“Life Rafts” Series
My husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2011 and I was devoted to his care until his death in February of this year. These pieces were my life rafts during his long illness, and they rescued me when I occasionally felt that I had fallen overboard.
Each work of art took a bit over a month to create and most of them incorporated my hand painted threads. There are over 24,000 ‘in’s and outs’ stitches in each piece!
Many wonderful thanks go to my father, Jim Burchill, who so lovingly built the custom frames for this series. My work couldn’t shine brighter.
Finished Needlepoint: 6″ x 6″ (Except for ‘Ra’)
Custom frame: 15″ x 15″ (white only)
Price each: $495.00 (including shipping within the U.S.)
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Your art speaks to me and inspires me. I so appreciate that you share your thoughts and the creativity that goes into your work. I find that helpful, both in understanding the piece in a deeper way, and in using your insight for my own inspiration. Plus, I always want to know the “how” and “why” behind art that moves me.Anntoinette Moore
In 2011 we vacationed in the ‘high country’ of Arizona and stayed in the village of Greer. Surrounded by the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in the heart of Arizona’s White Mountains, there is one road in and one road out. And we truly fell in love with the place.
Our cabin was nestled among the majestic Ponderosa pines and white aspens. You haven’t lived until you have seen a birch and aspen forest in the fall just as the trees let lose their golden leaves.
Pan is the second-innermost moon of Saturn that orbits within the Encke Gap in Saturn’s A Ring. I often ‘take off into space’ and explore the cosmos when I am stitching. Sometimes I have a preconceived notion of where I’m going and sometimes an image just comes to me that reminds me of objects in our Universe that I would like to explore. [More Details]
Not Ready for Winter
Chosen as entry in the Fantastic Fiber 2016 show in Paducah!
I have stitched here in hot, hot Phoenix for almost 18 years, and the thought of four seasons in Pennsylvania is always near the front of my thoughts. Now I am contemplating the trade off of those winters for these summers because I am moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan! We’ll see if I’m ready for Winter!
That little red square reminds me of the comfort of a warm fire on a very cold day. [More Details]
I fell in love with my husband in the fall. Even before we held hands for the first time we took a lovely walk down the lane and chatted about this and that … really an ordinary walk … except for the electricity between us!
I remember looking down at the puddles from a recent rain and noticed the reflection of the blue, blue sky and the first fall leaves floating on the surface. That memory froze a moment in time that I never want to forget. [More Details]
Ra was the god of the sun, the bringer of light, and patron to the pharaohs. According to legend, the sun travels the skies as Ra drives his chariot through the heavens. Although he originally was associated only with the midday sun, as time went by, Ra became connected to the sun’s presence all day long.
I’d like to think that Ra would be very comfortable here in the Valley of the Sun as he drives his chariot through the skies and leaves a trail of sun rays behind him.
Image size: 8″ x 8″. Composed of needlepoint canvas stitched to hand made papers attached to an artist’s canvas. [More Details]
The New Jersey Palisades Cliffs was just a short 2-hour drive from Bucks County, PA on the New York / New Jersey state line and truly a natural wonder. With beautiful views over the Hudson River to Manhattan it was a destination for hundreds of thousands of visitors … and I was happy to be one of them.
This piece is just a simple memory of those visits with the natural palisades on one side of the river and the palisade-like buildings on the other.
For the Living
I firmly believe that once someone dies their energy remains always with those who loved them. The vibrant energy of the lives of a lost brother, father, mother, friends, or spouse surround us and keep us going through our daily lives.
This piece is a celebration of all their lives and the energy they continue to give us!