Triathlon


“Triathlon” My goal in “Triathlon” was to recreate the feeling joy and achievement being emitted all around me on a beautiful Colorado morning. It was the classic Colorado blue sky, new green growth on the trees, and clear blue lake water. I could feel the energy of several hundred Triathlon participants radiating throughout the place. I was proud to be their watching my daughter come into home base after swimming, then biking and finally running. I tried to create the constant movement of athletes moving from the water, to then hop on a bike, and finally to run the required miles. 48” W x & 72” L          Not for Sale      
Triathlon
Figurative

Dreaming of Summer


Mixed Media/Fiber    31" W x 40" L
“Dreaming of Summer.” Originally, I was going to call this “Fantasies of Summer” but as I worked on creating this luscious garden, I felt it was more like a dream. It was cold and snowy outside, and COVID-19 was still rampant everywhere you might go to be warm. Thus “dreaming” evolved. I had recently read a book of women artists who used themselves as a model. After reading a bit more of art history I learned many famous men artists did the same thing. I could not go to life drawing class at the Art student League. I had to be the model. I actually bought a full-length mirror to be able to photograph myself and then draw myself. I drew the figure several times before doing the final drawing with my air pen. I am too modest to do a revealing nude, but I wanted it to feel like a nude relaxing and contemplating being in a beautiful garden in the heat of summer. Winter is still here but I believe I created a temporary diversion.   For Sale $1,200
 
Dreaming of Summer
Figurative

Urban Cowboys


Mixed Media/Fiber - Size: 48” W x 68 ”L 
In the old town area of Tucson, Arizona, the city has recreated the store fronts and street scene of the old west. It is sometimes used in western themed movies. When I visited there, I got to see these movie actors hanging out waiting for actions. I sketched and photographed them and later painted a small oil painting. It seemed to me it would be a challenge to recreate them more as urban cowboys and incorporate the cubist feeling of shapes. The biggest challenge was keeping my original composition working while I added fabric. Yet, it was certainly a fun piece to create, to find the right fabrics and play with color interactions. I think a little bit of my sense of humor came through on this piece.  Sold
Urban Cowboys
Figurative

Out on the Town


Mixed Media/Fiber   45“ W x 65" L
I often walk down 16th St on a Friday night. Larimer Square is buzzing, all the restaurants and bars are busy. And even in the casual, blue jeans culture of Denver there will be a couple that is all dressed up and ready to go out on the town. This couple was like so many others, just ready to enjoy all the happenings on Friday night, ready to dance, to share a drink and love being part of the scene. The black and white composition evolved from an earlier trip to the Denver Art Museum. There was an exhibit of exquisite pottery figures done all in black and white. They were covered with black and white flowers or abstract designs. I have forgotten the name of the Mexican artist but his work inspired me to reproduce the idea. Thus, evolved the “Out on the Town” figures.   $2,800
 
Out on the Town
Figurative

Gay Pride


Mixed Media/Fiber    27“ W x 30" L
I love attending the Gay Pride Parade and costume contest in Civic Center Park. Everyone around me is dressed in rainbow colors and enjoying the celebration of living your own lifestyle. What wonderful growth our society has taken. It is a place of joy, many colors of the rainbow and total acceptance for being different. It inspired me to create this piece showing how all boundaries about homosexuality and adoption had been broken. Love conquers all, no more “closets or shame”, a great step ahead for our country. After photographing this family, I came home and began this piece, a celebration of life and love.  $875
 
Gay Pride
Figurative

The Tourists


Mixed Media/Fiber     44“ x 39" L I had the privilege of spending two weeks in Venice during the 2019 Biennale. Venice was as beautiful as I envisioned and spending two weeks viewing and spending time with incredible art exhibits was beyond my imagination.  But although I was a tourist myself, by staying in an apartment I felt more like a visitor.  I had learned the back streets and the way over bridges and around canals. I could ride the vaporetto like a native. I was over-whelmed with the literally thousands of tourists. Cruise ships can bring in 5,000 people at a time. I began to photograph and sketch these tourists.  These tourists were resting on a bench near a major art venue.  They were waiting for the doors to open. This piece was created after I returned home. I drew the figures using my air pen and experimented with a black and white theme with muted colors created with my oil pastels.   $1,600  
The Tourists
Figurative

