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!

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!

 

 

Colour Theory

A collage artist plays with color in a different way than a painter. There is no mixing of red and yellow to create orange; I must find orange in vintage source materials. This piece reflects the colors available in collage and mixed media, while capturing color swatches beneath the surface of encaustic wax. Painting tips fill the base, while collage scraps take center stage on a wood palette.

12″Hx12″Wx2″D

 

origin uncertain

This encaustic collage/assemblage is called “origin uncertain” from a dictionary description that appears on its lower edge. The concept for this piece was to create a depiction of a file cabinet full of memories: sights, smells, textures, and fleeting visuals. From the child’s photo, to the wire-wrapped flower, to the disintegrating book spine, the memories are tucked tightly into a box.

12″Hx4″Wx3″D

*** origin uncertain received 2nd 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! ***

I Really Hate Roller Coasters

This 12″x12″ mixed media collage was created on fabric interfacing, and features hand-painted papers, vintage ephemera, pastels, watersoluble crayons, and stitching.

“Riverview” was an amusement park in the Chicago neighborhood where my mother grew up. Though it closed shortly after I was born, I recall many stories of summer days that my mom and her siblings spent riding “the Bobs” – an old wooden roller coaster added to the park in 1924.

I’ve always hated roller coasters – not real fond of ferris wheels either. This piece was created for a call at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis in 2020, for an online exhibit called “Flattening the Curve.” It has been an honor and a privilege to be able to create during periods of “lockdown” and “social distancing.” As an artist, I’ve struggled financially during these uncertain times as a global pandemic has brought life as we knew it to a virtual standstill, but I’ve been extremely lucky to be mere steps away from my studio, where I can create without fear of the virus.

A favorite Picasso quote –

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

Seems quite apt in current times as well.