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Here is my most recent work.  Please contact me for more details.

  • The Golden Calf, Portrait of a Con

    Hand Embroidery on Silk Gauze mounted on Vintage Table Mirror - Wool, Silk and Metallic Fiber.

    This embroidery on mirror was inspired by my photograph of a mannequin taken in 2019 at the Chanel store window on Bond Street in London.  I wanted to challenge myself to create something “real” from an inspiration that was so obviously “fake.”

    As I worked on this piece, I concluded that the original source for the mannequin (and the other mannequins in the same display) was, without a doubt, the President’s daughter.  

    Whether this was done as a subtle form of flattery to Ms. Trump or to aspirationally encourage those who admire her, I have no way of knowing, and this ambiguity only adds to the mystery of the piece.

    Initially I was interested only in the artistic alchemy between real and fake, but with the understanding of who I was embroidering, my self imposed challenge became to document Trump’s own “golden calf;” a false idol used by its creator as an object of worship and distraction.

    Like all of my embroidered mirrors, this image also invites viewers to examine their own reflection as they scrutinize their own image next to the image of the calf.

    Tags
    Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump, Chanel, couched embroidery, Embroidery on Mirrors, Hand Embroidered, Hand Embroidery, Catherine Hicks
    Year
    2020
    Dimensions
    12" x 20" (WxH)
    Price
    9750
    The Golden Calf, Portrait of a Con
  • Bloody Hell, A Portrait of Fleabag (detail)

           I was surprised to be so delighted by the BBC TV series “Fleabag.”  Phoebe Waller Bridge captures something very essential about the female experience in her writing and portrayal of the completely flawed lead character, and the role has made her an “overnight” icon for imperfect women everywhere.  For me, the most cathartic scene by far was when Fleabag, dressed in a chic evening gown, stood gazing at herself in a very elegant powder room mirror while examining  her bloody, just punched face.

             The most remarkable aspect of this scene is how Bridge plays it as if being socked in the nose were just another thing she was expecting that evening, like being offered a dessert by a waiter as her plate was removed.  As they struggle with transitioning from the optimism of youth to the reality of life in their thirties, I think many women come to expect life is not necessarily going to go their way, and Fleabag’s expression in that moment captures that feeling superbly.           Since the quarantining of the world due to the Corona Virus outbreak, this image has only become more relatable as people in developed countries feel like they have taken a similar blow.  We know we will recover and be fine, but we are not too sure (as we examine the damage in the mirror) that there won’t be some kind of nasty scarring.           This piece incorporates a vanity tray mirror which can sit flat on a horizontal surface or be displayed on a sturdy easel.

    Tags
    Fleabag, Phoebe Waller Bridge, BBC, Embroidery on Mirrors
    Year
    2020
    Dimensions
    11" x 15" (WxH)
    Price
    4500
    Bloody Hell, A Portrait of Fleabag (detail)
  • Bloody Hell, a Portrait of Fleabag

           I was surprised to be so delighted by the BBC TV series “Fleabag.”  Phoebe Waller Bridge captures something very essential about the female experience in her writing and portrayal of the completely flawed lead character, and the role has made her an “overnight” icon for imperfect women everywhere.  For me, the most cathartic scene by far was when Fleabag, dressed in a chic evening gown, stood gazing at herself in a very elegant powder room mirror while examining  her bloody, just punched face.

             The most remarkable aspect of this scene is how Bridge plays it as if being socked in the nose were just another thing she was expecting that evening, like being offered a dessert by a waiter as her plate was removed.  As they struggle with transitioning from the optimism of youth to the reality of life in their thirties, I think many women come to expect life is not necessarily going to go their way, and Fleabag’s expression in that moment captures that feeling superbly.
              Since the quarantining of the world due to the Corona Virus outbreak, this image has only become more relatable as people in developed countries feel like they have taken a similar blow.  We know we will recover and be fine, but we are not too sure (as we examine the damage in the mirror) that there won’t be some kind of nasty scarring.
              This piece incorporates a vanity tray mirror which can sit flat on a horizontal surface or be displayed on a sturdy easel.

    Tags
    Fleabag, PhoebeWallerBridge, Hand Embroidery, Embroidery on Mirrors, Phoebe Waller Bridge, BBC, Amazon Prime, Vanity, Vanity Tray, Mixed media
    Year
    2020
    Dimensions
    11" x 15" (WxH)
    Price
    4500
    Bloody Hell, a Portrait of Fleabag
  • Gaslight, a Portrait of Paula

    In every movie are moments where we, the audience relate in some way to the characters on screen. Whether positively or negatively, these fleeting relationships with characters and the stars who play them are what keep us coming back, to sit in darkened theaters (or with remotes in our hands), silent but catching on to things that are often too difficult or complex to articulate in everyday conversation. With only an expression, cinematic images help us to “put our finger on” important but often fleeting thoughts and feelings.

    In the movie “Gaslight,’ Ingrid Bergman’s Paula realizes that she has given over her life to a murderer who duped her into believing that she was crazy, simply because she questioned things that did not make sense. My portrait of Paula is focused on that explosive moment. In her angry, hooded eye stare, Bergman exemplifies what it means to be lied to and to have lived one’s life based on that lie.  

