This series resulted from an accumulation of strokes of acrylic paint used like stitches, inspired by the fiber arts i.e., ikat cloth with its tie-dyed threads, embroidery and open weave cloth. “Follow the Drinking Gourd” is about the slaves escaping to the North and following the Big Dipper, or Drinking Gourd. It is also a tribute to Pete Seeger who sang the song of the same name so memorably.