Gwen began sewing, arts, and crafts from an early age. As a young mother, she sewed and made crafts with her children. As a teacher in NJ, art was a key component of her instruction. Late in her career she began quilting. She uses techniques such as appliqué, embellishment, beading, digital imaging, machine and hand quilting, long arm quilting, and fabric painting. Her works have been exhibited in a variety of venues such as the Quilt Festival of New Jersey and the New Mexico State Fair. African and Asian culture and the Baha’i Faith inspire her work. Creativity, for Gwen, is as much a spiritual as an artistic endeavor. Gwen is mostly self-taught in quilting and sewing. She dabbles in making garments, accessories, jewelry, and dolls.
After retirement, Gwen moved to Albuquerque, consistently voted one of the top 25 U.S. art destinations. She continued quilting there then began studying “Punch Quilting”, a unique fiber art that employs fabric, batting, foam board, tempered board, and a few tools, mostly homemade, to create works reminiscent of mosaics or stained glass. No sewing is involved.
Though Gwen has many prize-winning pieces to her credit including a Purchase Award from the New Mexico State Fair Permanent Art Collection, she still considers herself an emerging artist and hopes to continue growing by pursuing advanced art techniques such as thread painting, dyeing, and free motion quilting as well as acrylic painting, gourd making, and as many other medium as this life will allow.