Trained in the early 80‘s as a glassblower with the intention of having my own hot glass studio, I quickly realized the enormity of maintaining a successful glassblowing career. With a growing family, I turned to hand-painted ceramic tiles for kitchens and bathrooms. In 1988 I started applying my designs and painting technique to heavy, cotton canvas, and voila! - art underfoot!
I love the freedom of the large canvas, as well as the sensibility of a cloth “rug” that can withstand everyday life. Now, in 2014, I am expanding my work to incorporate table coverings, petmats and placemats as well as wall hangings.
My designs tend to express my whimsical nature, my love of bold colors and strong statements as well as the beauty of the landscapes where I have lived. I grew up on Duxbury Bay with its vast expanse of mud flats where seabirds of all types congregate. My long love of all waterfowl began along the banks and marshes of the magnificent Back River which transforms into a golden refuge for migrating birds each autumn. Later in life, I was surrounded by the serenity and deep colors of cranberry bogs, ponds and ocean. Now I reside beneath one of the coast’s loveliest lighthouses in southern Maine.
Bog Dog Floorcloths are hand-painted using top-quality, water-based primers, paints and varnish. My canvas is heavy, cotton duck with a carefully measured and turned hem. I begin by applying a primer to both sides, specifically selected for flexibility, followed by two coats of quality latex paint. The design is then painted on with vibrant acrylic paints. For final durability, I apply 5 coats of a water-based varnish finished with a coat of bowling alley wax for added protection.
Floorcloths can be used in any room of your home - at your kitchen sink, under your dining room table, in a formal entryway or under the dog’s bowls. With their tough finishing process, they can withstand scraping chairs, scratching dogs, sand, mud and mess!