You may have noticed that over the past few weeks my website has gone through quite a few changes. I redesigned the overall look and feel, and then started adding a few improvements here and there. One of the big improvements of the new site is the new online store experience. Previously I used Etsy to sell my smaller, original collages. Now you can purchase collages of all sizes directly from my site.
This is a mixed media collage that I made back in high school – can you tell that I may have been inspired by Picasso at the time? Growing up, I was an aspiring writer. I was constantly scribbling poetry and stories in spiral notebooks, so it was only fitting that I made a work of art inspired by my life as a writer. This piece is made of magazine clippings, oil pastel, pen, and includes an actual broken pencil and balled up piece of paper adhered to the surface.
I’m pleased to announce that I’ve donated this “Dachshund” collage for an upcoming charity art auction event called Pawcasso. The event will take place on November 5th, and will raise money for Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. You can find out more about what’s up for auction, as well as getting tickets to the event, by visiting their website.
If you’re someone who has been following my work for years, you’re probably wondering why you started seeing photographs of handwritten cards popping up on all my social media channels. What gives with these images?
Well, this artist is exploring something from her past. I studied creative writing alongside painting back in college, and I haven’t really done much writing since graduating, although recently I started writing a novel and have completed a handful of poems here and there. And that’s what sparked this series, The Write Art.
I started jotting down random thoughts that popped into my head throughout the day, and thought it would be fun to merge my previous life as a writer with my current work as an artist. The plan is to write down my thoughts on art, life, or something related to my sometimes absurd sense of humor, and then photograph my hand holding a handwritten card up in front of different backgrounds. It’s sort of like producing a collage in a different way, where I’m overlapping a handwritten card in front of different environments.
So far this new series has helped revamp my creativity, and I’m looking forward to continuing to share snippets of my thoughts on art, pop culture, and life in general. I’ve been making “painting with paper” collages since I was about sixteen, and every now and then it’s nice to change things up a bit. This new project is allowing me to do just that.
The event will begin with a talk on the issue of Wildlife Trafficking by volunteers from the National Zoo. Then I’ll give a presentation on the collage process while running a workshop where attendees can make their own animal collages. I’m very excited that the Smithsonian has given me this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to it. Hope to see you there!
Every year around this time of year, I start to hear from students from a class in Venezuela. A teacher at the British School Caracas there teaches a unit on my work, and it’s always wonderful to hear from her students. It’s even better when I get a chance to see their painting with paper collages.
Earlier this week I heard from one of the British School Caracas students, Maia Troconis, who sent along a few images of her work. As always, I’m impressed by what the students come up with on their own. It’s always fantastic to see the work of growing artists.
I was recently profiled in my alma mater’s magazine, Elon Magazine. I was interviewed by a current student, and enjoyed telling him a bit about my artistic journey from being an art student to becoming a professional artist.