Hard at Work

Width: 76 cm (30 in)
Height: 76 cm (30 in)
Techniques: Raw-edge appliqué, free motion quilting, pencil and marker drawing, hand-sewn faced binding.
Materials: Cotton batik fabrics, tulle, cotton/polyester batting, cotton/polyester threads, fusing material, stabilizer.
Colors: Beige, green, blue, brown, red.
Artist Statement: Quilting is the way I connect to my creative side. I love watching a new work come together. It amazes me each time. Since co-authoring the portrait book, It’s All About the Face, together with Phyllis Cullen, I have learned many concepts that were vague and are now very clear. I’ve learned about light, shadow, value and bone structure. But the most important lesson is noticing the small nuances at the end of the process. A slight tilt of the head, a subtle smile on one side of the face, a dimple, a wink. The tweak could be a millimeter but that speaks miles.
This work of my son-in-law, while he drilled into the wall is really quite commonplace. But there is a kind of tension in the work. How he is holding the drill and concentrating and the shadow he cast on the wall are all details I discovered by really focusing on the photo.
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