Mixed Media Artist


This Big


This is a 9″x12″ (2″ deep) mixed media painting on wood.

I painted this same image last year, an ACEO. It may have been the first ACEO I did. A couple of weeks ago I was going through my images, looking for inspiration, and I came across this photo again. It was taken when Imogen was almost three, I was pregnant for Scarlett. I think I asked her how big she was and she stood as tall as she could and stretched out her little neck. At three, it was really important to be ‘this big’. Come to think about it, I guess it is still important at six. Imogen had a big cry the other day because I made her get the size 13 shoes instead of the (big girl) size ones. Let me tell you, the 13s were even a little on the big side but she cried and cried and said ‘I am just a baby!’. It was hard not to laugh, if she could only realized that in a few years she will be wishing her feet were smaller so she could fit in all those fabulous size six shoes on the sales rack!


ACEO Easter Bonnet #2

aceo-easter-bonnet2This is a new 2.5″x3.5″ mixed media painting I did today.

This piece is available on etsy.

ACEO Easter Bonnet

aceo-easter-bonnet-1This a new painting I did today.  It is a 2.5″x3.5″ mixed media painting on 100% archival rag paper.


Circus Girl and Lion Study (ACEO)


This is an ACEO study I did today of Circus Girl lying against the lion’s mane.


ACEO Beijing Meow

beijing-meowThis is  a study of our cat, Beijing Meow.

Marlene Dietrich

marlene-dietrichHere she is.  What can I say ?  She was so amazing!  Look at those lids!

This painting is available.


Jean Harlow

aceo-jean-harlowThis is an original mixed media ACEO of the fabulous Jean Harlow.  She was the original blonde bombshell and died way to young.  Isn’t she amazing?

Boy am I ever having fun with this new series.  I am loving the research.  So many of these great stars did live long lives (not always happy.) But some, like Jean didn’t even make into her thirties and yet, look at the impact she made on the world!  People still love her to this day.


Creating ACEOs With Planet Norwood

The other day I volunteered at  Planet Norwood, an after school care program that my daughter Imogen attends.  We created ACEO (art collections, originals and editions).

I was a bit worried at first.

I really resisted telling them what to paint.  I wanted this project to be about creating there own ‘thing’ but the initial blank stares made me panic a little. (I admit, I started to sweat ). But then, the light went on for one and then another and then another until they were all working away on their tiny little works of art.

It was  amazing, they all did totally different things.  Pencil drawings, paint, collage, you name it.   Many children that don’t even  do crafts, worked on this with me, cool huh?

I also brought plastic sleeves for them to put their final piece in. That really got them excited.  They all worked extra hard to finish what they were doing  just so they would be able to  put in a plastic sleeve.  It  made me realize that, like framing art, it took the art that they were doing to another level.  It raised it to something more precious, a keepsake, something important. I don’t know if I have ever realized how important that is to a kid.   Oh, the power of one plastic sleeve!

This is an ACEO that my  five year old daughter Imogen did. aceo-imogens

ACEO Torrent/Greta Garbo


This painting is of the wonderful Greta Garbo in the silent film ‘Torrent’ from 1926. Don’t you just love the black and white striped fur coat? So art deco! It is kind of a sad tale, giving Garbo lots of reason to lift those heavy lidded eyes to the heavens. This still is of the final shot in the film.

This painting is available on ebay

IF ‘Climbing’- Watching The High Wire Act

waching-the-hire-wire Even climbing the ladder gave Circus Girl butterflies.