WELCOME to my blog and creative art space!

Since our retirement and relocation to the Puna District on the Big Island of Hawaii, (where we proudly admit to being "Punatics") my artistic energies have largely gone into our new home, addition of an ohana/apartment, and our acre of land. We have planted fruit trees, built lava walls, dug holes, reclaimed the boundaries from the jungle, and developed the landscaping.

During all this rewarding, hard work, I have wondered in what way the art I had been creating (you can see some below) would transition to reflect this dynamic island life. I have doodled in an art journal as impressions arose, splashed color, scribbled images, words, half-formed raw ideas, inklings of bold color, and fractal-like geometry -- all rather abstract. So, what do I do with all these musings, particularly since it is so VERY different from the art I was creating in Humboldt County?

I have some beginning shapes now and color; it is time to play. I'll try to add some of my thoughts here, for those few who are curious. And, if you'd like to know more, you can email me.

Monday, January 20, 2014

New Beginning - New Art

 Here are some of the images I am working with -- that I "see" on the back of my eyelids when I envision what direction my new artist endeavors will go.  How to direct that energy remains to be seen.  Today I smeared paint -- working with mixing colors. Since I am not a "painter" this is all new, and I don't know what I am doing; but then again, I have never let that stop me....

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"Queen of Hearts"

The Art of the Valentine --
Exhibit & HeART Auction
Morris Graves Museum of Art
Eureka, CA
I was fortunate to be asked to participate in the
Humboldt Arts Council "Art of the Valentine"
Exibition for Feburary 2012.

My "Queen of Hearts" was created from an ugly old over-stuffed satin clown doll.  The only charming thing about her was her sweet face.  Her crown and scepter were from a broken Christmas ornament, cloth for her attire was from and old silk kimono, and her wings were from an onion bag.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


One of my favorite places is the junk-yard, where on the ground, I find the best rusty stuff -- free. These rusty things worked well with a newly found beach-worn pine cone that happened to look like an owl with his back turned away.

The bent coat hanger became the branch, the bed springs became the eyes, and I thought the tightly wound springs at the bottom suggested tail feathers. I weathered and rusted the top finial (originally plastic), and used upholstery samples (in fall colors) for the background.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

"In The Beginning Was the Word..."

(NOTE: Someone with an eye for my work over the past few years, may recall a similar piece that was called "In The Back of My Mind." NO...this is not a re-work of that piece. Delightfully that piece was purchased the year it was made. I've included a thumbnail of it...or you check out my collection of "Strange Angels" for more of the story/process of it.)


So, back to "....the Beginning." Some months ago I disassembled a typewriter -- what a hoot! It took days to hack through it, carefully retaining all the parts.

(Some people simply cut off the keys for a cheap and fast thrill. Not me -- I wanted all the springs, and mechanism for future projects.)

As with most of my art, the piece tells a story. In this case, the visual pun plays with the idea of "the Word" as both literal and symbolic concepts. While the typewriter parts/keys suggest letters and words, the baby head suggest an organic incarnation and a head full of possibility. The typewriter keys are form three old machines, but I also included one of my coveted IBM Selectric "heads," and some contemporary computer hardware.

By using a rusty old small animal trap and bike gear I suggest that we trap and process words, symbols and ideas in our head. We then 'tap' them out to the world as messages about ourselves.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

"My Mobile Mind" -- work in process

I get these ideas that are part concept, part word, part image -- so nebulous they are hard to 'catch' -- but it is fun to try. The idea ?? a head full of ?? things that represented how the mind works. Symbols like Lock and key, letters, idea-light-bulbs, wheels, music? -- that would "float" inside the head somehow? How does our mind "mobilize" all these modalities that I can translate into art.

So what then? How do I help create that fleeting conceptual bucket full of ideas and words into some artistic expression? It is always an exciting territory to head into.

Sometimes doing so requires new materials and doing things I have not ever done before -- learning as I go. So, here I am solving that challenge making a 3-d sculpture from paper mache' and wire. How to get it strong enough to support the things I want to hang from it.

Then the idea comes that I could hang little mobiles inside the head -- a mobile mind....HAHA. My Mobile Mind! At least it's a working title.

And, I've got to get this done by 8.31.11 for entry into a competitive juried show.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

"A Tribute To...."

During the last few years as I have explored the world of assemblage art, I came across the art and assemblage of Louise Bourgeois. I checked out books about her art and biographical material from the library and discovered that we shared some similarities related to childhood trauma.

Last year, when when Louise Bourgeois died, I knew I wanted to create a tribute piece to her, and in thinking about that idea, I also realized this might make a worthy theme for an exhibition. So, I presented it to The Ink People Center for the Arts. (www.inkpeople.org)

The show goes up this week and will be available for viewing during the month of AUGUST -- on the 2nd floor at City Hall from 8-5 Monday through Friday