Forever Free – 2020 42″ x 32″

Forever Free, 2019

Mel, a dark-morph red-tailed hawk, was hit by a car. Rescued by the Raptor Center at the Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center in Pueblo, Colorado, she was nursed back to health. She could not be returned to the wild because of brain damage that affected her balance. She then got cancer. We met Mel when a volunteer was walking her in the sunshine as a break from the ICU. She posed for a portrait that I have long wanted to recreate. She died about a year later.

Creating Forever Free was the perfect opportunity to try new materials and texture techniques. I wanted her feathers to be free to move rather than staying flat against the background. Remembering the life and fierce strength in her eye, I wanted to set her free. Now, in the blue Colorado sky, she is forever free.

Exhibition

  • Studio Art Quilt Associates Global Exhibit Aloft, Forever Free. Juror: Mary Edna Fraser.
    • AQS QuiltWeek – Daytona Beach, Florida: February 26–29, 2020
    • AQS QuiltWeek – Lancaster, Pennsylvania: March 25–28, 2020   * canceled
    • AQS QuiltWeek – Paducah, Kentucky: April 22–25, 2020  * canceled
    • Quilt Festival Long Beach – Long Beach, California: July 9 – 11, 2020 * canceled
    • Original Sewing & Quilt Expo – Atlanta, Georgia: March 11 – 13, 2021
    • Original Sewing & Quilt Expo – Lakeland, Florida: March 18 – 20, 2021
    • Original Sewing & Quilt Expo – Chicago, Illinois: June 3 – 5, 2021
    • Original Sewing & Quilt Expo – Cleveland, Ohio: July 15 – 17, 2021
    • Original Sewing & Quilt Expo – Raleigh, North Carolina: August 5 – 7, 2021
    • Original Sewing & Quilt Expo – Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas: August 19 – 21, 2021
    • Original Sewing & Quilt Expo – Cincinnati, Ohio: September 16 – 18, 2021
    • Original Sewing & Quilt Expo – Fredericksburg, Virginia: Sept. 30, Oct. 1 & 2, 2021
    • Original Sewing & Quilt Expo – Novi, Michigan: November 11 – 13, 2021
    • Original Sewing & Quilt Expo – Nashville, Tennessee: November 18 – 20, 2021
    • Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, Oregon: June 1 – July 31, 2022
    • Exhibition Catalog available