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Sunday, July 6, 2014

collages from 2014

Although I spent most of the winter of 2013-2014 making sculptures from found wood, spring brought the urge to do collage again — So when the annual 2 week trip to art-camp at Small Point Maine arrived I decided to jump in both feet ...I purchased many "elephant" panels and beautiful paper from France at the great "Artists & Craftsman Store" in Portland. I have 9 in process and one completed called wildlife.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Seasons Change....Work Changes

A delight of living in a temperate climate is the four seasons — they are each so different that their effect on the mind/body/spirit is noticeable.  So it follows that ones inspiration for art will manifest anew....Spring brought with it the new idea for the wood sculptures — wooden vessels holding wood. It started with the piece shown here...

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Loving Winter

It is difficult to be cold yet the quiet and whiteness of winter is deeply enriching. Soon enough it will be warm and then I will have to be outside with garden adventures. I love not having to wonder if I belong in my studio — thus these past months and hopefully another 2 will provide me with a lot of studio time. What have I been making? Everything —— more wooden sculptures (I truly believe are magical) encaustic paintings (to be shown here) and finally back into collages — they are very slow going and not always successful (so none yet).

sand tracks 20 // 2013 // encaustic on handmade paper // 14x14x1" // $400

six oysters // 2014 // 6x6x1" // encaustic w/oyster shell // $500

Thursday, December 26, 2013

End of 2013

three columns of primary colors
found blocks, pure beeswax, encaustic pigment, steel rods
2x2 blocks w/heights 13, 11, 14" // 2013 

What a year! Clearly making assemblages was my inspiration and there is no end in sight. The ingredients are abundant challenging and fun — pure beeswax, found wood, and encaustic pigments. The compositions are getting more varied and I move toward perfection without becoming a perfectionist — room for the acceptable flaw.

five assorted wood pieces
hanging totem, 3 beaver pieces, and assemblage

atlantic eighty-seven
found wood, pure beeswax, encaustic pigment, key, steel rod
13x10x4.5" // 2013 

atlantic eight-nine
found wood, pure beeswax, encaustic pigment, steel rod
6.5x4x4" // 2013 

atlantic eighty-four
found wood, pure beeswax, encaustic pigment, steel rod
15x18x5" // 2013 

atlantic eighty-three
found wood, pure beeswax, encaustic pigment, nails, steel rod
16.5x23x7.5" // 2013 

atlantic eighty-two
found wood, pure beeswax, encaustic pigment, nails, steel rod
9x12x5" // 2013 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Nataha Durham opens Studio Store in Norway Maine

Natasha, the oldest of my six kids, has been entrepreneurial from early on — as a young teen she created the best grilled tofu sandwiches known and sold them to office workers in Portland Maine...although she was an art student/artist at the Portland Art School she seemed to innately know how to run a forward to today and voila — her international handbag business now has a store front and workshop — in Norway Maine.

Natasha wants all family members to have something for sale in the date, Monique Henriksen Payne is silk-screening original fabric designs and I am providing wooden assemblages for ambiance & sale.

atlantic #43 (14x7x5"// $300) 
atlantic #42 (20x9x4"// $350) 

atlantic #22 (9x5x5"// $170) 
atlantic #40 (11x10x5"// $240) 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

artifacts show at Studio Place Arts in Barre july & august 2013

the wood is found along the atlantic ocean — it has tossed around so all the edges are curves and altered.

The wood pieces are dried out in the air and then soaked in beeswax — encaustic is also melted into the wood for strength and color.

totem 1 (13x3x4"// $70) 

totem 2 (19x2.5x5"// $60) 

atlantic #59 (7x6.5x2.5"// $150) 

atlantic #60 (8x8.5x3"// $170) 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Summer series CALM 2013

 A series called calm came about with the desire/need to work with just color fields and lines/shapes. I was having such difficulty resolving some collages I started in early spring — the following 10 pieces were a welcome reprieve although not easy either. They are all oil stick on board, 12x10x1" or 10x10x1" and $250 each. or $2000 for the complete series.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Cabin Fever Show in Montpelier

The Art Resource Association is hanging a new show at City Center --- going up midday on January 26th. This group show is called Cabin Fever.

Although I am not sure it is finished (been working on this piece for over a year) I will be hanging children playing 3. I have often attempted to honor great photographers via images of their work, and I am pleased with this piece because the photographic images are still very visible.

children playing 3
collage w/oil on birch panel
48x24x1.5" // 2012

Monday, January 21, 2013

encaustic paintings

Encaustic is a pure beeswax-based paint (comprised of wax, resin, and pigment) which is kept molten on a heated palette. It cools immediately, so there is not drying time, yet it can be reworked at any time. Since beeswax is impervious to moisture, it is extremely durable; therefore it will not deteriorate or discolor. Encaustic paintings do not have to be varnished or protected by glass. It is an ancient and highly versatile medium which can be polished to a high gloss with a cotton cloth. It can also be carved, scraped, layered, collaged, dipped, cast, modeled, sculpted, textured and combined with oil paint.

moon pearls
encaustic collage on birch panel // 2002 // 13x13x1"

white lace memory
encaustic on birch panel // 2004 // 12x9x1"

paisley wood
encaustic collage on birch panel // 2005 // 12x9x1"

encaustic collage on birch panel // 2007 // 8x8x1"

chalice one
encaustic collage on birch panel // 2008 // 8x8x1"

