all my work is for sale, and some of the sold pieces can be used as inspiration for a commission piece should you like the direction I took in that particular piece. I am open to commission pieces, send me a message and I can tell you if I am interested in the creation of a commission piece
Chasing Dreams II - - recycled magazine and receipt paper coil assemblage sculpture
Measures 13.5 tall x 15” deep & 16” wide
Chasing Dreams II is part of the series I created for ArtFields Show, a juried show in Lake City SC open to the 12 SouthEastern states and usually gets about 1000 artists applications. 400 artists make it into this show, the prizes are amazing and the competition is high. I love ArtFields and think these pieces stand a pretty good chance.
White Winter - Acrylic Mix Media with paper
White Winter is a diptych that measures 24” wide x 36” tall.
Tis the season for commission work. This is another one I had to wait and let my collectors parameters sit and fester for a while, I don’t usually work on portrait size, I obviously have a preference for landscape lines, but I am super proud of this diptych, creating several layers with acrylic paint to give it texture and movement for the background to complement the movement of the coils and paper straws.
Number 1 & Number 2 - Acrylic Mix Media with paper
Number 1 & Number 2 measures 12” tall x 72” as a diptych.
I received a call for a commission piece, it was very specific in colors and size due to my collectors space allotment. I had to sit on this project for a while, like two months for the idea to formulate and ferment in my mind. Per my usual I was working on a couple of sculptures, some smaller paintings and my trashion pieces when I finally settled for the woven magazine paper strips, choosing the specific colors for the color palette and the sea foam green background. I had to create the coils specific in diameter and color for this and made some with resin to balance the design. The weaving of the paper was the most complicated and trying for this project.
MarkyMark - - recycled magazine and receipt paper coil assemblage sculpture
measures 7” tall x 13.5” deep and 14” wide
MarkyMark is a commissioned sculpture I assembled specifically for one of my collectors looking for a smaller version of my sculptures.
Black & White - recycled magazine and receipt paper coil assemblage sculpture
Black & White measures 12.5” tall x 19” wide and 15” deep
I venture to say Black & White took me two months of work between having to stop and make more coils, and assembling them in this large sculpture make the coils for this piece, translated to about 90 hours of work... I had to stop numerous times to make specific coils to fill the spaces that were coming up. I now pre slice a handful of magazines and roll them at night and separate color vs. b/w and when I need one or the other I have some rolls ready to be coiled to the needed size. The base for Black & White is made with three large coils, I did this because I wanted to change the natural progression of the bases.
Chasing Dreams - recycled paper coil assemblage sculpture
Chasing Dreams measures 13” tall 21” wide and 14” deep. I wanted to create something big, something organic, something that would take my breath away and this definitely does it for me! She is impressive, fascinating, breathtaking! I used three different coiling techniques in the assembly of Chasing Dreams, my standard solid coils, some ring coils (they have holes in the center) and some quilled coils (loose and unglued centers) and topped her off with white magazine paper coils to represent what in my mind some corals look like. Chasing Dreams is so incredible that I am going to create more like her in a variety of sizes and have them in clusters.
Beauty In Bloom - recycled paper coil assemblage sculpture
Beauty In Bloom measures 9.5” tall, x 16.5” in circumference.
The shape of my vessels/sculptures pretty much form themselves, though the base is usually the same, a large circle or flat surface which pretty much dictates the basic flow it will take, once I get to the third row of coils the sculpture starts taking its own curves and direction. Beauty In Bloom, is different than the others for it is made entirely of quills, not coils. The difference between the two is a quill is an open spiral, not a solid “coin”. Though the sculpture itself is solid and sturdy, most of the quills are soft and pliable, which gives Beauty In Bloomin life. Bright and light looking she looks like a blooming flower and her base is equally as impressive for it is made with coils and resin. I worked a solid 102 hours on this sculpture, working approximately 5 hours per day for four weeks she is so worth it!
Cocooned - recycled paper coil assemblage sculpture
Cocooned measures 17” x 12” x 10”
As I was working on Athena this idea came to me… what if I frame each colorful coil in white receipt paper? As I finished the last sculpture I set up to create this incredible piece. I made as many coils as I could before I started on the sculpture and a friend called me and told me she was answering a call for art that was right down my a alley and I should submit one of my BASKETS (whaaaat?) I know she didn’t mean to slight me but… so I decided this one would look nothing like a basket. I give you Cocooned; a more organic looking pieces… I succeeded my expectation in this piece
Athena - recycled magazine and receipt paper coil assemblage sculpture
Athena measures 16" tall, 16" wide & 16" deep.
two weeks of solid work to make the coils for this piece, translated to about 80 hours of work... cutting, twirling, twisting, rolling, gluing and then once I have enough coils I start the basket or vessel sculpture.. I started with two large coils at the base and was planning on creating a bulbous piece, full and voluptuous; embodying earthy and wholesome. I stopped at mid point thinking I am done, but the more I sat with it the more she kept nudging at me to continue; the essence had not been captured yet. So I continued cutting, twirling, twisting, rolling, gluing and started adding to her, I had to wait and sit with her a while at each step to see if she was ready till she finally nudge me and told me she was...
Buttoned Up - recycled magazine and receipt paper coil assemblage sculpture
Buttoned up measures 19" tall, 15" wide & 14" deep.
In the general direction of all artists we evolve as we work. Buttoned Up is the natural evolution of the path I am in, coiling is my passion, my addiction, my calming tool. Then inspiration hits me and it changes things, this is where I feel alive with the possibilities of where it is taking me. Buttoned Up is a collection of my grandmother's, my mothers and my buttons. Buttons that we have been putting in the sewing kit for years, buttons collected from the clothes we buy that come with that extra button, to buttons removed from clothing worn down, to buttons you buy because you might need one some to replace lost ones. The mother of pearl buttons were mostly my grandmother's collection, she was a very gifted woman, crafty and talented. Like Buttoned Up is a product of my artistic evolution I am a product of gifted women passed down to me. I owe my talent to my mother, and she to her mother. Buttoned Up is my expression and reflection of my roots.
Bibika - recycled magazine and receipt paper coil assemblage sculpture
Bibika measures 19" tall, 17" wide and 16" deep.
Bibika is my first two tone coil assemblage sculpture, I was on a roll after taking a six month hiatus from coiling because of some different projects I was working on, the coil inspiration was piling up and unleashed with a vengeance. As I was working on Victoria I was already envisioning my next piece, Bibika, a two tone meld with more resin filled coils, some with found objects injected in the resin, and taller, way taller than the rest... well I did go with most of my plans except the heigh, it is taller, but by a pinch... I spend days making the coils and can't wait to accumulate the needed amount to forge my new pieces so now I use as I go, frenetically creating a nice sized portfolio for my next show.
