I am a story teller.
I tell my stories through torn photographs, paint, thread and words.
I tear pictures in half, change the composition, and stitch them back together. I sew in my words and all the little bits and pieces that fall to the side of my studio desk or below it. Then I add paint and some vintage finds and let the colorful threads fall where they may.
Usually at a show, someone will pick up one of my prints and start to cry, because my stories are their stories. And I hope my stories are your stories too.These pieces are my mixed media collage prints and greeting cards. I am happy dancing in NYC eachMay when I show my line at the National Stationery Show. I move my art studio into my booth and stand joyfully before the truest work I have ever done. I share my journey here.
I am an affirmation maker.
I script words and affirmations from salvaged materials that become a part of a person’s personal journey. They come in different sizes and materials. Words are so powerful.
I want every child to wake up and see "I am strong, brave and enough" on their wall when they open their eyes each morning. Imagine what our world would be like.
I plant magic gardens.
Iturn salvaged plastics and signage into flower box gardens that need no water or sun to bloom, and create art installations in healing places. I am passionate about recycling and keeping plastics out of our oceans and landfills, but my favorite part is finding beauty where no one saw it before. And I love to teach others to see beauty too, especially inside themselves.
I know art heals...
When I am not designing and creating, I teach others to make altered books that heal their spirit. I am passionate about sharing how to get the words out on painted pages waiting for your truth. Waiting for your story. When my mom died, this process helped heal me.
When I was little, I had an imaginary friend and my days were fueled by my imagination. Still imaginative, I grew up, went to school and worked at television stations and carried a big briefcase. Here is a look back at before I called myself an artist.
I traded in that corporate me to spend time with my children. It was exciting and scary to walk away from that world. But I love what I walked toward.
My art studio is in a stone cottage from the early 1800's on 237-acres of historic farmland in beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania. My neighbor is a community art center and there are farmers working the fields.
Everyday I make art out of the pieces left behind. I am so happy to connect with you here.