"Story Paintings", abstract paintings and paintings about disabilities. Check the menu for more information on individual artwork.
Dreaming of the WASPs
Inspired by the WASPs of WWII, the 1,000+ courageous women pilots who served in the Army Air Corps. (Yes, women pilots flew planes.) At the end of WWII, the WASP were disbanded and these remarkable women hung up their parachutes and went home. In 1977, the WASPs were finally granted the veteran status they had been promised. In 2010, they were give the Congressional Gold Medal. Inspirational women! "WASP"=Women Airforce Service Pilots. Acrylics on dyed canvas. 30"Hx24"W. available.
The "truncated domes and detectible warning pavers" are interesting to look at, especially with rust. These ground indicators are also known as braille paving. They signal changes in a path including a curb or a change in direction.
Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 16"Hx20"W. "My World" series.
An Interesting Landscape
I look down and see a landscape. Textures, surfaces, patterns, and colors are everywhere you look. My world is interesting indeed.
Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 16"Hx20"W. "My World" series. available.
A Cracked Groundscape
This asphalt is full of cracks. Where will they lead? Fascinating.
Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 20"Hx16"W. "My World" series. available.
I See Random Acts of Beauty
I look down a lot to navigate our world. I found that beauty is everywhere. Even twigs and leaves blown down on a wet driveway are interesting in their random patterns. Look and you will find beauty everywhere. "My World" series.
Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 20"H x 16"W. available
There's People in them thar City
You may just see the buildings, but there are all sorts of people in them. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 30"h x 24"w. available.
Windows to the Past
With a nod to Rothko. A time-warp with windows lo people of the past. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 30"h x 24"w. available
Women in Men's Jobs - 1942
Inspired by a newspaper photo from 1942. During WWII women did essential jobs like this machinist to keep factories running. When the war was over, the women went home and the men got the jobs (with a higher pay.) This machinist sports an ERA button. The Equal Rights Amendment was introduced in 1923 and has yet to be ratified to make it an amendment. I hope it is ratified in my lifetime. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 30"H x 28"W. available
Switchboard (AKA: "One Ringy Dingy")
Acrylics on a procion-dyed canvas. "Switchboard" was inspired by a 1960 photo from the Green Bay Press Gazette newspaper. At that time, switchboard operators who manually connected the calls by electric wires completed phone calls. Today, mobile phones make and receive calls by radio frequency. Since 1983, mobile phones now reach virtually 100% of the global population. My, how communications have changed! 24"H x 30"W
This painting speaks to our common humanity. See the ability instead of any disability. Mr. Rogers said it well, “It’s you I like. Not the things you wear”… Not the things you need to see, hear or move, or the color of your hair. (I added that last part.) Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas, 30"h x 40"w. NFS
I Feel Judgment
The judgment is present. The other, less than, abnormal, pitiful, courageous, and the rest. The Judgment comes before knowing the person. I tried to show how this feels in this painting. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 40”H x 30”W. NFS
I Was Invited to the Party
40"H x 30"W. Acrylic paints on dyed canvas. Please be inclusive of people with all abilities. So, the people you invite, who may have a disability, can also attend your party or other occasion. available.
Small Random Acts of Beauty
Beauty is everywhere. Even twigs and leaves blown down on a wet driveway are interesting in their random patterns. Look and you will find. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. Framed with a tasteful wood frame. 14"h x 11"w. available.
"End of Daylight Savings Time"
Acrylic paints on procion dyed canvas. Framed in a simple, tasteful brown frame. 30"H x 24"W. Tranquil, moody. available
My Heroines: the WASP WWII
Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. Inspired by the WASP of WWII, the 1,000+ courageous women pilots who served in the Army Air Corp. The program was a huge unexpected success. (Yes, women pilots could fly planes.) At the end of WWII, the WASP were disbanded and these remarkable women hung up their parachutes and went home. In 1977, the WASP were finally granted veteran's status they had been promised. In 2010 they were given the Congressional Gold Medal. Inspirational women! 18"H x 20"W. SOLD
Hallelujah! The gas pumps believe they are going to heaven where they will be beautiful, shiny and new again. The angel and putti will help them. They will be among the brands, buildings and vehicles of their lives. Heavenbound Hallelujah! Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 30"H x 24"W. available
"All Gas Pumps Go to Heaven"
30"H x 24"W. Acrylic paints on procion-dyed canvas framed in a tasteful metal frame. These gas pumps are remembering bygone days and hope they can be all shine, new and productive in heaven. These gas pumps were active 1938 to about 1958. available
"Remember When We Were Young"
30"H x 24"W. Acrylic paints on procion-dyed canvas framed in a tasteful metal frame. These gas pumps are reminiscing about their bygone days when they were shiny and active. They dream of the cars and oil companies they served. These gas pumps were active 1938 to about 1958. available
Here's looking at You
Mini painting. The gas pump is looking at YOU. What is it thinking? Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 4" x 4". sold
I Wonder How the Last Piece Tastes?
