Most of my work in fibers makes use of the needlelace technique—some of the same stitches used by traditional lacemakers, but arranged freely and intuitively. The pieces often include handmade paper and natural objects such as river stones. Making art is my way of looking at things, looking between things, and finally looking into the energy and connectedness within things. I’ve learned that a forest is as much intervals as trees, nature is as much life force as forms, and in empty spaces a subtle energy comes into being.
A full-time artist and author, I’m always drawn to the creative experience itself—that act of discovery that can change everything. I’ve taught art in public schools and in programs for the talented and gifted, and spent some years as co-owner of an old Shenandoah Valley farm where various artists held creative workshops.
Originally from Virginia (degrees from Duke, Hollins, and U.Ga.) I migrated to other lands: L.A., Portland, Mexico, and now Carrboro, NC. My husband, Wim Coleman, and I spent over 13 years in the Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende, where we created and ran a scholarship program for at-risk students. We brought our adopted daughter to NC for high school. She’s in college now.
My fiber sculptures were in the 2017 North Carolina Artists Exhibition, the Durham Art Guild 63rd Annual Juried Exhibition, and a one-woman show at the North Carolina Crafts Gallery. My earlier work was shown in southeastern U.S. galleries and museums, including juried shows at the Virginia Museum, the Mint Museum of Art, the traveling exhibit Southern Sculpture, the Athens, GA, Lyndon House Art Center, as well as in San Miguel de Allende. Awards include a 1985 national prize for computer art.