    Since that movie’s release, the word “Gaslight” has taken on a very specific cultural meaning, and has become prominent in our lexicon, particularly since the rise of partisan reporting, both officially and in never ending “news” feeds on social media. In my Portrait of Paula, I invite the viewer to look not only into Ingrid’s eyes, but to also examine their own visage in the mirrored surface surrounding her, looking closely at both the lies they have been on the receiving end of, as well as their own culpability at the contemporary cultural gaslighting that occurs as information and misinformation is spread.

    Silk hand Embroidery mounted on Found Object (antique mirror).

    Tags
    Ingridbergman, handembroidery, embroideryonmirrors, contemporary embroidery
    Year
    2019
    Dimensions
    13" x 9" (WxH)
    Price
    4500
    Gaslight, a Portrait of Paula
  • The Bride of Frankenstein, a Portrait of the Bride

    In “The Bride of Frankenstein,” the bride is created as a device for use by Frankenstein’s Monster. She is reanimated by the God - Like “creator” for no other reason than to complete a set, like graveside salt and pepper shakers, and she appears to have no use other than to stand, silent and wide eyed beside her mate. 

    In the publicity still I used as inspiration for my portrait, the Bride, applying lipstick to her death masque, exemplifies our society’s continued insistence that a woman’s first value is in how she looks. What was true in old Hollywood remains true in our current visually supercharged society: How you look (still) matters most of all. 

    Rarely do you see a female face on Instagram that is not shot from the “best” angle, with lipstick applied and hair meticulously arranged. My mirrored portrait invites contemplation both of the vacuous silliness of the Bride’s touch up, and of our own faces reflected just over her shoulder. For those who did not read this first - Did you adjust your look (duck lips, a hair toss, a dropped chin, etc.) the moment you saw yourself in the mirror?


    Tags
    Thebride, thebrideoffrankenstein, contemporary embroidery, embroideryonmirrors
    Year
    2019
    Dimensions
    14" x 22" (WxH)
    Price
    4500
    The Bride of Frankenstein, a Portrait of the Bride
  • After Dinner Speech, a Portrait of Alice Paul

    WINNER!  DIRECTOR’S CHOICE AWARD -  Woodlawn Pope and Lehighey House 57th Annual Needlework Show and Sale - theme: Suffragettes

    Silk and Crewel Wool Hand Embroidery and Beadwork on antique Mirror, Enamel, found objects (funnel, tubing)

    According to the Alice Paul Institute (Mount Laurel, New Jersey), Alice Paul (b 1885, d 1977) was an American Feminist, Political Strategist and Suffragette leader in both Great Britain and the United States.

    Practicing Quakers, Paul’s parents taught their children to believe in “gender equality and the need to work for the betterment of society...”. Although her family had wealth, Paul and her siblings were raised ”very simply...with responsibilities instilling the values of industry and perseverance...”

    After graduating first in her High School Class, Alice Paul attended Swarthmore College, a co-educational institution founded on the principle of equal education for both sexes by her grandfather, Judge William Parry.  Shortly after graduation, Paul went to Birmingham, England to study Social Work.

    While overseas, Alice was swept up in the British Suffrage Movement, falling in with the Pankhurst women, a mother and two daughters at the forefront of the protests there.  “Deeds Not Words,’ was their rallying cry, and this group demanded attention through “direct and visible measures, such as heckling, window smashing and rock throwing...”.  Paul joined in, personally breaking more than 48 windows, and was arrested and jailed for her behavior.  

    While jailed, Paul organized hunger strikes.  Authorities responded by brutally force feeding her and the other strikers by twice daily inserting a rubber hose into their nostrils and down into their throats, then flooding their stomachs with a medically unadvisable mixture of raw eggs and milk, poured through a funnel held above their immobilized heads.  

    After her final release, Paul returned home in 1910 and became a leader in the Suffrage movement in the United States.  She was appointed head of the Congressional Committee in charge of working for a federal suffrage amendment, and moved to Washington, DC, organizing what she hoped would be an attention grabbing Women’s March down Pennsylvania Avenue to disrupt the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson.  With no police intervention, the marchers were physically attacked by onlookers, which newspapers covered sympathetically to Paul’s cause.

    In her effort to get a national amendment, Paul organized her followers as “Silent Sentinels,” who peacefully picketed outside the White House with Banners written to shame Wilson to make change.  The women were attacked by mobs, arrested then jailed for “obstructing traffic.”  

    While imprisoned in the Occuan Workhouse, Paul and the other suffragettes demanded to be treated as political prisoners, and when that demand was rejected, they staged hunger strikes.  Authorities responded with “brutality...suffragists, including frail, older women were beaten, pushed and thrown into cold, unsanitary and rat-infested cells.”  

    As one of the leaders, Alice was again forcibly fed raw eggs and milk twice daily, this time with the rubber hose inserted directly down her throat.  This torture went on for 35 days until news of the treatment reached the press and public sympathy turned fully toward the women and their cause.

    My portrait honors the sacrifices she and others made for my right to vote while challenging viewers to engage in a moment of self reflection while examining her experience.