Baby Blue - recycled paper and resin assemblage sculpture
Baby Blue measures 7.5” tall and 7” in circumference.
Occasionally I am spurred to create a small piece, a teaser of sorts, when I get tired of making massive pieces that take so long to make… Baby Blue is just that a small vessels for my collector friends who don’t have the space for something big. For this series I decided on color coordinating the coils to change things up. I felt like starting this one with a white paper maché shell. I added the blue coils and paper spikes slowly, deliberating on the perfect placement of each coil. I then trimmed the paper maché to contour the coils and glazed the interior with white shimmer paint and resined the interior for high gloss to contrast the flatness of the paper coils.
Orchidaceae - recycled paper assemblage sculpture
Orchidaceae measures 13.5” tall x 17” wide and 14.5” deep
Orchidaceae is the latin name for Orchid, this assembled sculpture was inspired by the natural progression of things, while working on one vessel/sculpture, the next one starts formulating in my head, to counter the direction I am headed in and the constant question that lives in my mind, What If… What if I grow the sculpture outward instead of inward, what if I create my next piece with an open side revealing and exposing the base which I will create with floating coils, trapped in resin. What if I stack some of them to give it more depth… Love exploring my endless possibilities and love how far I can take my curiosity.
Black & White II - recycled magazine and receipt paper coil assemblage painting
Envy - Acrylic Mix Media Assemblage
Envy measures 48” wide x 18” tall and 2” deep.
She is my latest assemblage painting on salvaged wood panel canvas I built with scrap wood, stained the wood with acrylic ink and I added my signature coils from recycled magazine paper, and round found objects I have been collecting from a camera lens I took apart, and laser cut wood coils.
Waves Between The Lines - Acrylic Mix Media Assemblage
Waves Between the Lines measures 16"x40"x4"
I wove the paper magazine strips into these two pieces with a vague idea of how I would end up installing it on a canvas. The idea was vague enough to keep it on the back burner for two years. It finally came to me last week... The idea popped in my mind as I was working on my latest assembled sculpture forging the paper strips into coils, the idea came to me all done, as you see it...
Victoria - recycled paper coil assemblage sculpture
Victoria measures 18" tall, 17" wide & 16" deep.
You can almost see the what inspired me to this piece, the direction that I am taking with my coils, it's growing, expanding, blooming, it is taking a life of it's own. I love exploring my boundaries, I am creating a diverse variety of coils, in this one I have some solid coils, some open center coils, some with resin, some more like quills where the center is loose and some are teardrop shape. I have decided to add some color to the recycled paper I use, there was too much white in the paper so I am now adding color to add intensity to the depth. If spent four weeks making the coils for this piece and assembling the sculpture which I started assembling freehand, no base, an unexpected challenge...
Freedom Of Expression - Manipulated paper assemblage sculpture
Freedom of Expression measures 16" tall, 18" wide & 14" deep.
Three whole weeks of cutting, rolling, coiling paper, some with holes in them, some with paper spindles in them, some with resin and some loose centers so you can play and manipulate them into concave or convex that way you can keep the piece felling organic and forever changing. for this piece I made a handful of teardrops and square coils and even injected one of my grandmother's mother of pearl baby buttons...
Concordia - recycled paper assemblage sculpture
Concordia measures 17" high, 11" tall and 10 wide
a combination of Rippled Effect and Concordia, we are always trying to evolve from the natural steps we take, here I wanted to add more paper thorns to get more of a feel of Ripple Effect and change the base to a more organic feel that the round base allowed me in the past.
Simple Illusion - Recycled magazine paper coil assemblage sculpture
Simple Illusion measures 17” tall x 15” in circumference at the widest.
She is named such because of the three dimensionality accentuated by the light at play throughout this sculpture. the base is surrounded by thorns symbolizing the struggle most beautiful things rise from. This sculpture took one month of intense labor to create and it was inspired by the natural progression of things, while working on one vessel/sculpture, the next one starts formulating in my head, to counter the direction I am headed in and the constant question that lives in my mind, What If… What if I grow the sculpture outward instead of inward, what if I create my next piece with an open side revealing and exposing the base which I will create with floating coils, trapped in resin. What if I stack some of them to give it more depth… Love exploring my endless possibilities and love how far I can take my curiosity.
Barnacles - Acrylic Mix Media with recycled egg crate
Barnacles measures 12" tall, 36" wide & 3" deep.
I admit my Barrier Reef Installation has caused a ripple effect in my inspirational vein, I worked four months straight on creating product for the installation that every waking and sleeping moment was focused on that. From that moment I have been seeing everything with the oceans potential. I used up my last two eggs for breakfast and though I have been looking at egg crates my entire life as uber cool trash full of potential, I kept passing it up. Until my creative mind connected the dots for me. A friend sent me a picture of her barnacle wood, you see in the second picture and when I saw the egg crate for the millionth time, it finally clicked. I wet the crate and started manipulating the ovals, poking the top hole and smoothing the edges and manipulating them into barnacle shapes. I absolutely love the simplicity of this piece and the uncanny resemblance to the ocean's barnacles.
William's Dilemma - Acrylic Mix Media with Recycled Paper
William's Dilemma measures 24" tall, 48" wide & 3" deep.
made with recycled twirled strips of recycled paper I made with my junk mail, some pages of a broken book, envelopes, old sketches and card stock I have collected through the years. The wispy strands that jut from the peaks are straw paper sleeves my children and I have collected from our gatherings and twisted into these whimsical little strands. I collect an assortment of scraps that look too cool to toss so nonchalantly and know one day I will use them in my work. I have created this piece knowing this is part of my journey. I am a monochromatic
Dark Skies - Acrylic Mix Media with coiled paper
Dark Skies measures 12" tall, 48" wide & 2" deep.
The canvas board is one I made a while back, I started painting a rainy sky but I lost my way and set it aside for two years, waiting to get back that inspiration. That never happened, instead I got this one to take its place. I had this painting in mind for about a week (while I hand made the coils) knowing I wanted to incorporate the wet and dry look, with matte and glazed acrylics, the conceptual and physical texture and the contrast of the organic magazine paper coils vs. paint background. I am in the black and white mood in my present.
Ripple Effect - manipulated paper assemblage sculpture
Ripple Effect measures 8" tall, 14" wide & 14" deep.
She was constructed as the trifecta for the 2017 Deja Vu show, pairing it up with my trashion piece titled "Amphitrite" and the painting titled "Ocean Breeze". This basket is a paper mache` construction with newspaper print and book embellishment at the base, a salvaged paper covered wood base embraced by twirled straw paper covers and the lip of the vase is covered in paper thorns made with magazine, letterhead and trash mail paper.
