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 times, it pulls the rug right out from under us.  It is a univeral occurance within our lives that has the ability to bond us or rip us apart. 

These works are stitched, stapled, ripped and torn, covered in paint with dark colors.  The phyicality of creating these works exhaust me at times.  I'm pulling, pushing, using tools to stitch through the canvas and fabric.  Large palette knives are ulitized and I'm huffing and puffing while painting.  The lament becomes reminiscent of the renting of clothes and covering of ashes.  While I haven't wailed out loud yet, it could happen. 

I'm planning on ten pieces for the entire series but that is not set in stone.  If, as I'm working, the series calls for more, then so be it.  I'm open to the possibilities.  Until then, I'll push forward, creating the work that compels me onward, creating my lament.

So a new season is here.  As Summer ends and Fall begins, this series just might be within the perfect time for me to create.  So be it!  Let it continue.  I'll be in my studio...



  1. I'm so excited to see these. Thanks for sharing your heart and vision for the series.

    1. Thank you so much! I can't wait to see how it develops!


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