Galactic Warrior


Mixed Media/Fiber      19"W X 30"L
Star Wars movies were works of art, the photography, the costumes, and the sets were created to enhance the visuals and make the movie feel like a real experience. The Denver Art Museum had a wonderful exhibit showing how the exquisite costumes were created. The original models for all the figures and costumes were on display. Each figure was more intriguing than the next one. I decided to produce my own version of a galactic warrior. I am a member of Sync Gallery on Santa Fe Dr. in Denver. The group decided to do a black and white only show. It was a challenge for me to put together fabrics from black to white and including every shade of grey. I let my imagination run wild while I create my Star Wars warrior.  $700
 
Galactic Warrior
Figurative

The Guitarist


Mixed Media/Fiber     36“ W x 48" L
Ever since my years in Chicago hanging out with friends in a smoky bar and listening to the music. I have always loved Blue Grass music. But Blue Grass music on top of Aspen Mountain, I can think of nothing more enjoyable. I was spending a long summer weekend in Aspen Colorado with two friends. On Sunday afternoon we decided to take the gondola to the top of Aspen mountain. I was literally blown away by the views and the fabulous music. The guitarist’s music was so engaging and echoed in the high mountains behind me. It was so much fun to watch his hands and his incredible string movements. As so many moving and beautiful moments in my life I was inspired to recreate this musician in fabric. My goal was to convey the joy surrounding him in this breath takingly beautiful place.  $1,700
   
The Guitarist
Figurative

Sunday Morning


Mixed Media/Fiber    35“ W x 45"L
On a peaceful Sunday morning I was driving the road to Taos from Santa Fe. I came across the famous church of holy dirt, called El Santuario do Chimayo. Yes, I went in to see all the many memorable people have left while praying for healing. But experiencing the local people entering the church for Sunday mas was special. I tried to create the feeling I had of a place so full of history that was still alive.   Sold
   
Sunday Morning
Figurative

Farmers Market


Mixed Media/Fiber       44“W x 39" L Farmers Markets sprout up all over Denver in May; they are one of the signs that spring is on the way. There is wonderful fresh produce, locally produced jams and salsas, and the smell of wonderful baked goods. Vendors are helpful and friendly, proud of their wares and the customers are often out enjoying a beautiful sunny day. In an area near East High school a market emerges like clockwork on Sunday morning. I can ride my bike to it after church services. One Sunday I decided to sketch and photograph the various vendors and customers. Surprisingly to me this piece emerged almost like a pieces of folk art; it is a slice of Americana prevalent all over our country, bringing farmers and city folk together in a warm and friendly atmosphere.  $1,400    
Farmers Market
Figurative

The Sweepers


Mixed Media/Fiber     36“ W x 49" L
India is such a sensory experience; the sights can be almost too much to absorb. There are so many people moving and interacting. In the city you can be over- whelmed with sounds, movement, colors, and smells. Then traveling away from the crowded cities, you then experience the beauty of an ancient culture. You a chance to observe individual Indian people about their daily tasks. I was fascinated with these three women. whose job was to keep clean an ancient palace. Their job was certainly menial, and they were probably of a lower caste. Yet, these women were dressed beautifully in their colorful saris and seemed to make the most of a somewhat tedious and repetitive job. I watched as they worked and then took a short break on the steps of the palace.       $1,800
 
