So what will I do if I find myself in an artistic slump? Stretch, of course, stretch. This stylized landscape was an exercise in "stretching" and was my first large commission, completed in 2006. Measuring 79x54", the triptych took three months to complete and is the only piece of fiber art in my client's collection. They "stretched" their definition of art just as I stretched my traditional approach to landscapes. This piece represents a moment of change in my artistic development, and I appreciate it more now than ever.
My goal this year is to continue stretch artistically. I want to stretch myself in the studio by creating more large scale artwork. I want to stretch myself intellectually by reading books on my shelf that have been waiting for my attention since my college years. I want to stretch myself spiritually by looking beyond the obvious solutions to daily challenges and finding the meaning in my life and work. And, I want to stretch physically. Every day. Even if it hurts.