The Ghost Lace series explores extreme opposites: delicate/strong; smooth/textured; opaque/transparent; close up/far away. I am intrigued by the visual metaphor of taking something away and having something left -or simply covering a portion and revealing another - much the same way we relate to or can still connect with people who are no longer with us or with us in spirit only. The Lace Bricolage series uses antique lace, oil paint, and wax to build up the surface of the painting creating extreme texture. In these works, collage has taken the next step to become bricolage - a more three dimensional sibling to collage.

* The history of lace weaves an intricate tale across multiple cultures of women teaching women this delicate and highly sought after skill. European royalty paid a high price for exquisite lace to adorn their elaborate clothing. Unique for women in the late 1400 and 1500s in Europe, the early lace makers became extremely wealthy women. With this hard earned money, came new power and prestige.

 

Three Generations, 30x30x2, encaustic and oil stick on birchAlone and Free, 20x20, lace, encaustic, oil stcik on birchMending the Broken Fibers, 29x29x2, encaustic and oil stick on birchCrossing the Lines, 48"x48"x2", encaustic and oil on birchUn-Bound 3, 9"x9"x2", oil stick and encaustic on birchUn-Bound 2, 9"x9"x2", oil stick and encaustic on birchUn-Bound 1, 9"x9"x2", oil stick and encaustic on birchMending, 20x20x1, encaustic, lace, oil stick on birchLove's Warp and Weft, 16x16x1, encaustic and oil stick on birchWoven Together, 18x18x1, encaustic and oil stick on birchIntertwined, 18x18x1, encaustic and oil stick on birchSustained, 20x20x1, encaustic and oil stick on birchLinked 3, 20x20x1, encaustic and oil stick on birchTogether, 18x18x1, lace, encaustic, oil stcik on birchWoven Family, 18x18x1, lace, encaustic, oil stcik on birchConnection, 20x20x1, encaustic and oil stick on birchSingle Thread, 20x20x1, oil stick and encaustic on birchLinked, 0"x10"x1" oil, encaustic on birchConnected, 20x20x1, encaustic and oil stick on birchGolden Relationship, 8x8x1, lace, encaustic, pigment on birch