Painting was one of my first true loves. In this collection it's easy to see that I'm often inspired by nature - plants and animals, in particular.
In 2014 my husband and I spent a winter in New Mexico. We loved hiking the mountains and marveling at the desert plants, which are so different from the flora of New England where we live. When a friend invited me to exhibit with her at a local gallery after we returned home, I knew a cacti series was in order. My aim was to capture each plant's personality.
Most of the animal pieces were one-offs made between 2014 - 2017 during my 48 Days of Creative Devotion program. I feel animals have innate wisdom, and, when left untouched, are living examples of harmony. In each animal painting here I've aimed to capture a bit of the animal's soulfulness.
The works pictured here are all sold, but you can see available works in my Etsy shop. You can also sign up for my email list to receive notifications about goings on and whatnot!
"Bloom," acrylic on canvas, 24"x16" (private collection) 2014
"Brother," acrylic on canvas, 10"x8" (private collection) 2014
"Open," acrylic on canvas, 24"x24" (private collection) 2014
"Embodied," acrylic on canvas, 8"x10" (private collection) 2014
"Being," acrylic on canvas, 24"x24" (collection of the artist) 2014
"Strut," acrylic on canvas, 8"x10" (private collection) 2014
"Ascended," acrylic on canvas, 10"x8" (private collection) 2010
"Meld," acrylic on paper, 9"x12" (private collection) 2015
"Ghost," watercolor on paper, 9"x12" (private collection) 2015
"Salt Marsh," acrylic on canvas, 8"x10" (collection of the artist) 2015
The deep blue of shibori is what first drew me to this ancient craft. Shibori is a gorgeous fabric dyeing process that originated in 8th century Japan. By twisting, folding, compressing, or binding material one can create a variety of repeating or organic patterns. Shibori fabrics are more eco-friendly than other dyed fabrics, as they're colored with indigo, a natural, plant-based dye.
Each piece is one of a kind, and the creation process is very labor intensive. It includes folding and binding the cloth, submerging it twice into the dye bath with time for oxidation in between, then washing, drying, and ironing each piece twice to set the dye.
This small collection was made under the banner of Rhode Island Rustic, a home goods company that I owned with my husband from 2015 - 2017.
The pieces you see here have all been sold, but you can find all available shibori linens in my Etsy shop. You can also sign up for my email list to receive notifications about goings on and whatnot!
magnets + ornaments
In 2016 we lost a slew of influential artists, and I felt compelled to celebrate them with these memorial magnets and ornaments.
Though they are similar to one another, each piece is one of a kind. I use a paper clay product to sculpt the shapes, then paint them with acrylic paint, and seal them with water-based polyurethane. Each has the artist's name painted on the back.
My hope is that these little works remind people of the important contribution artists make to the world.
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We might not be fluent in their languages, but I believe animals are always speaking in their own ways.
The drawings and text for the Animal Messages Coloring Book were made without preliminary sketching of the animal or preconceived idea around the message. My goal was to "channel" whatever wanted to come through, in a sort of stream-of-conscious artmaking process.
There are 25 images within, and I think they are best colored with pencils or fine point markers. Each book is printed on my home printer and bound by hand.
After coloring I hope folks might remove, frame, and hang the finished pages, so the messages might serve as a daily reminder.
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self-love guidance cards
After a generous and kind-hearted friend received a tough diagnosis I wanted to make a present for them, so I created this self-love card deck as a reminder that it's okay to put oneself first, especially during hard times, because self-care is the foundation for healing.
I like to use my guidance cards in the morning after I've done my morning meditation and movement routine. I ask for the "best and highest message" when I pull a card. I use that message as a guidepost throughout the day. This deck is intended to be used in that way, too.
Each of the 40 cards enclosed has a simple action step around self-love, which might remind us of what we already know or, perhaps, help introduce new self-care practices into our day-to-day life.
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For me, collage is the perfect medium to explore feminist themes, as well as express my sense of humor. I love playing around with various visual elements and creating interesting juxtapositions between them and with text.
In this selected collection, these wee works were made with mostly vintage papers sourced from local antique and thrift shops. Many have the beautiful yellow tinge of aged pulp which evokes a certain nostalgia.