    Commissioned for Woodlawn Pope Leighey House in Alexandria, VA in celebration of 100 years of Women’s Suffrage in the United States

    Tags
    Alice Paul, Mixed Media, Embroidered Portrait, Society for Embroidered Work, Hand Embroidery, Suffrage, Suffrage anniversary, Woodlawn Pope Leighey House, Beaded Embroidery, Embroidery on Mirrors, equal rights ammendment, ERA
    Year
    2020
    Dimensions
    17" x 19" (WxH)
    Price
    1600
    After Dinner Speech,  a Portrait of Alice Paul
  • The Birds, a Portrait of Melanie

    When distractedly flipping channels in the comfort of our easy chairs, Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” seems to be little more than a quaint shocker set at a time when even ladies in danger wore pearls and stockings and eyes were plucked with restrained delicacy.  

    But viewed through the lens of the climate crisis, Hitchcock’s strange entertainment is suddenly, ominously prescient.

    “The Birds, a Portrait of Melanie” is taken from the phone booth scene where our heroine “hides” in a phone booth, passively looking through a clear glass screen while the world is destroyed around her. She waits for the hero she is certain will notice and save her, but makes no move other to watch in demure horror (with only a single lock of hair artfully out of place) at each escalating scene of destruction.

    Framed by a mirror with ominous avian sentinels, our observation of Melanie is also an observation of ourselves and, perhaps, our own culpability in the blazing summers, rising oceans and freakishly strong storms and tornadoes.  Like the caged bird that was carried away in the escape car at the end of the film, the fecund seeds and nest may inspire the hope of new life or a sense of doom at what may be an inevitable and irreversible change.

    Tags
    Tippihedren, thebirds, embroideryonmirrors
    Year
    2019
    Dimensions
    14" x 11" (WxH)
    Price
    4500
    The Birds, a Portrait of Melanie
  • Garbo Speaks

    Famously silent, Greta Garbo was a master of voluminous expression without ever uttering a word. A rolled eye and an arched brow (or just wishing you felt safe enough to roll your eye or arch your brow) are sometimes the only way to answer a racist “joke” or a Ford F-150 plastered with intimidating NRA screeds, or the unwanted brush of a supervisor’s hand.  Again, the viewer is invited to look directly at themselves through the work, contemplating if they are the problem, or, if like Garbo, they, too, are finally ready to speak.    

    Tags
    Greta Garbo, eyes, hand embroidery, embroidery on mirrors, embroidered portrait, society for embroidered work
    Year
    2019
    Dimensions
    10" x 8" (WxH)
    Price
    1875
    Garbo Speaks
  • Of Human Bondage - Portrait of Mildred

              In the 1934 film “Of Human Bondage,” Bette Davis plays a manipulative waitress who takes full advantage of the disabled medical student who falls in love with her, keeping him on the string while she constantly hunts for richer men to marry who are closer to heart attack age.   Each scene reveals an escalation of Mildred’s outrageous behavior, and any sympathy the audience feels turns to scorn as she slides down the slippery slope to the world’s oldest profession, just before her dramatic and repulsive death.  
                It can be painful to realize that one’s youth is gone.  The mirror no longer shows the promise of a life ahead, rather it shows the marks of a life that has been lived.  As Mildred examines herself in the mirror, perhaps she is thinking about the costs of the choices that she has made.  Her looks are fading, she is tired and poor, and there is no soft pillow on which to lay her head.  
               But were those choices really choices, or were they simply Mildred’s responses to the poor circumstances over which she had no control?  As you consider Mildred’s fate, please also consider the choices you might have made had you, like Mildred, been born poor, with little education and only your looks and pluck to make your way in the world - Should you be judged?  Should she?  Should anyone?

    Tags
    embroidery on mirrors, Of Human Bondage, Bette Davis, Hand Embroidery, Silk Embroidery, Vintage mirror
    Year
    2019
    Dimensions
    8" x 18" (WxH)
    Price
    4500
    Of Human Bondage - Portrait of Mildred
  • Of Human Bondage - Portrait of Mildred

              In the 1934 film “Of Human Bondage,” Bette Davis plays a manipulative waitress who takes full advantage of the disabled medical student who falls in love with her, keeping him on the string while she constantly hunts for richer men to marry who are closer to heart attack age.   Each scene reveals an escalation of Mildred’s outrageous behavior, and any sympathy the audience feels turns to scorn as she slides down the slippery slope to the world’s oldest profession, just before her dramatic and repulsive death.  
                It can be painful to realize that one’s youth is gone.  The mirror no longer shows the promise of a life ahead, rather it shows the marks of a life that has been lived.  As Mildred examines herself in the mirror, perhaps she is thinking about the costs of the choices that she has made.  Her looks are fading, she is tired and poor, and there is no soft pillow on which to lay her head.  
               But were those choices really choices, or were they simply Mildred’s responses to the poor circumstances over which she had no control?  As you consider Mildred’s fate, please also consider the choices you might have made had you, like Mildred, been born poor, with little education and only your looks and pluck to make your way in the world - Should you be judged?  Should she?  Should anyone?