The Shiny Side Of Pellegrino - Acrylic Mix Media w/ aluminum
The Shiny Side Of Pellegrino measures 48” wide x 36” tall x 2” deep
This piece is constructed with the aluminum foils you find on the cans of the San Pellegrino sodas. A friend of mine gifted me with her collection and I opted to make the painting with the negative side of the covers. I smoothed the covers and folded each carefully into rectangles then sewed each onto the canvas that I had previously painted black and white. I gave it further dimension by sewing bits of cut straw under some of the covers.
Our Queen City - Acrylic Mix Media
12” x 46”
Our Queen City took me about two years to complete, having left Charlotte for Columbia I set it aside for different and new directions. I believe I am not alone in starting multiple works and setting them aside when something more pressing comes along. When this happens, we sometimes don't pick it up for a while. Our Queen City was inspired by all the found pieces I had laying around my studio, stain glass from a class I took with a friend, cork board from the scraps a manufacturing studio was discarding along most of the wood I used in this piece. These were all remnants that I couldn't find myself to throw away. Here you have it one of the buildings is even plastic keyboard connector from a computer I took apart.
The Great Barrier - Art installation
The Great Barrier a 40’ long x 8’ wide plastic installation
A visual metaphor of the destructive results of man’s waste, consumption, abuse of plastic and disregard of nature.
Being a sustainable artist, focussing on a variety of discarded materials, it is only natural that all environmental issues make their way into my attention. People tag me on social media with waste documentaries and recycling issues focussing on plastic and paper. I have seen Plastic Paradise” & “Chasing Coral among some of the poignant documentaries. It's made an incredible impact on my consciousness with the realization; though I am active in a variety of local environmental groups, I am also deeply immersed in the problem! Even though I refuse plastic shopping bags or produce bags, (I carry my own everywhere,) everything is packaged in plastic!!! My realization paved the way to the installation;` “The Great Barrier.” It is the natural progression from a project I was involved in shortly before my installation idea. I was working with the Columbia Bedroll project for the homeless.
Creating bed rolls from discarded plastic shopping bags. I was motivated to ignite several community-based recycling projects aimed at reclaiming materials and redefining the meaning of trash. The bedroll project used an inordinate amount of recycled plastic bags to create the bedrolls. It was generating a new kind of trash however, the handles and the seams… The piles and piles of small pieces of plastic inspired me to make the seaweed strands. As more and more components came from the recyling center (plastic cups, eating utensiles, straws and styrofoam etc,) the inspiration to create the reef starting formulating.
This entire installation took me over three months of full time work, between cleaning the materials, cutting, soldering, gluing, knotting and pulling the plastic. I would be remiss if I didn’t give credit to my wonderful husband who helped me every bit of the way with making as many paper maché barnacles as I did and cutting the plastic, helping me tie, pull and tear it and taking care of all the lighting, sound and visuals.
Autumnal - Acrylic Mix Media
Autumnal measures 36”wide x 24” tall
Acrylic paint on salvaged canvas with recycled paper tubes. It is quite hard for me to take pictures of my work and make it justice with a simple photo. I can make the art I can't take good pictures of them. The dimensionality doesn't really transcend, the richness doesn't really transpire. Alas you will have to go by instinct that my work is quite rich. Autumnal evokes lightness of spirit.
It's not all White & Black diptych - Acrylic Mix Media with Paper
It's not all White & Black diptych measures 20” tall x 32” wide
I created this piece for a legal office. It had to be black and white for legal matters are not black and white, there are mitigating circumstances all the time to cause instance action and reaction. This painting was created as a juxtaposition to that! In all matters you have to weigh in the history of the person, evaluate the psyche, consider all angles and assess the whole. The white coils are symbolic for all the factors in play.
Oceans Breeze - Acrylic Mix Media with recycled paper
16”wide x 60” tall
monochromatic painting of recycled paper on white acrylic salvaged wood panel board with letterhead paper spear points and straw paper covers twisted into hairlike strands. This painting is the collaborative work of my family in their fidgety abilities...
Bloomin Diptych - Acrylic
Bloomin measures 32” wide x 20” tall together
Light and airy this painting is on salvaged canvas donated to the cause, I don't buy regular canvasses, I don't usually buy canvasses at all due to the nature of my work, all the canvasses I work on are usually donated to Art Ecologie Group for repurposing. This was just a simple play time for me, painting something light and fun.
UPRISING - Acrylic Mix Media with paper and paper clay
UPRISING - I wanted to make coils look like they were built into the canvas, so I built the 18" x 42" canvas board from recycled wood, carefully paired the coils I created for this piece and made some paper and lint clay to build up to the edge of the coils. I injected a round wood disk and covered it with copper foil and aded it to the edge of the clay to bring it all together.
Straight To Video - Acrylic Mix Media & VHS tape
Straight to Video measures 48” wide x 36” tall. She is my 2 dimensional piece I created for our Deja Vu show. For Deja Vu we have to create a trifecta of art pieces showing how our work influenced or inspired each other. Since my last piece for ecoFAB Trash Couture was the dress you see in one of the pictures was made from VHS tape, I was inspired to create a 2 dimensional piece because the material was so rich and fascinating. As I was weaving the top of my garment I started seeing it as a painting and decided there and then to create my art in the same fashion. I was already in the mood to create some black and white pieces and this was lending itself so beautifully. Straight to Video is an impressive piece to see.
Caffeine Addiction a 2 dimensional assemblage work
Caffeine Addiction measures 46” wide x 64” tall. This is making a point where naked truth is beauty, also found on the flip side of things, behind the veil, even when removing color from recycled Nespresso coffee pods. Caffeine Addiction is an elaborate piece that took me over a year to make. First because I had to collect enough Nespresso Coffee caches for this. Second I had to clean each one individually, first I had to remove the aluminum li, scoop the coffee out and mulch that. Then I had to carefully wash each by hand to make sure all sediment was gone. Let them dry over night, stack and store till I had enough to start punching holes in them and finally knot each other tightly and glue each not secure. Once I had the finished product I found two aluminum rods I cut to size and tied the top to hang with and the bottom to give it weight. this piece is absolutely amazing.
Journey II - acrylic mix media with wood and paper
Journey II measures 48” wide x 34” tall
Working at the wood shop gave me many advantages and lead the artist in me into adventurous new paths of discoveries. My creativity is constantly being sparked by my surroundings, being a sustainable recycle artist I am always finding new life to old and discarded items. at the wood shop I found inspiration in the wood scraps laying around. We saved everything for a long time until we could no longer maneuver around our space so we had to stop. During that time I would just look at the wood and know one day it would all come to me, and it did. In this case, it was a progression of ideas, Journey is the fourth piece I created from the scrap wood and in this instance I had already decided I wanted to let the installation be raw, not framed in linear edges, like painting outside the lines, it is un-corralled, I LOVE this piece. Journey is intended to inspire expanse and tranquillity, looking at the horizon, it has a very earthy and organic feel. The simplicity of this piece instills a primitive forecast to a bright future... For a year I had it sitting solo, like the last image shown here and though I loved it, it had a strong organic feel to it, almost too organic. It was a hard handle, on a moment of clarity I realized it was missing the background which I added just now and It changed the whole dynamic of this piece, grounding it somehow, making it a magnificent piece.
