Here is a drawing I did long ago. It is dried daffodils. You know for a long time I loved doing dried leaves and dried flowers. I guess now I really want to do fresh flowers but memories of dried leaves and dried flowers are always dancing in my head.
The Victorian Woman hangs over my dear friend's grand piano. It is the only one I get to see often. Aren't these sleeves magnificent? What a blouse and what a tiny waist this bride had. Private Collection
I have been fixing my photos and now trying to figure out how to change the photos I have in this series. I was thrilled when i realized how to do this but now I need to exchange the photos I have used. The Independent Woman was a blouse I found in and antique shop and again the minute I handled this blouse I knew she was to be Independent. Private Collection
The Bride' image size is 40" x 60", I did this in colored pencils. It was so large that I used an easel so it would be upright and I could use my whole arm to draw. I used a lot of cross hatching. I found this wedding dress at an old antique shop on Chestnut St. I was very interested in the negative shapes in this drawing and I have always wanted to do the full length of this dress and maybe I will. I think I would use oil painting to do it in. The pearl necklace was made by my Mother. The old hanger was also found in an antique shop. If you click on the image it will enlarge. Private Collection
The Trapped Woman was a really tough blouse to draw. Many women are trapped in situations they cannot get out of. In the 70's,. 80's around the time I did this blouse, it was not so easy for women. It is a little better now but I still see a lot of suffering. My future husband found the rusted barbed wire in the woods. The dried amaryllis blossoms I had been saving for the right drawing. Do you see the dried blood on this blouse? It is because they were so tight that the bones in the inside of the blouse would cut into the skin of the wearer. Private Collection
The Proud Woman is the second Victorian blouse for the battered women's series. This blouse was very fragile but one of my favorite drawings. At one time this must of been a very gorgeous dress. The next blouse I will show you is the inside of this blouse. Private Collection
The Empty Woman was done in colored pencils. This was the first of my women series. The size is about 28 x 30. It seemed when I found these clothes( you will see them all) that the minute I touched these blouses the name for them just came to me. I loved colored pencils and I loved doing these blouses. All the women series drawings are in private collections.
I have been an artist for as long as I can remember. I went to college when I was 37 years old. I loved it so much, I was a sponge and absorbed anything and everything about art. I started out wanting to be a portrait artist but ended up using pencil and colored pencils. I made quite a name for myself with my drawings. I won many awards. When I needed a break from that I went into oil sticks and just loved them and again did very well with awards. I finally went back to my oils but always felt frustrated with them I wanted to be free from all constraints, I am now working in acrylics and loving them. So now the sky is the limit. I just want to go and do everything I feel and want to express.