The last few years, I have been exploring sewing. Quilts combine my love of color with my interest in elaborate sewn processes. A quilt is a large canvas that can be functional. I am interested in color blocking, drawing with thread and using a combination of machine and hand work. Painting directly on the fabric brings my background to this process.
Vanishing Varieties, Autzen Gallery
Oil paintings and an installation with vegetable plants starts based off of my father’s garden journals. Visitors could take a cardboard tray and take plants with them for their own garden. The show was inspired by the seed varieties from own childhood that are not available today.
Local Victory, Launchpad Gallery
Watercolor pencil drawings with an installation element. Imagery was inspired by Victory Garden posters from the 1940’s and my own childhood in a vegetable garden. There has been a resurgence of people growing their own food and this show explores that meaning today.
Land Girls, Nisus Gallery
Garments and multi-media artwork based off of what women wore during WWII.
Cold Storage, Worksound Gallery
Oil painting and cardboard installation: This piece explored the Svalbard Seed Vault. I created “Icebergs” forms with the shape of the countries of each continent. The size of each country was based off of how many seeds they had preserved in the vault.
The Seed Olympics: Falsefront Studio. For this show I created a stop motion video of my seeds starting and played around with the idea of plants competing. The small acrylic paintings are on hand cast surfaces. Plants were also added as part of the display.
Botanical Inspiration: This work is from a range of different shows. Growing up my parents had a Perennial Flower Business at my home. Being surrounded by plants has influenced my work greatly over the years.
This is a combination of work that was shown at the New American Art Union as well as pieces that are part of the art collection at Mario’s Fine Department Store in Portland, Oregon.
In my early years of painting with oils, food imagery was my focus. At artist lectures, I would ask each artist, “What is your favorite food?” I would then paint their portrait based off of this food. Some featured here are: Bill Arning as white asparagus/artichoke dip, Lucky DeBellvue as Pad Thai, Sarah Charlesworth as Lobster, Kathy Butterly as grapes/chocolate and Iain Kerr as Cheese, Fungus and Bacteria. Featured at Space Gallery and The Clown Gallery in Portland, Maine.