About the Artist

I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. I was always fascinated by nature and played in the creek and hiked the woods that ran through the ravine in our backyard. Thank goodness my parents loved nature as well because everything I collected came home.

As a child I watched in wonder as my mother designed and made beautiful couture gowns and suits. She taught me to sew at an early age and fabric and all that goes with it is one of my earliest childhood memories. Having always loved working with textiles, exotic yarns and threads it was only natural to make the leap and become a fiber artist.

I graduated from Shaker Heights High School where I started life as an art major and fell in love with biology. After creating my portfolio and applying to art schools, I changed my mind; much to the chagrin of my art teacher Mr. Jeffrey. I knew that I wanted to teach from the time I was five years old, I just thought it would be art not biology.

I attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where I earned a degree in Secondary Education with a major in Biology. I moved to Florida in 1970 and began my teaching career which lasted 18 years.

I never stopped drawing, painting or sewing. Then I took a Beginning Quilting Class in 1979. I fell for it "hook, line and sinker". Although I started as a traditional quilter I soon found that too restrictive. I began creating my own designs. More and more my work came back to nature as my inspiration for design.

My daughter Megan and I live in Cooper City, Florida with our five cats. I grow orchids as a hobby and I have recently started creating exotic jewelry from natural stones of course.

" . . . if one looks long enough at almost anything, looks with absolute attention at a flower, a stone, the bark of a tree, grass, snow, a cloud, something like a revelation takes place." . . . May Sarton


Upcoming Exhibits

Annual Art Exhibit Global Visions, The Nature Conservancy, Blowing Rocks Preserve, Hobe Sound, Florida,
Opening, January 30th 2009 - May 31st, 2009
Town Of Jupiter Gallery of Art, Exhibition, Town of Jupiter Art Committee, 210 Military Trail, Jupiter, Florida, November 14, 2008 - January 2, 2009

Juried Exhibitions

Art Quilts at the Whistler III, Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell, Massachusetts, 2006
14th Annual Art Quilt Exhibit, "Insecta", Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm, Dayton, OH, June 24 - August 13, 2006
Small Works II, Ayer Lofts Gallery, Lowell, MA, August 1 - August 30, 2006
Art Quilt Network Exhibit, Concourse Gallery, Upper Arlington, OH 2005
Small Works for Small Spaces, Ayers Lofts Gallery, Lowell, MA, 2004
Habitat: Spaces for All Species, Aullwood Audubon Center Exhibit, Dayton, OH 2004
Art Quilts at the Whistler II, Lowell Art Association, Lowell, Massachusetts 2004
Focus: Dreaming the Garden, Traveling Exhibit, Lewis and Clark Center for Arts and History, Lewiston, ID; Crafts for Living Gallery, Philadelphia, OH; Mansfield Richland Library, Mansfield, OH
17th Annual Materials: Soft and Hard, Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, Texas, 2004
Art Quilt Network, Fitton Center, Hamilton, OH 2003
Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm & Miami Valley Art Quilt Network Exhibit, 1998,1999, 2002, 2004, 2006
Studio Fiber Artists: Beyond the Wall, Colonial Bank, Miami, FL 2002
Studio Fiber Artists: Commemorating Hurricane Andrew 10 Years After, Biscayne National Park, FL 2002
Hurricanes Remembering and Rebuilding, Historical Museum of South Florida, Miami, FL 2002
ART WITH A SOUTHERN DRAWL, University of Mobile, Mobile, AL 2001
Boca Museum Artist Guild: Fourth Annual Spring Exhibit, Coral Springs City Centre, Coral Springs, FL 2001
Polk Community College Fine Arts Gallery Exhibition Studio Fiber Artists 2002
International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX 1999, 2001
Hurricane Supplication Exhibit-Studio Fiber Artists, Oakland Park, FL 2001
Florida Wildlife Quilt, Florida Craftsman Art Festival, University of Tampa Plant Park, Tampa, FL 1999
"Quilters Up Against the Wall", an Exhibit of Art Quilts, Palm Beach Community College, The Art Gallery at Eissey Campus, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 1996