The Sweepers
Figurative

Over Caffinated


Mixed Media/Fiber    36" W x 48" L
I had a wonderful week vacation visiting a cabin on the South Fork of the Rio Grande in Southern Colorado. I loved the quiet sounds of the morning, the birds singing, the water rushing, and the wind in the trees. I would then have my morning interrupted by my friend who thought morning was the time to discuss the world’s problems. Do not get me wrong I really enjoy my friend a lot. She is funny and intelligent BUT I did not enjoy that much conversation in the morning. I began to photograph her as she talked, hands gesturing, facial expressions changing rapidly. I then did a sketch and translated my portrait into a fiber piece. I thoroughly enjoyed portraying the hyper energetic vibe that was so much a part of her morning conversations. My friend is an extremely attractive women, but this is more a character study than a real portrait.    $1,700
 
Over Caffinated
Figurative

Feeding of the 5000


  Mixed Media/Fiber       48" W x 60" L
When of the most emotionally charged experiences for me on my January trip to India happened at a Sikh temple in New Delhi. The Sikh volunteers were able to feed literally thousands of people every day. All the food was donated and cooked in a huge kitchen by groups of volunteers. The image I tried to create in this piece is the hungry men and women sit on the floor in rows with metal trays in front of them. The food is distributed one scoop at a time to each visitor. It seems to me that concerned people in Denver should be able to replicate this experience. Admittedly this was before COVID-19. Technique wise I was inspired by the crowds of diverse people painted by Norman Rockwell and Diego Rivera…both recently exhibited at the DAM.    $2,900
 
Feeding of the 5000
Figurative

Collision


     Mixed Media/Fiber     24" W x 24" L
 
What is the boundary between sanity and insanity? Have you ever felt you were over the edge? Last Fall I totaled my beautiful new Infiniti by accidently hitting the accelerator instead of the brake. Screaming, crying, swearing and months of fear of driving followed. This piece is my effort to work through all my emotions. It helped to show my real fear, the passage over the line to total loss of control, the boundary we never cross in our society. Though it is a small piece it is one of the most emotive and personal pieces I ever created.      $575
   
Collision
Figurative

14 Floors Up


  Mixed Media/Fiber       38" W x 62" L
Like all of us that live in Colorado and Denver we were put into a “Stay at Home’ order early in March. We are all just stuck at home, waiting for the next stage of safety restrictions from our Governor or mayor. I looked out the window from my condo that used to be in an ideal location; I could walk to the theater, now closed. I could walk to an evening ballet or opera production, also shut down. The art museum, my gym, visiting friends or family was all on hold. Restaurant doors were closed. As I looked out my window 14 floors above a once vibrant scene it looked desolate and sad. Creating this piece was my mental health therapy; it expressed my grief and anxiety and helped me work my way through waiting for the “Stay at Home” order to lift.  Life as I previously knew it was gone for the foreseeable future.  $2,800
   
14 Floors Up
Figurative

The Buddhist


    Mixed Media/Fiber       48" W x 60" L
I was going to title this piece “A Buddhist in a Hindu Country”, and I decided it was not a particularly good title although it is descriptive. It was rare to see the classic orange or deep yellow robes of the Buddhist monk in India. Buddhists are less than 2% of the population. But we visited an ancient Buddhist monastery site that was mostly in ruins. There were 3 Buddhist Monks sitting on the ground studying. This monk had the most interesting expression. I decided to create a more fanciful background for him than the somewhat desolate piles of stone that were from another era. It is fun for me to create this kind of fantasy background. It does reflect the feeling of trees and ancient buildings that is often part of the India landscape.     $2.400
    
The Buddhist
Figurative

Dancing for Joy


   Mixed Media/Fiber      45" W x 65" L
One evening I was walking along 16th street, coming home from a concert at church. It was holiday time, and there was an upbeat happy crowd. The scene included people playing drums, singing, or just walking along happy to be alive. One small group of about 10 people had set up a small dance stage in the middle of the mall. They had amplified music, and everyone was dancing with abandon. One woman was moving with such grace and was clearly totally into the music and the experience of dance. Her partner was more in the background making some moves but just enjoying being part of her joy of movement. The dancers dress and the vibrant colors were inspired by the Mexican dancers I have watched during Cinco D Mai celebrations. Once I built on that idea, I just let my creative process reign and loved using all the bright and celebratory fabrics I had in my studio. I hope you can feel the joy and the love of movement expressed by the dancers.    $2,800
 