    Tags
    embroidery on mirrors, Of Human Bondage, Bette Davis, hand embroidered, hand embroidery
    Year
    2019
    Dimensions
    8" x 18" (WxH)
    Price
    4500
    Of Human Bondage - Portrait of Mildred
  • The Shrewing of the Tame, Portraits of Elizabeth

    In the 1951 film “A place in the Sun,” 19 year old Elizabeth Taylor was a sensation playing the chaste, virginal beauty that Montgomery Clift wanted badly enough to kill for.  Taylor’s Angela Vickers was every man’s fantasy of the perfect “good” girl - stunningly beautiful, quiet and compliant; always wafting atomic innocence that you knew had been saved just for you.  

    After her marriage to Richard Burton, Liz tired of playing sweet innocents and sought out more mature roles like Maggie in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” and Kate in “The Taming of the Shrew,” thinking that these parts would help her audience see her as a great actress playing nuanced, multi dimensional female leads.  

    But the audience was not interested in nuance.  Madonna or Whore, Virgin or Slut, Juicy Young Peach or Shriveled Old Hag - those were the “types” that women were allowed to inhabit; and the cultural rules allowed, and still allow only the absolute.  If people, and that includes female people, have many different emotions and sides to their personalities and characters, why do we box them in the extremes?

    Two perpetually separated sides of women are revealed in “The Shrewing of the Tame.”  Elizabeth the Good and Elizabeth the Bitch - always back to back, always distinctly in opposition.  As you examine the embroidery, I invite you to pause for a moment of self reflection, as well, considering questions like which “type” are you?  Who told you that?  Have you assigned labels to others?  What labels have you assigned to yourself?

    Tags
    Elizabeth Taylor, A place in the sun, The Taming of the Shrew, Hand embroidery, Silk Embroidery, embroidery on mirrors, double sided mirror, hand mirror, hollywood, movies
    Year
    2019
    Dimensions
    7" x 14" (WxH)
    Price
    7500
    The Shrewing of the Tame, Portraits of Elizabeth
  • The Shrewing of the the Tame, a portrait of Kate (Reverse Side)

    The “back” side of Elizabeth... or is this one the front?

    Tags
    Elizabeth Taylor, embroideryonmirrors, embroidery on mirrors, hand embroidery, silk embroidery, hand mirror, A place in the sun, The Taming of the Shrew, Hollywood, Movies
    Year
    2019
    Dimensions
    7" x 13" (WxH)
    Price
    7500
    The Shrewing of the the Tame, a portrait of Kate (Reverse Side)
  • Sewing Circle

    A hand picks up a needle and embroiders another hand, and, with each iteration and addition of character, we see that what is inside of each hand is the same: bone, muscle, and the creative need of nimble fingers to make their mark on others and on the world. An intensely personal statement on the expressive quality of needle and thread, this piece celebrates all of my “sisters in stitch.”

    Tags
    Hand Embroidery, Stump Embroidery
    Year
    2018
    Dimensions
    10" x 10" (WxH)
    Price
    6000
    Sewing Circle
  • Diego's Chica (portrait of Frida)

    Frida Kahlo loved Diego Rivera, and I love her. My loving homage to the original selfie queen, my portrait of Frida is rendered entirely by hand with delicate strands of silk and metallic fiber. The crewel embroidery is layered in the manner of a glazed oil painting as a way of following (in fiber) the techniques Ms. Kahlo used in creating her own iconic oil portraits. Her hair is crowned with a bouquet of dimensional stump work flowers, further adding to the life like effect of the work.

    Tags
    Frida, Frida Khalo, diego, rivera, Crewel Embroidery, Crewel Portrait, stump embroidery, floral embroidery, embroidered portrait, embroidery, crewel, sewing, painting
    Year
    2014
    Dimensions
    12" x 6" (WxH)
    Diego's Chica (portrait of Frida)
  • Diego's Chica (portrait of Frida) - detail

    This detail shows the stump embroidery technique I used in creating my portrait of Frida. The flowers are truly dimensional, and advance about 1/2" from the surface of the painting.
    Frida Khalo inspires me by the complex body of work she left behind, and by the way she created that work in response to the tumult of her life. When faced with physical and emotional obstacles, Frida did not shrink, but instead attacked her problems with her paintbrush. Like Frida, I use a needle as my weapon, drawing it with the same passion and fight that I imagine Ms. Khalo felt. The art left behind is simply a byproduct of the creative life’s victory over sorrow.

    Tags
    Frida, Frida Khalo, diego, rivera, Crewel Embroidery, Crewel Portrait, stump embroidery, floral embroidery, embroidered portrait, embroidery, crewel, sewing, painting
    Year
    2014
    Dimensions
    6" x 12" (WxH)
    Diego's Chica (portrait of Frida) - detail
  • Diego's Chica (portrait of Frida) - detail

    Frida created her iconic self portraiture as a way of alleviating the pain she felt throughout her adult life; this positive, unvarnished and productive way of coping has guided my own practice of self healing through the making of art. In all of my work, I begin by asking myself a few fundamental questions: what if the paintbrush had never been invented? What if pigment and oil had never been mixed? How ELSE might the great artists have made their mark? In this piece I added: What might have happened if Frida had picked up an embroidery hoop instead of a paintbox? What could she have done with a needle and thread that might have added to the way she saw herself? Would she, too, have anointed her own head with a dimensional flower crown?
    I use my work as a foil to converse with the greats (Van
    I use my work as a platform to converse with the greats (Van Gogh, Khalo, Lichtenstein, Dali, etc.) about how, working together, we could spend the day NOT painting, but using the lowly tools that were there all along. What might Frida have made if she had contemporaneously reframed the artistic hierarchy?

