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Long Winded Tales from Distant Lands Series

I am a much better swimmer in my nightly dreams than in real life. In a pool or natural body of water, I am clumsy, get water up my nose and battle a fair dose of fear.  In my dreams however, swimming is effortless and I move with weightless ease.  I swim across borders, glide through continents, past mountains, treasures, crumbling buildings, and strange animals. I am as skillful as a sea creature. The journey is endlessly fascinating and delightful and I sleep contently.  So in waking hours, I find myself drawn to aquatic imagery again and again.

I started this series thinking about swimmers and swimming.  And as I often do, I used fragments of old books.  This led to the serendipitous discovery that an unnoticed piece from an antique book that I’d affixed to some work held the lines: “distant lands” and “long winded tales”.   Sometimes tossing a pebble at random produces just the right notes for a melody or a clue to what apparently was missing.   To honor those unexpected results, this series has become “Long winded tales from distant lands”.

Long Winded Tales from Distant Lands
2016. 12″ x 12″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, neck tie remnants, found images, pencil and colored pencil on paper and oil paint on wood panel

Sidestroke
2016. 12″ x 12″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, neckties remnants, found images, page from old book, pencil and colored pencil on paper and oil paint on wood panel

Ship
2016. 10″ x 10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, page from old book, found image, pencil on paper and oil paint on wood panel

Reading Material
2016. 12″ x 12″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, upholstery remnants, pages from old book, found images, pencil and colored pencil on paper and oil paint on wood panel
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Metamorphic 1
2016. 11″ x 14″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, found images, old book page, pencil and colored pencil on paper and oil paint on wood panel
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Metamorphic 2
2016. 11″ x 14″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, necktie remnant, found images, pencil and colored pencil on paper and oil paint on wood panel

Catnap
2016, 12″ x 12″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, neck tie and upholstery remnants, found images, old book page, pencil and colored pencil on paper and oil paint on wood panel
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A Day at the Races
2016, 12″ x 12″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, found images, pencil and colored pencil on paper and oil paint on wood panel


Big Top Series

With the recent closure of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, the word circus is changing from a noun to something merely descriptive that many people will have no experience of.   It is useful in describing many situations and perhaps current events.  An actual circus in the historic sense of three rings, animals, stunts and clowns, may have become something of the past.

The imagery, the craziness, the improbability of the circus have always intrigued me since I was a kid and noticed that when off-stage, clowns weren’t very nice.  Worse yet, some were scary.

This series plays with and reinvents some of that imagery.  Animals piled on top of other animals, people jumping through the air and clowns whose behavior is unknown, but at least aren’t scary.

Wild Horses
2015, 10″ x 10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, circus memorabilia, pencil, colored pencil and oil paint on wood panel
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Toro
2015, 10″ x 10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, remnants of old map, circus memorabilia, pencil, colored pencil, stationery supplies, oil paint on wood panel
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Pirouette
2015, 10″ x 10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, cancelled envelope piece with stamp, circus memorabilia, pencil, colored pencil and oil on wood panel
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May Wirth
2015, 10″ x 10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, remnants of old map, circus memorabilia, cancelled envelope, pencil, colored pencil, stationary supplies and oil paint on wood panel

Hand
2015, 10″ x 10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, circus memorabilia, found letter dated November 9, 1900, pencil, colored pencil and oil paint on wood panel
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Dive to a Small Place
2017, 12″ x 12″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, circus memorabilia, found images, pencil and colored pencil on paper and oil paint on wood panel
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Button Up
2017, 14″ x 14″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, found imagery, circus memorabilia, pencil and colored pencil on paper, oil paint on wood panel

Bremen Redux
2017, 14″ x 14″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, found images, circus memorabilia, pencil and colored pencil on paper and oil paint on wood panel
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Balancing Act
2017, 12″ x 12″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, found imagery, pencil and colored pencil on paper and oil paint on wood panel
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Bailey
2015, 10″ x 10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, cancelled envelope, circus memorabilia, player cigarette card, stationery supplies, pencil, colored pencil and oil paint on wood panel
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Fabrications and Other Notions Series

My mother and grandfather were both involved in sewing and the production of clothing. They thought I should carry on the tradition and put needle and thread in my hands at the age of 5. I instantly hated it and to this day my reaction hasn’t much changed.

That doesn’t mean that I have avoided collecting pieces of fabric. I have been the recipient of some marvelous gifts of clothing, brilliantly colored, finely stitched, but that I would never wear. Some of course I give away, others have found a home in my studio in the same way that hundreds of pieces of paper, ephemera and other found objects have settled in (permanently it seems).

So it seemed a good idea to give those neglected pieces of fabric some opportunity for another life and incorporate them into my work. This series makes use of embroidered clothing from India, upholstery samples, necktie pieces and other scraps. No needle or thread passed my hands in the process.