My Retirement - Acrylic Mix Media with cork
Ringleader - Acrylic mix media w/ cardboard tubes
23" tall, 46" wide & 5" deep.
Ring Leader is the perfect marriage of recycled cardboard tape tubes and scrapped wood from a wood shop to which acrylic paint tied it all together in perfect harmony. A fully recycled, upcycled, sustainable piece. I am known as the recycle-artist in my community, therefore I have friends sending bits and pieces of things that have potential in their eyes. In this case I have a friend that manufactures toys using duct tape. She generates an inordinate volume of cardboard tube trash. On one occasion she brought me four 13 gallon bags of her tubes and asked if I could use... I had her drop them at my studio and there they sat for a good year. Wondering what on earth I would ever do with all those tubes... It took me a year to get inspired, but there you have it. The piece came together when I created my signature scrap canvas board and the strips of wood looked so perfect and inviting. I could not bear to cover the canvas with paper to paint on... I saw the tubes in my studio and bingo... the rest is what you see....
After The Flood - Cardboard & Paper Assemblage Sculpture
After The Flood measures 15" tall, 11" wide & 14" deep.
After The Flood was built after the storm that hit Columba SC in 2015. I came to visit my new love, driving from Charlotte to Columbia for the weekend and the skies opened up and dumped so much water in his city that it flooded areas surrounding his neighborhood and I couldn't go back home for four days. The roads were damaged, trees felled and many dams broke. So many homes were damaged, contractors were booked solid for over a year it took some two years for life to get back to normal for some. I built this little house to bring awareness for the victims of the flood who suffered with rebuilding following a call to artists. The foundation is made with scrap cardboard, to which I added strips of folded magazine paper cut into little brick shapes, coiled paper decorates the front walls like a decorative stone facade. Paper tubes look like wood panels and the roof shingles are triangles of paper I folded for that purpose. This home is pretty much a whimsical reproduction of a typical Carolina new construction...
Ana Rexia - Manipulated paper sculpture
Ana Rexia measures 82" tall, 15" wide & 10" deep. Ana is my Dancer, Ballerina, model. That woman that will stop at nothing in order to achieve her goals. Dancers, models, starve themselves in order to keep the required weight and look expected of them most often times to their own detriment. She is wearing what might be perceived as a crowned blindfold, this because she is not able to see what she is doing to herself in pursuit of her dream, her crown. In all appearances she is dancing
Heart Beat - Acrylic Mix media
60” x 18”
Heart beat is a commissioned piece, customer specified black and white with coral and wanted my coils. The rest was a blank slate. I had already devised creating a painting in this fashion all I had to do is change the color scheme to black and white. I love this piece I have already decided to create more in this fashion. The idea has been swimming in my mind for quite some time. Collecting the pieces is the challenge. Coiling of the white paper and twirling the tubes of thicker paper is time consuming. This painting took me three weeks to make.
Black & White I - Acrylic Mix Media w/ Paper and Resin
Black & White measures 12” x 12”
I made this after my sister in law, who’s house is all in black and white, commissioned two paintings for her place. I enjoyed it so much I decided once in a while to just play with black and white. It feels so easy to me to play in just that, a child’s game…
Up Close - Acrylic Mix Media w/ paper
60” x 24”
Black Ribbon II - Acrylic Mix Media with Paper
12” x 6”
Black Ribbon Triptych - Acrylic Mix Media Fiber Arts
Black Ribbon measures 60” wide x 30” tall all together. This is a triptych that can be assembled however you like. It could be horizontal or vertical. I created this piece to be yours, however you see it. It is supposed to inspire you as much as me. My vision is as viewed in the image here, but it is in no way locked into this order. All three panels I built from scratch with salvaged wood from PhD's shop. I sewed and constructed the two cord and paper pieces to stretch onto two of the panels and the third I used some salvaged aluminum poly cotton material that was given to me by a business to recycle on which to paint my black ribbon.
RIPPLED - Acrylic Mix Media on wood
Rippled measures 49” wide and 24” tall. The inspiration for this piece is obvious, working for the woodworking shop we created a ton of scraps and it is difficult for me to throw things away, especially if they have great potential or personality. Wood has both, potential and personality! The grain and coloration of wood shows personality, potential is where I come in with my creative mind, I do see potential in so very many things. I collected all these little strips and odd sized bits thinking I would one day create this! I created the base from larger scraps, framed it with leftover building scraps and glued the top layer of wood tiles to crap dowels I recycled from our friendly rocking chair company. This painting took several months to complete because there was a lot of detail involved in the finishing touches. But it is an amazing piece I am very proud of.
Lava Bayou - Acrylic Mix Media
Lava Bayou measures 48” wide by 15” tall. This beautiful painting made from scratch wood to build my canvas board to the paper I used to build a background to the canvas. This piece was born as a woodsy scene, but later I grew bored of it since landscapes are so predictable, the are everyone's go to art form, easy, sellable, lacking of personality. I was really discouraged with it and decided to pull out some crazy colors. When I was done, I had it laying on my work bench to let it dry and went about working on some other project. When I looked back I was standing on the other side of the table and looking at my work upside down. I LOVED it, and though I have never been to Louisiana or visited a bayou I can only imagine that is exactly what it look like, this one is on fire!
Bouquet - a recycled paper vessel
15” tall 9” circumference.
This beauty is the domino or growth effect that happens to all of us, we keep pushing forward, and from every design and idea we get inspired to another design, pattern, color... I was working on my open ring coils for my 2017 trashion piece when the coils inspired me for this piece, also because we have to create a trifecta for the Deja Vu show, Art Ecologie Group organizes every year in my area.
The trifecta being 2 & 3D art to show influence across the board with the trashion pieces we create. The glue barely set on this piece when it was sold...
These Legs are Hanging Out
These Legs measures 33" tall, 22" wide & 13" deep. The legs were inspired by one of my daughters, observing my children through the eyes of an artist, I am always looking for that frame that inspires. My daughter was sitting on the floor with her legs in that pose, leaning back with her hands behind her back, her legs looked so interesting, and there it burned in my mind. I knew I had found my next coiled expression.
The Tower - Recycled K-cup installation Sculpture
The Tower measures 63" tall, 30" wide & 20" deep.