Most of these pieces have been sold, but you can see all available works in my Etsy shop. You can also sign up for my email list to receive notifications about goings on and whatnot!
"Rising," paper collage, 7.5"x7" 2014 (private collection)
"Above/Below," paper collage, 8.5"x8" 2014 (private collection)
"Sins," vintage paper poem, 3.5"x3.25" 2014 (collection of the artist)
"Flora," photograph + paper collage, 6.5"x4" 2014 (private collection)
"Hints," vintage paper poem, 6.5"x3.25" 2014 (private collection)
"Growth," vintage paper collage, 4.75"x4.25" 2014 (private collection)
"Back to His Den," paper collage, 5"x5" 2017
"Tired," vintage paper poem, 6.5"x3.25" 2014 (private collection)
"Interwoven," paper collage, 5"x7," 2017 (private collection)
When screenwriting found me in 1998 it felt like the perfect intersection of two things I have always loved - imagery and writing. This is why filmmaking is my favorite medium for modern-day storytelling.
I spent many years teaching myself the craft, and later went on work as a Hollywood script reader and screenwriter's assistant. For several years I taught screenwriting to adult students at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) while also running my own story notes service for screenwriters through my business Silver Wing Scripts.
The cover pages pictured here are for three award-winning feature-length screenplays I wrote. Copies of the scripts are available upon request.
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Danger Society Logline: After a studious teen’s hyper-overprotective mother forbids her from attending college, she retaliates by joining an underground society of rebellious misfits.
Bird Song logline: A socially-awkward bird watcher accidentally trespasses on the grounds of a mental hospital and is mistaken for a missing patient.
Cursed in Love logline: A photo shop owner swears off dating after believing himself cursed by his first dead love, but is forced to reconsider when a customer's photos draw him in.
My interest in filmmaking grew out of my love of screenwriting. Though I've never formally studied either, I've spent many years reading and analyzing scripts and working in film production in New York, Rhode Island, and Los Angeles (doing everything from craft services to Directors' Assistant).
In 2001 I wrote, produced, and directed my first short film, "The Date." Over the following dozen years I made other short films, both for passion and for hire.
The Brown Bird video (on right) was commissioned by HeadCount.org for the Healthcare.gov website when "Obamacare" was launched. They were looking for storytellers who could help tell personal health care stories. I'm privileged to have been able to share part of musician David Lamb's story.
"Inside the Outside" (right) was commissioned by a local non-profit organization. The goal was to tell the story of their art center, which showcases the work of incredible artists, who happen to have developmental disabilities. (The video quality on this link is a bit degraded, but I believe it still conveys this important story.)
I've also had the pleasure of working with children's book author Anika Denise on producing and directing her first book trailer. Baking Day at Grandma's is a sweet (pun intended!) story that references some of Anika's childhood experiences. We tried to capture that family lineage in the trailer.
I've been fortunate to work with screenwriter/director Chris Sparling on more than one project, including as an Associate Producer on his horror film THE ATTICUS INSTITUTE, where I provided, primarily, story research.
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Brown Bird ~ A New Beginning
"Inside the Outside: A Profile of the Top Drawer Art Center"
Baking Day at Grandma's Book Trailer
The Atticus Institute Official Trailer (2015)
Strolling along the beach or hiking in the woods with a camera around my neck is one of my favorite activities. I've found that just bringing the camera along on a trek seems to sharpen my observation skills.
Sometimes I photograph objects in their natural settings. Other times I'll take them home and add them to our naturalist collection, then photograph them in my studio later.
Living near the beach and woods provides ample opportunity for inspiration. Once, after a beach walk where I turned a bunch of upside down horseshoe crabs right side up (something marine biologists say actually helps the little fellas) I looked down at my feet to find a root ball wrapped in seaweed. You can see in the photo (to the right) that it looks very much like an anatomical heart. In that moment, seeing this unique natural object felt like a wondrous gift. I had to take the "heart of the sea" home and photograph it.
As for the images here that look like abstract paintings, they're actually boat bottoms. Living in Rhode Island provides much inspiration, including visits to local marinas in the off season where you can get a good look at a boat's underbelly.
"Heart of the Sea" and other photo prints may be found in my Etsy shop. You can also sign up for my email list to receive notifications about goings on and whatnot!