    Tags
    Frida, Khalo, crewel portrait, diego, rivera, Crewel Embroidery, stump embroidery, floral embroidery, embroidered portrait, embroidery, crewel, sewing, painting
    Year
    2014
    Dimensions
    8" x 12" (WxH)
    Diego's Chica (portrait of Frida) - detail
  • The Harvey Girl (a portrait of me, too)

    Hand stitched entirely with individual crewel French knots, this crying Harvey Girl sums up how many women (and a few men) were feeling in 2018, as the world was swept into the honest reckoning of the me too movement. Texans may feel differently about the piece, which was stitched (in part) during the costal deluge caused by hurricane Harvey. A pointillist portrait of the anguish felt by all of the Harvey Girls of 2017, this work has been described as Georges Seurat meets Roy Lichtenstein. Made up of thousands of individual French knots, this "girl" is the first in a series of women expressing the anxieties of our age.

    Tags
    me too, harvey, Hurricane Harvey, crewel, crewel embroidery, embroidered portrait, hand embroidered, pointillism, dots
    Year
    2018
    Dimensions
    9" x 9" (WxH)
    Price
    1550
    The Harvey Girl (a portrait of me, too)
  • St Vincent in grey felt hat

    Based on Van Gogh's Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat (1887/88), my hand embroidered crewel wool portrait of Vincent features the great artist in a dimensional (wired) stump work hat that protrudes about one inch from the support.

    Tags
    Vincent Van Gogh, Crewel Portrait, crewel
    Year
    2018
    Dimensions
    8" x 10" (WxH)
    Price
    1800
    St Vincent in grey felt hat
  • Portrait of Suzanne Valadon - Artist, Model, Muse

    Suzanne Valadon was a badass woman and artist before women could be badass artists. The illegitimate daughter of a linen maid, the teenaged Suzanne herself became an unwed mother with no means of supporting herself or her son. 
    With no skills or prospects, Suzanne worked as a trapeze artist until a fall ended that career; she then became an artist's model during the burgeoning fin de siècle Parisian Art scene. 
    Standing for every great painter from Degas, Renoir and Lautrec, Suzanne, with her own artistic gifts, taught her self how to draw and paint through her own keen observation of the masters at work. This piece is based on a self portrait (1898) which is part of the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

    Tags
    Suzanne Valadon, Museum of Fine Arts, MFAH, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Embroidered Portrait, Hand Embroidery, Female Artist, Appropriation Art, Crewel Work, Crewewl Embroidery, Fiber Art
    Year
    2018
    Dimensions
    8" x 10" (WxH)
    Price
    700
    Portrait of Suzanne Valadon - Artist, Model, Muse
  • Lady GaDiva, a portrait of Stephanie

    I went into a bead shop and fell in love with a new texture and tool to create with.  Lady Gaga in thigh high boots and little else served as the inspiration of this piece, which was made over the course of 9 months with a variety of seed and bugle beads.

    Tags
    Lady Godiva, Lady GaGa, Beaded Embroidery
    Year
    2019
    Price
    2100
    Lady GaDiva, a portrait of Stephanie
  • Harvey Girl 2 (a portrait of her, too)

    5.5" X 4.5" An experiment in double sided embroidery, this embroidered sketch captures the two faces most women know: the public verge of tears and the private deluge, often in the stall of a ladies' room.
    Tags
    double sided embroidery, embroidered sketch, Harvey Winstein, redhead, ginger, tears, embroidery, hand embroidery, transparent embroidery
  • KABOOM! (Exploding Roy Lichtenstein)

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    KA BOOM!!!
    This dimensional, sculptural piece depicts Roy Lichtenstein's face being flung from a fabric facsimile of one of his exploding metal sculptures. Made with layers of stiffened stump work, the silk rendered Roy in the center is attached with a spring, allowing movement in the work.

    Tags
    Roy Lichtenstein, Explosion, stump work, stumpwork, stumpwork on steriods
    Year
    2017
    Dimensions
    14" x 14" (WxH)
    Price
    2100
    KABOOM! (Exploding Roy Lichtenstein)
  • Peeping Tom (detail)

    An epic fail which taught me the importance of selecting clear and well lit source material, this piece is the portrait that wasn’t, until, with a little paint and lace, it was.  Is he watching you, or are you watching him?

    Tags
    Hand Embroidery, Lace, Eye
    Year
    2014
    Price
    525
    Peeping Tom (detail)
  • Peeping Tom

    An epic fail which taught me the importance of selecting clear and well lit source material, this piece is the portrait that wasn’t, until, with a little paint and lace, it was.  Is he watching you, or are you watching him?

    Tags
    Hand Embroidery, Eye, lace
    Year
    2014
    Price
    525
    Peeping Tom
  • Lee who laughs last...a portrait of the Pollocks (detail)

    A stump embroidery image of Lee Krasner furiously smoking over a Pollock style (acrylic) drip painting. Lee outwitted, outlasted and outplayed her famous husband without ever disparaging him or his work.