I LOVE this sculpture - made from recycled k-cups this was a pained labor of love. I inherit the products from my friends, and not all of them care about recycling or art enough to help out clean the product for me. This process was hard and time consuming, pealing the lid gently off to avoid from having it stick to the edge of the container, scraping the coffee out, washing the containers, setting them out to dry and then creating this sculpture. It took for ever to clean and organize and accumulate enough k-cups to make this installation.
Los Reyes - Acrylic Mix Media
24” x 30”
I love to immortalize and glorify loving moments by injecting found objects into a halo around the heads, in the style of Byzantine icon art. Send me a high resolution of your precious moment and I will create this beautiful mix media collage for you. This painting was a father’s day commission piece. This picture was taken during one of the first nap times with Daddy. I had the photo printed on canvas and painted the background and clothing, the only parts I left in photo image are the faces and the arms. I painted the halo and added canned soda tabs, chain and string to her halo and recycled Nespresso coffee pods to his.
Pink Rapture Skies - Acrylic mix Media
Pink Rapture Skies measure 60” wide and 18” tall.
This piece is inspired by our North Carolina gorgeous pink sunsets. The skies are pink and pale blue sometimes with colorful clouds. This is my rendition of our gorgeous skies... I built the 60"x18" canvas board from recycled boards we have at PhD's (the woodworking shop I work at). I built the frame to rest the boards on and whitewashed it with a light pink, a cream and a pale blue wash mimicking the sky. Then laid the coils all over and took a day to sort and arrange them before I was finally happy with the arrangement. This is a beautiful three dimensional acrylic Mix Media painting I love. The woods linear paneling complements the whimsy of the coils and the circular lines of the design I used.
Weightless Chasm measures 36” wide x 24” tall.
I made this piece following a breakup. It speaks of loss, a look on how I felt inside following in the heels of it, the crack in the fabric of my being. This speaks of that but it also represents survival and positivity. The knowledge that no matter how big the hurt we heal and we grow stronger.
I built the canvas board and created the top layer with wire mesh and newspaper mache` then the painting process and layering took place. the edge of the crack is lined with wallpaper pieces I cut from a sample book of papers I found at goodwill, it represents the whispers that run through your mind and the flutter of your heart as you hear those whispers. For my paintings I use golden paints and inks, I make my own paste for my paper mache` and my coils.
What you're made of - Acrylic Mix Media with Paper
What You Are Made Of measures 36” wide x 18” tall. This is a study of my children, revealing their core interests, their principal motivator, their true colors. I love my kids and think they are beautiful, inside and out. I periodically create pieces about my children, they are brilliant, funny and completely different from each other. Katie (far left) is spicy, straight forward and all about looks and beauty. She wants to become a designer or a stylist or personal shopper, she is young therefore not sure yet exactly which one. That is why I went with the abstracty high fashion make up direction.
Alex, her twin brothers face has numbers because he is all about the math, precision and analysis, he is still unsure on what he wants to be when he grows up, but he is toying with engineering, gaming or medicine.
Maddie is the oldest of the three yet not much older than the twins is all about books, a bookworm and blogger she is about the written word. She is contemplating pursuing marine biology as her career path. This piece was inspired by my children and my coils. I wanted to meld the two together, I made casts of their faces and installed them on the canvas board I built for this piece. Pursuing my recyclable spirit and my desire for texture I have pasted recycled coffee filters, wallpaper, paper clay I made and various other found objects. I have also chosen to depict Alex's hair with large hole coils to depict his curly hair.
Carbon Copy - Recycled Paper Assemblage Sculpture
Carbon Copy measures 19" tall, 17" wide & 12" deep - paper mache`, wire, plaster and coiled Paper anatomical sculpture. Evolutionary step, I have been dreaming of making larger pieces with my coiled paper and this is the very first study of my abilities in this direction. I chose to duplicate my daughter’s face, maybe because my children are beautiful and I wish to immortalize them as much in my art, as I have in my photography in the past. I am proud of this piece, it was a labor of tedious love and incessant coiling but it is where I want it to be. I made a cast of her face and built the scull out of paper mache` in pieces and incorporated it to the sculpture, the neck and shoulders also were built in pieces out of paper mache` and I added strips of fabric for strength. I stuffed the interior shell with newspaper and sealed it all in. I then proceeded to cover her face with music paper to represent her musicality. I love to give my pieces an intense three dimensionality so I alter the coils to different densities, open and closed coils, manually manipulate them to concave and have randomly added some tightly rolled paper for further tactile feel.
I added some facial detail and encaustic glaze on the face.
Hanging Gardens - Recycled Paper Assemblage Painting
Hanging Gardens measures 42” wide x 37” tall. This is the first of a series of large assembled pieces of work. All sustainable and fully recycled; I make my coils from recycled magazine pages I carefully select for the color. Due to the nature of this piece I had to opt for a sturdier assembling and went with salvaged yarn I ensconced from a friend and I built the frame from recycled wood we got from a torn down barn. I built this piece entirely by my self.
All my work is all sustainable, recyclable works of art. I believe in recycling, up-cycling, salvaging. I find most trash makes amazing works of art. Though I seldom recreate the same image, my coils are something that inspire me, they are all very different, they are all quite inspiring in different ways. I am for ever coiling, it's cathartic and relaxing, promoting my mind to wonder around in the vast expanse of my inner world. I dream up some elaborate coiled ideas.
At The Ball - Acrylic Mix Media
At The Ball measures 28” wide x 48” tall. This is an Acrylic Mix Media, is an entirely recycled painting from the canvas which I built from scrap wood my friend keeps in his fully functional and finished basement, (which is a rarety and luxury in Mooresville). I go and pillage his wood scrap pile for my frames. I use his chop saw and my own nail gun for my frames :) Something borrowed something old.... I keep a trunk of scrap fabrics there too, just for these occasions. This piece of fabric happened to be an old table cloth. I painted a layer of acrylic white. I then spread a layer of mud to give it texture and when it was all dry I gave it a nice thick layer of acrylic flat paint and started on my painting. The whole process takes quite a while, but most of all it's the inspiration that comes and goes... And you better be ready when it comes...
I wanted to pair up my dresses with my art to give me reason to why I spend so much time creating these beautiful pieces that are not really functional, At The Ball was made to show alongside Angelique my recycled paper dress.
Queen's Chalice - recycled paper coils and pulp assemblage sculpture
Queen’s Chalice measures 12" tall, 15" wide & 13" deep.
Coiled recycled magazine paper and brown recycled paper pulp on a separate stand made from recycled handles from brown paper grocery bags. It is so obvious that right now this is by far my most favorite piece. It took me quite a long time to piece together and shape it freehand... If I didn't have the help from my faithful bestie Chris McIntosh who spends all his evenings coiling with me this piece would have taken me three months to coil instead of the one. Because I am in the mood of paper pulping the open spaces instead of building a paper mache shell from which to build my sculptures only because from the pulping you can see the coils from inside and outside and I love to see it grow and evolve. I chose to go with brown paper bag pulp instead of a bright color this time and the result is breathtaking. It does look like it's fit for a Queen.