Dancing for Joy
Figurative

Three Souls of an Artist


   Mixed Media/Fiber      28" W x 43" L
I believe the creative process is spiritual in nature. I observed my artist friend Sharon working and created her portrait on cloth. My goal was to interpret the struggle of personalities within all artists, skills and techniques versus each artist’s muse and feelings of inadequacy. The calm colors of blues and lavenders clash with bright splashes of yellow showing the internal conflict with all artists.   $1,200
   
Three Souls of an Artist
Figurative

Krishna Brings the Rain


    Mixed Media/Fiber       55" W x 42" L I was privileged to have a young professional woman from Southern India stay with me. She was on a Rotary exchange program. She shared many stories and pictures with me. This story of Krishna was my favorite.  Throughout history humankind has looked for help from the Gods when hoping for abundant crops.  “Krishna Brings the Rain” honors this tradition in Hindu culture by showing the joy of the dancers as they dance and play music asking Shiva to bring rain.    $2,300  
Krishna Brings the Rain
Figurative

Serenity


    Mixed Media/Fiber      35" W x 45" L 
The piece is inspired by my visit to China and Tibet and includes the many symbols of Buddhism that I experienced. It tells the story of peace, beauty, prayer, and culture. Serenity is a composite of many places; The Buddha I used in this piece was found in an off the beaten path temple in Chengdu. The prayer wheels were seen at The Potala Palace in Lhasa. The Chinese silk was found in the fabric market in Hong Kong. Bamboo grows everywhere in china and represents the growth and strength found through a relationship with the Buddha. The vase of flowers in front of the Buddha is representational of all the gifts used in worship. The globe symbolizes the universality of faith and a hope for unity through religion instead of conflict.    Sold
   
Serenity
Figurative

The Study Group


   Mixed Media/Fiber       52" W x 36" L  Those of us that find inspiration through studying books can identify with this serious group of searchers.  I was part of this study group in my neighborhood and was sketching each person as they learned and asked questions. I sketched as I listened and learned.  I began to know every person in the group and to value every question asked and every comment made.  Everyone’s uniqueness is interpreted in this final piece created from my  many sketches.   $1,900  
The Study Group
Figurative

Katherine a la Picasso


  Mixed Media/Fiber        38" W x 64" L
Picasso’s paintings have enthralled me since I was a young child. I am inspired by his work and am motivated by Picasso's lifelong fondness of the use of color and shape in figurative interpretations. I used the sketch I had done of my friend Katherine as my inspiration and  then transformed her into fiber, shape and color a la Picasso.     $2,400
 
Katherine a la Picasso
Abstract, Figurative

Jazz Musicians


     Mixed Media/Fiber       52" W x 52" L My original inspiration for “Jazz Musicians” came from attending a concert of Mongolian jazz musicians called Agra Bileg.  Their haunting music ended far too soon.  Its distinctive sound took me to a different place.  The music reflected a unique culture of sheep herders who practiced their own form of Buddhism and Shamanism. I took time to sketch the musicians and interpreted in this circular piece to echo the feelings their music created in me.    $2,700    
Jazz Musicians
Figurative

Cubist Self Portrait


  Mixed Media/Fiber        41" W x 69" L
I have been enjoying a new adventure of interpreting my realistic sketches in a new abstracted way. Over the years I have watched and sketched many people. It seemed like a fun challenge to reinterpret these sketches in my mixed media/fiber work, I have always been inspired by the cubist movement. I then drew a self-portrait of myself a colorful head scarf and drawing with a brush and paper in hand. I then interpreted it in a style of my favorite cubist Picasso.    $2,800
 