    Tags
    Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock, Fiber Art, Fiber Portrait, Drip Painting, Acrylic Portrait, Catherine Hicks, Catherine Hicks art, Stump Embroidery, Appropriation Art
    Year
    2015
    Dimensions
    9" x 40" (WxH)
    Price
    650
  • Lee who laughs last...a portrait of the Pollocks (detail)

    This is a detail from my portrait of Lee Krasner and her husband, Jackson Pollock. Krasner, a talented artist in her own right, masterfully manipulated the Modern Art market with her cagey handling of her volatile and abusive husband's estate.

    Tags
    Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock, Fiber Art, Fiber Portrait, Embroidery, Stump Embroidery, Catherine Hicks, Catherine Hicks art, Appropriation Art
    Year
    2015
    Dimensions
    9" x 40" (WxH)
    Price
    1200
    Lee who laughs last...a portrait of the Pollocks (detail)
  • Hanging with Alexander

    I wanted to honor Alexander Calder with an embroidered portrait that was also a mobile. I drew my sketch of Mr. Calder in wire, which I covered in cotton utilizing a buttonhole stitch. The dimensional portrait moves, reading sometimes as a face, sometimes as a scribble.

    Year
    2016
    Dimensions
    11" x 14" (WxH)
    Price
    250
    Hanging with Alexander
  • The Treachery of Jobs

    A play on Magritte's Surrealist Art statement regarding pipes, this piece invites the viewer to consider their own lives - both with and without the thing every modern gentleman (and lady) now carries in their pocket: their smartphone. As ubiquitous and addictive as the pipe in Magritte's day, the smartphone is both a tool and a trap. Not that long ago, we could not conceive of living with a portable, hand sized computer, now few can envision life without one. Those who are truly plugged in will appreciate the hanging hardware, which is a twisted, looping charger cable which has been carefully sewn to the back of this mixed media piece.

    Tags
    Magritte, The Treachery of Images, Apple, Steve Jobs
    Year
    2014
    Dimensions
    12" x 9" (WxH)
    Price
    625
    The Treachery of Jobs
  • The Treachery of Jobs (reverse)

    A play on Magritte's big Surrealist Art statement regarding pipes, this piece invites the viewer to consider their own lives - both with and without their smartphones. Not that long ago, we could not imagine living with a computer in our pocket; now few can envision life without one. Those who are truly plugged in will appreciate the hanging hardware, which is a twisted, looping charger cable which has been carefully sewn to the back of this mixed media piece.

    Tags
    Magritte, The Treachery of Images, Apple, Steve Jobs
    Year
    2014
    Dimensions
    12" x 9" (WxH)
    Price
    625
    The Treachery of Jobs (reverse)
  • Girl with a Pearl

    Wool, silk crewel embroidery on deep black velvet. Based on Vermeer's exquisite "Girl with a Pearl earring," this piece modernizes that image with a contemporary girl, dressed in garb stolen from an old boyfriend. And, like Vermeer's girl of long ago, she turns toward us, the viewer, confidently inviting us in as her stunning eyes return our gaze.

    Tags
    fiber art, crewel embroidery, crewel portrait, Vermeer, Velvet, embroidery, crewel, sewing, painting
    Year
    2014
    Dimensions
    15" x 18" (WxH)
    Price
    800
    Girl with a Pearl
  • Girl with a Pearl (detail)

    Wool, silk crewel embroidery on deep black velvet. Based on Vermeer's exquisite "Girl with a Pearl earring," this piece modernizes that image with a contemporary girl, dressed in garb stolen from an old boyfriend. And, like Vermeer's girl of long ago, she turns toward us, the viewer, confidently inviting us in as her stunning eyes return our gaze.

    Tags
    Girl with a Pearl, crewel embroidery, crewel portrait, embroidered portrait, Vermeer, fiber art, embroidery, crewel, sewing, painting
    Year
    2014
    Dimensions
    15" x 18" (WxH)
    Price
    800
    Girl with a Pearl (detail)
  • SXSW (what I missed...)

    Interwoven sewn sequins on a deep velvet ground. Austin festivals are a blast. As night falls, the city streets fill with people, each one rushing to meet their friends, catch a movie, or listen to their new favorite band. But there is more going on... Everyone – and I mean everyone - is clutching a smartphone in their hands, bowing to the technology as it guides their every experience. Meals are meticulously researched, executed and instagrammed. Routes between activities are valued by length, not by scenery. Chance is unavailable. The herds are both followed and guided by their GPS, and every move is documented in the clouds, even if the stars are shining brightly. In the piece, thousands of hand sewn sequins in dozens of lines weave, bob and intersect across a deep velvet ground, with each tiny dot representing the movements of the phones and the people who follow them. Who and what was seen, and who and what was missed?

    Tags
    fiber art, sequin art, gps, sewn art, ATX, SXSW, Austin Texas
    Year
    2014
    Dimensions
    57" x 57" (WxH)
    Price
    1200
    SXSW (what I missed...)
  • SXSW (what I missed...)

