CountyPrince George's County
Artist StatementBy the age of 11, I had written and illustrated over a dozen books. I've always loved marrying text and image in a narrative format to tell stories from my rich inner life as an only child. I never get bored. Instead, I'm always seeking to transform the depths of everyday experiences into worlds full of beauty and opportunity. I find my joy in painting and peace in applying thread to needle. Currently, I am writing and illustrating a children's book that explores creating art in many forms as a way to deal with childhood depression.
After completing a BA in studio art and psychology from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD in 2004, I studied at the Vijnana Kala Vedi School of Traditional Art in Kerala, India. There I learned traditional mural painting, illustrations of Hindu mythology seen in temples and palaces. I continue to develop this technique to tell my own stories.
In 2009, while studying textiles for my History of Decorative Arts master’s degree through the Smithsonian Associates/Corcoran College of Art + Design, I began training in traditional Japanese embroidery. Having learned to quilt and sew at the age of ten, I expanded my textile techniques through the study of Nuido, the way of embroidery, and found my own voice in the media. I also experiment with intersections of paint and textile media in various two- and three-dimensional forms, including—but not limited to—quilting, embroidery, appliqué, knitting, wire sculpting, and found objects.
I have worked at an art therapy institute, taught art to children ages 3-16, designed graphics and created illustrations for a series of educational journals, and researched, wrote, and illustrated publications for families and teachers for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Currently, I am the Assistant Director at Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD where I seek to make the process of creating and appreciating art accessible to all. I create and live in Riverdale, MD with my husband Duane Fields-Kuehl, founding director of ArtSí Riverdale, and four cats.