What is an EcoMemory?

Photo taken from the dock at our cabin in Minnesota

An EcoMemory is exactly what it sounds like. A special memory of time spent in nature.

Art can be a powerful daily reminder of  what is important to us. My abstract landscape art combines my love of the natural world and my love of color and shapes. I cut up fabric and sew it back together to represent the shape and colors of nature.

It is the emotion we feel in nature reflected in my art that makes art so personal and powerful. We reconnect to that feeling we experience in nature when we see a reminder of that special place. When we surround ourselves with art that reminds us of this good feeling from special places in nature, we bring that reminder of good into our every day lives.

If you are someone who loves nature and colorful art with a modern design, we might be a perfect fit. 

The EcoMemory Process

View from our Dock, 

January 2018. My EcoMemory created from the photo above.

  • I have a conversation with my clients about why that place in nature is special to them. This conversation gives me clues about the color palette and design for the EcoMemory artwork.
  • I gather all my research into an EcoMemory Report to let the client know my vision for their artwork.
  • Once I get the go ahead from the client, I go into the studio and create.
  • I deliver your Custom EcoMemory that lets you reconnect to how you feel in that special place every time you see your EcoMemory artwork.

Use the Contact Me page on this website to ask for more information.



Here is what my clients say...

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View from Seaside Heights Boardwalk, 2017

My favorite part of the custom EcoMemory process was being encouraged to really search the depth of my connections to specific places from childhood/young adulthood whether through memories visual, emotional or sensory (or all three!) I realized in the process how vitality important it is for me to return to those places on as regular a basis as possible.

The EcoMemory collaboration will result in a beautifully constructed and extremely personal fabric artwork encompassing your feelings and memories of place in abstract form. I’d also add how easy and communicative Kathleen is to work with.... that she really listens to her clients and that her dealings in all ways are done in an extremely professional manner.

-Jackie Skarritt from Kalamazoo, Michigan

My First EcoMemory

In Fall of 2017, I made an EcoMemory artwork based on my Senior Honors Geology Project when I was a student at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. My professor, Dr. Palmquist and I did field work for this project on a small rock island right off the shore in Lake Superior near Marquette, Michigan. I never forgot the beauty of the lake and those gorgeous dark rocks with pink mineral veins (in geology called dikes). I captured the feeling in this piece entitled "Partridge Point in Lake Superior."  I presented the artwork to Dr. Palmquist  and this is what he had to say about it.

When I see your EcoMemory in the entry of our home, I reconnect with that special place. The colors of Lake Superior bring to mind the many moods of that lake. The colors and patterns of the land display the billions of years of geologic history which contribute to the 'essence' of the place.
I am very pleased that you have used your college Honors Project for your EcoMemory prototype.  That area has a special aura for me too! There is a Spirit of Place that abounds there... an essence.  Just to the north of your area is a gorgeous cobble/boulder beach which I admired and felt that if it was more accessible, more people would be able to enjoy the diverse sizes, shapes, textures and colors of the boulders.  Many years later, Carol and I were enjoying a Winter getaway in Scottsdale, AZ.  On Art Night, the many art galleries have open houses. As we walked along, we could see a window in a corner gallery that showed the sculptures consisting of boulders arranged in harmonious and balanced arrangements. We entered and the gallery owner described the method used by the artist.  I immediately remembered the Lake Superior beach.  I told Carol, "I know where I can find the materials, and I can do that."  In fact, I did. I had a show called 'Stones in the Mudd' in the Seeley Mudd library at Lawrence University  (Click HERE to learn more about the art show) which attracted around a hundred people and served wine and cheese like the Scottsdale galleries.  Who would have thought this old geologist would have an art show?

-Dr. John Palmquist from Appleton, Wisconsin

P.S. I am not surprised that he is an artist. Geologists work with geometric shapes and colors in rocks and minerals all the time. It seems like a natural fit.