Posts from the ‘Figurative’ category

Visions Art Museum’s Saturday, January 17th’s reception of the exhibit Expressions In Equality was outstanding.  23 pieces (each different and inspiring) were on display (until April 4th).  How honored I am to be part of this exhibit.  Thanks to curator Sheila Frampton Cooper for asking us all to participate.IMG_1298

As promised here is a full view of my piece “Common Threads” which was inspired by Dr. Maya Angelou’s quote:  “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”

IMG_1297My piece is on the cover of 8 page gallery guide featuring the 23 artists in the show.


Below is a link to the gallery guide shown above with photos, artist names, and prices for work in the exhibit.  It is a “must see” exhibit if you can visit San Diego before April 4th, and if not this guide will be the next best substitute.

Expressions in Equality 8 page color publication



I am one of 23 invited artists exploring equality themes in Expressions In Equality exhibit curated by Sheila Frampton-Cooper.  How excited I am to be attending the opening reception Saturday January 17th 5-7pm at Vision’s Art Museum in San Diego from 5-7pm.

My piece Common Threads was inspired by a quote by Dr. Maya Angelou:  “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry all equal in value no matter what their color.”

Using a palette of black, white, grey on a red/black background; I created abstracted hand embroidered figures to represent the vast human diverse tapestry Dr. Angelou speaks of.

Here is a detail image, I cannot share full view until after reception.  More photos to come from the reception in next post.

Common Threads detail

Common Threads detail


I am so happy to be attending the International Quilt Festival in Houston two years in a row.
Because I was an award winner last year (2nd place Digital Imagery) I was asked to donate to the Celebrity IQA Silent Auction that will take place during the Festival. I chose to recreate a detail image from my piece Taking Time to Text which is traveling through 2016 with the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) Exhibit Text Messages. If you are in Houston take a look and bid on Texting with Friends! (see it below)


At the Festival I have two pieces that were juried into the World of Beauty Competition: Geisha and Waiting Expectantly.  I love doing portraits!  Geisha is painted on canvas and Waiting Expectantly is created digitally on my iPad and then printed onto fabric.

Geisha, 24"x 60", 2012

Geisha, 24″w x 60″h, 2012

Waiting Expectantly, 24"w x 60"h, 2013 An Exquisite Moment, Dinner@Eight Exhibit, International Quilt Festival, Long Beach, August, 2013, Houston, October 2013

Waiting Expectantly, 24″w x 60″h, 2013 


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Digital iPad version of Quilting Arts Magazine

Digital iPad version of Quilting Arts Magazine

How exciting to see my piece Taking Time to Text in the April/May 2014 Quilting Arts Magazine!  (Available in both printed and digital editions.)

A gallery of selected works from the traveling SAQA Exhibit: Text Messages, are featured beginning on page 32.  I saw the exhibit last October when it premiered at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.  In the magazine you will see samples of the diverse pieces in the exhibit that interpret the theme.   My own is pretty literal, showing people actually texting.  Using my iPhone I snapped photos of family and strangers using their mobile devices.  I drew images from the photos on my iPad that I then printed and stitched (by hand and machine) onto fabric to create my piece.

For more information about buying the catalog and future travels of the Text Messages Exhibit use this link     (Currently scheduled in 2014 for IQA Shows in Chicago and Portland and 2015 in Brazil.)

Detail photos below:


TakingTimeToText detail




TakingTimeToText detail

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This week (January 22-26) begins my 2014 quilt show season at Road to California in Ontario.  I am happy that two of my pieces are part of their juried show:  Under a Violet Moon and Geisha.

Both were created in similar ways:  painting (with air brush paint, water-soluble crayons and pencils), many layers of stitching on canvas (both machine and hand stitches), and borders created with commercial and hand dyed fabrics.

Under a Violet Moon, 29" x 29", 2013

Under a Violet Moon, 29″ x 29″, 2013

Under a Violet Moon, detail, 2014

Under a Violet Moon, detail, 2013

Geisha, 24"x 60", 2012

Geisha, 24″x 60″, 2012

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I will try to describe in words and photos my amazing week at the International Quilt Festival in Houston:  from the excitement of the Winner’s Circle Event, to attempting (and failing) to see over 1300 quilts on display, to endless aisles of vendors, to spending time with friends and making new onesit was an extra special week for me.

Hearing my name announced as a 2nd Place Winner in the Digital Imagery Category and seeing Alone/Together’s image on giant screen as I walked to receive my award on Tuesday night at the Winner’s Circle Event was AMAZING!!  My dear long time college friend Lynda Darnutzer Brownson (traveling from Tulsa for her first venture into the world of quilts) was there with me snapping a photo of my big moment on stage.

