Saturday, November 28, 2015

Small Signature Book

This simple book is great to carry with you to record your thoughts, dreams and musings.
Double paste paper covers with 16 ombre dipped papers inside.
4.5x5 $8.00

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Marilyn Monroe’s Lips


 This is about the subversive cultural violence that submits women to sometimes very unhealthy expectations, to suffer for beauty. Lead based powder was popular in the middle ages. The red in lipstick sold during the 1940's was carcinogenic. Today they just discovered some foundations have a chemical in them that actually damages the skin. Some women are completely unaware of these pitfalls, they actually look down on those that might not comply; i.e. arm pit hair.

        In the 1950’s many women wore bright red lipstick. As a child, I remember her carefully applying it. Women are most vulnerable to cultural rules on how women should appear. This requires balance and awareness of who we are verses what society imposes on us.

        Poem stitched/written on face of quilt reads “My mother wore bright red lipstick. In 1976, red dye#2 was found to be carcinogenic. She died in 1986 of breast cancer. My children never knew her.”

Materials Hand painted and mono-printed cotton.
Techniques Machine pieced and quilted including text of a poem. 
sale! 225.00

To quote Arundhati Roy "Another world is possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”

Tree Museum

Inspired by the song, Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell. “They put all the trees in a tree museum and charged all the people a dollar and a half just to see um.”
Original digital photographs printed on silk, cut apart and collaged pieced. Layered with hand dyed silk organza and bonded appliqué. Quilted. 
Designed to embrace the wrinkles.

19x29 studio sale $325.00

The Tree Hugged Back

Intuitive curved piecing, surface designed, and creative stitching. Surface design includes stamping, dying, overdying, painting, sun printing, image transfer, cyanotype and bonding.  Cotton, silk organza and burlap.
My focus with this quilt was to make a pieced quilt into an single image as a painting. Inspiration strike with the thought of a ‘return’ hug from my favorite subject. The Tree Hugged Back is a delightful aha moment. I realized that the tree did hug me back, in return, albeit metaphysically. 
available on Etsy-

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Take a Moment

Tulip petal, painted paper, fabric, inkjet print & encaustic medium

12x12 Sold

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


            The book, "When the Heart Waits" by Sue Monk Kidd, inspired this piece. In the book she attempts, in an inspiring way, to address the spiritual mid-life crisis from a woman's point of view. She describes 'diapause' as that point of clinging before the caterpillar begins to make its cocoon. It epitomizes the leap of faith it takes to enter the cocoon and emerge, through time, a changed creature, to be transformed. This relates well to the time in mid-life when we decide if we remain closed or open to a new way of being.
 All fabrics are created by the artist. They are dyed, painted, mono-printed, sprayed, and silk-screened. The fabrics are rayon, silk noil, cotton and linen. I intuitively curve-piece and quilt the artwork.
28x 23 sold

Monday, May 11, 2015

Turn Around Tree

Turn Around Tree
Silk noil base- hand dyed, painted, silkscreen and quilted. Silk organza collage screened and printed with photograph thermal fax transfers. 
SALE! 345.00
available on my Etsy shop-

Friday, March 20, 2015


I love encaustics. It's a great diversion form my usual art. I love that I can go back into a piece at any point.
Here's Justified before 
and then after with added details.
I love the creamy color and new textural markings.
8x8 encaustic painting on wooden panel
Encaustic Care 
            Encaustic is one of the most archival mediums but it does require some care and consideration. Encaustic medium is made from Damar resin and Beeswax. It is an easy to care for artwork with translucent beauty that actually changes.
            Encaustic medium will continue to cure and harden after completion; in this process the surface may loose some of its original luster. To clean or restore Encaustic ‘s natural shine, rub the surface firmly but gently with a thread free clean cotton cloth, old t-shirt etc.
            Do keep them from extreme heat- such as that of a very hot car. Also, extreme cold will not harm them unless they are dropped.
            Installation of an encaustic painting is no different then any other valued piece of art. All paintings should be kept out of direct sunlight and if hung above a fireplace, having ample distance to not be affected by the heat of the fire.

            These works will reward you year after year. I hope you will enjoy them as I have, making them!