Sunday, May 31, 2015

Mackinac Spring

It looks a bit boring....

But if you look closer, there's a tremendous amount of life and activity!

There's an abundance of trout lilies this year, more than I ever remember seeing previously.

And spring beauties too!

Unfurling ferns are an especial favorite of mine.

I'm not sure if these are butterflies or moths, but there are plenty of them fluttering about, feasting on wildflower nectar.

Dutchman's breeches last such a brief time -
 I've only ever found them on one spot on Mackinac.

And violet's: in three differing colors!

The trillium's are just starting to make their appearance; more will be popping up soon.

A few hepatica still hanging on, they're usually the first wildflower to bloom here.

Spring blooms are a delight anywhere, but no where more so then the woods of Mackinac Island: in such abundant numbers and variety, it's easy to understand why the Victorians referred to Mackinac as the "Fairy Isle"!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Earthy Abstraction

I was very pleased to have "Reading the Runes:Stones of Power" accepted into the Earthy Abstraction show in North Carolina.

A Juried Competition, March 27 – May 16, 2015

Arts Council Galleries at

301 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC


Ellington-White Contemporary Gallery (EWCG) in partnership with the Arts Council Fayetteville/Cumberland County invited artists to submit entries to a juried competition entitled Earthy Abstraction.  This exhibition features artists that work with or incorporate elements of natural materials such as soil, clay, wood, stone and other materials into their visual practice.  The works have a direct connection in theme, texture, and materials with the natural world.


Arts Council Gallery Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9 am to 5pm
Friday: 9 am to noon  •  Saturday: noon to 4 pm

The natural materials in this piece include stones, driftwood, an acorn cap, natural indigo dye and rusty metal.

The stones rest on a complex cloth, which I first indigo dyed and rusted. I then did some image transfers and some painting. There are five stones which represent the following powers: Growth, Decay, Drift, Persistence and Ice.