Collages

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 […]

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 […]


New Orleans

New Orleans

“New Orleans” is a collage inspired by a vacation to that city in 2014. Walking through the French Quarter, I ran across a wonderful building with a colorful first level contrasted against rough upper levels contrasted against bright blue shutters. In the sunlight, the effect was stunning. Later, walking along the river, I was taken […]

A Common Thread, Collages, Numbers 1-8

A Common Thread, Collages, Numbers 1-8

As I worked on the All Buttoned Up series, I got to thinking about thread. The thread in that series had to be hidden, so I wanted to do a series that focused on thread. As with that series, these are small postcard sized collages. Behind each collage is a piece of a wallpaper sample […]

Market Day, a collage

Market Day, a collage

When summer rolls around, I look forward to the local farmer’s market on Saturday mornings. Fresh produce, connecting with the people who grow it, and trying something new. It’s such a treat, both the products that are available and the experience of mindfully making selections. So different than racing through the aisles at the supermarket. […]


All Buttoned Up, Collages, Numbers 1-9

All Buttoned Up, Collages, Numbers 1-9

All Buttoned Up is a series of small abstract collages that include altered magazine pages, buttons, and thread. Some remind me of desert landscapes, others make me think of weathered walls and windows. And somehow #9 ended up completely different! But that’s ok. Buttons have been on my mind lately. I wanted to use some […]

Blue Moon, a collage

Blue Moon, a collage

In honor of July’s blue moon, here is my version! I began with an idea based it on a tiny painting (ACEO* sized) that I did many, many years ago. The ACEO was an acrylic painting; this recent version is a collage. The original is pictured below; the larger version is to the right. I […]

In The Garden, a collage

In The Garden, a collage

In The Garden is a combination of painting and collage. Sunny and warm, I made it during the summer of 2014 when gardens were awash with flowers of all colors. As with so many of my artworks, this one started one way, then took a left turn in the middle. It began as an abstract […]


Early Spring, a collage

Early Spring, a collage

So I realize we’re a bit past spring at this point, but that’s ok. “Early Spring” is a collage I did…in early spring…but just realized that I hadn’t posted it. This collage was also early in a new style that has been evolving over the past few months. The first layer is old dictionary pages […]

Ghost Ranch, a collage

Ghost Ranch, a collage

Ghost Ranch is a collage made with acrylic paint, painted papers, found papers, and printed images. 24 x 24 inches 1.5 inch deep gallery-wrapped canvas The image started as a winter landscape. I painted the canvas a bright orange all over, then brushed in the sky and a snowy field. Bits of the orange showed […]

Memories of Unanswered Questions, a Collage

Memories of Unanswered Questions, a Collage

“Memories of Unanswered Questions” came out of a sketching/brainstorming session several weeks ago. I was playing with the idea of “questions” and “unanswered questions”. An image kept developing that was mostly light-colored on one side, with a colorful stripe down the other. The colored stripe developed into tiny bits of colorful paper torn into confetti-sized […]


Mingling in a Room Full of Strangers, a Collage

Mingling in a Room Full of Strangers, a Collage

“Mingling in a Room Full of Strangers” has evolved over several years. It’s one of those images that I can’t leave alone – it keeps calling to me – but knowing exactly what it needs has been a challenge. It’s gone through stages of paint, collaged images, more paint, more paper. Each stage has reached […]

Small Packets, a Collage

Small Packets, a Collage

“Small Packets” is a little collage that is packed with all kinds of wonderful things.  You can see bits of paper, tissue, magazine images, a coin wrapper, and vintage Top Value stamps I found in papers from my mom. The postage label came on a package I received by Royal Mail, hence the title of […]

Finding My Way Home, a Collage

Finding My Way Home, a Collage

“Finding My Way Home” started with a bit of nostalgia for the places I’ve lived throughout my life. I’ve been wondering how much longer I want to stay in my current home – I’ve been here since 2004. I just love it, but it’s getting to be a lot for me to keep up by […]


Every Vote Counts

Every Vote Counts

During the 2010 election campaign, I got so much literature from people running for office – it was piled up in my mailbox, hung on my door, scattered in my landscaping – that I got fed up with it. So I tore it all up and made a collage out of it. It is now […]

Spring Omen

Spring Omen

Spring Omen is a collage made from bits of paper, a photo, some leaves, and a few lines of machine stitching.  I have entered it into the Hudson Society of Artists 2011 Members Show.


 
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