"Healing Garden" (42”W x 29”T x 1”D) was originally designed to simulate an indoor garden in a massage therapist’s office, but the piece didn’t end up there. When it was clear that its original design site wouldn’t happen, I added even more flowers and shrubs to the landscape. The sky became rich with beaded clouds and subtle textures in various shades of cream and white were added to make the background richer the closer you get to its surface.
I am a rabid, avid “dirty nails” gardener, so, much of my time when I’m not making my art work is spent on my knees digging in the earth. For me, gardens are very soothing places, and I’ve solved a lot of my life issues pulling weeds. A living garden offers an even greater challenge when I try and compose the various elements as sunlight variances can make for vast differences in plant heights and bloom times. At least, on my small cloth compositions, I have total control over where the splashes of color and texture appear. However, unlike a real garden, there’s no change in the scenery as the seasons pass, so I try and compensate for that by adding intricate textures. As you get closer and closer to one of my art quilts, you can see more and more details, until finally, you could get lost in a world of swirling colors in glass if you could crawl down into one of the beads.
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