I’m a lover of aprons.  If you were  to look into my panty, you would find five clean aprons at any one time with three down in the laundry room, waiting to be washed.  For many of us, aprons are a connection to the past, the American dream of a beautiful home, cookies baking in  the oven or the TV show, Leave it to Beaver.   Joyce Cheney, author of Aprons: Icons of the American Home, states that the apron is “fraught with meaning as they can be interpreted as complex symbols of status, occupation and oppression”.  For me, they are just something to keep my clothes from getting dirty and I can’t help but admire their beauty and craftsmanship as a classic form of American folk art.

In American Literature, references  to aprons are found in a number of classics from Little Women  to The Tin Woodman of Oz.  It is a passage from the later that inspired the name of this blog and byline.  You can find the passage on a separate page within this site.

This site is a personal one and in no way reflects the views of any institution that I have worked for or are currently employed.  Instead, it is a reflection of the many teachers that gave generously of themselves to help me view the world in a different way and learn more about myself through creative pursuits.  I have worked in oils, acrylics, watercolors and colored pencils.  I especially enjoy dimensional work that combines mixed media.  Through the years I have dabbled in various art forms such as the  book arts and working with clay.  My work has gone from that of being more serious and detailed, to looser and more whimsical as I’ve gotten older.   As my life has changed through the years art has remained the constant force in my life, allowing me the freedom to delight in a sea of color, shape and my own imagination.

“Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh the things you can think up if only you try!”   ~ Dr. Seuss


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