Sunday, September 26, 2010

Footie Pajamas.

Halloween will be here before we know it, consider this inspiration. I'm not sure what is going on here, nevertheless I wish I still had the footie pajamas.

Monday, September 20, 2010


Close up of one pair of earrings, recycled beads from antique necklace and thread.


From time to time I've sold my jewelry at galleries, local shops, and farmer's markets... here are a few of my items. I hope to get an Esty site up and running in the near future.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

letter to myself

a simple way of sorting my thoughts, and some imagined flowers

Journal Page

Following a lesson in non-objective painting, I gathered some of the discarded snippets from some of the students in the art barn to create these pages in my sketchbook. Interesting concept-maybe i'll return to this idea for a larger installation piece someday...

Creative Journaling

With limited supplies, time, and storage I began to create miniature works of art in my summer sketchbook, nothing special- just ideas, words, lists, images, paint, drawings, thoughts, poems, and drawings by the children I was teaching.

Recycled Wood Sculpture

This was produced by a 6-year old camper 
"His name is Mr. Cookie, and he has a mustache. "- Jessica

here are a few of my favorites...

Here are a few of my favorites from students this summer. Try and not smile- it's tough. Love 'em.

Ceramic Chicken Mug
Stoneware with a variety of low fire glazes.
Elementary Age Camper

summer 2010

This is the 'Art Barn' at Camp Towanda where I was employed for the summer. The camp is located in Pennsylvania about 13 miles from the NY boarder.  I resided in the art barn as an art specialist for about 8 weeks instructing children ranging in age from 6-16

Saturday, September 4, 2010


Tomatoes breed like rabbits. simple needs, glorious results.

hello Wisconsin

What is better than garden fresh tomatoes in late summer? Not too much! I just got back to Wisconsin from a summer job out East,  what a beautiful sight to come home to.

Friday, September 3, 2010

e g g s

shot of egg forms 
tissue paper, coffee filters, glue, latex, coffee stain


“ We are all inherently biological “
Vines, Coffee Filters, Glue, Coffee, Liquid Latex, Clay

Also part of the Rotten Orange exhibition, Excerpt from artist statement:
The vessel made of vines is representational of one lifecycle. From the moment we are born- we begin to age. Our biological hourglass begins at day one, in our fresh, full, inexperienced body. The eggs that have dropped from the vessel will never return, yet the vessel still holds a sufficient amount of eggs, or experiences to be had.

This was my first installation piece in a gallery exhibition. Again, turning my interests back to vessel making, I spent many days in my garage modeling bird nesting behaviors to create a wooden vessel. Similarly, spending many nights creating hallowed paper egg forms to fill the vessel to appropriate levels, and emerge onto the gallery floor.


18 x 24 in
Mixed Media Monotype Collage

Excerpt from my statement from The Rotten Orange exhibition where these prints were shown:

I have been dancing around the concept of aging, yet subconsciously admitting the basic theory into nearly everything I produce. This specific group of work has outlined my interests in lifecycles and aging of the human body.  My initial interests in the aging process of living organisms surfaced as a reaction to tending for a summer garden. As the primary caretaker to the small family of seedlings, I became sensitive to not only their needs, but also the transitions through their short-lived life. As the plants slowly waned in the fall, I found myself interested in comparing these small particles of life, to human life. Observing these organisms through their short lifecycle has humbled me to consider my own lifecycle. I am just another organism, aging everyday.

My commitment to this concept emerged while experimenting with the Monotype process, as an appropriate mode of transportation through its organic qualities. I have since stemmed into mixed media monotypes to illustrate ambiguous stages in a given lifecycle. I reference the skin commonly in my work as our outer shell, exposed to the elements and sensitive to care, consequently offering an honest biography of age. Beyond the influences of skin I have turned my attention to hair for it’s common associations with aging. I admit, I too neglect to fully understand the aging process. Cheers to that, as my studies proceed.

Decaying Plots

Decaying Plots
18 x 24
Mixed Media Monotype Collage


I took a win-term Monotype class last winter, and fell in love with it's process based, unpredictable qualities.  During the course I emphasized my interests in the aging process of living organisms. My interests in the Monotype process carried into the Spring when I did a series of Mixed Media Monotype collages for my senior exhibition, and a few other collaborative university sponsored shows. Here is one print from my series, Origin 18 x 24

cups on cups

Here are a few other cup "test tiles" that I experimented with while  dabbling in glaze recipes during my undergrad. I hope to turn my attention back to ceramic vessels when my situation permits- hopefully sooner rather than later.