Branches

 

Working from my studio in Cottage Grove, I make large mixed-media paintings using a “sense of place” as my primary theme. I am proud of a technique I developed transforming collected fabric, photographs and paper into tiles or ribbons that I use along with paint to conjure images derived from observation and feeling. While mixed media remains an essential part of my recent “Branches” series, that component has shifted to the background and painting strokes are the dominant means of expression. The daily walks that I make with my husband reinforce my observation of trees and the natural world. While creating my marks on my highly personalized textured surfaces, I feel a kinship with the cave artists and every artist thereafter working to record their observations and feelings of being human in this world.

 

Apple Blossoms, Blue SkyApple Blossoms, Blue Sky(2014) paper, cloth and acrylic on 2 canvases, total 6 ft. x 5 ft., private collection

 

 

 

Cherry BlossomsCherry Blossoms(2014) paper, cloth and oil on 2 canvases, total 6 ft. x 5 ft., private collection
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Cries and WhispersCries and Whispers(2014) paper, cloth and oil on 2 canvases, total 6 ft. x 5 ft., private collection
"Best of Show" Mayor's Art Show, summer 2015 closeup

 

 

 

First ForestFirst Forest(2014) paper, cloth and oil on 2 canvases, total 6 ft. x 5 ft., private collection
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Apple Blossoms, White SkyApple Blossoms, White Sky(2015) paper, cloth and oil on 2 canvases, total 6 ft. x 5 ft., private collection
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Maples in WinterMaples in WinterMaple in Fall, (2015) oil over collage on canvas, 5 ft. x 4 ft.
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Winter ForestWinter Forest(2015) oil over collage on canvas, 5 ft. x 4 ft., private collection
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Maples and FiligreeMaples and Filigree(2015) oil over collage on canvas, 5 ft. x 4 ft., private collection

 

 

 

 

FiligreeFiligree(2015) oil over collage on canvas, 4 ft. x 5 ft., private collection