Growing up on the islands and coastal shores of Maine, steeped in a culture of sea-based exonomy and the integrity of hard-working people, my vocabulary for artistic expression was shaped. I draw from these images and concepts when I weave fabrics by hand. Threads are my mark-making tools, and dyes are my colorant as I make considered compositions that meet a need in me to honor my origins and interpret human existential questions. The activity of navigating oceans is metaphor for the largest questions in life. The erosion of coastal lands and the disappearance of islands is an earth-expression of impermanence, just as fiber by its very nature is ephemeral. As I enter middle age I am naturally becoming more conscious of our temporary presence. "Disappearing Islands" combines my ardent love for place, and addresses current environmental issues in a way that is both personal and universal.