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Photography came to my life in 1985 when Steve Mann walked into Chicken Alley, behind my studio in downtown Asheville, carrying a Leica camera borrowed from Ralph Burns of Iris Photographics.  One look through that lense and I was hooked.   ”Fotopiecing” is the term I arrived at in 1995 to describe the marriage of my quilt and photographic work.  Fotopiecings are images that I stitch together from the familiar, inspiring, beautiful, colorful, geometric, repetitive, textural I stumble upon in the world I inhabit.  Often a juxtaposition of the natural & the man / machine made, striving to find the correct proportion between the two, these images create their own atmosphere.  Sometimes with a shadow of my former self. Always the documentarian, I also hope to engage the eyes & curiosity of those who encounter my work.  As I was inspired to always keep looking, by the quilts I grew up with, I strive to pass along the sense of possibility that I get from looking at complex imagery.

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