|Debra Benley Isle Royale Sunset|
Debra has been working on a series of loons. Many, if not most, of her work is done on a nature theme. Not surprisingly, she told me that as a child she and her siblings would sit and study artwork (primarily led by her mother I think) and were also informally taught by her father and other relatives who were naturalists.
Debra has taken many trips to Isle Royale National Park, an Island park off the tip of Michigan's upper peninsula right int he middle of Lake Superior. Isle Royale is famous for its wolf population and for all the other wildlife you can see there. Loons are some of Deb's favorites.
|Debra Bentley Isle Royale Sunset|
|Suzanne Mouton Riggio April Showers, 12" x 8.5" $625.00|
|Suzanne Mouton Riggio "April Showers" detail.|
I love Suzanne's artist statement, mostly because I feel the same way. In it, she says "My quilted art creations -really quilted tapestries-- of personal symbols and observations reflect my passion to search, understand and record the world around me, especially the beautiful, the hopeful and the historical.
My art represents a major transition in my life--from a long career in music to one in visual arts. I am driven to express myself, to tell stories and to leave a cultural imprint of my time to my children and grandchildren. I simply must create. I choose the ancient fiber form of quilting as my medium because not only is manipulating fabric a tactile pleasure, but also there is in quilting a real sense of connection between maker and viewer."
Well said, Suzanne!