Thursday, November 14, 2019


I worked this past week on making three commissioned pieces. All were made from photos I'd taken; one is a photo I took in Maine last year, one is a Christmas present so I'm not showing an individual shot of it, and the third is my Grandpa's barn that a cousin wanted me to make art using it as the focus. It's always fun knowing who the piece is going to as I'm making it.  :-)

Tuesday, November 5, 2019


My husband and I went to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in October. Over 600 balloons ascended in the morning!!! I'm sure there will be more balloon collages in my future.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

This is Me!

I made this piece to submit to a local show of women artists entitled "This is Me" and to use for my monthly project with my Art Sistas for the assignment of "flight/flying".  I chose to work with a photo my friend Mary took of a prairie plot owned by our friend Linda (all three of us are in the Art Sistas group). I added the illustrations of a bird taking flight to the digital file and then ran several filters on the photo. After choosing 3 that worked well together, I printed those out and cut into strips and did my usual art making process. I then added some strips of yellow and green handmade papers, little torn circles of purple and rust to highlight the flowers, and shredded US currency from the Federal Reserve.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Going to the beach!

C2C Gallery in Grand Haven, MI, sold 4 of my collages in August. The work will be up through September, so I'm taking 5 new pieces up this weekend. Here are three new pieces and the fourth is a beach stairway 2.0 (I sold the one I posted August 11, so I ran a new set of 3 filters and created another version of the scene.)

The gull/sailboat scene has text floating in the water about boats and water. The beach chairs have yellowed newspaper text under them in the sand.  The grass beyond the stairs in the last one have pieces of shredded US currency embedded.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019


This serene piece is 12"H x 9"W x 1"Deep and is titled "Open to Joy." The original photo was taken by my friend Ellen McDowell when she was kayaking. I ran filters on the photo, printed out 3 versions to cut into strips and added in the Japanese characters for water lily in the top right of the sky. Some handmade papers add to the texture of the lily and shredded currency from the Federal Reserve float among the lily pads.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Summer Time, Beach Time

I wanted to make another composition with an inviting walk down to the beach. I took the original photo for this on the upper shore of Lake Michigan. At first I thought I'd do a horizontal landscape, but then felt the big wood tops of the walkway were a bit distracting. I cropped the image into a square and made this 12"x12"x1" collage (middle photo) using three filtered versions of the scene with some Michigan road maps added into the clouds and handmade green paper in the grassy areas.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

I'm the Featured Artist at C2C Gallery

Check out my art on display in Grand Haven, Michigan for the months of August-September 2019. C2C Gallery has a great collection of Michigan artists' work on display and I'm proud to be exhibiting among them with my show "Woods - Water - Words".