Art Tells Powerful Stories

Welcome to Painted Hippo Studio, where I create stories in textile and fiber, in paint and pencil, and in words. I enjoy telling tales of hope in the face of despair, of surreal worlds alongside our own, and of the power of people to shape their worlds. Art is a great part of healing, of action for justice, of finding tribe. Art can hurt as much as it heals, and there are pieces that should do that – that should make you feel a tremendous empathy for those whose pain is perhaps otherwise unknowable. 

In 2016 my art quilt “Shattered: Modern Day Slavery” was on exhibit in Genocide: Man’s Inhumanity to Man at the Holocaust Museum Houston. My fiction has appeared in Alien Skin Magazine and Ideomancer.  My commissioned portraits are in several private collections. Currently I am focused on work in textile, including art quilts and fabric sculpture.

When I’m not working on art, I can be found reading comics, writing novels, and staging Action Figure Theater on my travels. I run the Houston Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Meetup, a place for aspiring and accomplished writers of all ages and speculative genres to meet, commiserate, learn, and grow. 

 

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Current Exhibitions

One of my portrait paintings in oil is on exhibition at the Student Show at the Art League Houston through August 26.   Three of my art quilts, two 3-D works and one free-motion drawing in thread, are on exhibition at the VAA 12th Juried Invitational Exhibition at The Silos at Sawyer Yards through August 26. …

Taking up a quilt challenge

This has been a busy few weeks, as I decided to teach myself advanced piecing techniques by doing two simultaneous challenges: #100days100blocks2017 on Instagram, and the Houston Modern Quilt Guild‘s 2017 Mystery Quilt.  Here’s my progress on the Mystery Quilt:    #hmqgsewandtell @paintedhippo #hmgqmysteryquilt A post shared by Houston Modern Quilt Guild (@houstonmqg) on May …