It never occurred to me to use a medium other than fiber; its warmth and softness drew me in and its diversity gives me unlimited possibilities and inspiration. My work is sometimes spontaneous and abstract and other times quite structured and deliberate; at times subdued and at others may scream with color. Each idea that I wish to pursue further is considered and the best way to proceed with the theme is decided through thoughtful reflection. The process may take many paths, reach different conclusions and vary in style. Hopefully the end result will make a connection with the viewer so we may stand on common ground.
Raised in Yuma, Arizona, the influence of Barbara’s Southwest Heritage is apparent in her work. Since beginning quiltmaking about 1980, her original design quilts have displayed a Contemporary Southwestern flavor along with Amish, Art Deco styles and greatly influenced by the simplicity and calm of the desert. Barbara’s art quilts are designed for the wall and show colors and patterns that are unique in her non-traditional works.