Representational imagery is the base of my artwork. I consider art to be a very personal view into everyday connections that are expressed from the mind of the artist. I use images to elicit an emotive response and often I express subtle commentary on issues that are important to me, such as the preservation of global bee colonies in a world fraught with chemicals and indifference. My work will never slap you with an issue, but more likely remind you of the joy inherent in a natural environment.
My designs are created with line drawings first rendered in response to either my own photograph or to an idea that comes to me. My love of storytelling and whimsy play a large part in my initial design process. Then the excitement of creating each work comes from choosing the fabrics to flesh out the line design. I am a lover of intense, bold colors and use my strong sense of color theory to impart a unique style to my work. Stitching defines and punctuates while lending structural integrity. It is my choice to reflect the images of the world with exuberance and, ultimately, I feel like my breath is literally sewn into each piece, like tiny invisible stitches.
One of my favorite things ever has always been a new box of crayons. This love of things that one uses to create has been with me for a long while. I graduated college with a BA in fine art, having spent time painting and making screen prints. But it wasn't until 1995 that I caught on to the art quilt craze and I began experimenting with fabrics as a medium.
Having to work outside the home and raise three children after divorce, I took a slow pace to the learning curve with my artwork. I had a studio in a mill complex in Providence for five years and it was there that I coined my studio name of Girasole, which means sunflower in Italian. While always having my hands busy with a project, it wasn't until 2010 that I started to get serious about being an artist. Finally in 2012 a broken wrist stopped the trajectory of the craziness of my outside work schedule and I began to see the value of living life for myself and doing what makes me happy. By 2013 I was beginning to exhibit my work.
My studio is now in my home in Rhode Island. I live with my husband Tony, many cats and one crazy dog. The kids are grown, we are empty nesting and we are grandparents for the first time. I am very happy to say that the best part of each day is my time spent creating here in my studio.
Little Black Dress, The Brush Art Gallery & Studios, Lowell, Massachusetts
Contemporary Art Quilts: A Juried Exhibition, Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell, Massachusetts
Gems of the Ocean, Yachats Commons, Yachats, Oregon
Water is Life: Clean Water and Its Impact on the Lives of Women and Girls around the World, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, Massachusetts
Currents, The Brush Gallery and Studios, Lowell, Massachusetts
Art as Quilt: Transitions in Contemporary Quilt Media, Highfield Hall & Gardens, Falmouth, Massachusetts
Butterfly Whirl, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, Massachusetts
Water is Life: Clean Water and Its Impact on the Lives of Women and Girls around the World, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
A Celebration of Fiber Arts, Art Center East, Vernon, Connecticut
Art as Quilt: Transitions in Contemporary Quilt Media, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts
Balancing Act (SAQA), International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas
Art Night Bristol Warren, The East Bay Chamber of Commerce, Bristol, Rhode Island
Butterflies and Their Beautiful Kin, Texas Quilt Museum, Houston, Texas
Butterfly Whirl: Contemporary Quilt Art, Touring Exhibition
How Does Your Garden Grow?, Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell, Massachusetts
Fiber Art Showcase, Newport Art Museum, Newport, Rhode Island
What's For Dinner, International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas
Three Cohesive Pieces, Lowell Quilt Festival, Lowell, Massachusetts
WORK FEATURED IN
Currents, SAQA MA/RI Regional Exhibit, 2016
Art Quilting Studio: Summer 2016, Nature’s Portraits: Tapping into Imagination, Stampington & Company Publishers, pg 48-53, 2016
Butterflies: Butterflies and Their Beautiful Kin, A Flutter of Butterfly Quilts,
Butterfly Whirl: Contemporary Quilt Art: Exhibits from The Texas Quilt Museum, 2014
Regional Portfolio: Massachusetts & Rhode Island, SAQA, 2014
Shining Tides Quilt Guild
Gallery Talk, New England Quilt Museum
Ninigret Quilt Guild
Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.
Narragansett Bay Quilters Association