Small painting. Yum! Chocolate! What do the Pieces Taste Like? This painting gives an idea. Acrylics. 8" x 8". available.
Two multi-medium pieces that go together. Each is 10" x 10", Dyes, oil pastels, acrylics. sold.
one of the Angular Diptych
close-up of one of the Angular Diptych paintings
One of the Angular Diptych
Close-up of one of the Angular Diptych paintings.
One in the Bunch
Mini acrylic painting. 8" x 8", You know that there is always at least one grape that is slow to ripen. Or, looking closely, another "one" in the bunch. Fun. Acrylics. SOLD
"There's Always One in the Bunch"
Acrylic paint on procion dyed canvas. 11"H x 14"W. Framed in a brown wood frame. See the contrast between the grapes-that-look-like-you-could-pick-them-off-the-painting and the flat circles in the background. Nice, rich smaller painting. SOLD
Another One in the Bunch
I sure like painting grapes. Especially when I see who is in each one. Acrylics. 4" x 4". sold
Grapes in Color
Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 8" x 8". available
Legacy of a Family Farm
"Legacy of a Wisconsin Family Farm" tells the story of a place. It shows 4 generations of the family and the ways the land was farmed around the view of the farm itself. This farm and the people who farmed the land are most special to me and my family! Acrylic paints on procion-dyed canvas. paints. 30"H x 26"W, NFS
"Delivering a Load of Trees"
Acrylic paints on procion dyed canvas. 24"H x 30"W. Nicely framed in a simple and tasteful, brown frame. Tire tracks from the truck which jumped off the canvas and rolled over it accidentally. Old iron that has become a plant container on a large scale! available. SOLD
We All have Abilities
16" x 20"
We all have abilities!
- I did this painting because, when I became a person with a disability, I felt invisible and discounted. People may look away from me, not see me, or see only my impairment. I am more.
People are not defined by their disabilities. They are so much more. Each person has wonderful abilities and deserves to be treated with respect and inclusion. Discover their abilities.
-This painting shows a variety of people including Stevie Wonder.
Sweet Dreams. Grace
"Sweet Dreams, Grace" is about my granddaughter and her favorite stuffed animal, books, and her kitty. This painting helps to remember the little girl who is now in high school and turning into a remarkable young woman. 20"H x 16"W.
Story of a Line and a Shape
15"H x 30"W. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. This reads like a storyboard. The line becomes a rope and the circle becomes a ball. The story shows the balls being lassoed. Available.
Story of a Line and a Shape - Oh N
Story of a Line and a Shape. Oh No! Some Escaped!
15"H x 30"W. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. Storyboard style tale of a line, which becomes a rope, and a circle shape. The circles are lassoed, but, some pieces of line and some shapes escape. Available.
Into the Sunrise
Relief-like qualities and layers of dyed silks and acrylic glazes. Shimmering quality. Wrapped canvas. 30"H x 24" W. available
20"H x 16"W in a black metal frame. Procion dyes and acrylic paint on silk noil. Flowers are a beauty of nature and get deconstructed all the time from wind, water, or man. Yet their beauty is undiminished. SOLD
20"H x 18" W. "It's Complicated" has many layers of dyes, paints and glazes. It is framed in a black wooden frame. Quite lovely, actually. SOLD
"Wynton Marsalis and All That Jazz"
Acrylic paints. 11"H x 14"W. In a beautiful, simple-but-rich mahogany frame. See the sounds, rhythm and complexity heard at a Wynton Marsalis jazz concert. SOLD
Leaves Gone Buggy
16"H x 20"W. Acrylic paints on procion dyed canvas. Vibrant colors with texture show a closeup of these leaves that insects also liked. Yum. Framed in a bright green metal frame. It may sound gauche, but looks pretty funtastic. available
Leaves in a Row
20" x 16" acrylic paint on procion dyed canvas. Vibrant exercise using color. Tastefully framed. available
Outstanding in its' Field
Acylics and Mixed Medium. Framed in a simple, tasteful brown wood frame. Old iron respected for its contributions. Tire tracks running over the page. 24"H x 30"W. available
We First Met in Chile
This painting is of me holding my 2-month-year-old son, Peter, the first time we met in Chile in 1987. I hope you can feel the immense joy of the occasion. How lucky I am that he came into my life! 20"H x 16"W. NFS