Sally Harcum Maxwell

Sally Harcum
Regional Rep
Poquoson, Virginia

Let’s get one thing straight: I don’t talk about my age.  I’ve never been asked to write my autobiography before now, but I don’t expect to break this rule.  You’ll just have to take my word that I was exceptionally young when any significant events are mentioned.  It may be hard for you to do, but I know that you can. I’m just that kind of positive, supportive personality that believes in you.

I grew up in Williamsburg, Virginia, the Colonial Capital of Virginia.  Williamsburg is part of the Historic Triangle, along with Jamestown and Yorktown, that formed the center of life in English America (sorry Massachusetts, we were here first).  I’ve seen the “Story of a Patriot” so many times that I can’t count, but I’m still roused at the end when they vote to break ties with England and take down the flag. When I went to the University of Virginia, I found a way to marry my love of history with my love of art.  I never knew that one could make a career out of the study of art. Still you have to keep studying to make a career of it and I found another love, and another way to make a career. (This is where we skip over raising a family and my side-step into a profitable family-run business in medicine.  I’ll save it for the sequel).

The story took a surprising turn that I didn’t foresee: I met Mark Lipinski.  I’ve been a fan of Nancy Zieman for forever (not discussing my age, remember?) and I went to the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Fredericksburg to meet her in person.  As it happens, if I paid for 2 lectures at the show, I could get one free. I chose Mark for the free lecture and he started by talking about writing three pages longhand in a notebook every day, but not reading it.  I was intrigued. I started writing the next day. I read Julia Cameron’s book “The Artist’s Way” and then another. I went to Mark’s Slow Stitching Getaway and met the most incredibly talented people.  We started a Facebook group to keep in touch. We started another Facebook group and opened it up for others to learn about “The Artist’s Way.” Now I’m beginning to blog about it. I met people who knew people and those people knew people.  It’s an incredibly exciting time! 

Fast forward to today: Because of my new contacts, I’ve written a book for children called “Sally Wants to be a Scientist.”  I’ve participated in several national quilt shows. I’ve been published in “Quilting Arts” Magazine. My works are touring the US and they have a life of their own.  I now consider myself an artist and I’m having so much FUN. Working with SAQA will be another exciting journey in my new art-life.

Vincent's View of the Sea
Vincent's View of the Sea - 20" 20" 2017

Sally Harcum Maxwell

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