works in praise of

“Stay Strong”

I was honored to be asked to create a piece for retiring federal Judge Thelton Henderson who, over a lifetime of service, has made a positive difference in many lives. The piece I created recognizes his work in reforming the California penal system.

Silk and cotton fabrics on stretcher bars


30” x 24”


“All My Roads Lead Back to You”

This is my mother when she was a child in 1913 perched on her father’s knee. She was, by all accounts, the apple of his eye.

Quilt composed of cotton and silk fabrics


37” x 39 ½”


“Miles Ahead”

Jazz took a quantum leap in 1959, the year Miles Davis came out with “Kind of Blue”. Nothing was ever the same again.

Quilt composed of cotton fabrics


47 ½” x 24”


“We Are a Nation”

The title is drawn from President Obama’s first inaugural address when he reminded us: “We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and non-believers.  We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass.”

I chose to inscribe these words of inclusiveness in the border of this quilt, a tribute to our 44th president.

Quilt composed of cotton fabrics


36 ½” x 42”