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.



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.


*** 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.