This was one of my final life drawings in college. I have mentioned Laura before these are her hands. She was a very Renaissance/soft Goth chick and always wore at lease 6- 12 rings on her hands, which where long and elegant. I frustrated my teacher to no end focusing on one part like this instead of the whole body but I have always been interested in details and textures and her hands had plenty. This is one of the few pieces that I still own and probably always will.
This is an oil painting that I did in college. That aside it is an ode the summer I spent with my two best friends exploring life and skinny dipping. I won’t tell who is who but I love the way that nature envelopes the figures in unique ways and each mermaid though together is also separate.
After I had completed the rough draft of my novel, many friends asked me if I was going to illustrate it myself.
At first I had no interest in doing s; knowing that most publishing houses have artist who work for them.
But I found myself here and there making doodles of certain aspects of the book and its characters. This Phoenix actually does not appear until the third section of the story (currently not written).
I think I was drawn to it because I love feathers and at the time I was working on improving my ability to draw fire.
I love the organic shift from the fire to solid creature in this drawing. It has become a favorite of mine.
These two pieces represent a departure for me in my college years. I had taken hand building and wheel throwing but had not stepped out side the box very much.
During this time I fell in love with speckled stone wear clay (the darker tone) it just felt richer and I loved leaving the natural clay body exposed or clear glazed. It seemed wrong to hide such beauty under bold color.
One day in class my teacher demoed how to “mix” clays for different effects. I chose to mix the white and speckled together. It created this wonderful marbled pattern.
Another time we were working on different types of handles in class and my teacher told us that you “couldn’t” do a braided handle because the clay would dry out to fast or crack because it was too thin. I made the pitcher above to see if that was really true, guess not. It did take several tries but eventually I got it.
During another class we focused on different types of lids/stoppers. I knew the moment we started working on this project that I wanted to make a decanter. 1- because I have always thought that they were beautiful. 2- it looked like it would be a good challenge.
I worked hard to measure with the calipers to make the top of the bottle and the inner stopper work right together. I added some decorative cutting to the neck of the bottle in the “leather hard” stage when the clay is still moist but not wet any more.
When I look at these two pieces I see myself stepping out a bit. Finding my own way in my art making and taking risks. I believe that all meaning full art comes from taking some risk in expression.
When I was in art school, I had to take several life drawing classes. And like all colleges we had a few regular models. My favorite model was a college age girl named Laura.
Laura was goth-not the 80″s black thing, by the late 90’s Renaissance kind. She frequently wore her hair braided in a crown on top of her head. She always wore at least 10-15 rings on her hands and dressed like a gypsy. She was soft-spoken and kind.
She had beautiful features and large eyes. Every time I looked at her I saw Galadriel from the Lord of the Rings. I spent the better part of two years drawing and painting her. I’m so glad that I had the chance to work with such a sweet, wonderful girl.
I made this painting for my husband when he was gone for a week early on in our relationship. We were engaged and the idea of him being gone was tragic. So I decided to make a painting that would express what it felt like to be loved by him.
In this work he is the burst of light and I am the bird suspended in its radiance. At the bottom of the canvas is written the scripture “Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” I had never made a painting before for someone trusting only my own intuition and style.
I used oil paints for the background and then acrylic inks to do detail work and add a metallic sheen to different part of the painting. I hand drew the lettering and then inked it.
My husband loved it and to this day it hangs in his office.
I made this piece during my second ceramics class in college. I was experimenting with using wax resist and multiple layers of glaze. I love leaving some of the naked clay body exposed on nonfunctional pieces. i think that the clay is beautiful and should be appreciated for what it can offer in texture and contrast.
This is one of the few pieces that I kept for myself.