That's a good question. It took me a while to find a label that matched my work, but a visit to the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft made me feel right at home! Contemporary Craft artists produce objects of art made primarily from craft materials: clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood or found/recycled materials. In my case, the "recycled material" is paper. Tissue paper (think birthday parties and holiday gift bags) and/or packaging paper (often via Amazon!) are found in all of my work of this genre.
The subject matter is usually based in nature. My style tends to live somewhere between Impressionistic and Expressionistic. What's the difference?
While the works are based on viewing the real world, an impressionistic approach recreates that view as if I had only glanced at it for a moment. You won't find realistic detail here, but the impression of the objects through color, light and texture.
Expressionism is directly focused on an emotional response to the real world. The resulting piece is much more abstract, and may not look at all like the object or event that inspired the work.
I've been making art of one kind or another for as long as I can remember; but until a couple of years ago, my art took a back seat to other "real" jobs. Ironically, the reality is that I AM an artist, and making art is the passion that drives my days. So now, my "real" job finally matches my real self.
Like most, I started with drawing, then on to painting, and then exploring various mediums over the years. I earned a BA in Studio Fine Arts along the way. That winding path has taken me to my current focus - Contemporary Craft. I have always been fascinated with texture, and am endlessly inspired by the shapes and surfaces - a sort of visual rhythm - found in nature.
Almost all of my work involves paper and up-cycled materials. I hate waste, and enjoy the challenge of making art with whatever I have on hand at the time. When I need to replenish stock, I start with our local re-use center. I take materials that have traditionally been used for another purpose in the home and change their destiny. Thus, Mixed-Media, Contemporary Craft wall art
I hope you enjoy my work. If nothing quite suits your fancy, contact me to commission a piece that will better fit whatever you are imagining!
Sunflower 201814" x 18" brown paper bags, tissue paper, gessoon stretched canvas
This work is in memory of my mother, who died of cancer in 2005. As a good daughter of Kansas, she displayed images of the state flower on all sorts of objects around our home when I was growing up. Here she is, in sunflower form, both present and obscured. This piece is not for sale, but you may commission something
Sunflower - detail
The corners of the brown lunch bags form the "seeds". I stretched and folded the body of the bags to be the petals. These are covered with white tissue paper.
Eric's Coffee 2019
commissioned piece - tissue paper, handcrafted paper, embroidery floss, coffee beans, on acrylic
This piece reflects Eric's journey from the solitary pain of his addiction, through the emotional and spiritual recovery through connection with others - and coffee! Find Eric, his support of others, and his coffee products at https://devildogcoldbrew.com/
24" x 24"
tissue paper, thread, acrylic paint on mdf board
Layers and layers of paper, with acrylic paint sun spots, and embroidery floss flares - This work done on particle board, is a small reflection of my love of outer space.
Learn how to play with paper to create your own work of art. We'll explore types of paper and their properties, different adhesives, and how to blend colors with paper.
All materials are included.
I travel to you.
My teaching style is relaxed. I want to make sure you have fun!
Contact me at LVL@PaperEtcArt.com to let me know what type of event you'd like, and I will send you a contract with all of the bits and details (like what happens if you or I need to cancel).
A non-refundable deposit of 25% of the estimated cost is due at the time of signing.
(travel fee 2019- 54.5 cents per mile)
Having a kid's birthday party?
Mask Making (ages 5 and up)
Mobiles (ages 7 and up)
Landscapes (ages 7 and up)
Abstract (ages 10 and up)
I'm happy to work with you to find a theme that interests your child AND is age appropriate (both concepts and techniques used in the chosen project).
Base rate -$25 per child/hr (10 children max.)
extra or unusual materials, as well as the level of hands-on instruction required will incur further cost
Do you just want to get your creative juices flowing?
Gather a group of your friends, some snacks/beverages, and I'll bring the materials for you to each make a basic landscape, mobile, or abstract piece, using Painting with Paper techniques.
$20/person for one hour