Deserted and disintegrating barns, houses, and silos have always perplexed me when driving through the country. I am fascinated by how this leisurely decay reveals their structural integrity in a slow, reverse process of construction. It is as if humanity and nature consciously collaborated to create these gigantic memento mori for a steady stream of highway viewers. These monumental tributes to inevitable decline, along with my own adventures in gardening, childrearing, eldercare, and travels, have led me to explore the universal cycles of life. I will often layer images of seeds, leaves, and rocks on top of images of houses to symbolize the different stages of the life cycle. I see seeds and buildings as containers and incubators of potential. Any foliage represents a fulfillment of that potential, while rocks stand for the fossilized remains, or the achievements of one’s life accomplishments.

Columbia III
2009
Acrylic paint and colored pencil on board
30"x24.5"
sold
Beside the Big Tree
2011
Acrylic Paint on board
sold
Columbia I
2009
Acrylic paint and colored pencil on masonite
24"x30"
In The Village
2011
Acrylic paint, colored pencil and pigmented gesso on board
32"x24"
sold
Layers and Cycles
2010
Acrylic paint, collage and architectural salvage on board
30"x24.5"
sold
Study for In the Village
2011
Gouache, color pencil and salt resist on watercolor paper
21.5"x15"
private collection
Cool 2409 (triptych)
2011
Acrylic paint and paint marker on watercolor paper
30"x66"
private collection
Cycles
2010
Acrylic paint and pigmented gesso on board
24"x24"
Untitled
2011
Acrylic paint and colored pencil on board
40"x40"
Layers
2011
Acrylic paint, colored pencil and pigmented gesso on board
24"x24"
private collection