I study the beauty I find in the Northeast Texas landscape. My maternal family has lived near Bonham, TX for several generations, and I grew up playing in 300 acres of pasture and woods. The seasonal colors and topography of the land serve as my inspiration. I often spend Saturday mornings exploring this rural area and photographing the landscape. Based on the photographs and my childhood memories, I create landscape-based artwork.
During my graduate studies, I began to create thread paintings using fabric and thread rather than canvas and paint. My interest in fabric stems from my childhood experiences. My mother, grandmothers, and aunts sewed clothes and household items for my family and friends. I enjoyed the tactile softness and warmth of the materials. I appreciated the process of selecting the patterns and fabrics and then cutting and assembling the materials into new forms.
To create the thread paintings, cotton fabric is dyed for both sky and land. Free motion machine embroidery is used to create distant trees and grass, and foreground details are made using hand embroidery techniques. The use of thread and needle forces my artwork to progress more slowly than if the landscapes were rendered in paint. The more deliberate process echoes the peacefulness I associate with these places.