Cubist Self Portrait
Figurative

Women Farmers


  Mixed Media/Fiber        48" W x 36" L  In my visit to South Africa Besides seeing the many animals I wanted to have a sense of how people lived in the villages. It was harder to negotiate with our guide, but we managed to drive by many small villages and see women working in the fields. Women do a lot of the farming in Africa and Asia. Men do some of the hard work of plowing but then everyday weeding and nourishing falls to the women   I am relatively sure you can see similar scenes in the most rural parts of our southern states. But maybe the colorful clothing that I so enjoyed in Africa would not be seen.  I originally worked on this piece to tell the story of how Rotary International has helped African farmers discover new drought resistant crops. I decided to come back to the piece and enhance the foreground and the composition.     $1,800    
Women Farmers
Figurative

Celebration


  Mixed Media/ Fiber     72" W x 38" L 
"Celebration" is the story of friends that enjoy each other. Every birthday is an opportunity to celebrate life. Every person in the group brings her own individual gifts and each person is enjoyed by all. Often the birthday celebration includes wine and bread that I view as symbolic of the love always present in our sharing and celebrating.    Sold
Celebration
Figurative

Italian Ladies


 Mixed Media/Fiber   60" W x 48" L I first saw the Italian ladies sitting in a courtyard in Piegaro, Italy.  They are lifelong friends, and I was fascinated with their demeanor and their faces.  Their closeness was a mirror for me; it served as mirror for all of us to reflect on our own deep friendships.    The muted colors of stone, growing vines, and the three arches helps emphasizes the women themselves. The focus is on the women as they are waiting for the bells that announce Saturday night mass and the dinner with their grandchildren at the local “osteria” afterwards.       Sold    
Italian Ladies
Figurative

Goddesses


 Mixed Media/Fiber           50" W  x 36" L 
“Goddesses” was inspired by the many studies of bathers created by the impressionists. I focused mostly on Cezanne and Renoir for inspiration. Each nude in the piece was unique, different body type, different age but each was a beautiful in her own way. The beauty of the nude has been represented in art from the beginning of time. Placing the nudes in nature as bathers totally unselfconscious adds to my interpretation of the human body as beautiful.   $1,800
Goddesses
Figurative

Enlightenment


  Mixed Media/Fiber        39" W x 48" L 
I felt joy when I first saw this blissful Buddha shown as a small statue in an Asian display made up of century old statues. Although I know the Buddha is asexual, I interpreted this Buddha as more feminine. I placed “her” among flowers, trees, green rolling hills, blue sky, and fluffy white clouds. I wanted anyone that sees this piece to enter a place of piece, joy, and yes maybe enlightenment.     $1,800
Enlightenment
Figurative

Anything Helps


  Mixed Media/Fiber      37" W x 50" L
This piece reflects my ambiguous feelings about the many homeless people asking me for help. I am frequently asked to give money to a homeless man. I fear money equals drugs or alcohol. I try to at least look at them. Most of the time we look away, look at our phone, we pretend we don’t see them. There is a boundary we can’t cross, they are on one side of the line society accepts, we are on the other side. It’s an issue we all grapple with while we hope our religious or political leaders will come up with a solution.    $1,800
   
Anything Helps
Figurative

Conversation


  Mixed Media/Fiber       44"W x 28" L
I admire how Matisse incorporated patterns, lines, and shapes into wonderful portrait studies. I have been lucky enough to see his work at MOMA in New York and at the Denver Art Museum.  I have never been good at sitting in a meeting and paying attention without sketching at the same time. One day when I was sketching while I was talking to a group of friends, I started seeing their clothes and the surrounding background as a study of patterns. “Conversation” is the result of celebrating Matisse’s legacy and honoring him by incorporating friends, conversation, line, and patterns into one piece of art.       $1,200
Conversation
Figurative