Karey Bresnehan speaking with IQA President Stevii Graves on stage

Karey Bresnehan (Festival Founder) speaking with IQA President Stevii Graves on stage

Alone/Together on Giant Screen

Alone/Together on Giant Screen

I am accepting my 2nd place award in Digital Imagery from C and T Publishing.

I am accepting my 2nd place award in Digital Imagery from C and T Publishing.

Want to be inspired and see more photos of the big night?  Here is a link to ALL of the Winners announced that night:    Congratulations to all!!

What fun it was to share the night with my friend Lynda.  Our friendship goes back to our Washington U college days in St Louis.  It was her 1st quilt show, nothing like starting off at the biggest one going!  She was very impressed and I am sure it won’t be her last.

Lynda Darnutzer Brownson and me at Winner's Circle Event

Lynda Darnutzer Brownson with me at Winner’s Circle Event

One of the highlights for me was standing by my work talking to those who walked by.  I could see their eyes “light up” as they identified with the images on my piece.  I sure didn’t create this piece to discourage using cell phones (as I love my iPhone and my iPad.)  I just wanted to remind people to TALK to the people they are actually with.  Surfing the web, texting, and phone calls can wait until later.



My figurative line drawings were drawn with a stylus on my iPad from inspiration photos taken paparazzi style with my iPhone, then printed and stitched on fabric.

It is ironic that of the many photos that were taken of me with my quilt, most were taken with mobile phones or tablets rather than a traditional camera  I kind of wish someone had taken a photo of them taking a photo of me!

Alone/Together with ribbon

Alone/Together with ribbon

Stay tuned for my next post with more photos from the show.


The countdown continues to my arrival in Houston for International Quilt Festival on Tuesday Oct. 29th.  I am thrilled that I will have six pieces on display at the Festival.  Photos (below) of what will be on display reflects my recent studio work that includes a variety of techniques:  painting on canvas, machine applique, and digitally drawn work printed onto fabric, all with machine and hand stitching.

First Stop on Tuesday night is the Winner’s Circle Event for the World of Beauty Contest.  I know I am already a Winner in the Digital Image Category for my piece Alone/Together...what place I have won will be revealed that night!!  What an exciting and inspirational night it will be to see ALL the winners and their work.  YES I will share photos of my adventures!  Alone/Together images were created digitally (using iPhone, iPad); they reflect our current cultural world wide obsession with mobile devices.  A gentle reminder to notice the people in person around us!


Alone/Together, 42″w x 45″h, 2012








The rest of the week will be complete sensory overload TEXAS style.  Seeing friends, both old ones and new ones (meeting internet friends in person at long last) and being inspired by all the quilts will be amazing.

I have work in two SAQA  (Studio Art Quilt Artists) EXHIBITS:  Text Messages AND People and Portraits Leni Weiner and Martha Sielman (author of the recent book Art Quilt Portfolio:  People and Portraits) are leading Gallery Talks of each exhibit on both Friday and Saturday.  I will attend each and talk about my inspirations for my pieces.


People and Portraits Exhibit:  Far Rockaway Beach, 21″w x 31″h, 2012


People and Portrait Exhibit:  Girl in Blue Stockings, 22″w x 25″h, 2010

Taking Time to Text detail

SAQA Text Messages Exhibit Sneak Peek:  Taking Time to Text detail

Dinner@8 has the Exquisite Moments Exhibit will include my piece Waiting Expectantly.  I created it with special memories in mind of my three pregnancies.  My model was an 8 month pregnant artist model named Rosie.  I painted her image on my iPad, which was then printed onto whole cloth for machine and hand stitching.

Waiting Expectantly,  24"w x 60"h, 2013

Dinner@8:  An Exquisite Moment Exhibit, Waiting Expectantly, 24″w x 60″h, 2013

Their IQF Special Exhibit “What’s for Dinner?” will include my place-mat size Summer Time/Iowa Style Dinner.
My t-bone steak, corn on the cob, and fresh garden tomatoes were a favorite of mine growing up in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  What fun it was creating them in textiles!

