Electric dreaming, 8"x10"
       
     
Whither blows the wind? 8"x10"
       
     
Gazing forward, 8"x10"
       
     
Tiptoes and feather-floating, 8"x10"
       
     
Remember when we had tea together?, 8"x10"
       
     
Counting gratefuls, 8"x10"
       
     
Calculated moves, 8"x10"
       
     
sunshine.jpg
       
     
19 Invitation to Remember.jpg
       
     
high heel with collage.JPG
       
     
Drowning in Confusion
       
     
Excerpt from art journal
       
     
18 Guestbook.jpg
       
     
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Lost
       
     
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Electric dreaming, 8"x10"
       
     
Electric dreaming, 8"x10"

2017. Mixed media, block print, watercolor

Too frequently expectations and fears and pain get in the way of my dreams that were once so vivid and so present. The little girl grips her bouquet of dreams so tightly that lightning shoots out of them, electrifying her affect and electrifying everything around her. The text behind the child is from a fashion advice column in a women’s magazine from the 1930s. The advice is so specific, and is framed as what is the “most appropriate” choice of fabric, cut, and length for a particular age or event. This column represents a time and culture that suffocates a woman’s individuality and reflects expectations to think, behave, and dress in a very specific way. I am grateful to live in this time filled with choices and freedoms; however, the undertones of expectations in our culture still exist and still impact me. Those “perfectionist” expectations to be nurturing, successful, attractive, polite, empathetic, and professional at all times have loud voices; they scare me out of taking the risks to pursue my own passions. By naming them, by making art about them, I understand that I am not alone in this. It gives me a language with which to frame these shameful fears, and offers a format to share these vulnerabilities with those around me.

Whither blows the wind? 8"x10"
       
     
Whither blows the wind? 8"x10"

2017. Mixed media, block print, watercolor

Fear, misunderstanding, and mistrust can lead us to do thoughtless things that impact everyone around us. This woman so generously shares the “beauty” from her bottle, knowing for certain that “they” want what we have. What if there is no universal want?

 

Gazing forward, 8"x10"
       
     
Gazing forward, 8"x10"

2017. Mixed media, block print, watercolor

Surrounded by beauty and memories, she is not sure what others think of her. The seal is immersed in his own joy, and fearlessly shares it with his old friend. She will be ready to receive it soon.

 

Tiptoes and feather-floating, 8"x10"
       
     
Tiptoes and feather-floating, 8"x10"

2017. Mixed media, block print, watercolor

These feathers are tenuously connected to the birch trees. I imagine that they have stretched themselves out of the rainbow between the branches because they were so eager to be part of this important moment between these two young children. The girls would be alone were it not for the feathers, floating toward them to see the beauty in this moment, and also to protect them.

Remember when we had tea together?, 8"x10"
       
     
Remember when we had tea together?, 8"x10"

2017. Mixed media, block print, watercolor

The woman’s body gives it all away; they used to be the same, but now she has found a life of wealth and comfort, and the octopus has gotten wrapped up in substance abuse or mental illness or a gambling addiction or just a few poor choices that has landed him a life of homelessness and shame. The woman has forgotten that they were once the same. She married a nice man who buys her pretty shrugs and now when she runs into the octopus on the street she smiles politely but awkwardly closes herself off because she does not want to be associated with the likes of him. They used to be the same.  A few different choices propelled him down another path.  But who’s the happier one here?

Counting gratefuls, 8"x10"
       
     
Counting gratefuls, 8"x10"

2017. Mixed media, block print, watercolor

On the lookout for beautiful things. The helpers, the gardeners, the solar eclipses. When the state of the world feels suffocating, activism and speaking out is crucial. So is laughter and beauty. 

Calculated moves, 8"x10"
       
     
Calculated moves, 8"x10"

2017. Mixed media, block print, watercolor

A secret life of color and music sometimes lives where least expected. Only when we slow down and take a look are we able to see what’s going on behind all the calculated moves.

 

sunshine.jpg
       
     
19 Invitation to Remember.jpg
       
     
high heel with collage.JPG
       
     
Drowning in Confusion
       
     
Drowning in Confusion

7”x5” Collage, watercolor, chalk pastel, ink on paper

Excerpt from art journal
       
     
Excerpt from art journal

10”x13” Collage, watercolor, crayon, pen and ink on paper

18 Guestbook.jpg
       
     
0003345538276.jpg
       
     
Lost
       
     
Lost

7”x5” Collage, watercolor, chalkpastel, ink on paper

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