic class with a local teacher and immediately fell in love with everything about the quilting process: the fabric, combining color and texture. I stole moments whenever possible to run to my sewing machine. I hand quilted my first quilt, which was a sampler. It took 10 years to complete because I worked on it in 15 minute intervals…

Then I took a quilted portrait class and quickly discovered quilt art. I’ve never looked back!