My great-grandmother and grandmother were sewing at home. Fabric was a precious commodity, so every bit was saved. I loved the unrelatedness of these bits, putting them side by side in various combinations, happily undisturbed for hours. Combining pieces and styles is a theme throughout most of my art. Training in classical painting has given me a sense of composition, the habit of observation and a love of color. My dressmaking experience allows me to explore wearable art while experimenting with both construction and design. Looking closely at historical textiles as a conservator provides me with an apprenticeship in the techniques of the artists that came before me. Above all, medieval tapestry with its powerful storytelling has become the highest artform that I aspire to. My greatest inspiration is a Bible verse where God appoints Bezalel to be the chief artisan of the Tabernacle and in charge of building the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 31:1-6). From it I have drawn the faith and the patience to discover how I function as an artist and to cherish the artistic visions that I am blessed to have.