6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page
I grew up on a farm. Paul Harvey's poem about God Made the Farmer which recently played on a commercial at the Super Bowl got me good - it totally described my father. Growing up as a farming family also meant I had an equally determined and selfless mother. She taught me everything from how to sew to the importance and value of education. My mother was a wonderful seamstress as were many of her generation as well as my two, skilled sisters. I doubt there is a Panhandle native who didn't grow up with a resourceful, inventive seamstress.
My mother passed away 13 years ago and it was her loss that spurred me on to change professions, leaving social work with addicts and alcoholics to become a teacher. A dear neighbor lost her mother not that long ago and she asked me to create a sewing machine drawing in her mother's memory. Her mother had been the Wall Mart sewing department lady for years and years. I think it is a fitting tribute to a lot of strong women (and men folk, too) who take what little they have to fashion into what clothes and comforts us.