Kachinas


  Mixed Media/Fiber       36" W x 48" L
 
“Kachinas” is a piece that gave me the opportunity to merge the beauty of the Northern New Mexico landscape with the depth of mystery and spiritualism found in Native American Hopi culture. For the last twenty years I have admired Kachinas from various museums and galleries. I drew these two images based on Kachinas I saw in The Denver Art museum collection and then I created a piece of interpreting them dancing in front of the red rocks of New Mexico. Kachinas (reverse side) I choose “Kachinas” to be the piece that shows the back of my artwork. It is a separate and mysterious piece of art.   Sold
Kachinas
Figurative

The Gym


  Mixed Media/Fiber      44" W x 28" L   For many years I have belonged to The Denver Athletic Club and been an active participant in many of the classes. One day I noticed the view that showed Denver blue skies outside while we sweated and lifted weights sitting on big round rubber ball. After enjoying the view and the fun shapes presented by the exercise equipment and the clothes of my friends, I decided to take pictures and go home to create this piece, called “The Gym”. $1,400  
The Gym
Figurative

Summer Sing Along


Mixed Media/Fiber      41" W x 39" L In the Summer, my church would have the usual Sunday service outdoors. Everyone would gather a worship plein Aire. One of the goals was to make the church feel welcome and open to all. Many people enjoyed our singing as they walked by the front steps of Central Presbyterian right in the middle of capitol hill area of Denver. The musicians added the wonderful music that allowed the congregation to sing songs of praise loudly.  It was a perfect summer morning with songs being raised up into the surrounding buildings  there was an over whelming sense of joy.    Sold      
Summer Sing Along
Figurative

Bronco Mania


  Mixed Media/Fiber     44" W x 31" L I have always been a fair-weather Denver Broncos fan. It is fun to watch a game when you are with friends that truly become excited. In 2016 the Broncos were playing well, and I became more engaged.  When the team won the super bowl, the town went wild. I had to walk along ways to see the parade that went by my condo, but I had been at the gym and could not get home.  The best part of the celebration was how it brought everyone together. There were no skin colors, ages, or political beliefs. Everyone was a fan. Parents took their children out of school. I took many photos and created this piece as a celebration of what we could be if we all focused on a task together.   $1.500    
Bronco Mania
Figurative

Mall Ride


 Mixed Media/Fiber     44"Wx39"L In Denver there is an incredibly slow , but free shuttle bus that runs the length of the 16th Street Mall. It seems like a useless waste of time to wait for the shuttle; you often had to wait 10 minutes for the shuttle to arrive. Then the riders all waited patiently while the shuttle stopped at every block. You could walk faster to your destination. But often I would decide to ride the shuttle just to study the people around me.  It is a snapshot of the diversity in my city. I sketched and photographed many riders over many rides and put them together in this montage of contrast. The teenager coming from soccer practice businessman talking over their next business deal with a fellow rider.   We are black, brown, white, old, young, rich, and poor, but when we ride the Mall Shuttle, we have endured the waiting together. We ignore the fact it takes over 20 minutes to finish the ride at the bus terminal.   It is a study of contrasts, of the many human stories waiting to be told.    $1,800     
Mall Ride
Figurative

Tattoos on the Vaporetto


  Mixed Media/ Fiber      24" W x 36" L
A Figurative study showing men with Tattoos created with fabric, paint, collage and stitch.
I visited Venice, renting an apartment with friends, and spent two weeks immersed in art and the wonders of Venice. Very quickly we learned our way around the canals of Venice. To visit many of the art venues of the biennale we needed to ride the Venice version of a bus, the Vaporetto. I enjoyed every ride observing my fellow commuters, some were tourists like me, but for many they were simply going to work or shopping for daily needs. I photographed and sketched many of my fellow passengers., but these young men really fascinated me. Were they Greek, Italian, Arab? Their arms and neck were covered with beautiful tattoos, they sat together but on separate seats and seemed to just be in their own world enjoying the ride on the water just like me. I developed this piece from photographs and the original sketch I did of the two men with tattoos when I returned home to the apartment.    $850
   
Tattoos on the Vaporetto
Figurative
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