in all directions mixed media/encaustic - 40"x40" (2002)
A tiny sewn spiral contains the center, from which the four directions emerge. Each corresponds to an element: North-earth, east-air, south-fire, and west-water.
lifesaving encaustic/collage/mixed media - 18"x18" (2002)
My grandmother's red cross pin inspired this piece. There are many layers with unusual items buried; keys, flowers, bones and seeds.
look closely encaustic on wood/microscope - 8"x16" (2002)
On a day where everything was going 'badly' in the studio - I grabbed this old microscope and just had fun! Without attachment to out come - and time to play. Various items are buried or semi-buried in the wax.
alone, under a blue sky mixed media/collage - 31"x14" (2002)
A tiny child looks up at the two blue squares in the centre. She is held and surrounded by the natural elements around her.
already there encaustic/mixed media on canvas - 12"x12" (2002)
This yellow came to me in a vision, a colour of belonging, of being "already there", home.
homework encaustic/mixed media on wood - 14"x54" (2002)
This wooden ironing board has been with me for years, waiting for the right time. The work of having a home; all the joys and heartaches, are found in this piece.
remnants of a life encaustic/mixed media - 32"x17" (2002)
This piece was inspired by the items in life that are saved; for various reasons. Each has a story and a memory to evoke.
we all win! lucky seven! encaustic/mixed media - 2 x 6"x6" (2002)
Leaves floating in a green blue square, with an odd assortment of items present. The dice add up to seven (and my youngest son named these).
element series: earth encaustic/oil paint on raw linen - 38" x 38" (2003)
The element earth is so fundamental to our lives. Rocks, sticks, earth, seeds and leaves are found in the wax. Earth also signifies the direction North, the dark moon and winter.
element series: air encaustic/oil paint on raw linen - 38" x 38" (2003)
Another elemental piece, air sits on the east side of the canvas and also signifies the waning moon and spring. Feathers, clouds and seeds found their way into this painting.
element series: fire encaustic/oil paint on raw linen - 38" x 38" (2003)
This piece celebrates fire, the direction south, the full moon and summer. Fire is the element of passion, spark and survival. A small glass jar of ashes is sewn on to symbolize transformation.
element series: water encaustic/oil paint on raw linen - 38" x 38" (2003)
The last in the elemental series, water is about fluidity and moving gracefully around obstacles in life. Shells, rocks and snails are semi-buried in the deep wax. Water also represents the direction west, the waning moon and autumn.
simple living encaustic/mixed media - 20"x20" (2003)
This collage is based on a poem by the same name, written by the woman who commissioned it. Broken twigs, dry grass, fine sand, rose petals, feathers and seeds surround the center, a loosely sewn sprial of calm sunshine.
the directions revisited encaustic/sewing on canvas - 32"x32" (2003)
Focusing on the four directions (again!) I explored in further depth what each contains...the element, season, moon phase etc. and used organic materials and collage to illustrate each.
centre encaustic/oil paint on raw linen - 32" x 32" (2003)
The center is the mystery and the void. Many layers are concealed in the sewn center of this painting. Creamy layers of pale yellow wax hold organic naturals such as rocks, sticks and seeds.
full moon encaustic/mixed media - 20"x28" (2003)
A companion to "Dark Moon" - this painting explores the cycle of the moon, from beginning to beginning again. The full moon is a time of achieivement and clear seeing. Words and symbols are sewn in the center to illustrate this. A glass sphere is held in a wooden ring.
encaustic/mixed media - 20"x28" (2003)
A companion to "Full Moon" - here we explore the cycle in a different order, from dark moon to dark moon ... a time of starting new projects, and beginning. Words and symbols are sewn into the center darkness to underline these ideas. A glass sphere is held in a wooden ring.
anyway encaustic/collage/sewing on canvas - 34"x34" (2003)
This meditation on found objects was made over the course of a month. Each day I would include a stick, seed, butterfly wing, leaf etc. and sew it in or glue in down. The piece can be hung from any side or corner.
spirit house: faith encaustic/copper on board - approx. 30" in length (2003)
This was made for the Transformation Show (03) and honored those who have gone before. Inspired by cultures across the globe, there are many personal objects embedded.