Building Blocks

“Building Blocks” is a series of 30 small encaustic mixed media pieces – created like an old-fashioned sampler. I love the properties that the hot wax adds to my paper collage work. I love the ability to add more layers and more texture. Creating this alphabet sampler was a great way to experiment and practice new ways of working with wax, paper, and other media. We build compositions by taking the elements of design and putting them together – the building blocks here are the alphabet, which leads to words, sentences, and paragraphs. As I built the layers of these small blocks, I built something that would also work together to be greater and different than the sum of these small pieces. It’s a story; it’s a journey; it’s a “new normal.”

In 2020, 41 Rockport Artists created art responding to our changing times. Selected by a jury panel, these artists received grants totaling $150,000 that culminated in this exhibition. Thank you to Fine Line Group, Alice Walton Foundation, Tartaglino Richards Family Foundation for providing these seminal grants. 

This piece will be displayed (and available for purchase!) at the New Normal Second Act exhibit at the Gallery at Anita Diebel Studio, 111 North Austin Street, Rockport, TX. 

Art Loop Reception, Saturday, August 7th and Closing Reception, Saturday, August 28. See you there!

Once Upon a Time

“Once Upon a Time” is a series of 24 small collages, assembled as a concertina or accordion book. The words come from familiar nursery rhymes – one line is enough to make you recall the entire verse. The women are from 1890’s to 1917 magazine pages – a true step back in time – before the pandemic of 1918-1920. The backgrounds are from an old book of Texas Legal Forms – although mostly layered over, each background was chosen to work with the particular nursery rhyme. The colorful bits were a mixed media collage that I cut into pieces and the colors in that piece helped me to choose a 1915 personal calendar, with pencil entries for every single day – some as simple as “Went to church” or “Went to school” – a reminder of a simpler time. As I built the layers of these small collages, I built something that would also work together to be greater and different than the sum of these small pieces. It’s a story; it’s a journey; it’s a “new normal.”

In 2020, 42 Rockport Artists created art responding to our changing times. Selected by a jury panel, these artists received grants totaling $150,000 that culminated in this exhibition. Thank you to Fine Line Group, Alice Walton Foundation, Tartaglino Richards Family Foundation for providing these seminal grants. This piece will be displayed (and available for purchase!) at the New Normal exhibit at Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, TX, from August 6, 2021 through September 4, 2021. See you there!

 

 

Greetings from K Space

Postcards from Your Neighbor is a joint exhibition featuring members of K Space Contemporary and Rockport Center for the Arts. As I am a proud member of both of these amazing arts organizations, I get to create 2 postcards.

Greetings from K Space is a mixed media encaustic collage on canvas panel. The main image is a photo of the existing KRESS signage, from when this Corpus Christi building housed the five and dime. Encaustic wax and paint add layers to the old building and mystery to the piece.

This piece will be displayed (and available for purchase!) at the Postcards from Your Neighbor exhibit at Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, TX, from August 6, 2021 through September 4, 2021. See you there!

 

 

Greetings from Rockport

Postcards from Your Neighbor is a joint exhibition featuring members of K Space Contemporary and Rockport Center for the Arts. As I am a proud member of both of these amazing arts organizations, I get to create 2 postcards.

Greetings from Rockport is a mixed media encaustic collage on canvas panel. The main image is a photo I took the very first winter I spent in Rockport many years ago. The Cool Coast Camp mural still greets visitors to the Historic District on Austin Street. Layers of wax and encaustic paint enhance the photo, echoing the aging process of the original mural.

This piece will be displayed (and available for purchase!) at the Postcards from Your Neighbor exhibit at K Space Contemporary in Corpus Christi, TX from August 6, 2021 through September 17, 2021. See you there!

 

 

Love | Hope

Mixed media encaustic collage on cradled birch panel. Created with gouache, vintage papers, encaustic medium, and tar! Yes, asphalt like on the road – gives a great grungy texture/look to the imperfections of the wax. I love embracing imperfection, and this piece is about embracing love and hope.

 

This piece will be displayed (and available for purchase!) at the Creating Hope exhibit at K Space Contemporary in Corpus Christi, TX from August 6, 2021 through September 17, 2021. See you there!

 

 

Thanks. Wow!

Mixed media collage on 15″ W x 30″ H x 2.5″ Deep Gallery Wrapped Canvas.

The title comes from Anne Lamott’s book, “Help, Thanks, Wow” which she calls the three essential prayers. The joy in this piece is a daily reminder to be thankful for all that I have, and to be wowed by all that surrounds us.

 

Currently on view at Art Center of Corpus Christi as part of the South Texas Art League exhibit, running June 10-July 11, 2021.

 

 

 

The Girl Next Door

Mixed media collage on 24″x24″ wrapped canvas, in poplar frame.

Mixed media collage on canvas, featuring vintage ‘glamour shots’ of models. A cross between voyeurism and exhibitionism, and an attempt at connections.

 

*** The Girl Next Door was juried into the 2021 MEMBERS ONLY exhibition at K Space Contemporary. ***

 

Let’s Pull Together

Mixed media collage on 30″x30″ gallery-depth wrapped museum-depth (2.5″) canvas.

Vintage ephemera in a neutral palette with an underlying message of community.

 

*** Let’s Pull Together received 1st Place in Mixed Media at the Art Center of Corpus Christi’s All Membership Show. Big thanks to juror Meg Aubrey and the staff of the Art Center! ***