These small sentimental pieces of my past came from my father, who rescued them from the attic years ago. Stuffing these tidbits into a box beneath my bed seemed anticlimactic. I remember standing there, after my father left, looking at the hospital bill from my birth, my Mom’s nursing school graduation cards from 1967, and thinking what should I do with this?
I decided to find a way to incorporate these memorable papers, notes and snippets of my family’s past into something both memorable and beautiful. Thus was born a representational collage “painting.” My technique has evolved through the years as a result of experimentation with hand-painted, hand-made, and a wide variety of textured and patterned papers. I go back and forth, alternating and overlapping until the rhythm creates something I love.
In my work I highlight the extraordinary within the ordinary, focusing on intense and vibrant colors combined with a sensibility of design. My collages invite the viewer to look, and having looked, to linger.
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