New Collage Work

Each collage is built from 1,000-3,000 individually cut and applied pieces of gouache-painted Japanese and Western papers on colored gampi paper.

Just as I finished 32 paintings and works on paper and was ready to transport them for an April 4, 2020, solo show opening at a gallery in Chicago, it was cancelled. At that time, I had made work focused on water for more than a decade. But in March 2020 when life narrowed to home and grocery shopping I had not yet planned for my next project.  So I used what I had: lots of studio time and bouquets of grocery store flowers. Those collages grew in size and complexity and became the basis for a series of mixed media paintings. This group of collages was completed in 2022 but the series in ongoing.