Stairway to the Unexplored

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This particular piece started with one of my “swishy” paintings which I took a photo of. I then copied and reversed the photo in Photoshop to give it the mirror “inkblot” image. The stairway is behind my house on the hike and bike trail (they added two stairs a few years ago). I photographed it, removed the background, added a bunch of filters, duplicated it, changed the colors, and used a transparent filter, and placed it over the painted portion (all it Photoshop).

Stairway to the Unexplored (2019) Digital Collage
8×12″ Metal Print with bead details on frame. $65.
Framed 8×10″ Photo print. $60

I have a bead bloom for this painting too – which I’ll add later to the painted piece, but I like the effect achieved with working with images of it and photos. Plus it gives me another option for my swishy paintings!

This is a work-in-progress with “Ocean Burst” and it’s beaded Bloom (name probably will change). Ocean Burst was used to create “Stairway to the Unexplored” above.

Update: The below pieces came together as “Aquatic Pirouette”

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Four Seasons

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This is still a work in progress in that I still have to mount the four pieces. I may mount the four of them on a larger canvas with some kind of tree or branch image behind them. They can either be lined up horizontally, vertically, or in a square. Still thinking! Summer is new. I originally painted a pink and green square for Spring and the green one (above) for Summer (see earlier blog post), but the green one seemed more appropriate for Spring, and the pink one works well by itself, so I did a new Summer. I really like it. It reminds me of a walk along the beach at the edge of the water. (It also looks a bit like a peacock!). I’ll post an update when I have finished mounting them. Below is the new Summer. (Acrylic, beads, stones, shells, small objects)


Summer in Wyoming

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I’ve made two trips to Wyoming during the Summer and remember how the landscape varied in different areas — golden rolling hills, lush forests, rolling rivers, majestic mountains. While most of my work is abstract, this one is a more representative landscape that I painted specifically for this beaded bloom because I thought it could represent of the sun, but also birds and western imagery. While it’s not Native American, I felt the colors of the beads reflected a Native American sensitivity that can be seen throughout the Western United States.

(2019) 16 x 20” Acrylic & Beads  $275




Night Garden

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I chose a variety of metallic and neon paints on this with the expectation of pairing it with a “bloom” with peace sign beads, however I found the pinks and purples of this bloom better brought out the neon colors. It’s like a colorful garden at night, lit just by moonlight. It’s really pretty under a blacklight too!

Acrylic and Beads 14 x 11” (17×13”  (framed)  $250

Spring Garden and other works — Acrylic Abstract & Beads

Several years ago I started making beaded jewelry as a creative and relaxing way of expression. This expanded into symmetrical beaded designs I call bead blooms. I also started painting small abstracts using poured acrylic paints swishing the colors around using sticks, combs, forks, and other objects. After awhile I decided to combine the two together. I also often include rocks, nuts and bolts, gears, and miscellaneous found objects. Below are a number of these works.

Spring Garden

Spring Garden:
Meaning/Inspiration:  The bright and cheerful colors and beaded “bloom” spark thoughts of the first blossoms of Spring.

(2018) Acrylic on Canvas Board with Beads and String, 12 x 12” (14 x 14” framed)  $220
(Note, this has been reframed in a similar painted frame)

Blacklight bloom, Desert Sun, Peace bloom



Awhile back I bought an 8′ acrylic tube with plans to use for the legs of a painted table, but decided to go with a different base. I played around with different ideas on what to do with the tube, finally cutting it into smaller lengths and using sticks to paint inside.

Last fall I trimmed what was left of some wild bushes in the backyard, but thought the zigzaggy branches were too cool to toss. They sat around in our living room for a couple of months until I thought to incorporate them with the acrylic tubes. I like the juxtaposition of the two elements. Initially I planned to cut the sticks for a wall hanging, but then tried it as a taller piece that extends from the floor and really liked it. I designed a wooden box for the base, but then found this cool rectangular vase at Goodwill that was perfect. Great reuse too!

This reminds me of cat tails at the lake blowing in the breeze.IMG_4501


Is it a Peacock … Agave … Wildflowers … Sea Monster … ?

This is a new piece incorporating my beadwork with my swishy abstract acrylics. Instead of positioning the bead bloom in a circle as usual, I decided to move the center to the bottom of the page and work up from there. I really like the organic look of the piece.

Acrylic on Canvas Board with Beads and String, 14 x 11” (17×13”  (framed)  $250

Peacock Agave Wildflower