    Interwoven sewn sequins on a deep black velvet ground. Austin festivals are a blast. As night falls, the city streets fill with people, each one rushing to meet their friends, catch a movie, or listen to their new favorite band. But there is more going on... Everyone – and I mean everyone - is clutching a smartphone in their hands, using the technology to guide their every experience. Meals are meticulously researched, executed and instagrammed. Routes between activities are valued by length, not by scenery. Chance is unavailable. The herds are both followed and guided by their GPS, and every move is documented in the clouds, even if the stars are shining brightly. In the piece, thousands of hand sewn sequins in dozens of lines weave, bob and intersect across a deep velvet ground, with each tiny dot representing the movements of the phones and the people who follow them.

    Tags
    fiber art, sequin art, sewn art, SXSW, ATX, Austin Texas
    Year
    2014
    Dimensions
    22" x 22" (WxH)
    Price
    1200
    SXSW (what I missed...)
  • Krause Springs

    Hung against a sunny window, this shimmering homage to cool delights the senses with movement, light and a watery presence. I made this work in 2014 as a way of fighting against the awful drought and confining heat that was gripping Texas; to remind myself what if felt like to be shivering with cold, soaking wet, and seeking out (instead of avoiding) the heat of the blazing sun.

    Tags
    fiber art, sequin art, sewn art, drought in Texas, Krause Springs
    Year
    2014
    Dimensions
    27" x 68" (WxH)
    Price
    1100
    Krause Springs
  • www

    Silk, copper and glass on juxtaposed with a soft and tactile velvet ground, this piece was made inspired by two very important engineers in my life: my Grandfather, an telephone engineer in the 20's, and my son, a cutting edge and very contemporary software engineer. I made it to honor the role of engineering in art, and of art in engineering.

    Tags
    fiber art, sewn art, engineering art
    Year
    2013
    Dimensions
    9" x 17" (WxH)
    Price
    625
    www
  • Glide

    Woven with action dyed pure silk satin ribbon, this piece was constructed by assembling strips of ribbon, then (in an homage to Pollock) action drip dying them to make a non objective image, followed by "fracturing" the pieces and reassembling them into a whole new idea and concept of what a painting can be.

    Tags
    fiber art, silk art, sewn art, fractured painting
    Year
    2013
    Dimensions
    40" x 30" (WxH)
    Price
    900
    Glide
  • www

    Silk, copper and glass on juxtaposed with a soft and tactile velvet ground, this piece was made inspired by two very important engineers in my life: my Grandfather, an telephone engineer in the 20's, and my son, a cutting edge and very contemporary software engineer. I made it to honor the role of engineering in art, and of art in engineering.

    Tags
    fiber art, sewn art, engineering art
    Year
    2013
    Dimensions
    9" x 17" (WxH)
    Price
    625
    www
  • Krause Springs (detail)

    Made of woven slung sequins mounted to a prepared canvas and anchored with shimmering glass beads. Everyone knows that the cure for a blazing hot August day is as close as a quick drive to Burnet County: destination Krause Springs. You strip then plunge, overjoyed in the relief of FREEZING cold… DRIPPING wet… and finally, UNCONTROLLABLE SHIVERS!! You have to be a real Texan to understand.

    Tags
    sequin art, sewn art, fiber art, drought in Texas, Krause Springs
    Year
    2014
    Dimensions
    27" x 68" (WxH)
    Price
    1100
    Krause Springs (detail)
  • The Red Eye

    Acrylic, sequins, and beads on a woven velvet support, this piece evokes the view out an airplane window as travelers descend into a city alive and buzzing even in the darkest night. "The Red Eye" evokes in the viewer the ripe potential of a visitor's hopes for their journey as their plane glides down to the lights and excitement below.

    Tags
    fiber art, sewn art, sequin art
    Year
    2013
    Price
    575
    The Red Eye
  • The Red Eye

    Acrylic, sequins, and beads on a woven velvet support, this piece evokes the view out an airplane window as travelers descend into a city alive and buzzing even in the darkest night. "The Red Eye" evokes in the viewer the ripe potential of a visitor's hopes for their journey as their plane glides down to the lights and excitement below.

    Tags
    fiber art, sequin art, sewn art
    Year
    2013
    Price
    575
    The Red Eye
  • Splish Splash

    Action dyed pure silk ribbon on a ground of turquoise silk dupioni, this piece was inspired by a pile of dozens and dozens of yards of ribbon tangled (after drip dying) on my studio table. As I ran my fingers through the lengths, I realized that the exuberant texture and the interplay of color was much more interesting than my original intent for the ribbon, so I stiffened the pieces and blind sewed them to a canvas stretched with luxurious silk dupioni (slubbed silk).The crashing of cool and warm colors on the final piece reminded me of that shocking little toe dip moment of being both in and out of a warm bath.

    Tags
    silk art, sewn art, fiber art
    Year
    2014
    Dimensions
    30" x 14" (WxH)
    Price
    650
  • Harvey Girl 2 (a portrait of her, too)

    This is a small double sided embroidery

    Tags
    double sided embroidery
  • Splish Splash (detail)

    Action dyed pure silk ribbon on a ground of turquoise silk dupioni, this piece was inspired by a pile of dozens and dozens of yards of ribbon tangled (after drip dying) on my studio table. As I ran my fingers through the lengths, I realized that the exuberant texture and the interplay of color was much more interesting than my original intent for the ribbon, so I stiffened the pieces and blind sewed them to a canvas stretched with luxurious silk dupioni (slubbed silk).The crashing of cool and warm colors on the final piece reminded me of that shocking little toe dip moment of being both in and out of a warm bath.

