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My influences are from many different disciplines. Music moves me to create, especially

the Old-Timey music of Appalachia, where I'm from. I compare my layering of

imagery to the layering of rhythms in music, and my piecing of images to the making of

quilts. Nature itself provides not only the images, but also the inspiration toward the final patterns.


The pure form of sculptor Constantin Brancusi influences my design. Rothko’s

“divine translucence” has made me aware of the possibility of the creation of energy

through juxtaposition. Goldsworthy’s elemental beauty and simplicity has influenced my use of natural forms. Most recently the minimal seascape photographs of Hiroshi Sugimoto have caused me to reexamine my approach to time, memory and dreams.

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