This is an ever growing portfolio of my miniature floral compositions in watercolor. My painting practice feels pure and unselfconscious when working with nature.
Relief printing has become a more expressive medium for me as of late. My print titled “Women Jumping Over Stones” is taken from the photographer Eadweard Muybridge. It’s an homage to Wislawa Szymborska’s the author one of my favorite poems, “Conversation with a Stone.”
These acrylic and watercolor paintings depict streams of people gathering to see the great moon in the sky. Sometimes it appears as the crater-pocked moon we know so well, another time appears as a honey-filled wafer, and other times we just see humanoid silhouettes presumably looking out at the moon from their apartment windows.
The totem pole and the caryatid are two art forms that I have used to tell a short visual message about the labor of love. Traditionally, the totem pole depict the family tree of a tribe within Pacific Coast Indigenous peoples. The word totem comes from the Ojibwa (Chippewa) word meaning his kinship. The caryatid is a female figure sculpted into a supportive architectural element that appears under the entablature of ancient Greek buildings. The totem pole is a vertical presentation of the accumulated family history and the caryatid will hold a large vase or appear in a building façade. In both cases they carry a great weight both literally and figuratively speaking.l
I created this suite of prints at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in 2003 as a guest artist. I could not have made such a beautiful series with out the proofing and edition printing by the Master Printer Cole Rogers and Assistant Printer Mia Keeler, Studio Manager Tyler Starr, and interns Jennifer Wolcott and Kari Klocke.
My artistic muse, the fairy tale, comes into play here in this work. The title of the story, The Three Questions, by Leo Tolstoy, struck me as so concise. If there were only three questions what would they be? The three questions were the very questions I ask my self every day, especially pertaining to my life’s duty.
What should I do? When should I do it? With whom should I do it with?
I altered Leo Tolstoy’s fairy tale, The Three Questions, simply by changing the male protagonist to a female just so I could see my gender setting out on foot to find the truth despite threat of death.