Invitational Exhibitions

Fifth Biennial "Pushing the Surface", Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, Coshocton, Ohio, May 19-August 19, 2007
Annual Art Exhibition, "Unhuggables", The Nature Conservancy, Blowing Rocks Preserve, Hobe Sound, FL July 2007-January 2008
Surface Design Association Membership Exhibition, "Sum of the Parts" Surface Design Association's International Conference, Kansas City, MO, June 1-6 2007 (Traveling Exhibition until 2010 )
SAQA Exhibition " A Sense of Place: Artists Working in a Series", International Festival of Quilts, Houston, Texas, Nov. 2007
Annual Art Exhibit, "hab-i-tat", The Nature Conservancy Blowing Rocks Preserve, Hobe Sound, FL, 2007
Annual Art Exhibit, "Bound by Water", The Nature Conservancy Blowing Rocks Preserve, Hobe Sound, FL, 2006
Exhibition at Studio Sangha, benefit of The Cleveland Institute of Art, Studio Sangha, Cleveland, OH 2004
2004 Annual Art Exhibit SPECIES AT RISK, The Nature Conservancy Blowing Rock Preserve, Hobe Sound, FL 2004
Featured Artist-Quiltfest Waves of Reflection and Visions, Ocean Waves Quilt Guild, Miami, FL 2003
Quilt Show by the Sea Challenge, American Orchid Society International Orchid Center, Delray Beach, FL 2002

Cyber Exhibits - studiofiberartists.com

SAQA Inaugural Virtual Exhibit , "Abstraction in the Midst of Reality", Barbara Barrick McKie curator, 2006, SAQA Website
10th Anniversary of Hurricane Andrew 2002
Small on a Wall 2002
Scape 2001

Judged Exhibits

Quilts Lake Farmpark, Kirtland, OH 2001-2006
Quilt Show by the Sea, Fort Lauderdale, FL 2002
Broward Quilt Expo, Florida Expo Center, Margate, FL 1993, 1995
Gables Quilt Fest, Ocean Waves Quilt Guild, Coral Gables, FL 1994
Create a Pictorial Keepsake Quilt Challenge, Centre Harbor, NH 1992, 1994
Southern Stars Quilt Guild Exhibit, Pembroke Pines, FL 1993-1994


Friends of the Arts Award Trophy, Archbishop McCarthy High School, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2003
Principal's Gift Graduating Class, St. Mark Catholic School, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2003
Holiday Vest, Mayor Sue Ellen Fardelman Cooper City, FL 2003
Fifth Grade Graduation T-Shirt Design, Embassy Creek Elementary School, Cooper City, FL 2000
Fifth Grade Government Quilt, Embassy Creek Elementary School, Cooper City, FL 2000
Lighthouse Commemorative Quilt, Embassy Creek Elementary School, Cooper City, FL 2000
Embassy Creek Elementary School Yearbook Cover Design, Cooper City, FL 1998, 1999
Embassy Creek Elementary School Office Murals, Cooper City, FL 1999

Permanent Collections

Joan Horvitz, Moreland Hills, Ohio
Norma Horvitz, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Mrs. Shirley Sandusky, Principal St. Mark Catholic School, Sunshine Ranches, Florida
Mayor Suellen Fardelmann, Cooper City, Florida
Sarah Sterling, Cooper City, Florida
Mr. & Mrs. David K. Getz, Davie, Florida
Mr. & Mrs. David Haseltine, Plaistow, New Hampshire
Mrs. Debby Eisinger, Cooper City, Florida
Mr. & Mrs. F.E. Kane, Shaker Hts. Ohio


Portfolio 12 SAQA BOOK - Professional Artist Members
Materials: Hard and Soft Catalog, 2004
Quilt Magazine Present # 17, Appliqué Quilts, 2000
Miami Herald, November 2002, April 2002


Surface Design Association
Art Quilt Network
Studio Art Quilt Association
Studio Fiber Artists


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