Be In Touch


On last Friday,  May 31st, 2019, BE IN TOUCH art exhibit will have its Opening Reception at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts in Hillsborough, NC from 6 – 9 pm. It features new artworks from potter Garry Childs, painter Pat Merriman and myself, a visual artist.

For this show, I was inspired by the role of Shamans who, for as long as time remembers, have worked to negotiate life-giving harmony to all things in the environment. Their belief is expressed in the Native American quote, “ We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” As caretakers of this planet, it seems to me we have much to learn from nature if we just be quiet, observe and listen. 

When I am hiking along a trail, seated on a deck looking out over waves of blue and purple mountains, sitting with my dog, kayaking through marshes or just walking in my yard being astonished at the array of shades of yellow daffodils blooming in places I didn’t even plant them, I become present in nature. It’s a calming and stress-relieving feeling to be in touch with nature. 

In my artwork, I create my impressions and remembrances of the feelings I had when alone with nature. My landscape paintings, aren’t recreations of the scenes, but rather an expression of the emotions I had while communing with nature. My copper sculptural works are symbolic representations of Native American spirit guides, particularly healing guides that help with balancing our spiritual, emotional and physical health. The encaustics, nature in theme, play on the theme ‘Be in Touch’, being very textural. 

Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better. – Albert Einstein


Artwork to the left:
top – Sunscape
center – the Crow Saith
bottom – Bodhi Tree BeLeaf 




Chinese philosophy relates when there is too great an imbalance between yin and yang, catastrophes can occur such as floods, droughts and plagues. In this crazy world right now, I am concentrating on the positive balanced forces of Yin & Yang.

Fire&RustThis year my theme continues to be earth and sky and the connections between us and the natural world. Cold wax and oil affords the opportunity to bring texture into my paintings. It also shows a history of the painting by building up layers, obscuring what’s beneath, and removing layers to reveal bits of past layers. It represents the history of a life that becomes the compilation of bits and pieces of it’s past experiences.

But my attraction to textures is moving me to add more textile to my art. Thus I am adding rusted silk to my mediums. In these new pieces I am combining the coldness of rusted iron with the warmth of heated forged copper, seemingly opposite forces. Two opposites actually attract and complement each other, existing in harmony, and they are interconnected in the natural world symbolized by the yin and yang.

My love of texture greLove-backstrap-weavew as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the 70’s. I worked with people in the cottage industry of weaving. Weaving was and is an important part of the Filipino culture. The material I became familiar with in the lowlands of Luzon was grasses. In the uplands, cotton was used in backstrap weaving and in the island of Mindanao, the T’boli weavings are of abaca.

One of my wall hangings woven on a backstrap loom.> 

After learning weaving by the Igorots in Bagio, I came home with my personal backstrap loom enthralled with weaving. My apartment quickly became filled with wools of many wonderful hand-dyed colors. But my time was limited and I soon became satiated just by having the beautifully colored yarns all around me.

After working as a graphic designer, raising two beautiful children, many years now ago, I decided to work as a full-time visual artist. Now as a full-time artist, the textures are calling me back. I look forward to this coming year in my studio and incorporating fiber into my art.