This is a collection of my contemporary paintings and personal writing during a difficult time after losing my best friend, my mom. I dove into painting and allowed it to heal me. I passed this healing along by raffling off most of the paintings for animal shelters as a way to honor her.
This piece is about quieting the mind enough to notice subtle whispers and perfectly orchestrated events in nature.
In 2017 the original painting was sold as a birthday gift to a private collector.
Do you ever have dreams you're lifting off for flight? I have a recurring dream that I have wings and expressed in in this mixed media piece that is a favorite of many collectors.
The first shapes I noticed were the flames and a face shape in the thin washes of paint. In 2015, I felt I was starting to take back my failing health. I felt empowered. This feeling translated itself into my writing for this piece. I used 100-year-old printing press blocks to stamp my words onto the canvas.
We choose who we call family. Whether it's your bestie or by blood, "There could never be, more of a sister than you are to me" were the words that came to me while thinking of a close friend and painting this piece.
In this piece I etched the word “truth” in the wet paint. It made me laugh when I noticed that the white paint dripping down looked like bird poo. It’s like seeing truth through all of the “poo” in the world. Finding your own truth and being set free by it.
She stands at the summit knowing that following her heart's compass will steer her in the direction she should go. The figure in the lower left is a spirit guide. Arrows pointing in the wrong directions are there to confuse her. They are a distraction, but she listens to the truth in her heart; her own North Star.
This was a line I wrote in a letter to someone very close to me that struggles with guilt. "Imagine the peace you will feel when you choose to forgive yourself." We can't change our past, only how we react to it, or if we learn from it.
The original painting sold to a private collector in 2017.
The woman is elevated into the cool serenity of the sky. From this vantage point she can see that her challenges are worldly and only temporary. A triangle is used in chemistry to signify change, was used here as it relates to the afterlife.
The original mixed media painting sold to a private collection in 2020.
This was painted during a pivotal point in the healing process, after my mom’s passing. The spiral signifies change, the only constant in life. The feather in her hand is a promise that she will fly again. Darkness is draining from her heart.
This piece sold in 2019 to a private collector as a gift from her kids.