‘I believe that the processes involved in creating art stimulate the same part of the brain that facilitates healing. Having a creative outlet is not optional for me. Being in that creative zone keeps me balanced. I love enabling others to empower themselves and find the inner joy and satisfaction that making art gives.’
I compose and create with hand dyed and batik fabric because the processes of designing, layering, ironing, stitching and quilting, sing my inner song. I am drawn to colors, textures and layers, and create works that reflect the complexities of life. Working with fabric and thread enables me to create compositions that draw the viewer in for more information. I prefer creating with fabric rather than paint, yet like the effect of displaying some works under glass. Giving a contemporary twist to the long standing, rich tradition of quilting gives my creative energies a soft place to fall.
Beth earned her degree in Art education from the University of Tennessee. Her career began teaching art to deaf children at the Tennessee School for the Deaf in Knoxville, and ended teaching art to deaf children at the North Carolina School for the deaf in Morganton, NC. A ten span of teaching art and sign language at East Burke High School filled the time in-between these two positions.
Beth is an active board member of the Burke County Arts Council and also is Active as a board member at The Old Rock School Foundation. She served a Director of the Joara Pottery Festival in 2013.
Beth has led workshops in landscape quilting at the Old Rock School, and has curated three fiber shows in Morganton.
Beth is the mother of two sons. She and her husband Bill reside in Morganton.
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