"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!

"Jungian Tales"

Oil Painting

This is an oil painting meant to look like a collage! It tells a story of a maiden who descended to the underground forest.  This forest is not such a strange place for women who understand it is also a place to learn & replenish so they can emerge strong, balanced, and whole. 
All the elements in this collage came from photos that I took .  Our daughter volunteered for the maidens role.  The rest are pictures taken in my garden, shadows I thought interesting on the wall and the cut glass window in our kitchen!
See my other portraits in the Oil Painting section above.

"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.

"Out of the Blue"

50" x 40"
This is a very large collage!  I usually do not work with this color of blue ...Cerulean.  But you have seen these paper pulp circles in several of my other pieces!  Symbolically these spirals indicate change.  Think of hurricanes or tornadoes which are both spirals that can cause change in a nano second. 
Created in 2014

"Sibling Rivalry"

6" x 6" x 2.5"

These little blocks are constructed from book pages, Simplicity dress patterns, an Urban Outfitter bag and some comments that I wrote on Chinese paper.  These are hidden underneath  various papers so you will have to look closely to really see them.  And although I'm not suppose to have a favorite... block #4 is the best!   They are being sold as a set!  They won Best of Show 2014.

"The Nearness of White"

Each is 12" square
paper collage
Series: "Rough Around the Edges"
These small collages are constructed of wonderfully textured
handmade papers from around the world.  Also included
are pages from an old encyclopedia.  I felt the trio 
to be both beautiful & peaceful...stunning in simplicity!

"Dissecting the Experience"

Mixed Media with drawing
24" square
Series: "Rough Around the Edges"
Accepted into the AAWR summer show 2013.
It was also used for the postcard advertising
the show!!

"Changing Connections"

Mixed Media, 48"x24"
Part of the "Rough around the Edges Series".
All of these are going to be displayed in a small show
at Judson Park's Howson Gallery this Fall, 2013!

"Blossoms in the Fragrant Wind"

These 12" collages are part of a series I am working on
called "Rough Around the Edges".
They consist of some of my own handmade papers & other 
beautiful rice papers that come from China.  It's amazing to me how each
kind of paper takes the paint colors differently!
They also include some of my Chinese Brush paintings of plum blossoms.

"Persistent Bamboo"

Mixed Media
Each 12"x12"

Included in this piece is some of my Chinese brush paintings of bamboo.  I also incorporated some Chinese writing with 2 of my favorite seals that my teacher had made special for me when she went back to China for a visit.  Some day I will actually make a visit to China.  A psychic once told me that I spent many life times in China!

"Gray Matters"

Mixed Media
Series: "Rough Around the Edges"
This piece is one of my highly experimental pieces!  Once again I have included some wonderful handmade papers.  Some of these papers come from China & are especially thin & quite translucent.  You can't tell from this photo that there is a piece of very thin Chinese paper over the one that has leaves in it!  The corrugated paper is not handmade but a piece of paper I found frozen to the street in the middle of the winter!  For some reason you cannot duplicate the colored patina that wind & weather can contribute to a piece of paper!  By combining these two kinds of paper, very refined, sensitive & delicate with the ordinary I feel you get a better sense of what life is really about.  It lies in the balance of the two!

"Expression of "hsin" (Chinese word meaning mind & heart)

Mixed Media on canvas


Here on this piece I used painted handmade papers.  I painted them but bought the papers.  Everything is held together with encaustic which is melted wax.   Beside handmade papers I used pages from an old book written by Tolstoy which I read to give personal meaning to this piece.  The spirals are also paper but made of the thick pulp.  They are beautiful & so symbolic of change which I sense is already occurring in my life!  I included some drawings of lotus which I think helps to settle the swirling action of those spirals.

Little Landscapes

Drawing and painting on collage on canvas blocks.
6" x 6" x 2.5"
The bottom series is called the bird series as each has a few birds flying in the background.

"Baegid3" 7 views

"At the Heart of Gray"

A triptych constructed of handmade papers.
The middle one & the end one complete a diptych that I submitted to a national show.  It was accepted to the Butler Institute of American Art's 77th National show, 2013 !  You can't imagine how excited I was at the acceptance... such an honor!

"Round and Round at the Interchange"

constructed of handmade papers that I painted with acrylic paints,
pages from an old book & artists crayons.
This won a Merit Award from the Morgan Conservatory's annual show called "Transformation"!