Contact Me

I am currently accepting commissions and offering workshops and presentations. Please contact me for more information.
+1 (218) 216-1109

357 County Road 14
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Artist Statement

I delight in the shape, color, and pattern of botanical elegance. With tiny glass beads, and new and discarded textiles, I stitch intimate impressions of nature. It brings a sense of peace.

"Painting with beads" is how I describe my work. Beads are my "paint". Needle and thread are my "brushes". My paintings express my sense of place, my deep appreciation for and unique relationship with the shores of Lake Superior and forest trails of Northern Minnesota. From this picture book world I stitch my impressions of the familiar yet ever changing patterns of light and color that delight and excite the senses. Through my work I invite the viewer to share a connection to nature, the abundant variety, peace, and beauty of this Place.

For me life is tactile and labor intensive ... like my beadwork. It is a patient art form. Choosing one bead at a time and stitching up to two hundred beads per square inch, it can take months to complete a piece.

Stitching is the natural choice of artistic expression for me. My skills with needle and thread have been developed and practiced for more than 40 years. Beads have been my medium for over a decade and my passion for them has continued to grow along with my palette of these tiny, shiny orbs. The way light plays in and on the glass creates amazing color possibilities.

In early 2001 I began working with a knit/felted wool material developed by Lou Ann Forbes of Blue Sky Prairie Textiles in Illinois. This material most certainly added the depth and texture I sought for my work. The colors and texture of this fabric become an integral part of the finished image. In Dec. 2001 I was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant to work with Ms. Forbes, designing fabrics that will serve as both the "canvas" and the "paint" along with the beads for specific pieces. Numerous paintings have been completed with these fabrics.

I will continue to explore beads and fiber as my medium and produce paintings that express my personal experience, the inspiring moments of being here, where every sense is open to the magnificence of this place.

My beaded landscapes have found homes throughout the region, state, country, and Europe. I would be happy to talk with you about a commission piece for your collection.

"Bird Food"

Photo of Jo Wood