Landscapes are wonderful aesthetic vistas.  Since I have become a "person with a mobility disability," I look at the world in a more immediate way.  I need to look at the ground I roll or walk on to know where to place a quad cane, walker or move a wheelchair.  I need to be aware of slippery surfaces and cracks, bumps and curbs.  Lo and Behold! I have discovered very interesting "groundscapes."  There are endless patterns and textures and infinite inspiration.  I call these "Groundscapes."
 
The first one is 30"x 24" and the second is 30"x 28". The rest are various sizes from 16"x 20" to 12" x 12". They all explore the groundscapes of our world.  I hope they make you notice things when you are standing, walking, rolling, or sitting and connected to our ground - our earth.  
 

Groundscape Repair

Groundscape Repair

The patchwork repairs of our pavement create lines, shapes and textures. 30"H x 24"W. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. part of the "Groundscape" series. available

Mesmerizing Groundscape

Mesmerizing Groundscape

Sometimes it is mesmerizing. The depth, the colors, the shine! It catches the eyes. 30"H x 28"W. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. part of the "Groundscape" series. sold

Nature Wins

Nature Wins

Humans spend a fortune on pavement of roads and parking lots. Both to build them, to rebuild them, and to maintain them. Why, they could be "paved in gold" for the fortunes that are spent. Yet. nature finds a way to live. Brava! 20"w x 16" h. Imitation gold leaf and acrylics on canvas. available

I See Random Acts of Beauty

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. Part of the "Groundscape" series. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 20"H x 16"W, available

Pick 'em Up?

Pick 'em Up?

When we look at the ground we see all sorts of things - even money. Do you pick up a penny? A nickel? A dime? How much money needs to be there for you to bend over and pick it up? Something to contemplate. 16"w x 20"h. Acrylics on canvas with coins.

Resilience

Resilience

Don’t you admire the Dandelions’ strength, tenacity, and resilience? They send down a deep tap root to live in the most inhospitable of places, surviving pavement and chemicals designed to eradicate them. Yet, Dandelions’ bright golden flowers are beacons of hope and a summer to come. I am inspired by the Dandelion to not give up even when faced with seemingly impossible challenges. 12" x 12". Acrylics on wrapped canvas. available

Portrait of Resilience

Portrait of Resilience

Dandelions are, quite possibly, the most successful plants that exist, masters of survival worldwide. Dandelions require sun and disturbed soil to thrive. That’s why they seem to “look for" parking lots, roadsides and construction sites. People in the US spend a lot of "gold" to pave over and use herbicides to get rid of dandelions. Yet, they find a way to live. Don't you admire their resilience. 20"x16" Acrylic skins on gold leaf. available

Magic of Water

Magic of Water

I have experienced the miracle of water by exercising in a pool. When standing chest-deep in water, the body is 80% weightless, bearing only 20% of its weight. This weightlessness helped me walk again after being paralyzed waist down from transverse myelitis. I celebrate the pool I exercise in. 16" x 16". Acrylics.

Earth Fired Inside

Earth Fired Inside

I look at the ground and the floor to be safe. Looking at the ceramic tile, it occurred to me that ceramic tile is made of clay or earth. It is fired to a high temperatures and changes from soluble clay to hard insoluble ceramic to a dense watertight vitreous ceramic. Drains are often decorative, too. 16" x 16". Acrylics.

Paved in Gold

Paved in Gold

For what we spend on our roads and bridges, they might as well be "paved in gold." You can look at the lines and shapes in crumbling pavement and see interesting lines, shapes and textures. 14" x 14" including the frame. Acrylics with imitation gold, silver and bronze leaf on panel. sold.

Childress-Snow Beautiful Snow - small file

Childress-Snow Beautiful Snow - small file

That first snowfall is so pure and sparkling. It is beautiful, but there is a sinister slippery side of snow. 16"H x 20" W. Acrylics and glitter on procion dyed canvas. Part of the "Groundscape" series. available.

IceScape

IceScape

Look down at the interesting textures of ice on aggregate pavement. Subtle and Interesting. 16"H x 20"W. Acrylics on Procion-dyed canvas. Part of the "Groundscapes" series. available.

Yikes

Yikes

I see ice and feel panic. It is beautiful. But, I do not want to fall. 16"H x 20"W. Acrylics on Procion-dyed canvas. Part of the "Groundscapes" series. available.

Tactile Paving 2

Tactile Paving 2

The "tunculateld 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'w x 20"h. "Groundscape" series.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

The U.S. Congress passed an infrastructure bill that funds more than a trillion dollars in nationwide federal spending on Nov. 5, 2021. A lot of Gold! 12" x 12" Acrylics with imitation gold, silver and copper leaf on wrapped canvas. available

An Interesting Landscape

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"H x 20"W. "Groundscape" series.

Precious Ground

Precious Ground

The ground is our foundation - literally. I honor it. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas with gold leaf. Part of the "Groundscape" series.

Disintegrate

Disintegrate

Infrastructure. Pavement disintegrates. So does my human body. Still interesting. 16"H x 20"W. Acrylics on Procion-dyed canvas. Part of the "Groundscapes" series. available.

A Cracked Groundscape

A Cracked Groundscape

The asphalt is full of cracks. Where will they lead? Fascinating. Acrylics on dyed canvas. 20"H x 16"W. Part of the "Groundscape" series.

Tactile Paving

Tactile Paving

The "tunculateld 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. "Groundscape" series. sold.