I Wish I had a River

I Wish I had a River

I have always loved Georgia Okeeffe’s painting, Winter Road.

For me, it represents the greatest lesson that I need to learn with my own art … to simplify. In this painting, she has removed layers and layers of detail, until all that remains is a line. And the power of that simple, gentle, and beautiful line, tells a story that Georgia had no words for.

I start so many pieces with grand ideas of how the quilt will tell the story, yet much of the time they just fail … until I start to pull away the layers, and the details, and the excess. Until only the story is left.

Read more in our Issue 51.

Bill Stearma