Virginia, United States
I guess you could say I was born an artist! My intrinsic artistic abilities appeared around the age of 1½ years old when I began scribbling colorful imagery on my bedroom walls, later carving designs and cryptic messages on my parent’s fine furniture. Over the years, I have continued my artistic endeavors working as a monotype printmaker, painter, mixed media artist, and jewelry maker.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Distant Moon

Through the grasses you can see, a Distant Moon.

Encaustic and image transfer   6" x 12" (C) gls POR

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Oil and Wax...

I completed and framed yet another oil and wax painting. 
I used the Gamblin cold wax and Rembrandt oils on this piece. 
They 'married' nicely. 
The textural effects are so interesting!
Western Sky (C) oil and wax     8" x 16"    POR

I also framed this piece, 
Bent Mountain Spring oil and wax,  8" x 16" POR. 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

More Finds....

I found two more paintings that my mother has painted!
This tempera painting was done by mum when she was in her teens. It reminds me of an O'Keefe...I found it in an old sketchbook and just recently had it matted and framed. I thought this was ironic as I had always loved Georgia O'Keefe and mum did not know who she was when she painted this. 

Mum took art lessons way up on Sheep Mountain from an artist by the name of George Solonevich. He and his wife Inga were very gracious and offered lessons in their mountain 'school'. This style differs from her original style, which I liked so much better. Many years later, ionically, I never took art lessons from George, but I rented a cabin (Mystila) from him in the 70's. 

I am hoping that, while she can, she will get back into the charcoal and draw.

More Playing....

More Encaustics on these pieces....

Bird in the Hand Encaustic and mixed media 9" x 6" each, (C), POR


Abundance  (C) monotype, collage, mixed media 12" x 9" POR

I have been just playing. No two results, mediums, nor thoughts have been the same. I have discovered that the Gamblin cold wax is firmer, thus winning my complete attention for finishing these collages. 

As a result of playing, I have found tar gel as a grand acrylic medium, as well as the fiber paste. I am going to experiment further with the cold wax, making four panels of an abstract later today. I will post the results later.

Mysterious Night (C) monotype, collage, mixed media 9" x 6" POR

        Life Cycle   (C) monotype, collage, mixed media 9" x 6" POR

Queen Of Bees (C) monotype, collage, mixed media  9" x 6" POR

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Saturday Workshop

Today there was an exciting workshop demonstrated by Suzanna Fields at Hollins University. She introduced us to all the various Golden mediums, acrylics, and inks. Many folks brought their own interesting items to 'play' with. Watching the inks, mediums, and acrylics flow was magical!

Days like this are carefree and spontaneous, something we often forget to do, in life and in art. Great comrade and creative spirit was everywhere.
Here are some of the images from the workshop.

To see Suzanna's work, check out her site....

 Spring Grasses (C) gls 11" x 14"

Whispering to the Clouds  (C) gls 14" x 17"

Winter Mountains  (C) gls  11" x 14"