Whether on canvas or on cloth making art for me is fun. From childhood I was preoccupied with color and texture. I was drawn to bright colors, glitter and shinny cloth in those early years and still get a lot of satisfaction from creating items which come from this child-like happy place within myself.

Below you can view groups of styles and techniques which I use in my art work. My mixed media paintings reflect this long love affair with color, texture and images from my creative child spirit - yet - influenced by my past experiences of living and working in vibrant cultures where pattern dominate.

Aside from the mixed media I show my calmer and more earthy side with a group of batiks. I have been making batiks since I was in college in the early '70s. Through my career I have made batik stuffed sculpture, clothing and wall art.

Batiks
My batiks are made using the traditional batik method of vat dyeing rather than painting dye on the cloth. The first step is to wax all areas on the cloth which are meant to remain white. The cloth is then dyed in the lightest color first. Then all areas which are meant to remain the lightest color are waxed and the cloth is dyed the next color. So it goes until all areas of the cloth have been waxed and dyed except small areas which are then dyed the last color - usually black. The wax is removed by ironing it out or by immersing in chemicals which remove it.

While living overseas I have been lucky to find a market for selling my batiks. I have made batiks in Yemen, Pakistan, Poland and Jordan where I have had many exhibitions and have sold my work to foreign nationals living and working in those countries. Before going overseas I traveled the art fair circuit in California selling my batik clothing and wall art.

LA QUINTA BATIKS


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MACEDONAIN BATIKS


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OTHER BATIKS


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Mixed Media
Mixed media is a technique which allows total freedom to use any material one feels like using. For me I often use paper, textured cloth, beads and glitter. I use acrylic paints and often use many of the new mediums now on the market to enhance the texture of the paint. I usually paint on canvas, cardboard or wood.

NEWEST MIXED MEDIA CREATIONS



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OTHER MIXED MEDIA


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Mixed Media Cat Series
Animals are a big part of my life and I started making cat memorials as my kitty's got older and I knew they would not be around for a long time. Then somewhere along the line friends asked me to make memorials to their pets and soon I was making wall art for people who wanted to remember their pet in a special way. Each one is unique and depicts little cat energy - happy and playful.



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Central Asian Inspired Paintings
While working in Central Asia I was inspired by the patterns and colors I saw every day. The colors are predominately blue as the sky is always blue and the famous ancient mosques and mausoleums in the region are often covered in blue tiles with a lot of gold leaf added. The patterns found on the tiles and on the traditional felted carpets the women make are rich in design motifs which I have incorporated into these paintings.



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Yemen Inspired Paintings
Yemen is a land of wonder. It has beautiful architecture and the women wear vibrant colored regional costumes. Living there for five years seared fuchsia, orange and purple into my brain. I had to fight not to use those colors too much but those are the predominate colors used in many of the ethnic clothing the rural women wear. It is a mystical land which was long ago called Arabia Felix. It still holds a lot of magic and making art there was easy as one had so many great visual in-puts. The paintings shown here were inspired by the women and the architecture that I studied and photographed for so many years.

While in Yemen I carried out a five year study on the Regional Customs and Arts and Crafts of Yemen which you can link to from my website.


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