Re-Birthing Celestial Totem - recycled paper assemblage sculpture
Re-Birthing Celestial Totem - Re-birthing because this piece was once a 3 dimensional stand alone piece, a child knocked it from it's pedestal and gave it new life. Apparently it was intended to be a wall piece and we love it so much more like this.This is a coiled recycled magazine paper sculpture with paper mache` interior. This sculpture took a long time, I started with making a light paper mache` shell and glued coils where I wanted them. I then proceded to cut the open spaces I desired and added coils inside, outside and sideways for depth and texture. When the coils where exactly where I wanted them I then added a layer of paper mache that would overlap the edges of the coils and worked on that for a while. When the whole structure was dry I painted the interior with red oil paint and finished my project. I love this piece, it is very serene and feels like a totem... bearer of good fortune.
Pooling II - Acrylic Mix Media
Same goes to this one, I made these at the same time, not as a diptych nor to be necessarily sold together, but they look wonderful hanging side by side.
Pooling I - Acrylic Mix Media
7.25” x 12.25”
Pooling was made with recycled railing wood I salvaged from a job site. I cut the panel myself, built the frame under it. I made some paper clay and added it to build texture, acrylic paint and topped it with resin. I love the effect!
A String of Pears - Acrylic Mix Media
48” x 12”
This painting is eco friendly, sustainable and has no carbon footprint. I built my wood board canvas from scraps found at a cabinet builders dump site. I then covered the board with recycled paper because that is how I smooth my wood boards and to give my work an ethereal background look. Once the boards are ready to go I use golden open acrylics and glaze to render that transparency look to my backgrounds. I duplicated my Japanese Pears painting which sold and wanted to make it a bigger and more imposing. Pears are my favorite fruit subject to paint...
Missing You - Acrylic on recycled framed canvas
Missing You measures 36” wide x 30 tall. Here is another one of my favorites. I waiver from love of simplicity and clean lines to my orther work full of doodles and movement. I love nudes, being european nudity is a part of being. I have sketched nudes and posed nude for other artists. this is a self portrait of my younger days. Here I am reflecting my sense of sadness for a loss...
I found this framed canvas at the Habitat Restore, it measures 36" x 29.5". I love to recycle and repurpose so for a modicum price I took this home and repurposed it for my nude. I paint with open acrylics and mix it with clear tar gel to give it that oil paint feel and look.
Winter Pod - Acrylic Mix Media with Paper
12” x 12”
Prickly Pear - Recycled Paper Assemblage Sculpture
Prickly Pear sold
I had a dream, exactly like this... so I made it... this is my replica of a prickly pear, because they are a fascinating fruit and they are quite tasty. I used to eat them every summer, as a girl in Greece where they grew rampant, ... I love the egg shape of it, the fickleness of the spokes, though this is by no means warm and fuzzy it has a definite attractive appeal to it. like many personalities... prickly and untouchable... perfect gift for the prickly pear in your life.
UNCHARTED - Acrylic Mix Media
Uncharted measures 40” wide x 30” Tall.
My first multidimensional layered paintings, this canvas came to me by a friend who was abandoning her short lived stint as a painter for a more fitting healing arts career. She dropped off several canvasses she had started painting and never finished. The size of this one spoke to me loudly and I had to pick it up right away and work on this one. Though I changed her work entirely, I held onto her lines, which flow very similar to my lines... and I painted over with new colors and hated it, so I set it aside waiting for inspiration. I went back weeks later and changed the colors, and hated it some more, so aside it went. I have all these materials that I collect that look like they have so much potential so I lay them on this sorry canvas to see if that will improve what I am doing and it looks worse. I am seriously hating this painting with reds blues and greens. I would look at it with much disappointment, thinking this will never be. On the side it sits along with a collection of other canvasses in various states of progress. One day I decided I was going to at least salvage the canvas and paint over the whole thing anew. I can't let go of the flow of the lines though, so I paint the whole thing green leaving the rolling hills alone, add my strings of cells and I keep looking at the vat of clay paper I had just made for a friend who asked for some for a project. And couldn't resist it telling me to go ahead and use it to finish this painting. I was just fishing, no idea what the outcome was going to be with this bold gesture, if it didn't work the canvas would be done, you can't undo this move, no take backs... I applied the clay where it meant to go and walked away. A week later I went back to my studio only to realize I loved what I had done and know that I was finally done with this piece. fully recycled,
Magnum Turquoise - coiled paper sculpture
10” tall 12” circumference - sold
This was one of my first large coiled vessel experiments, I chose to create this coiled vessel on a paper mache' shell for sturdiness, and shellacked the inside with turquoise oil gauche to to create the starburst effect.
The process of coiling is a long one, first I cut paper into strips, twirl each strip into a straw like shape, flatten them and then coil each of them into different size coil. This is an extremely time consuming process, but the end result is priceless and inspiring as you can see from the images. The paper mache` is made from recycled paper I collect and make my own paste to assemble the whole thing. Usually when the piece is this large the mache part of it has to be done in different stages because paper macheing is ficke and it has a tendency to pucker and wrinkle.
My Guitar - acrylic mix media
36” x 24” - sold
My Guitar was a response to a call for art looking for art depicting musical instruments. My husband is a musician, a guitarist to be precise and this was instinctively a no brainer. I loved painting this, I enjoyed painting this so much I immediately thought of a second painting which follows this one in my portfolio.
Music Man - acrylic mix media
20” x 20” - sold
This was the inspiration that came to me as I was painting My Guitar. Artists hate painting over their own work, oftentimes we think there is potential in our failed work and are held hostage by what was our initial vision. So we give our failures to artist friends who are interested in recycling canvasses. I Gessoed over the original and created this painting for a call requiring musical instruments artwork. I added a layer of paper background, painted with my go to golden acrylic paints and enjoyed every minute of this painting.
Summer - acrylic mix media
18” x 24”
a mix media oil and acrylic on canvas board plaster and recycled coiled paper.
I had to create some totally recycled canvasses to go along with the recycled dresses I am making with my Art Ecologie Group. I recycled the canvasboard from a fellow artist, she tosses all her scrap paintings and it so happens she had a handful of canvasboard paintings she hated (I have to say they really weren't worthy...) so I take everyone's trash and turn it around (I do recycle my own trash paintings by the way). I then covered this original piece of nasty art with some thick sculpting Gesso and painted the background. Then I built a wooden frame from scrap pieces of wood I have kept like everything else...
