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Letters Unsent

Letters Unsent

I had the idea for “Letters Unsent” before “Packaged Moments“, but completed it afterward. I needed to work through the thoughts about those other moments before I could take on this. I wanted this piece to explore the emotions of looking back on life and reminiscing about the thoughts not said, the missed opportunities: the […]

Packaged Moments

Packaged Moments

After making “Open Ended Communication“, I wanted to do more with Mylar overlays and explore the emotions around partially hidden objects. “Packaged Moments” started out as three individual pieces, but as I worked on them, they began to play off one another so well that they had to become one piece. I chose images that […]

Open-Ended Communication

Open-Ended Communication

“Open-Ended Communication” is a transitional piece that creates a pathway from the envelope-specific pieces (In The Clear, Going Forth) early in this series to more conceptual pieces (Once Upon A Time, Lifelong Buddies). The focal point in this piece is the small central envelope, which was originally created to stand on its own. The brown […]


In The Clear

In The Clear

Titled, “In The Clear”, this piece is dear to me for the sense of joy it conveys. Several years ago, a friend gave me a page from a French magazine printed in the late 1800s or early 1900s. The image on the page was of dozens of butterflies (papillons) happily hovering over flowers. I envisioned […]

The Envelop/e Series

The Envelop/e Series

An envelope is something that wraps around, encloses and contains. But, an envelope can be more than just a piece of paper. It can be a symbol loaded with memories and emotions. You open the mailbox and there it is: Puffy or flat. Clean or scuffed up. White, brown, green, pink, blue, yellow, or red. Does it have that little […]

Lifelong Buddies

Lifelong Buddies

Another piece for the Threads of the Past exhibit, “Lifelong Buddies” shows a photo of my dad and his college friend. My dad went to a very small college. Very small – his graduating class had fewer than 2 dozen people. He and his classmates formed close friendships that lasted rest of their lives. I have […]


Sweet Marie

Sweet Marie

“Sweet Marie” is one more piece that I made for the Threads of the Past exhibit. The little girl in “Sweet Marie” came from an old scrapbook from the 1880s. Something in her pose and expression remind me of my grandmother, so I have named this piece after her. My grandmother wasn’t born till the 1900s, […]

Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time

This collage titled “Once Upon A Time” is another of the pieces I made for our “Threads of the Past” show at Uncommon Art. The photo is of my parents drinking a toast on their wedding day. Behind them is sheet music for “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”, which has the lyrics: There are loved […]

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

For our “Threads of the Past” show, I made several pieces of artwork, including this one, inspired by family. My mom loved to quilt, and made many during her lifetime. This Tree Of Life quilt was one of her first. She made it in 1990 and it’s one I have always loved. I used it as […]


Spring Summer Autumn Winter

Spring Summer Autumn Winter

“Spring Summer Autumn Winter” is a 4-part collage (quadriptych) that shows the same tree scene as imagined across the four seasons. The trees were inspired by a recent boating trip along the Canal du Midi in France. Here’s a photo that I took during the trip and used for inspiration: I found the shapes of […]

Tall Tree, collage

Tall Tree, collage

This piece was inspired by the forests in Oregon, where the trees are impossibly tall and seem go on forever. I was struck by how hard it was to see the individual trees because there were so many. They seemed to be defined by the space around them rather than by themselves. I wanted to […]

Coming Soon To An Art-o-Mat Near You

Coming Soon To An Art-o-Mat Near You

It’s been a while since my last series of artwork for Art-o-mat, and I’ve missed making them. I really enjoy working on these series, and love seeing these little guys come together. This series is a bit different than my earlier ones. (See some of them here: Miles of Paintings.) My larger artwork has been exploring […]


Insufficiently Wrapped

Insufficiently Wrapped

“Insufficiently Wrapped” plays on the envelope theme with an image that couldn’t be contained. I liked the idea of a neat and tidy envelope spilling messy contents all over the place. Envelopes are meant to contain, but sometimes they just can’t hold it in anymore. The envelope is made from a magazine image that I […]

Too Much To Contain

Too Much To Contain

“Too Much To Contain” again looks at what happens when the envelope is too full and the contents are released. I love the mix of modern and vintage bits here: you’ll see graphs from a 1950s physics book, vintage elements from the 1880s, mixed with modern snapshots and maps. It’s a wonderful, complex mix of […]

Remembrance

Remembrance

“Remembrance” uses a modern envelope paired with a vintage greeting card. I wanted to echo the greeting card with the other elements in the piece, so looked for papers with similar colors and feel. As I have tried to do in other recent pieces, I was somewhat spontaneous in my approach and did not over […]


Going Forth

Going Forth

Remember the excitement of finding a real envelope in the mail, one with a card or letter? Envelopes are more than paper: their purpose lies equally in being able to wrap, contain, and conceal, as well as open and release. They are the messenger, so rarely (never?) are they the reason for the missive. Yet […]

Walk In The Woods

Walk In The Woods

“Walk In The Woods” continues my exploration with a collage process that is more free and intuitive. No carefully analyzed plan, no agonizing over each piece. Instead, I tried to put pieces together because they “belonged” together. “Belonged” is in quotation marks because do vintage buttons, corrugated cardboard, and French knots really belong together? Who […]

Waterfall

Waterfall

“Waterfall” began, as so many of my abstract paintings do, with quick and instinctive swatches of paint on paper. Quick and energetic, applied in an intuitive, physical way. Love that stuff. After the paint was dry, I enhanced the paint with some machine stitching to draw attention to it and add texture, then added the […]


Deep Blue Sea

Deep Blue Sea

“Deep Blue Sea” is a bit different for me. Collage, the way I do it, is deliberate. I think about each piece before applying it to the artwork, weighing color, placement, size carefully. I’ll often look at a piece for several days before gluing anything down. It’s a very different process than painting, which for […]

The Dunes

The Dunes

“The Dunes” was an enjoyable collage to put together. Rather than raiding only my stash of papers and yarn, I took a walk outsisde and picked up plant materials (grasses, leaves, petals) that I included in the artwork. I need to do that more often; I love the look that the natural elements bring to […]

Roots and Roads #3

Roots and Roads #3

“Roots and Roads #3” picks up on cues from the first in this series. A little less realistic than #2, with added yarn – and even buttons! A tree, along a rocky path, stands along save for bits of scrubby grasses. Buttons and yarn mark the path along with strewn flower petals. I love the meandering […]


Roots and Roads #2

Roots and Roads #2

“Roots and Roads #2” is a continuation of a series of artwork that explores roots (where do we come from) and roads (where are we going). Inspired by the idea that we need to be grounded in our past helps us grow toward our future, I made “Roots and Roads #2” from old book pages, […]

Garden Gate

Garden Gate

“Garden Gate” is the final piece in the Portals series. Based on “Garden Shrine” with hints of “Frosty Window”, it offers an arch in a cheerful, warm garden setting. As with some of the other pieces, I wanted an image that invite viewers to experience a portal, make the transition through it. Title: Garden Gate […]

Garden Path

Garden Path

“Garden Path” takes another view of an archway and the view from and through it. I wanted to indicate a sense of space and set up an inviting scene where you’d want to go from here to there. Title: Garden Path Size: 12 x 12 inches on canvas Medium: Collage with various papers and acrylic […]



 
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