Thursday, July 2, 2020

Resting in Hope

This was another photo my friend Ellen McDowell took that I ran filters on, chose three to print and cut into strips, then added in vintage text, colored pencil and shredded U.S. currency to the nest. 12" x 12" x 1.5" deep wood panel.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Finished... and Sold!

I posted photos of this piece on Facebook on Saturday and had a request to purchase it on Monday! My friend Ellen took this fabulous sunset photo on a calm lake, and I loved how it messed with your sense of space since the sky was the same below and above. I picked three filtered versions of the scene, cut them by hand into quarter-inch strips and combined them with handmade paper and vintage (green and blue) postage stamps. I named it Eventide. 14" x 11" x 1.5"

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Camino Commission

My husband and I walked 140 miles of The Camino in northern Spain in 2016. We met a man and his son from California while walking the trail and have kept in contact via Facebook. He recently asked me if I had any photographs from that walk that I could make art from. He chose the one below out of the five or six I proposed, and he said he wanted to give it to his son as a gift. I asked if he could send me photographs of his Pilgrim's Passport that we all got stamped each morning and night by various restaurants, hostels or hotels so that I could work sections of those stamped images into the road of the art piece. I think the resulting 18"H x 24"W artwork really captures the feeling of the peacefulness of walking through a forest in Spain and will be a wonderful reminder of that time for his son.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Another southwest piece

This was from a photo my cousin took of Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona. People say Sedona has energy vortexes around it, so I like the way the light seems to shift in this piece.

Finished Commission

Just finished a commission today for a woman who has had me do a mixed media piece for each of her three children using one of their wedding photos. This one is 18"x24"x2" and combines strips cut from digitally altered prints of the photo, handmade papers, text and images from the couple's invitation, and petals and leaves from her bouquet.

These are the previous ones I made of her children's wedding days.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Turning my sights to the southwest

Once the shelter in place orders lessen, I'll be sending or delivering 16 pieces of art to Plum Bottom Gallery in Door County, Wisconsin. All of the pieces are made from photos taken in Door County.

Now I'm working on imagery from Arizona and New Mexico for a gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona that is interested in my art. YAY! The three below are: flowers along a path at Ojo Caliente, NM; mass ascension of balloons at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta; view of the Grand Canyon from Tonto Trail.

Monday, April 27, 2020


The director of the Peoria Art Guild and a board member interviewed me via Zoom over the weekend. I thought they had some good questions and enjoyed talking with them about my art making.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Possible Billboards

Peoria has a competition for artists to submit up to three images for Sky Art Peoria. Five artists' work will be chosen to enlarge to a 48' x 14' billboard to be on display along a street in the city for the year. I made these three on canvas at 13.5" x 3.5". It would be a real kick to have one chosen to be enlarged from 1/4" strips to 12" strips in scale!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Off-site studio results

My husband and I drove to Florida at the end of February and returned 5 weeks later (very surreal road trip home with restaurants closed and hotels strangely quiet due to the pandemic). We were in Florida to help our daughter and son-in-law before and after the birth of their baby. I took my drawing board, 7 panels with the wood edges already stained, 7 sets of filtered prints I'd made and all my art making tools. These are the results of my labors. All but the one with the pink/magenta field of flowers are made from photos taken in Door County, Wisconsin.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

New work for a Wisconsin gallery

I've been asked to send work to a gallery in the touristy town of Egg Harbor, Wisconsin (look for my work at Plum Bottom Gallery starting in April). These are new pieces for that gallery.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Stay on the Path

For some reason, my mom collected cancelled postage stamps. About 15 years ago, she gave me a box of them. A couple of the 3¢ stamps found their way into this artwork, tucked into the trees and the leaves on the ground. This artwork originated with a photo I took while walking on a split-log path around a lake in Acadia National Park. Along with the stamps and the cut up digital prints, I added colored pencil and some handmade papers.

Friday, January 17, 2020


As the snow falls here in the midwest, I had fun working on this piece from a photo I took last summer in Grand Haven,  Michigan. I like the vivid colors and the mood it sets.

Friday, January 10, 2020


As the new year begins, I'm focusing on making new work for a spring show in Peoria, IL and a winter show in Galesburg, IL. I also need to make new work for a Scottsdale, AZ gallery to choose from for their winter season. I closed my graphic design business at the end of the year and will now focus full time on my art making. YAY!

My first piece of the new year is pictured below. The Rancho de Taos Church of San Francisco de Asis is over 200 years old. It was painted by Georgia O’Keeffe and photographed by Ansel Adams. They each focused on the heavy buttressed end of the building. I was taken by this view of the side of the church; I liked the contrast between the solid geometry of the building with its shadows and the organic shapes of the flowers in the side garden. I ran 8 or 10 filters in Prisma, picked several I liked (overlaying a few on the original photo to further work with the look of the filters), printed those out and cut them into quarter-inch strips. Combining three sets of strips, I created this 14"H x 11"W x 1.5"Deep piece.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Finishing up 2019

I made several more pieces at the end of 2019. I completed another balloon piece using a photo from the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, a summer dock image from Door County WI, and two Arizona images. Looking forward to 2020 and preparing for two shows and making inventory for an Arizona gallery!