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Talavera Garden

I paint, stitch, and add beads to fabric for the sheer joy of creating beautiful patterns. My art is my means of tapping into the unseen creative currents that flow around us. It’s my way of slowing down and finding contentment in the all too busy world we call home.

The designs and colors of my work are influenced by the bold colors and the exuberant pottery of my adopted home in central Mexico. I find inspiration in shapes and motifs from Talavera pottery, modify them for my working methods, and then turn the designs into circular, rotating patterns. I think of them as flowers in my Talavera Garden.

Each piece measures 21.5” x 21.5” (55cm x 55cm). Paint, pearl cotton embroidery thread, glass beads on fabric. Gallery-wrapped on frames. 2017 – current.

Bailando en la Noche (Dancing in the Night)

The medallions in this trio of quilted panels evoke both the swirling skirts of Mexican folk dancers and an exuberant night sky. Just a music and dance add delight to human life, hand embroidery infuses the painted images with vibrancy––and sends them off Dancing in the Night.

Triptych measures 56 inches wide by 47 inches high (142cm x 119cm). The images were added with paint rather than traditional appliqué, then heavily stitched with pearl cotton embroidery threads. Completed in 2015.