"Reconstruction 2020"


Mixed media, 38" x 31" on paper, framed
This exciting dynamic piece has a lot of interesting papers including Chinese brush painting papers and crumbled newspaper which adds a lot of  fascinating texture. The energetic painting strokes give it some action opposing the structural red blocks.

"Quantum Particles Reconfigurring for a Change 2020"

 Mixed Media, 30" x 40" on canvas
2020 is the year of significant changes. Everything is realigning to accommodate these drastic times of unrest.  Here I visualized the microscopic atoms shifting from their protective shelters and leaping assertively towards another structure that is still not stabilized!  Quantum Leaps are surprising and adventurous...

Large works

30" x 44"
These are samples of my latest work. Much larger, more paint, less paper!

"Breaking Point"

Mixed Media, Acrylic paint & charcoal pencils.
44 x 30"
In this piece I further explore more paint, less collage papers.  My focus here is about energetic lines and mark making along with a simplified palette of bold colors.  
It has a big impacting presence using these restraints. 

"All Bundled Up"

Collage mixed media, 20 x 30", 
This beautifully colored collage has so many interesting components. the variety & texture of the papers can only be appreciated when you zoom into this piece of work. There are papers from a pizza box, Amazon delivery box and others that have been handmade by me & other women around the world!  Once again I managed to combine the refined with the mundane & bring a lot of beauty to the world.  The one little bundle is wrapped in jute & horsetail from my brothers draft horse, Dale. 

"Un-Decoded Form"

This very large collage mixed media has a presence all its own.
Framed in an old recycled fence board it measures 51 x 45"  The textures range from gossamer thin to papers that have been embossed using very large bean pods. I've also included old newspapers and tea bags which give it interesting colors & shape.  The pink paper has a fibrous look that's quite delicate but it's made out of fiberglass & cane easily leave tiny glass shards in your hands! 

"Thought & Matter"

Collage mixed media, 31 x 36"
On this collage I combined various painted papers along with papers from Simplicity patterns, appliance insulation, corrugated boxes and old news papers. I loved how the raised textures create interesting lines and visual appeal. These colors of orange & green have a wonderful resonance being part of a triad of colors on the color wheel.  
So on this one I incorporated more gestural lines in the atmosphere portion of the picture.  I love making these spontaneous marks as they feel like they're secret messages from the depths of my being expressing a thoughtful narrative.

"Wild Heart"

37 x 27" Framed
This collage has some interesting papers along with an old water color painting I did in 2007. Included also are some handmade and hand painted papers.  And as always I incorporated some everyday papers.  (pages from a book, dress patterns,  tissue paper from a shoe box).  The final addition was the beautiful, fibrous rice papers.  

"Present Blooming"

49 x 37" Framed
Created with various handmade papers and a piece of cloth I found while hiking in Costa Rica that ripped into shreds.  The drawing is made with artist crayons. 
Large, beautifully framed piece.

"Central Activity"

44 x 34.5" Framed
Quiet Background but active center.
Large framed piece with oil papers that have been sectioned into a grid with twine. 

Follow the Dots, See the Story

37 x 31" Framed
Here's my question surrounding this expression:
We create all kinds of patterns in our life and some are not working in our favor.
If we could see the pattern, could we change the behavior?

"Cellular Examination of Differences"

32 x 41" Framed
This collage is made up of several different pieces but each "Cell" resembles its neighbor.
Typical of my work there are pieces that were found, papers that I cut up from other collages, shreds from dress patterns, my old jeans and on every cell there is a tiny tag from where things were made, IE: Made in Japan or the U.S.A.  I've been collecting them for awhile! So I wanted to express that even though there are so many people from different places... still we are alike in many ways!

"Dualities & Relativities"

Collage/Mixed media

Once again a very dramatic set of colors & papers. Starting with paint & waiting for it to dry, I searched for papers in my collections that would compliment this shade of black/brown.  Some papers included in this piece I made at the Morgan.  Dress patterns, painted gauze, & coconut palm fibers are also included.  The brush strokes themselves are full of wild action. Click on the image for a close up to appreciate the textures.  The writing in red, lower left is actually a scribble of a writing by Tolstoy, one of my favorite authors. He wrote everything is Light.

"Toward the Light"

Collage/Mixed Media

This collage has papers from China & Thailand which are very thin and translucent. I started with a painting of very dark brown and white then added the torn pieces layer at a time.  I added arrows from a dress pattern which I felt were symbolic for giving direction to one who might be seeking. I drew flowers with a conte crayon, one of most favorite subjects, to give it layers & life.

