I've chosen an eclectic approach of fusing digital media & traditional techniques into mixed media artwork.
Some pieces are created directly on glass - while others showcase one of my original digitally-rendered backgrounds created specially for that piece.
Once printed and mounted, each element from my vast collection of vintage jewelry, semi-precious stones, antique buttons, beads and sea glass is individually and intentionally hand-set.
I'm always on the lookout for interesting and unique materials to craft my growing menagerie of dragons, birds, turtles, insects and elephants.
My ultimate goal is to inspire a sense of connection to our natural world through my art.
This dancing Sandhill Crane is crafted using sea glass, repurposed buttons & beads, semi-precious stones and upcycled vintage jewelry.
Now is the time when Sandhill cranes are migrating home by the thousands - they usually fly incredibly high in the sky, but are identified easily by their characteristic calls.
Even in the Midwest, where I live in Chicago, I get to see them almost every day as they make their way back north - the ultimate snowbirds!
I set this beauty in a vintage solid oak gilded frame that I added a few layers of stain, but kept the glorious aged look.
I can include a separate easel to display on a tabletop or shelf. You can also hang this frame on the wall.
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Great Blue Heron
The Heron came together from my love of birds and winged creatures. Great Blue Herons are especially magical to me, as I spot them so infrequently where I live, but when I do - I will hold still as I take in such a special moment.
There are many little details to notice in this piece! Can you spot the incredible vintage earring at this back - it resembles feathers to me, or the little sea shell at his belly, since these birds are so connected to the seas and rivers from where they live and hunt.
This frame has an easel-back and will stand on its own.
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This male four-legged wingless dragon, also known as a Drake from early 13th century lore, is inarguably resplendent in his glittering finery.
It was all very intentional - as an artist I couldn't have wished for a better subject to build upon.
Each tiny piece of glitz and whimsy brought my creature closer and closer to life as I envisioned him in my mind.
The vintage Thailand frame is hand carved and painted in an incredibly beautiful floral pattern. Joy, as this elephant is named, acts as a reminder to enjoy life for what it is, to find gratitude each and every day, and to instill a smile in all who behold her.
There is a sawtooth hanger for easy hanging on the wall.
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Orb Weaver was one of my favorite pieces I made (One of them! there are many! ) - I've always admired spiders in nature - yet so many people around me definitely do not feel the same.
So when I finally decided to make this piece, I took a chance it would not be received well.
Orb Weaver quickly sold - and I have plans to create more as striking as this one.
I've discovered it doesn't need to be the holiday season to enjoy a Christmas tree. I've created so many of these beautiful designs, from summertime to fall, and not one is ever the same.
I seek out vintage frames - sometimes tiny gilded and painted frames to showcase my trees on. Each one has been made to order - and I never tire creating them!
Dancing the Sky on Silvered Wings' is my rendition of a dove flying free into the dawning blue sky. Her wings are made of many elements, among them handmade paper beads that I twirled from old magazine ads. I especially love the carved bone rose at her breast - it was a vintage earring that had lost its partner.
My awe of birds and their ability to gracefully dance their way through life is my inspiration for this piece.
This piece sold, but if you are inspired by this one - let me know, I can make another similar, but not the same - that's what makes it so special!