As the daughter of an art teacher growing up in wooded rural Northeastern Ohio, going to school in upstate New York, working in the design world, and in traveling, I have always been drawn to art, nature, and collecting tactile materials from nature. I have always been keenly fascinated with the inherent and intricate beauty of nature. Whether its the vivid colors of bird's feathers, or the subtile designs written in the textures of a seashell, every part of their masterful design serves both tremendous function as well as beautiful form.
In my mixed media work I use items found in nature to create modern graphic art. The natural elements I carefully chose are arranged to produce bold geometric impact. It is my desire that the observer is initially struck by the visually graphic impact of the design but as they move closer to investigate they are also struck by masterful natural details & elements found in the materials used to create the piece. I carefully select natural pieces for my work and consider each of their natural design elements - texture, form, shape, color and pattern. I hope that each of these elements is seen or viewed in a new or modern way both from afar and up close. I strive to ethically source the raw materials that I use in my work .... whether it is wood from fallen trees or from antlers naturally shed by deer or elk, I like to using the often discarded or unused items from nature to give them new identity and purpose. In the fusion of these natural things, I seek to create a fresh or modern graphic impact while at the same time illuminating the natural power and beauty of their original design.
GRAPHIC NATURALIST ART
The natural beauty of shells, feathers & wood brought to life in graphic impact with the backdrop of a hand made textile. 40 x 60
Natural quills, ethically sourced, are individually
selected to create a pattern throughout with the background of a textured handmade textile.
36 x 36
Clean, simple, pure -the absence of color can allow us to see with new eyes the complexity & details of the creation
36 x 36
A tactile but soothing palate of abalone shells with hand dyed feathers create a happy effect mounted on a handmade textile
36 x 36
Circle of Life
A Natural Diptych - mounted on linen with
Guinea Feathers, Quills, & Birch
48 x 48