About

I spend as much time as I can around animals with camera in hand. When I get back to the studio, I study the expressions and body language I caught with the camera. When a particular animal jumps out at me and has something to say, I will listen and translate for the viewer.

That begins the process of choosing color, be it natural or expressive, as a starting point. I dive into the extensive collection of fabric that fills the bookcase in my studio. Some of this is commercial fabric, new and old, or fabric that has been hand-dyed or hand-painted. Recently there has been an influx of mono-printed/stamped fabrics I have created to add to the palette.

I know everything is coming together when I have to force myself from the studio for meals or to sleep at night. That devotion is rewarded when viewers become emotionally involved with the piece and tell me stories about the animal. I know I have done my job if they can look into the animal’s eyes and know this is a sentient being.

Resumé

JURIED EXHIBITIONS:

Wild Fabrications, SAQA traveling exhibit opening at IQF Houston, October 2015
Labor Day Juried Art Exhibition, Boulder Art Association, Hyatt Place, Boulder, Colorado, September 4 – 7, 2015
Salon des Refuses, Lincoln Gallery, Loveland, Colorado, June 2 – 30, 2015
Pieced Together, First Congregational Church, Boulder, Colorado, June 5 – August 31, 2015
Fiber Celebration 2015, Tointon Gallery, Greeley, Colorado, May 1 – June 6, 2015
“CREATION” Health, Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation, January 1, 2015 – January 2016
Portfolio 2015 – Best of 2014, Front Range Contemporary Quilters Online Exhibit, January – December 2014
It’s Raining Cats and Dogs, IQF traveling exhibit opening at IQF Houston October 25, 2014
Evolutions:Juried Quilt Challenge,
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, Colorado, July 31 – October 28, 2014
Small Vision, Big Voice 2014,
Tactile Textile Arts Center, Denver, Colorado, July 11 – September 2, 2014
Denver National Quilt Festival,
Denver, Colorado, May 1 – 4, 2014
Celebrating 25 Years: Front Range Contemporary Quilters,
Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO, January 24 – March 7, 2014
It’s Raining Cats and Dogs,
IQF traveling exhibit opened at IQF Houston October 31, 2013
Small Vision, Big Voice 2013,
Tactile Textile Arts Center, Denver, Colorado, September 7 – October 19, 2013
Deux,
SAQA traveling exhibit opened at IQF Chicago June 2013
Denver National Quilt Festival,
Denver, Colorado, May 2 – 5, 2013
Fiber Celebration 2013,
Loveland Museum, Loveland, Colorado, February 16 – April 14, 2013
BIG,
Red Rocks Community College, Longmont, Colorado, July 5 – August 9, 2012
Fiber Celebration 2012, Longmont Museum, Longmont, Colorado, March 10 – April 29, 2012
WOW Show, CORE New Art Space, Denver, Colorado, March 8 – 28, 2012
Muses: Life’s Inspirations, Durango Arts Center, Durango, Colorado, August 2 – September 2, 2011
Frontiers: Colorado Inspirations and the Innovative Fiber Art of FRCQ, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, Colorado, May – July 2011
Colors of Life: The Fiber Art of the Front Range Contemporary Quilters, Carnegie Arts Center, Alliance, Nebraska, May 19 – June 29, 2009
Fiber Celebration 2009, Loveland Museum, Loveland, Colorado, May 30 – June 12, 2009
Tactile Architecture, International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas, October 30 – November 2, 2008
The Dog and Pony Show, CORE New Art Space, Denver, Colorado, July 10 – 27, 2008
Fiber Celebration 2008, Lincoln Center Galleries, Fort Collins, Colorado, May 16 – June 24, 2008
Fiber Celebration 2007, Greeley City Museum, Greeley, Colorado, April 28 – July 25, 2007
Fiber Celebration 2006, Lincoln Center Galleries, Fort Collins, Colorado, May 20 – June 22, 2006
Fiber Celebration 2005, Longmont Museum, Longmont, Colorado, May 7 – July 17, 2005

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

A Shortgrass Revival: A Solo Show, Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Commerce City, Colorado, July 2 – September 29, 2015
Animals with Attitude, Bas Bleu Theater, Ft. Collins, Colorado, March 4 – April 25, 2015
Colorful Creatures, NCAR, Boulder, Colorado, June 2 – August 2, 2013

AWARDS:

People’s Choice, Fiber Celebration 2015
1st Place, It’s Raining Cats and Dogs,  International Quilt Festival, Houston October 2014
3rd Place, Evolutions: Juried Quilt Challenge 2014
2nd Place, Wall Quilt, Denver National Quilt Festival VIII
SDA Award of Excellence, Fiber Celebration 2013
Juror’s Choice, Fiber Celebration 2012
3rd Place, Non-Functional Two Dimensional, Fiber Celebration 2008

PUBLICATIONS:

The Contemporary Art of Nature: Mammals, E. Ashley Rooney, Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 2014
A Quilted Menagerie, Machine Quilting Unlimited, January/February 2014
Noteworthy, Machine Quilting Unlimited,
July/August 2013
It’s My Nature, The Quilt Life,
August 2012
Reader’s Quilt Show: Frontiers: Colorado Inspirations, Quilters Newsletter,
February/March 2012

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

Boundless Fiber Artists
Handweaver’s Guild of Boulder
Front Range Contemporary Quilters (FRCQ)
NoBo Art District
Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA)
Surface Design Association (SDA)