Fabrications 1
2014, 12″ x12″
Mixed media; acrylic paint, assorted papers, necktie remnants, embroidered Indian fabric, pencil, colored pencil, oil paint, shoe polish on wood panel
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Fabrications 2
2014, 12″ x12″
Mixed media; acrylic paint, assorted papers, embroidered Indian fabric, pencil, colored pencil, oil paint shoe polish on wood panel
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Fabrications 3
2014, 12″ x12″
Mixed media; acrylic paint, assorted papers, necktie remnants, embroidered Indian fabrics, pencil, colored pencil, oil paint, shoe polish on wood panel
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Fabrications 4
2014, 12″ x12″
Mixed media; acrylic paint, assorted papers, embroidered Indian fabric, necktie remnants, pencil, colored pencil, oil paint, shoe polish on wood panel
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Fabrications 5
2015, 12″ x 12″
Mixed media; acrylic paint, assorted papers, embroidered Indian fabrics, upholstery sample, old letter remnant, pencil, colored pencil and oil paint on wood panel
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Sock Hop
2015, 12″ x 12″
Mixed media; acrylic paint, assorted papers, sock remnants, fabric pieces, pencil, colored pencil and oil paint on wood panel
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See Through
2014, 8″ x8″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted fabric scraps, assorted papers, pencil, colored pencil, oil paint and shoe polish on wood panel.
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Left Turn Above the Village
2014, 10″x10″
Mixed media; acrylic paint, assorted papers, antique German paper doll images, upholstery sample, fabric swatch, pencil, colored pencil, oil paint, shoe polish on wood panel
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Big Girls in a Little Garden
2014, 10″x10″
Mixed media; acrylic paint, assorted papers, antique German paper doll images, antique player cigarette image, upholstery samples, necktie remnants, pencil, colored pencil, oil paint, shoe polish on wood panel
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Big Dog
2014, 10″x10″
Mixed media; acrylic paint, assorted papers, images from antique German paper dolls, fabric swatch, pencil, colored pencil, oil paint, shoe polish on wood panel.
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Back When We Were Peasants
2014, 10″x10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, images from antique German paper dolls, upholstery sample, fabric swatch, pencil, colored pencil, oil paint, shoe polish on wood panel.
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Stampede Series

There is something quite extraordinary about an old stamp. It’s both a tiny picture and a hidden story.  Whose image is on it, and why? Where did it come from? Where did it go? Why is it still around? On what kind of letter did it travel?  Was it on something carrying words of love, reporting events of the day, bad news?   And why do some appear untouched and others have heavy marks tattooed onto their surfaces?

This series was generated by the purchase of a crammed but small container of used stamps at an Amsterdam flea market last year.  It sat in a drawer for several months until it begged for some attention.  While the stamps are not the focal point of this work, they do interact with the narrative in inexplicable ways, adding little elements of mystery, sometimes suggesting travel, or perhaps the lost threads of a conversation.

Checklandia 1
2014. 8″x8″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, Dutch and Italian stamps, pencil, pastel, oil paint and shoe polish on wood panel
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Checklandia 2
2014. 8″x8″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, antique French receipt page, Belgian and Indian stamps, pencil, pastel, oil paint and shoe polish on wood panel
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Checklandia 3
2014. 8″x8″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, antique French and Japanese papers, German and Portuguese stamps, pencil, pastel, oil paint and shoe polish on wood panel
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Descending the Stairs
2014. 10″x10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, German Stamp, pencil, colored pencil, oil paint and shoe polish on wood panel
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Forty Marks
2014. 10″x10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, German, Italian, Sudanese and Czech stamps, found yearbook photo, antique Japanese writing, pencil, pastel, oil paint and shoe polish on wood panel
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Heart on Sleeve
2014. 10″x10″
Mixed media; acrylic paint, assorted papers, Italian and German stamps, pencil, oil paint and shoe polish on wood panel
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NW Twelfth Street
2014. 10″x10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, Hungarian and French stamps, V-Mail 1944, antique Japanese list, pencil, colored pencil, oil paint and shoe polish on wood panel
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Olympe
2014. 10″x10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, Austrian and French stamps, antique Japanese papers, pencil, pastel, oil paint and shoe polish on wood panel
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Post 10
2014. 10″x10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, German and Indian stamps, pencil, pastel, antique Japanese papers, oil paint and shoe polish on wood panel
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Russian Detectors
2014. 10″x10″
Mixed media; acrylic paint, assorted papers, German and Russian stamps, pencil, pastel, oil paint and shoe polish on wood panel
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Conversation

Talk Therapy
2014, 10″ x 10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, pencil, colored pencil, oil paint and shoe polish on wood panel
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Not Good if Detached
2014, 10″ x 10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, image from Hungarian anatomy book, bus transfer ticket dated 1938, pencil, colored pencil, oil paint, shoe polish on wood panel
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Jill
2014, 10″ x 10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, pencil, colored pencil, pastel, oil paint and shoe polish on wood panel
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I Can’t Hear You
2014, 10″ x 10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, hat and robe from Piero della Francesca, antique Japanese papers, pencil, colored pencil, oil paint and shoe polish on wood panel
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Four
2014, 10″ x 10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, necktie remnants, pencil, colored pencil, oil paint and shoe polish on wood panel
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Blue Flower Piercer
2014, 10″ x 10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, pencil, colored pencil, oil paint and shoe polish on wood panel


Pomology

Pomology, Forbidden Fruit
2013, 10″ x 10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, French ledger receipt, sheet music, pencil, oil paint, shoe polish on wood panel
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Pomology: Tuesday
2013, 10″ x 10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, French Ledger receipt, pencil, colored pencil, oil paint, shoe polish on wood panel
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Pomology: Juggling
2013, 10″ x 10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, pencil, colored pencil, oil paint, shoe polish on wood panel
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Pomology: Gangster
2013, 10″ x 10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers including bank note from 1890, pencil, colored pencil, oil paint and shoe polish on wood panel
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Pomology with Fish
2013, 10″ x 10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, French ledger receipt, sheet music, pencil, oil paint, shoe polish on wood panel
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Edison Fish
2013, 10″ x 10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, sheet music, pencil, oil paint, shoe polish on wood panel
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Dots
2016, 18″ x 12″ (triptych)
Mixed media: acrylic paint, found papers, found photographs, found receipts, found Player cigarette papers, botanical drawing, pencil and color pencil on paper and oil paint on wood panels
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Things That Go Bump in the Night
2015, 8″ x 10″
Mixed media: acrylic paint, assorted papers, pencil on paper, colored pencil and oil paint on wood panel
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