Saturday, January 20, 2018


I had a vision of creating multiple small collages to be hung as one piece—all showing people kayaking. We rented a kayak while vacationing in Florida and took photos of others out in the bay. In the foreground of each collage I've embedded portions of statements about boating, water, kayaks, etc. The smallest pieces are 5"x7" and the largest is 10"x10".

Friday, January 5, 2018

First collage of 2018

Since most of the U.S. is unusually cold right now, I'm happy to share with you my just-finished beach collage! "Shells and Shorebirds" features three attached collages: a 6" x 6" x .75" scene of cormorants on the posts of a former dock; 8" x 8" x 1.5" collection of shells I gathered along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico; and a 6" x 6" x .75" view of shorebirds running along the surf. Can you feel the warmth of the sea breeze?!

Other work made in November & December 2017

As the autumn leaves fell off our trees after a hard freeze, I sat at my art table and finished these pieces.

This is a 12" x 12" collage using a field of flowers and fields of color. Do you see the bee in the orange?

8" x 8" goldfinch collage - with script in the background - famed by gold acrylic paint.

My friend Linda gave me some antique brass cow # tags. I took some photos of the Shull dairy farm at Thanksgiving so as to pair a cow wearing a modern yellow plastic ear tag with the old brass one. The strips of ledger paper are from my great uncle's butcher shop from the late 1800s... I hope that doesn't make the cow nervous! 12"H x 9"W.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Avian Alchemist

I started to work with this photo of a Northern Flicker and remembered I had some flicker feathers in a vase. I printed out the original photo and then arranged the feathers on the print to photograph. I only had one of the yellow wing feathers, so I took 3 photos of the feathers arranged at the left, center and right of the print. I merged those 3 photos with the one of the bird and then ran my filters on that image. I gave the piece the title of Avian Alchemist, because this yellow-shafted flicker looks like a brown bird until he flies and the undersides of his wings and tail are yellow -- so he seemingly turns to gold.

Summer Home

Little did I know when I made this 6"H x 12"W piece that I'd have two people asking for it immediately after posting it on my Facebook page! I sold it to one person and will run out the same filtered photos a second time and make a variation of the art piece. Both responded to the mass of yellow flowers. What do you think of this piece or any of my others?

Sunday, November 5, 2017


In this piece I worked with breaking up a scene on two panels of different sizes and different depths. In the foreground, I added a poem by Emily Dickinson and broke up the imagery with solid strips of handmade papers.

Up close with nature

In "Poised" I used a variety of handmade papers in the strip along the side and added some small circle stencils to give the feel of atmosphere or motion as the flower is in the act of opening up.
The leaf photo was abstract from the start with the reflections in the water surrounding it, so my filters worked to abstract it more and I added a quote from Camus at the bottom right to give further interest up close.