My artwork is about the colors, textures and rhythms of the natural world: birth, growth, death, decay — the earth with its hidden secrets and obvious grandeur.
In Vermont I enjoy collecting pieces of bark shed by the birch trees in winter. It’s a just-for-fun activity, the way collecting shells on a beach can be. I began to use bits of the bark in my collage work. They proved so varied and enticing that I made whole collages of only the bark. Then I discovered wasp nests, constructed and abandoned in multiple paper layers. And they found their way into the collages, adding a linear element like drawing. Other materials---feathers, little stones, torn bits of old work and newspapers---became elements that I could “paint” with. This is my most recent work: Textured, mixed media “Paintings”.