Prairie Fire

17 Feb

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This watercolor, “Prairie Fire”, was the results of a watercolor method that is quite spontaneous.  It leaves an unintentional image on the paper that leaves the artist to decide what the next step will be to complete the work drawing with a marker.  It is very freeing, due to no thought out concept for the work.  It is also quite interesting what I may see one day in the watercolor to the next day.  It was a hot dry day last summer when I added the marks to the watercolor.  The area where I live was experiencing a drought, and I was listening to news reports about prairie and canyon fires.  With the warm colors and fire-like texture on the paper, I could see the dry, drought ridden plains with the sun beating down as I added the illustrated lines.

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Demeter in my Garden

6 Nov

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During the growing season, the Greek goddess, Demeter, looks over my garden harvest.  I like to place her with the other “heads” in the garden, lettuce.  I really needed her help this past summer with the drought we experienced.  She is made of plaster and Patina Copper acrylic.

Will My Finest Be Good Enough

6 Nov

Life experiences play another main topic of my artwork.  This sculpture is a series of  “Ladies” created from a plaster mold.  In this piece, I was addressing the issue of the women’s role in our society.  I am not one that likes to get “dressed up”.  Putting on makeup is more of a chore, along with accessorizing a look.  Are we not good enough just the way we came?  What does it mean to wear our Sunday finest?  Are we not fine enough without this external remake?  Has this ritual really got us where we want to be?  I don’t think so.  Sarah McLachlan’s song, “Angel”, says is all: “Spend all your time waiting for that second chance for a break that would make it okay.  There’s always some reason to feel not good enough”…

Aspens

6 Nov

I have a big obsession with trees, as demonstrated in alot of my artwork.  I love the texture and contrasting colors in the bark of the aspen. I used a sgraffito technique on the trees in this earthenware tile to capture the texture and colors. 

Garden Party

16 Apr

Another interest I have is gardening.  I enjoy growing as much of my own food; as well as, ornamental plants.  I built this table from wood and incorporated a mosaic I made from broken plates and cups into organic forms that you will find in my garden.  The stems of curly willow around the base of the table are stems of curly willow that grow on our land.  The metal sculpture sitting on the table is in the shape of a cup.  It reminds me to take sit back and enjoy the garden.

U&U&U

5 Apr

  

U&U&U, tissue paper and ink

I made this sculpture in 2010 shortly after the Gulf Oil Spill.  It was so upsetting watching the news accounts of this terrible mishap.  That same summer I was listening to a lot of women singer/songwriters after attending a fantastic Lilith Fair concert in Kansas City.  Although these two events seem not to have any correlation, the one similarity that came to me was the effect of overconsumption.  The oil spill was the result of our overconsumption of oil, and so many of the song’s subject matter dealt with the overconsumption of a relationship between people.  I represent the subject matter in this sculpture with fragile paper in a woman’ form that spirals and weaves; eventually, unraveling.

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Jungle, Earthenware

5 Apr

Jungle, Earthenware

I spent close to two decades as a preschool teacher and loved to read and share children’s literature with my students. Now I get to do the same with my grandchildren. Although I have many favorite authors, this mosaic was inspired by author/illustrator Keith Baker’s “Who Is the Beast?”. His storytelling and use of such vivid graphic illustrations are so enjoyable.