"Light Rain, Early Spring"

48 x 38
Although it is quite large, this is a very quiet piece.  Framed.
It contains various delicate papers from China & Japan.  I drew very sensitive pink lotus as if they were falling out of the sky. There is a page from one of Tolstoy's stories called "the Snow Storm". I felt it appropriate to the expression of the piece.
Juried into the prestigious Valley Art Center's 44th annual, 2016

"On the Way to Blue Yonder"

30x24" on canvas

Aerial Ocean

This elongated triptych measures 144" long and 36" tall.  
It's going to a beach house in Florida!!
I used various kinds of handmade papers including ones that I made at the Morgan Conservatory in downtown Cleveland.  Some of these papers are quite translucent so you can read the  words that are on the book pages which I think creates lots of up close visual interest.

"Some Strings Attached"

30" x 40"
This one has so many subtle variances that it took me a long time to complete.
It's hard to see how transparent these papers are from this tiny picture but I worked hard on accentuating this property of these papers by coating the entire piece with a thin coat of melted wax!


8"x 7"
This tiny collage has lots to look at!!!
The Chinese paper took the colors in a most unusual way giving it a very watery looking print.  Also included in this piece is paper & oily string that came from Thailand, a small piece of lavender paper from Bangladesh and true to my nature of mixing paper types there is a small remnant of a pizza box! 

"Yesterday's Gone"

30.5 x 22.5" Framed

 This is a close up of a framed collage.
Besides having some exquisite handmade papers it also includes papers I found on the streets of Houston, TX that I really thought had a lot of character and wonderful colors!  

"Underneath All Those Story Lines"

This tall & narrow collage has an amazing collection of handmade papers.  Some are from China, Bangladesh, & Thailand.  These papers are mixed in with paper from an old Simplicity dress pattern and corrugated paper from a pizza box....oh & some gauze.  The words at the top of the page are really not in English but more from inside of me ...the non local domain, perhaps the collective unconscious asking the question, "What's the real story here?"  The first picture is a detail shot of all that's happening toward the bottom of this piece. 

"Geo Tagged"

The new way to map a spot on your phone or GPS.

"New Nebula"

Paper pulp turned into spirals along with some old landscape burlap and other handmade papers that I painted formed a structure that felt like a suspended nebula somewhere in the vast Universe!  Subtle colors associated with newborns allow the viewer to feel the freshness of this infant but amazingly powerful occurrence in nature!

"Prime Information from the Drop Box"

Prime Information from the Drop Box
Large collage made with some of my favorite chinese papers! Also included in this work are Simplicity patters with only prime numbers on them and pages from an old book. The white spirals are paper pulp.  It's very dimensional and created on a canvas so one can feel all the textures going on in the paper!  
48" x 36"

"Kozo Sculptures"

Kozo Sculptures.
YES!  I made these from scratch pounding the kozo bark & shaping them into these tiny dressed up sculptures.  They're only about 2 to 4 in high. I actually sewed the ruffled edges to the bottom and the beads to the top.  They're as light as ....well, paper.  They will be for sale as soon as I get a plexiglass cover made to go over all of them.  I LOVE doing 3-D work!

"Open & Release"

Open & Release
I created this collage on a sheet of handmade Kozo paper which is very thick bark that needs to be pounded out.  I did not make this paper but I have made Kozo paper & turned them into sculptures that you may have seen in an entry above.  
Other handmade papers in this collage come from around the world.
41.5 x 32.5 framed

"Sensitive Issue"

Gossamer  thin papers were given to me by the Morgan Conservancy with the understanding that I would create something for their art auction coming up at the end of summer.  I did an ink drawing on part of it & then used the rest for design.  I burnt the edges of some of the papers so the viewer could actually see the paper.  I also left the edges sticking up to accentuate the sheerness & beauty of this exquisite paper.  One of my favorites...I may have to buy it back!

"Resigned to Fate"

This huge framed collage was accepted into the Butler Museum of American Art's 78th Annual International Mid year show!!  They have over a 1000 submissions from around the USA.  Only 100 get selected!  This is the second year in a row my art has been accepted into this very prestigious show!  The Opening is July ,2014.

"Bamboo Emerging"

This smaller collage contains some of my Chinese Brush Painting. I learned this type of painting in Houston, TX.  Here I layered it with beautiful rice paper which has thick strands of rice running through it.  I also included some of this paper under the "Chop" symbols to carry the theme of layers.

"Come Sit with Me Awhile"

Collage Mixed Media
This collage is packed with symbolism & special meaning for me.  I created it early this year with a broken right arm!  Somehow the paper I painted with lots of layers of paint managed to acquire a black "Spirit Dot" on its own!  So I capitalized on it and used it just as it was!
Besides beautiful hand made papers it also contains some Simplicity dress patterns and a library book due date page!
I wrote a simple verse:

Come sit with me awhile
And listen to the stillness.
Come sit with me awile
And feel the lightness of the white.