Posts Tagged ‘collage’

A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose

A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose

Several of the pieces in the Envelope series are studies in contrasts, and this is one of them. I love the elegant old-fashioned women peeking out from their gilded frames. Clearly they were women of means at their time, so I surrounded them with flowers. Yet despite their privileges, their life wasn’t easy. They were […]

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 Envelope Sketchbook ... and my helper

The Envelope Sketchbook … and my helper

As I began working on the Envelop/e series, I started making notes as ideas came to me. I’d jot a note on a scrap of paper in my studio, on a sticky note at home, or in whatever journal was handy. It’s great to keep track of those notes, but I couldn’t find them at […]


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 […]

Delivering Stories, July 14-August 19, at the BOX Gallery

Delivering Stories, July 14-August 19, at the BOX Gallery

“Delivering Stories” is a two-woman exhibit of artwork by me and Amber McElreath. The show runs July 14 – August 19 at the BOX Gallery, Summit Artspace in Akron. The opening reception is July 14, 5-8pm. For this exhibit, I have made all new artwork. Well, almost all new. Going Forth and Remembrance will be part of […]


Ohio Collage Society Members Show

Ohio Collage Society Members Show

The Ohio Collage Society Member’s show opens June 2, and runs through July 1. The show includes 60 pieces of collage and assemblage by members of the group (including me). My piece, “Finding Balance”, is included in the show. The opening reception is June 2nd from 5-8pm at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., Akron. […]

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 […]

Threads Of The Past, An Exhibit Of Art And History

Threads Of The Past, An Exhibit Of Art And History

Beginning March 10th, our studios at Uncommon Art will host a new exhibit called “Threads Of The Past: artwork with an eye to history”. This show is a collaborative exhibit between me, Dana, and Shannon. We’re each making artwork that is inspired by history, from ancient Egypt to Ohio settlers and personal history. The show […]


Evolving Landscapes, A Juried Exhibition

Evolving Landscapes, A Juried Exhibition

I am delighted that my “Roots and Roads #1” has been selected to be part of the “Evolving Landscapes” exhibit at Summit Artspace! The exhibition runs March 3 – April 8, 2017 with an opening reception on Friday, March 3 from 5-8pm. The 50 works chosen for the exhibition by juror Alexandra Nicholis Coon, executive director […]

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 […]

Tiny Homes For The Holidays

Tiny Homes For The Holidays

Have you been following the tiny house trend? They’re popping up everywhere! You can’t turn on TV without catching a show about them or a news program doing a tour of one. They’re just so darn cute, aren’t they? So, you know us artists. We had to do our own take on them. But…ours are […]


Art Classes for Fall 2016

Art Classes for Fall 2016

This fall, I’m offering several classes as well as plenty of events. Collage Class, Session 2: 4 weeks beginning Tuesday, Nov. 15th. We’ll work in a series and learn more collage techniques. Attending session 1 is helpful but not mandatory. You won’t be lost if you start with this session. Register at https://squareup.com/store/uncommon-art-llc/item/collage-class Night of Unfinished […]

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 […]



 
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