My newest series is not about a particular breed of dog or anyone’s beloved pet. Being a dog lover and mother of Sadie, as well as the late Rocky and Buster (of blessed memory,) I have always been inspired by their expressions of emotion which are obviously non-verbal yet so eloquent. I enjoy representing the projection of human feelings onto the dog, with often humorous results, as well as portraying dogs relating to their humans and to each other. My art has always come from inside my mind as opposed to direct observation. I do love to see dogs smile. And for me, the act of rescuing innocent animals as many people and organizations do, is an act of holiness. 


My objective in these new works is to experiment with various media, mark making, and collage in an abstract way. This is a challenge as figurative abstraction comes naturally and easily to me. These works on paper represent an exploration of mixed media -  inks, powdered graphite, yupo paper, drawing tools, printmaking and cold wax medium on paper. 


This series involve two my favorite subjects: psychology and art. The imagery originates from one of two sources: sometimes a conscious idea that I want to express, and other times the images stem from what the marks or papers on the canvas suggest to me.  I proceed from an introspective point of view as opposed to direct observation. I try to leave something that a viewer can resonate with in his or her own way.


The theme of flowers in vases is not an original idea. What makes these collages unique for me is the pleasure of mixing patterns, and the personality of each of the vases. I have also incorporated a collaged "frame" as an integral part of each piece. My influences for these works range from the Moroccan works of Henri Matisse, Persian miniatures, and the broken ceramic mosaics of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi.
AIthough I  began this series to provide a relaxing and fun "vacation" from other still-in-process series of works, it has provided me with a challenging opportunity of examining what it means to "blur the boundaries." Often used as a term with psychological implications, it means for me the playful interplay between the "frame" and the "subject." 


While precious stones and metals are shiny, shimmery objects to appreciate, they also evoke human qualities for me. I experience some pieces of jewelry as having a distinct mood or character. A clue to the personality of each of these collage portraits is found in the title that I have whimsically chosen for each.