About 
the Artist...

After growing up on a Midwestern family farm, I took formal art training. Many "mediums and messes" later, art is still
my connection to life.


Beeson Bridge




Old Lace





 











 

 












INK & BEESWAX PAINTINGS
have a life of their own. Working  with no brushes, my hand-dipped beeswax candles and resources around me
scoot & scatter, drip & dribble, scrape & shake the inks onto hard Bristol board.

Candles were in the paint box when traveling and as I put down brushes to use candles, sticks, porcupine quills, rocks, grass, moss, etc.~ those tools became yet another connection between the finished art and my life: and a new challenge every painting!

By the time these paintings are framed they are waxed, painted, scraped free of excess beeswax and ironed onto a mat board.



BLOCK PRINTS
, in contrast to the paintings, are planned carefully in advance and controlled through every step. Inspired by rural life with gardening and all manner of  2 and 4-legged creatures, they are either worked with the back of a wooden spoon, or cranked in an old cast iron press which works equally well for flowers and goat cheese. An array of colored inks are used to print from blocks cut of wood or linoleum, or found objects. Limited editions are purposely kept small and I often use the reduction method of cutting so that when finished, the block cannot be used ever again to print the edition. Truly limited!


My own bees help provide honeycomb for PURE BEESWAX CANDLES. They are hand-dipped, or poured into my great grandfathers 10" taper mold which still sometimes secretes black tallow from its seams.

My great grandparents had over 100 beehives and grandmother paid her way through school by riding a train into town to take orders for beeswax products and honey, then returning next day to fill the orders.

Pure beeswax burns clean, bright, and long,  smelling of honey which was stored in the comb.

Dipped pairs wrapped with twine and dried flowers, herbs, hot peppers, or chunks of handmade soap are sold as Candle Wraps.


Making SOAP is a truly creative endeavor and also a connection to my past. 

I found a recipe that worked every time and formulated it for my goat's milk or collected rainwater. These soaps contain natural ingredients like aloe, violets, oatmeal, or sand from my gardens, orchard, fields, kitchen, etc. They are simple and healthy for mind and body!



CALLIGRAPHIC CLAY developed from years of making "corn cups." Clay rolled with ear corn has distinctive texture and is yet another connection to my farm heritage. Once I gathered blue limestone from the creek and fired it with interesting results!

Discovering calligraphy directly in the clay was exciting and my newest idea is to do clay/castings of the printing blocks.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Paintings, prints, soaps,  beeswax candles,

calligraphic clay...

my life has evolved in  harmony with  nature's ways. I express that with joy and hope for the future.


Studio  •  Kitchen  •  Fields  •   Garden   •   Cabin  •  Barn  •  Lake  •  Travel  •  Woods  •  Orchard

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