Friday, May 8, 2015

Still Life

I was struck by the lighting on a bouquet of tulips one late afternoon, so I took several photos from different angles. I settled on this shot,  cropped the image to a 12"x12" and got to work with experimenting with filters. I like how the table runner (made for me by Penny Schine Gold) makes such a beautiful pattern in the piece. I also enjoy that the bowl was a birthday gift from my friend Linda Sickmon, my late husband's sculpture is on the table in the background as well as a painting on the wall by Carol Steinberg. I've normally done landscapes with this collage technique and think I'll be doing more interiors in the future. Your thoughts??

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

New Galleries

I now have work in The Pod in uptown Normal, IL; Main Gallery 404 in downtown Bloomington, IL: and Maggie Black Gallery in Galena, IL. I've made some new work to go in those galleries this winter and spring.
There's a scene from New Orleans, a winter midwestern landscape and 3 Galena views.

Can you make a collage of my son?

This collage features an image of Michael sitting on Devil's Tooth in Virginia. The photos at the left are of Michael at different ages doing active things. Embedded in the strips are text from the program and ticket to his West Point graduation, GI Joe army toys, camouflage, and other significant text.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Two moody blues pieces

I experimented with combining old photos with cloud photos for a couple moody pieces.


I made this as a Christmas gift for someone special. It is from a photo I took in Western Michigan; I made four variations of the photo and cut them into strips from 1/4" wide up to 2" wide to combine to form the scene.

3rd commission

This 16"H x 20"W piece was commissioned as a Christmas gift for a golfer.

2nd Commission

I completed this 12"H x 24"W commission in September 2014 for relatives. They now own three of my pieces that will go to their three children eventually. Sweet!


I received a wonderful commission from Campbell Steele Gallery in Marion, Iowa at the end of March 2014. A designer chose two 12x12s of mine hanging in the gallery and commissioned six new pieces. These will be installed at Mercy Medical Center, Hall Perrine Cancer Center, in Cedar Rapids.

Rowing gently down the stream

It's been an amazing year of grief and discovery since my husband died in February of 2014. I've neglected this blog and now need to document the art that I created in the last year as this blog serves as a great record for me.
In the first few weeks after Rob died, I started a commission. It was just what I needed - art therapy.  The piece was for a farmer who was retiring and he and his wife are driving the depicted vehicles. The original photo had a nondescript sky, so I added in a cloud photo. The pieces is 12"H x 36"W.