I did four pieces all at the same time, for this one I chose to go with a brown background and then cut out one thousand little leaves out of magazines and hundreds of magazine wiggly strips then glued the strips on the trunk and the leaves on the top.
I then added oil paints and acrylics on top of the paper to give it more color and texture.
Winged - a recycled paper vessel
15” wide x 9” tall x 9” deep - sold
This beauty is the domino or growth effect that happens to all of us, we keep pushing forward, and from every design and idea we get inspired to another design, pattern, color... I was making some smaller coiled vessels that have a large coil base but fat flat strips of paper make the sides. While I was creating those I kept wondering what would it look like if I made one with coils instead of flat sides. I did not envision any kind of design when I set out to try this new piece all I knew is that I wanted it to flare out. I love this piece, it's so whimsical
This Little House - Recycled Paper and Cardboard Assemblage Sculpture
This Little House measures: 16" tall, 8" wide and 6" deep
I built this in response to a call for an architectural art show… I built a cardboard construction and covered it with my signature recycled magazine coiled paper and folded strips. The first thing that came to mind is the play house I wanted to build for my children when they were little and that dream never got satisfied... Now it has in my sculpture. I used a large variety of different sized coils in density and in depth plus I also molded some of the coils into concave shapes and I started twirling some thicker paper into tubes to add more visual and tactile texture to the piece. The roof has a mix of coils and flat strips of rolled paper, I have covered the flat strips with encaustic to give it density and add one more mix to this media. The structure I built out of cardboard that I covered with paper-mache` for strength, for the interior I chose music pages to ad whimsy (as if that was possible) and covered it with a thin wash of warm amber acrylic, ever so gently.
Imprinted - Acrylic Mix Media with paper
20” x 24” - Traded
Mi Chitarra - Recycled Paper on Guitar Assemblage
Mi Chitarra was a commission piece
this client wanted to make sure her childs first guitar, given her by her grandfather did not get thrown away because it was no longer needed so she asked me to use it as a basis for my art.
Urban City without Art - Acrylic mix media
18” x 24” - Sold
This fantastic piece is a collaborative piece I worked on with Jeni Wheeler. Jeni is the very first artist I met who inspired and mused me, catapulting me back into the art world. She gave me the confidence that brings me here. I love the rawness of her work, the sense of organic creativity, she is an artist without boundaries. I love this piece, it is a beautiful piece even though it is intended to represent what the world would be without art, bland and bleak.
Winds Of Change - Acrylic mix media
24” x 48” - sold
Winds of Change measures 42” wide and 28” tall.
Creatures of habits are we! If you take a good observation of yourself you notice that you tend to gravitate towards the same colors, the same foods, the same places etc. We are creatures of habit and keep within the boundaries of our comfort zones. Rarely do we push past those... usually when someone or something new makes its way into your bubble do you even attempt to experiment... in my case, I realized I have a set palette of colors I seem to gravitate to when painting, but oh, when I see someone else work with vibrant colors I am mesmerized and go crazy about their work, wanting to own it, love it, stare at it. Then I think why haven't I thought of using vibrant colors... because they are not really yours... I am the browns, the okras, the blues and deep reds. So, I built this canvas to create an incredible painting, a painting that would not fit in the usual box I put myself in. Stepping out of my traditional earth tone colors, because I am evolving, I am growing. This painting was a complete stretch for me, so much so that I worked on it for six months, constructing and deconstructing it because it wouldn't fit my mold. At the time I was working on my Trashion (trash-fashion) Coffee bag hemp dress, "Coffee of Me" dress and had all this loose hemp threads that I set aside for my next painting, loved the earthy look of it, the tangled mess was inspiring. I love marrying static and movement, matte and gloss, lights and darks. In this piece I was able to get all my passions in. It was a struggled and tortuous experience that left me exhilarated at the final accomplishment. I am absolutely ecstatic with this piece. It is vibrant, alive, and full of life.
Discovery - Acrylic Mix Media
36” wide x 22” tall - sold
if you look at her she has a lot of depth, dimensionality and intrigue. Discovery is one of my classic sustainable paintings I produce from the canvas board made from scrap wood to using found objects in this case it's a wooden coil. Look closely and you will see the crevices were the strips of wood were joined giving it a geometrical pattern, you will see my signature brush strokes that look like starbursts and you will see gold flakes representing the crystallized rocks you tend to find when spelunking or glistening in underwater caves.
Happily Ever Sometime - Acrylic Mix Media with Paper
40” x 14” - Traded
This is an acrylic Mix Media beautiful three dimensional painting. I start with painting the background with my acrylic paints and then add texture to my canvasses that I build myself from scrap wood I find at my friends wood working shop, there are always plenty of scraps there. I make my own paper clay, I make my own paste and I coil constantly. The tree trunks are paper collage with paper clay and yarn to give texture to the trunks and finished with paint touches to give it depth and match the three dimensionality of the foliage made of my signature coils. I spend a crazy amount of time on my coiled artwork because of the coiling and placing of the coils in strategic way. This truly is an amazing piece.
Organic - Acrylic Mix Media fiber art
40” x 18” - donated to Safe Alliance
This piece was donated to raise funds for the Safe Alliance Group in Charlotte. Art With Heart is an amazing yearly fundraiser that helps battered women and children escape their abusers. They get them to shelter, legal advice, therapy and everything needed to escape the situation legally. What an amazing group! This is piece was inspired by my latest dress I created for our ecoFAB Trash Couture 2015 event. I envisioned a black and white piece, using coils made of recycled shopping receipts and black and white magazine print. I could see sewing rope, cord, ribbon anything I could find that had the same tones of my coils and make it into a three dimensional compilation. When the outfit was finished I loved the work so much I decided to use it in my paintings instead. Here is the first of many new sculpted pieces.
Very White - Acrylic mix media
48” x 12” - traded
This painting is eco friendly, sustainable and has no carbon footprint. I built my wood board canvas from scraps found at a cabinet builders dump site. I then covered the board with recycled paper because that is how I smooth my wood boards and to give my work an ethereal background look. Once the boards are ready to go I use golden open acrylics and glaze to render that transparency look to my backgrounds. I love nature scenes, this tree is of the break of spring, where the flowers are but just budding in. You feel the crispness in the air still but have the promise of warmth in the very near future. Spring and fall are the best times of all.
Solitaire - mix media assemblage art with paper
15” x 48” - sold
Solitaire - is an acrylic Mix Media three dimensional painting I created on the heals of Happily Ever After. Trees, nature, speak to most of us and it is something that seems to fit my coils in art the best. I start with painting the background with acrylic paints and add texture to my canvasses that I build myself from scrap wood I find at my friends wood working shop, there are always plenty of scraps there. I make my own paper clay, I make my own paste and I coil constantly. The tree trunk is paper collage over paper clay and yarn to give texture to the trunk and finished with paint touches to give it depth. I spend a crazy amount of time on my coiled artwork because of the coiling and placing of the coils in strategic way.