"Whats for Dinner?"  Summer-Time Iowa-Style Dinner, 24"w x 15"h, 2013

IQF Special Exhibit:  “Whats for Dinner?” Summer-Time Iowa-Style Dinner, 24″w x 15″h, 2013

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I am counting down the days (13…) for my upcoming trip to the International Quilt Festival in Houston.…stay tuned for my adventures and photos!!  First off I will be attending the Winner’s Circle on Tuesday October 29th.   My piece Alone/Together is receiving an award (to be revealed that night) in the Digital Imagery Category–I am beyond excited!!  Followed by four jam-packed days attending the yearly Festival, seeing old friends and making new ones (there will be 60,000+ people attending),  It will be complete sensory overload (and that is NOT a complaint!)

Meanwhile this week some of my work can be seen at PIQF (Pacific International Quilt Festival) in Santa Clara, CA, October 17-20.  It is a wonderful show that I will miss attending this year.  Below I have featured the 3 pieces that will be on display

Waiting and Watching, one of 19 pieces in the SAQA Exhibit Color Wheel of Emotions, curated by Carol Eaton and juried by Terry Waldron.  The exhibit is traveling with the Mancuso Brother’s Quilt Shows across the country, traveling through May 2014.  Upcoming venues stops include:  West Palm Beach, Florida, Hampton, Virginia, Somerset, New Jersey, and Denver, Colorado.  Here is a link the Studio Art Quilt Associates site to find more information about Color Wheel of Emotions and other SAQA traveling exhibitions:

Waiting and Watching, 2013, 24"w x 37"h traveling with SAQA Color Wheel of Emotions Exhibit, various Mancuso Brother's Quilt Shows across the country

Waiting and Watching, 2013, 24″w x 37″h

Also on display are two of my pieces seen below, as part of their annual quilt competition.  Both are personal favorites of mine.

Bird’s Eye View shows an abstracted version of the view over Long Beach Island, New Jersey, a place dear to my heart where I spent many a carefree summer day with my New Jersey relatives.  A pilgrimage trip to the Jersey shore made every summer by my parents, sister and me from our home in land-locked Iowa.   I featured the street where my cousins currently own a beach house that was destroyed during last year’s Hurricane Sandy…I finished this piece just a week BEFORE Sandy made her devastating trip along the East Coast.


Bird’s Eye View: New York Avenue, Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, New Jersey, 33″w x 39″h, 2012

Below is Our Family Tree.  Thinking of the spaces between my family ancestors and myself (both in terms of the years separating us and the genes we share), I created a new twist on the familiar family tree.  Using fabric I had printed with the names of family members from the 1600’s to today.  I created applique portraits of my family.  Instead of names falling from the tree, both background and foreground spaces are filled with names of family members, a visual DNA of who we are and and who came before us.


Our Family Tree detail


Our Family Tree, 36″w x 48″h, 2011


SmallWorldBooksVeniceCrawlThursday, September 19th, 6-9pm–some of my art will be featured in the Small World Books Pop Up Gallery as part of the quarterly Venice Beach Art Crawl.   I have created limited edition mini reproductions in textiles of some of my larger much loved art quilts. Using a photograph of my completed art quilt, I printed the image onto fabric that I then stitched (by machine and by hand), creating a smaller version of it’s bigger Cousin.  Think photographic reproduction but better…as it is a stitched textile work of art.  They are ready for hanging with a sleeve pocket for a rod or they can be traditionally framed. The work will be on display (and for purchase) through mid-December.

It has been an interesting process, re-visiting previous work and creating new smaller versions.

Below are a few samples of what will be in the Small World Books Gallery:

13" x 10"

Postcard from Guatemala (mini reproduction), 13″ x 10″

Bedtime Stories (mini reproduction), 10" x 13"

Bedtime Stories (mini reproduction), 10″ x 13″

Date Night at the Drive In (mini reproduction) , 10" x 13"

Date Night at the Drive In (mini reproduction) , 10″ x 13″

Waiting and Watching at International Quilt Festival, Long Beach

My piece in the “Exquisite Moments” Exhibit:  “Waiting Expectantly”  at International Quilt Festival, Long Beach

I will be attending the International Quilt Festival this weekend (August 2-4) in Long Beach.  Sad that it will be the last year for Long Beach, as they will move to Portland for next summer’s festival.  I will be doing a demo at the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) table Friday morning from 10-12 pm and doing book signing from 2-3 pm of Martha Sielman’s Art Quilt Portfolio:  People and Portraits (I am one of the featured artists.)  I helped hang the Exquisite Moments Exhibit yesterday, so I had a sneak preview of all the wonderful inspiring work that is on display.  If you are in the area, you should make a point to stop by.

If you are interested in seeing/buying the Exquisite Moments book that features photos and artist statements of ALL the pieces check out this link at

After Long Beach, the Exquisite Moments show will travel to the IQF Show in Houston.

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