Sunday, January 20, 2013

just paint on paper

Color field painting satisfies the search for physicality with atmosphere. Abstract expressionism gives freedom through the immediacy of gesture.

blue/red diptych
oil stick on gessoed paper // 2 (7x5") framed // 2012

life is a circus
oil stick on gessoed paper // 6 (5x3.5") // framed 23x19" // 2012

maine summer
oil stick on gessoed paper // 6 (7x5") // framed 27.5x27" // 2011

blue-green grid one
oil stick on gessoed twinrocker paper // 8x6" // framed 10x8" // 2011

red-orange grid two
oil stick on gessoed twinrocker paper // 8x6" // framed 10x8" // 2011

red-orange grid one
oil stick on gessoed twinrocker paper // 8x6" // framed 10x8" // 2011

all-color grid one
oil stick on gessoed twinrocker paper // 8x6" // framed 10x8" // 2011

all-color grid two
oil stick on gessoed twinrocker paper // 8x6" // framed 10x8" // 2011

Friday, January 18, 2013

atlantic assemblages

Each June, just before and after summer solstice, is my time for collecting pieces of wood for the atlantic assemblages --- I find them washed up on a beach along the central Maine coast.

There is a 2-year time frame to making these works:
  1. dry the pieces (1 to 2 years) and coat with pure beeswax -- heat so the wax permeates the wood, thus strengthening it
  2. coat with encaustic clear medium and heat for absorption
  3. add pigmented encaustic when color is desired -- sometimes I will paint and heat with white pigment so the white disappears into the wood and looks bleached
  4. when encaustic is visible on the surface, it can be buffed with cotton cloth for a high gloss
  5. the assemblages are stacked on steel rods --- these, along with the wooden pieces, are all removable (handle with care -- if a single piece of wood brakes you can contact the artist for repair/replacement of wooden piece)
  • these are all organic pieces --- the salt in the wood can attract beads of moisture on the surface // they will need to be dusted periodically, with soft rubbing giving the piece a glow //also, the steel rods can be sanded if they corrode (optional)
  • extreme heat and extreme cold should be avoided for pieces that have outer coating of encaustic
Encaustic is a beeswax-based paint, comprised of beeswax, resin, and pigment, which is extremely durable, will not deteriorate, and will not yellow or darken. It is an ancient and highly versatile medium which can be polished to a high gloss with a soft cotton cloth.

Smallpoint Maine, summer 2013

atlantic fifty-one
found wood w/beeswax, encaustic, key & steel rod
7x11x1.5" // 2012 

atlantic forty-nine

found wood w/beeswax, encaustic & steel rods

12.5x6x1.75" // 2012 


atlantic forty-seven
found wood w/beeswax, encaustic, stamp & steel rod
7.5x7.5x6x2" // 2012 

atlantic forty-four
found wood w/beeswax, encaustic & steel rod
13.5x7.5x5" // 2012 

atlantic thirty-six
found wood w/beeswax, encaustic & steel rod
13.5x12x7" // 2012 

atlantic forty-two
found wood w/beeswax, encaustic, nails & steel rod
20.5x9x4"// 2012 

atlantic forty-three
found wood w/beeswax, encaustic & steel rod
14x7.5x5"// 2012 

atlantic thirty-nine
found wood w/beeswax, encaustic & steel rod
12.5x9.5x4.5// 2012 

atlantic forty-one
found wood w/beeswax, encaustic & steel rods
7.5x7x4.5"// 2012 

atlantic thirty-two
found wood w/beeswax, encaustic & steel rod
8.5x4.5x2"// 2012 

atlantic sixteen
found wood w/beeswax, encaustic & steel rod
22x6x4"// 2008 

finishing atlantic forty summer of 2012

pieces finished summer of 2012 at Small Point

Current Shows

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  • Shows

    2008 - 2014
  • Millers Thumb Art Gallery, Greensboro, Vermont
  • 2nd Tuesday -- New Work, Christine Price Gallery, Castleton State College, Vermont
  • New Work, show w/Kathy Stark, Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury, Vermont
  • Four Today, T.W.Wood Art Gallery, (with Tari Swenson, Beth Pearson, Deborah Hillman)
  • Inspired by Stories, Sullivan Museum, Norwich University
  • Lazy Pear Gallery, Montpelier, Vermont
  • Art House Gallery, Craftsbury Common, Vermont
  • Caspian Art Works, Greensboro, Vermont
  • Encaustics, Studio Place Arts, Barre, Vermont
  • Second Tuesday, AVA Gallery, Lebanon, New Hampshire
  • Earlier Shows
  • Tamarack Gallery, East Crafrtsbury, Vermont
  • Jewels, Elan Gallery, Rockland, Maine
  • Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, Maine
  • Early Memory as Icon, Doll Anstadt Gallery, Burlington, Vermont
  • Small Point Artists, New O’Farrell Gallery, Brunswick, Maine
  • Small Point Artists, Eastland Gallery, Portland, Maine
  • In Depth: Seven Vermont Artists, Jullian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College, Vermont
  • Life & Death, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, Vermont
  • Education & Residencies
  • Connecticut College, BA, New London, Connecticut
  • Vermont Studio Center
  • Small Point Art Colony, Maine
  • 2nd Tuesday Art Group, Vermont