Seventeen years since your soul was silenced
Seventeen years of tears and emptiness
Seventeen years of mourning and grieving
Seventeen years of remembering and reflecting
Seventeen years of wondering and honoring
Seventeen years of rebuilding and remaking
Seventeen years since you were taken
Seventeen years of moving forward, yet looking back
Seventeen years without you



I'm heading into a new season: A new house, a new studio, a new body of work! I'm so excited! So many things are coming together, converging now that I'm a bit overwhelmed with it all - it's a good thing but at the same time, I feel as if I'm treading unknown waters to some extent. 

With my new series, LAMENTATIONS, I'm exploring grief, loss, angst, sorrow with new and more familiar media.  These works are oil and cold wax with fabric (burlap, muslin, and cheesecloth) and delve into my personal and public laments for me and society.  Within this exploration, I'm referencing experiences that have touched me deeply.  I also grieve for my nation with the division that is occurring at this time.  This visual lamentation expresses all of this.

So much of our experience in the world deals with loss.  Loss is something that no one can avoid. It is a human condition; we all deal with it at some point.  Sometimes loss has very little affect on us but other ti…


Light refracts On fur deeper Than night
Mystery surrounds Ancient voices Coming from within
Gentle nudges With silky blackness Softens hardened days
While quieted memories Fill the sadness Of yearning hearts


2/24/18 - 3/2/18
Breaking Grips

Relief sighs With tense Apprehension As contentment Battles for Its place
Darkness schemes Against The light Denying joy Within body And soul
Peace yearns While unease Fingers through Recesses of Memory erasing Cherished hope
Dawn flickers Morning rises Breaking grips Shattering defiant Clutches of Unyielding dread
2-17-18 Dawning Joy
Light peering Over the horizon Breaking into The morn
Quiet nestled Within soulful Yet peaceful Contemplation
Resting upon Wearied fatigue Reviving verve By dawning joy


I am having fun also with acrylic and heavy gel medium.  It is a nice break from the heaviness of the Lamentation Series.  Since the media works in a similar fashion to the oil and cold wax medium, I am able to experiment quickly since the acrylic dries faster than the oil/cwm. It has really been fun to play with color and texture.  I call these pieces, Musings.  They are painted on 140lb watercolor paper or 140lb handmade paper.  These works are very small - 4.5 inches square, 7.5 inches square.  I just might have to create larger ones of these! Have a look, and until next time, take care, God bless, and enjoy!


Here are poems I wrote on 1-25-17 and 1-27-17.

1-25-17 Resurrected Hopes
Resurrected hopes Of unbridled joy
Rekindled in anticipation Of a thousand Giggles
Breaks the bonds Of choking despair
Leading to fulfilled


1-27-17 Silenced Lamentations
Blackness shrouds Silenced lamentations Emptying hollowed Hopes in anguished Resignation
Deepening despair Widens chasms Beckoning release From hopeless Sorrow Binding grief Succumbs to Numbed abandonment All the while yearning For resurrected joy