    Tags
    silk art, sewn art, fiber art
    Year
    2014
    Dimensions
    30" x 14" (WxH)
    Price
    650
    Splish Splash (detail)
  • The White Hole

    Acrylic on Linen with a hole. Is it a painting or is it an escape hatch?

    Tags
    fiber art, dimensional painting
    Year
    2013
    Dimensions
    12" x 17" (WxH)
    Price
    650
    The White Hole
  • Thanks, Ladybird!

    The Roadways of Central Texas OWN early Spring, thanks to the seeds sown half a century ago by native daughter LadyBird Johnson. Blues, pinks, corals, violets, yellows and reds drift through luminescent greens, giving the viewer the sensation of a top down road trip, complete with wayfarers, blasting tunes, and the soft feeling of day's end. An impressionistic play on the patches of roadside color that every Texas child knows, this woven silk painting shimmers and gleams like dappled sunlight rushing by in a blur.

    Tags
    fiber art, sewn art, silk art, Roadtrip, Spring Break, silk ribbon
    Year
    2013
    Dimensions
    50" x 36" (WxH)
    Price
    1200
    Thanks, Ladybird!
  • Before the Deluge

    Woven with action dyed pure silk satin ribbon and embellished with a dotted spray of acrylic, this piece was rendered as a prayer for cloudy skies and storms. Cool blues and greens slide into deep lilacs and grays that are predictive of 100% chance of rain.

    Tags
    sewn art, silk art, fiber art
    Year
    2013
    Dimensions
    25" x 40" (WxH)
    Price
    900
    Before the Deluge
  • Before the Deluge (detail)

    Woven with action dyed pure silk satin ribbon and embellished with a dotted spray of acrylic, this piece was rendered as a prayer for cloudy skies and storms. Cool blues and greens slide into deep lilacs and grays that are predictive of 100% chance of rain.

    Tags
    silk art, sewn art, fiber art
    Year
    2013
    Dimensions
    25" x 40" (WxH)
    Price
    900
    Before the Deluge (detail)
  • The Final Frontier

    A woven, action dyed pure silk ribbon painting embellished with acrylic, this piece reminded me of childhood hours spent traveling the universe, courtesy of the Starship Enterprise.

    Tags
    silk art, sewn art, fiber art
    Year
    2013
    Dimensions
    12" x 12" (WxH)
    Price
    375
    The Final Frontier
  • Sea of Tranquility

    Woven with action dyed pure silk satin ribbon, this piece was constructed by assembling strips of ribbon, then (in an homage to Pollock) action drip dying them to make a non objective image, followed by "fracturing" the pieces and reassembling them into a whole new idea and concept of what a painting can be. When completed, the carefully controlled and soothing color scheme reminded me of the moon on a cloudless night: silvery, cool and dreamy.

    Tags
    silk art, sewn art, fiber art, fractured painting
    Year
    2014
    Dimensions
    36" x 60" (WxH)
    Price
    1400
    Sea of Tranquility
  • Sea of Tranquility (detail)

    Woven with action dyed pure silk satin ribbon, this piece was constructed by assembling strips of ribbon, then (in an homage to Pollock) action drip dying them to make a non objective image, followed by "fracturing" the pieces and reassembling them into a whole new idea and concept of what a painting can be. When completed, the carefully controlled and soothing color scheme reminded me of the moon on a cloudless night: silvery, cool and dreamy.

    Tags
    silk art, sewn art, fiber art, fractured painting
    Year
    2014
    Dimensions
    36" x 60" (WxH)
    Price
    1400
    Sea of Tranquility (detail)
  • Floating on the Sea of Tranquility

    A study for "The Sea of Tranquility," this was woven with action dyed pure silk satin ribbon. When completed, the carefully controlled and soothing color scheme reminded me of the moon on a cloudless night: silvery, cool and dreamy. I added sequins and beads on both the front and the sides of the painting because I wanted to enhance the floating feeling that the painting evoked.

    Tags
    silk art, sewn art, fractured painting
    Year
    2014
    Dimensions
    10" x 16" (WxH)
    Price
    125
    Floating on the Sea of Tranquility
  • Floating on the Sea of Tranquility (detail)

    A study for "The Sea of Tranquility," this was woven with action dyed pure silk satin ribbon. When completed, the carefully controlled and soothing color scheme reminded me of the moon on a cloudless night: silvery, cool and dreamy. I added sequins and beads on both the front and the sides of the painting because I wanted to enhance the floating feeling that the painting evoked.

    Tags
    fiber art, silk art, sewn art, fractured painting
    Year
    2014
    Dimensions
    10" x 16" (WxH)
    Price
    125
    Floating on the Sea of Tranquility (detail)
  • Electric Slide

    A shimmering controlled slide of hand dyed white silk slides sinuously down the length of an acrylic painting, dripping with surreal discord from the lowest edge of the work.

    Tags
    fiber art, sewn art
    Dimensions
    10" x 32" (WxH)
    Price
    275
    Electric Slide