Thursday, October 29, 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

2015 Creative York Awards

 I have the absolute delight and honor of creating the trophies for the 2015 Creative York Awards.

The recipients of the 2015 Creative York Awards use their creativity to positively shape the community – a community that is full of life and always evolving, and I want to give them a trophy that reflects those qualities.
Here are the building blocks for my sculptures. I sculpt recycled materials into intricate worlds that replicate the beauty I find in nature.

One of the finished trophies. Each will be nestled in its own glass dome. 

Here I have poured a clear glue over a painted surface to create a glassy water effect.

In this image you are looking at plaster, clay, glaze, river rocks, aquarium sand, foam and plenty of glue. This is a work-in-progress.

I want every trophy to act like a separate landscape. This is another work-in-progress shot.

See you October 23rd: Creative York Awards Event

Friday, September 4, 2015


 -"Halo", acrylic paint on wooden panel, 6"x6".

Part of my 100 Small Works Challenge. This is also a reworking of a previously posted painting that I was still dissatisfied with.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

"Blue crystal, pink ground"

-"Yellow formation", graphite and yellow highlighter, 5"x5".
This piece is electric green/yellow in person. Both the scanner and camera had no idea what to do with this color.

 -"Large cloud, water source", graphite and acrylic paint, 5"x5".

 -"Blue crystal, pink ground", sharpie marker, colored pencil, chalk, charcoal, collage, 5"x5".

Working on 100 small works, 3/100 done, morale is high (so far).
It feels good just to be back to work.

Monday, August 31, 2015

100 Small Works Challenge

I was told by a friend this past year (a die hard potter, of course) that, "someday you will find a material to fall in love with, and then you'll want to work with it everyday". I could never paint everyday, nor sculpt with paper pulp daily, and I certainly could not stand to make pots all day everyday (hhhh!), but it is great that others want to do that.

The thing is, I fall in love with most materials/processes and delight in switching it up almost daily.
That's not wrong of me. There are too many great things to work with.

A former professor posed this question to us: would you rather be an artist like Piet Mondrian who worked with the same grid-based paintings for much of his career diving deeper and deeper into the idea of them, or like Louise Bourgeois who was always evolving and switching from one material to another to form a rich, eclectic body of work over her lifetime (both answers are correct).

That being said, I am challenging myself to create 100 small works using any material as an exercise...
ready, GO!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lichen Home

Yesterday, I worked on a drawing I've been saving since 2013 (above). I was never satisfied with it, so reworking it has been very gratifying (below). The result is a lot more magical.

  -"Lichen Home", graphite on white paper, 11" x 12". ( available here )

This drawing was probably partially inspired by this piece of beautiful polished quartz I saw in the Rice Northwest Museum in Washington.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Natural Artifacts

-"specimen 1: stone with two crystal growths", graphite, acrylic paint, 5.5" x 6". (available here)
--a better image of a previously posted drawing.

I have collected rocks, fossils, shells, and branches since I was a little girl. When she was still alive, my grandmother would sit down with me at her dining room table and we painted seashells with shimmery fingernail polish. It seems that she has passed down her love of strange, natural beauty to me, and I am so grateful for it. Now I am imagining my own natural artifacts with this latest series of drawings.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Collection: Water Growth

-"Collection: water growth", acrylic and graphite on watercolor paper, 11.5" x 11.25".

A collection of tiny, imagined water plants.