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. 





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 …