mystical mixed media inspired by nature
Welcome to my world.
My earliest memories are of a preoccupation with careful examination of the world around me, and with making marks on paper to represent whatever I saw or imagined. As a child, I drew and cut out my own paper princesses, knights, horses, and dragons. I made ‘people’ out of natural materials such as sticks and apples, clothing them with flowers and housing them in villages of moss and clay. My passions for nature and for creating are at the core of who I am, and are the source of my mixed media art adventure, communicating through line and color what cannot be expressed in words.
It seems important to me to spend time staring at the sky, to put my hands in the earth, to watch things grow. It’s important to read books, and to be a lifelong learner. I have always been terrible at categorizing things, because the more closely I looked, the less able I was to see where one thing started and another left off. The vocabulary of symbols I use in my work has developed as I sought to express my deep belief in the unity and connectedness of every thing in the universe. I want to express my experience of this mystery as honestly and authentically as I can.
Recently I decided that I want to focus on sharing my mixed media art with as many people as possible. If art is a form of communication, and if my message is as important as I believe it is, the work needs to go out into the world to help spread that message. I’m selling less expensive prints as well as originals, so that my mixed media art can touch eveyone. My hope is that you will enjoy the work enough to add one of these pieces to your home.
I am a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, and my work may also be purchased at their gallery in Berea, Kentucky.
Mixed Media Art Galleries
All possible care has been taken to ensure the archival quality of these mixed media art works, including framing materials. Non-archival and vintage collage materials have been sealed in acrylic gel to preserve them. Heavy-weight Rives BFK cotton, acid-free printmaking paper or acid-free multimedia artboard has been used as the substrate unless otherwise noted. Inks, paint, and other media have a high degree of lightfastness. Framed pieces are mounted on 100% cotton black matboard and “floated” in an off-white mat. Collages on vintage book covers are wired on the back to hang without a frame, but may be framed in a “shadowbox” type frame by the purchaser if desired.
This ongoing series consists of 7 x 7 inch monoprint collages. They are the result of combining parts of colorful monoprints to form entirely new compositions. While some are more abstract than others, each one uses forms from nature, such as plants, seeds, landscapes, and space imagery as personal symbols. They are combined and overlapped to make pieces which express the ever-changing cycles of nature.
This gallery contains primarily larger collages, including many using antique book covers as substrates. I like to recycle vintage ephemera that might be thrown away, giving it a new life in my art. These pieces incorporate a wide variety of materials, including book pages, old maps, letters and postcards, mica, found objects, stitching, and more. Wired on the back for hanging, or may be displayed in a deep profile frame.
These works are multi-layer monoprints (one-of-a-kind, hand-pulled prints) on heavy weight Rives BFK printmaking paper. They are then embellished with additional layers of mixed media, including inks, paint, watercolor crayons and pencils. “Suchness” in the East Asian Mahayana tradition is seen as representing the basic reality and can be used to terminate the use of words. It is the communication, through visual images, of the oneness of all things.
This series consists of small collages and mixed media pieces. Materials include vintage book pages, maps, and other recycled ephemera, as well as magazine cut-outs, image transfers, and hand drawing or painting. Some may also include stitching. Sizes are variable, with the smallest being 3 x 5 inches and the largest about 6 x 9 inches. The substrate for most of these is multimedia artboard, an archival, acid-free material which is only 1/32 of an inch thick, but is extremely strong and warp-proof, and suitable for framing.