Originally trained as a studio painter at Corcoran School of Art, I begin the fiber assemblages by collecting an assortment of fabrics, much as a painter lays out a palette of paint. Small sketches and value studies might follow. As a pattern takes hold, I will begin to place pieces of cloth on a wall, sew them together, cut and reassemble. As random sections of the composition emerge, the original sketch is discarded and the piece will start to physically come together on its own. After completing the first layer, I will collect an assortment of glass and stone beads that will become the next layer. Beading allows me to move through the piece, to examine the direction it has taken and to highlight some of the sections that catch my eye. The thought process involved in these works and the corresponding manipulation of components enables me to explore color, texture and movement utilizing an array of materials.