Artist Statement

As the daughter of an artist, I have been creating art for as long as I can remember.  I began making art quilts in the 1990’s and retired from full time employment in 2002 so that I could spend my time making art.

The inspiration for my work comes from the interaction of color, place and nature. I dye and paint fabric and paper and love unexpected results. The work begins with the fabric (or paper) and a variety of techniques. For my art quilts, I sometimes machine piece and machine quilt the piece.  At other times, I find that the fabric is complete by itself as a whole cloth piece. I often work on a number of pieces simultaneously because I work intuitively and need time to study the work on the design wall before deciding how to proceed to the next step. Text is a common element in my work, as it can provide texture and meaning. I look for a balance of light, line, color, space and form.


Mills College, Oakland, California – BA, 1969 – Art major


I have taken many workshops taken at Pro Chemical and Dye, Quilting by the Lake, Art Quilt Tahoe, Quilt Surface Design Symposium, The Crow Barn, Vermont Quilt Festival, International Quilt Festival, Lowell Quilt Festival, and at other venues.


SAQA Exhibition catalogs: Two by Twenty, Stories of Migration, Turmoil, Tranquility

Quilt National exhibition catalog 2013

Art Quilt Elements catalogs, 2014, 2016

Quilting Arts, June/July 2016, page 14

Quilting Arts, August/September 2013, pages 38-42

Machine Quilting Unlimited, January/February 2012, page 32

SAQA Portfolios 16-22,  2009-2015

500 Art Quilts, Lark Books, 2010, page 356

More Strips and Curves by Louisa Smith. Three of my quilts are included

A Slice of Life, Quilters Newsletter, Dec/January 2010, pages 38-40

SAQA Journal Winter 2009 19.1 page 26

SAQA Journal Summer 2009 19.3 Page 21


Professional Affiliations

Member, Surface Design Association

Juried Artist Member, SAQA