Warmth in Cold Weather - acrylic mix media
60” x 18” - sold
Warmth in Cold Weather is my all sustainable, salvaged and recycled canvas board I made from scraps collected from a woodworking shop. I have been building my own canvas boards for a long time and ended up with bits and pieces of wood. When I finished collaging the wood bits, it struck me how beautiful the wood alone looked and I couldn't bare to cover it up with paper and Gesso. I already had this woodsy landscape idea in mind and the natural look of the wood lends itself as the perfect background. Being a paper manipulator I am also a crazy collector of all paper waste, magazines, flyers, printed and non printed, other artists waste. I lucked out and found this amazing deep red paper in the waste paper basket at the same wood shop. Warmth in Cold Weather stands for that sense of warmth you feel when you see the golden hews of the wood paired with the rich red of the autumn leaves.
Queen City Scapes Triptych - Acrylic Mix Media
84” wide x 28” tall - Commissioned work
A complete green, ecofriendly painting, this is my latest and proudest piece thus far, it is a mix media painting primarily with acrylic paints. I can make any city scape of your choice, if you supply me a photo of the scape you want I can duplicate it with a collection of found objects, I could also incorporate any objects you supply me with. In this case the commissioner supplied me with the pink metal nespresso aluminum packages to infuse in this piece. The rest are objects and pieces I have been collecting because of my art. I have stained glass, computer parts, paper and metal.
I built the "canvas" from scrap wood I collect for my projects from my friends in construction.
Japanese Pears - Acrylic Mix media
12” x 16” - sold
Japanese Pears is painted on my own recycled canvas, the painting underneath this one was a dud and I repainted this on-top of it. Pears, what a delightfully whimsical object to duplicate, what a delicious fruit. this one makes me want to pick one and take a bite...
This canvas was reused by me, I originally painted a beautifyl vase with white tulips and started with the vase and flowers instead of the background, I had too much work to fill in and the tulips had died so I painted all over it, to the chagrin of my fellow artist friends that happen to have seen the original.
Because I love my coils and they are my signature piece I ad one to almost all my work when it feels like it should, when it strikes me as it is part of it. In this particular case, I love my lines, I add those to most of my paintings too, in some cases they have color in them in others they are clear.
Captured - Acrylic Mix Media with Paper
12” x 16” - sold
everything about Captured is salvaged or recycled; from the canvas board I built from scrapped wood to the paper coils I make with recycled magazine paper I get from local businesses to the raffia that I got at Goodwill from someone who had no more use for it. I used Golden molding paste on the wood, then painted it white and added my assembled coils.
Nest Of Intrigue - Oil Mix Media with Paper
16” x 16” - sold
Nest of Intrigue is another entirely salvaged painting. I found the paneled wood piece on a pile of scraps on the side of the road, thought it was a waste to throw away so I used it as the canvas to this, my next piece. I was musing with an oil painter who incited me to try this medium out. Though I loved the process and the outcome, I will stick to acrylics…
Saladier - Recycled Paper Assemblage Sculpture
Storybook Dreams - Acrylic Mix Media with Paper
18” x 20” - sold
Little Egg - Recycled Paper & Resin Assemblage Sculpture
Little Egg is made with my signature recycled paper coils added to a shell of paper maché I made with recycled gift tissue paper. After I was done mounting the coils, I decided to balance the edge in one color so I painted it with glazed down paint and topped it with a nice layer of resin.
Tribal Mind - Acrylic mix media
24” x 30” - sold
Mix media Oil paint with recycled paper coils on panel. This is entirely a repurposed or recycled piece too. The wood board is a remnant from a display table I made for when I go to art shows. The frame is from scraps of wood I pillage from a friend's scrap collection and once I put this together I painted the wood with primer paint then a thick layer of mud to texturize it and then began painting. I used oil paints on this one, experimenting at my friend Chris McIntosh’s studio and using his stash of paints. I was on a kick of using my signature coils on my paintings and this one was my first large piece.
I don’t think I have to explain where the title for this painting Tribal Minds came from, for the feel and look is primitive and tribal, reminiscing of cave paintings.
Turquoise - Oil Mix Media with Paper
20” x 24” - sold
Oil on canvas board with molding gel and paper coils
Birdseye - mix media painting on recycled canvas
46”x 22” - commissioned
Birdseye is my first complete green, ecofriendly painting, this is another one of my favorite pieces, all acrylic open paints mixed with clear tar gel to give it that full body oil paint feel.
I built the frame from scraps of wood that I have laying around from our house repairs and wood that is given to me by friends instead of taking it to the dump. I used one of my mother's raw silk pleated skirt she had given me instead of canvas and painted directly on it. The Raw silk hadn't been bleached or treated and there are particles in the weave that I wanted too use as part of the painting, if you look at the back you can totally see the coarseness and the silk.
Luminescent - Recycled Paper Coils and Pulp Assemblage Sculpture
Carlita - Recycled Paper Assemblage Sculpture
Motherhood - Acrylic Mix Media
11” x 14” sold
Heart - Recycled Paper Assemblage Sculpture
Magnum - Recycled Paper Assemblage Sculpture
A Class of Trees - Acrylic Mix Media w/ paper
37” wide x 30” tall - sold
My first complete green, ecofriendly painting, this is my latest and proudest piece thus far, it is a mix media painting primarily with acrylic paints. I covered one tree with recycled paper to look like the bark of a birch tree. I used paper pulp on one of the trees, Gac 100 on a tree to the right and I topped it all with a layer of clear tar gel. It is presently adorning Sustain Charlotte's corporate office.
I built the frame from scraps of wood that I have laying around from our house repairs and wood that is given to me by friends instead of taking it to the dump. I used some leftover cotton canvas from drapes I made 10 years ago and added a very thin wood border around the edge after staining it with left over walnut stain we used for other house projects.
My Toggles - Recycled Paper Assemblage Sculpture
Ethereal Tree - Acrylic Mix Media with Paper
48” x 48” - sold
Going in Circles - Recycled Paper Assemblage Sculpture
Masquerade - Recycled Paper Assemblage Sculpture
Happy Amoeba - Acrylic Mix Media with Paper
16” x 20” - sold
Nana's Quills - Recycled Paper Assemblage Sculpture
I found my grandmother’s Christmas ornaments in my mother's shed and realized she made them out of rolled paper strips. I researched and found out they were called quills and it was a victorian form of paper manipulation where they made fancy greeting cards with rolled up coiled paper. Curious, I started rolling paper to see how far I could take this art form and here you have it. An incredibly delicate and light vessel yet sturdy enough to keep it’s shape. I loved the lacy fell of this sculpture.