12" H x 12" W
Cohasset, the small seaside town where I live, is the perfect environment for growing hydrangea. The pH level of the soil determines the color, which can be pink, blue, purple or a combination of the three. The color of my fabric hydrangea is achieved by judicious selection of my hand painted and hand dyed fabric.
11" H x 16" W
Pansy Abstraction began with a photo taken of a pansy gracing the artist’s balcony. It was manipulated through a series of computer apps to achieve the fractured, unexpected palette. The metamorphosed image was printed on fabric and further altered through intense free motion quilting.
Litte Lake Butte des Morts in Fall
27" H x 9" W
Little Lake Butte des Morts in Fall was commissioned by a neighbor of the artist. The image represents the shared view. Fall colors were selected as they are the commissioner's favorite palette and season.
44" H x 33" W
ZenBlossoms was designed as a Zentangle and then translated from pen and paper to thread and cloth.
21" H x 24" W
The purchase of a hibiscus plant was just the motivation needed to create a new art quilt.
Little Lake Butte des Morts in Summer
44" H x 30" W
Every time I look up from my work I am treated to a view of Little Lake Butte des Morts. The water is in a constant state of flux. It can be calm and reflective, it can have mini whitecaps or in winter its frozen. Little Lake Butte des Morts in Summer is an attempt to capture a brief moment of lake life. It is the third piece made in 2011 to experiment with creating an abstract background that comes to life with a more representational, layered foreground.
30" H x 20" W
Every year I watch for the first hint of spring - the arrival of the crocuses. Often they push their way through the remnants of winter's snow. No matter how many times I witness their arrival the crocuses sing out to me with a chorus of hope. Spring Chorus is an amalgam of techniques and styles I have used in prior work, but in a new way. The underlying piecing structure is similar to my value shifting series. However, this time the shadows and light are determined by the sun, snow and crocuses versus an abstract shifting of value. The crocuses were created separately using thread painting. Once they were applied to the quilt canvas their leaves were thread painted directly onto the quilt.
50" H x 30" W
The horror of waking up on November 9, 2016 to learn Donald Trump was elected our 45th President has only been compounded with each Cabinet appointee. Every time another appointee’s name was made public and his/her inappropriateness for the job was brought to light, I cringed. It felt as though Trump was gleefully poking a Satan’s pitchfork at a hive of evil bees. What happened to Obama’s message of hope? Then it struck me, aren’t we experiencing the lesson from Pandora’s box? I choose to depict the nightmarish world with stinging bees against the flames of Hell, with a lone bee in gay banner stripes still standing proud in the hive.
50" H x 40" W
Poison dart frogs sport vibrant colors in order to alert their predators to their danger. They are tiny, no bigger than a pinky fingernail. None are neon hot pink, except in my imaginings.
37" H x 39" W
Nestling Oysters is the fourth artwork comprising the Beach Series. The series depicts different imagined scenes of walking along a beach and spying shells. With Nestling Oysters two overlapping shells are zeroed in on.
24" H x 36" W
Oyster Bay is the third artwork comprising the Beach Series. Instead of thread painting the shells as in the prior work, the oyster shells were created off quilt and then stitched in place. The shells were given depth and staining through hand painting.
22" H x 33" W
A picture taken of geese standing on a frozen lake inspired Reflection. It is not meant to be an accurate representation although it is a representational piece. In the photograph there were more than twice the number of geese depicted in the artwork and the ice was a slate gray.
30" H x 47" W
Shore’s Edge is the second in a series of work exploring ways to depict shells on a beach. In Shore’s Edge the ocean is added, including the leading edge of a wave complete with foam and spray.
33" H x 45" W
The idea for Beach Stroll evolved over decades of pondering the works of Piet Mondrian, Andrew Wyeth and an embossed nautilus shell created by Gwyned Trefethen’s sister-in-law, Cheryl Eisner. It took a year of focusing on practicing free motion quilting and another year of doing a weekly drawing assignment to be able to execute Beach Stroll with confidence.
49" H x 32" W
An invitational to create a piece for Fiber Revolution's touring exhibition Fragmentations was the impetus for Poseidon's Lair. It is an amalgam of childhood fascinations with the passions of today's artist. Poseidon's Lair is an exploration of the Fibonacci Sequence through a nautilus shell, thread painting, free form curved piecing and the layering of textures and shapes.
Hanging By A Thread
47" H x 28" W
Creating a quilt is a journey. Each whisper from the muse leads away from the planned destination. It requires faith to follow the muse. Hanging by a Thread’s original concept was to pay homage to M. C. Escher. It was to be a geometrical quilt in muted and saturated hues. The spider and fly were not part of the original intention. Trust in the muse allowed for modification, reinvention and eventually the ability to slice off half the quilt. Only then did the muse share the metaphor of the quilt, a relationship dance of patience and choice.
36" H x 25" W
The psychedelic paisley print in the eyes of the peacock’s feather was the 2002 Hoffman Challenge fabric. Color Guard was selected to tour with one of the 2002 challenge exhibtions.
35" H x 35" W
The idea for Adoration comes from a love of Madonna and Child paintings made during the Renaissance. The image is an artistic interpretation of a photograph taken by the artist’s husband, Dana B. Eagles, of the artist holding their first grandchild.
24" H x 24" W
Summer Dreams was made for the Rhododendron Needlers Quilt Guild summer challenge of 2003. The object was to incorporate the “ugly” fabric selected for the challenge. Here it is used for the beach towel and cartoon style bubbles.
The message of the quilt is that even when we are in the most idyllic of places we often long to be somewhere else.