Drinking vessels are something we use daily, whether they are made of glass, plastic, paper products, pottery or metal. We take their function for granted in the one thing they have in common… a flat bottom for stability.

There are a lot of things we take for granted in a similar way as we navigate our inner and outer world. We notice color, shape and size; we expect function.

There’s something intriguing about the surprise, the opening it provides to wander more deeply and break our paradigms of expected outcomes.


This series looks at the themes of public presentation and our American fascination with fast success and immediate outcomes through the curated use of social media.

We take a picture and post it! Another picture and it’s a selfie! Another picture and we’ve used a softening filter! Another picture and we’ve slightly changed the shape of our face! Another picture and we’ve ‘improved’ our nose (inherited from a great aunt/uncle on mom’s side… or was it dad’s?).

There’s a lot going on! If you’ll excuse me now, I have photos to post and hashtags to write.

Mid-C Series

The Mid-C series is a mixed media artwork. When artists use that term, it explains that what the viewer is seeing is a layered approach to reach the completion of the piece. In this case, the imagery that is swirling with bright colors is taken from an acrylic painting that I created and then cut into pieces in a way that readied the next step of the piece. The darker image that lays “on top” of that is a linocut. To combine these two images, I used the painting as the “support” for the inked lino cut and used my etching press to print the lino cut image directly onto the painting.

On the surface, the title of the image is a nod to the American cultural interest of mid-century modern design. The colors are reminiscent of that period of history. Like many of my pieces, the multiple layers of meaning are for me the juice of creating a piece. Mid-C or middle C is also the center C on a piano’s keyboard; the first place perhaps that a child is taught to place its fingers. It interested me to see the parallels in our memories of perceived simpler times