Saturday, February 11, 2012

Ongoing Clear Creek Project

This is part of my ongoing project of collecting pieces of wood from Clear Creek. This hollowed tree was ready to come down; it had been a home for woodpeckers and squirrels, we literally pushed it over. This is the top, about 6 feet long. This is at the acrylic stage, I use cheap acrylics first to decide on color and to fill in the rough parts of the wood.

This is a section, after a layer of oil paint.

The shape is exquisite. I chose the colors based on the waters of the creek, mossy greens, rich browns, reflected sky blues.

Then I added resin for shine. Shine is an important element in almost every piece in this collection.

Ultimately, I would like to light this from underneath. The light would shine through the knot holes. I want this collection to be observed in the dark and the light. Pieces that can be touched, sensual shapes with earthy colors, shiny watery surfaces with the lights on, and in darkness, the shapes of this once living organism can be appreciated separately.
The creek becomes a place where I am constantly hunting for natural shapes to transform.

Tree Mural

A quick project, this took two hours, I used chalk first as a guide. Acrylic

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Thursday, December 1, 2011

"Artists for Peace at Home" fundraising show

I'm excited about our show! We will have a wide variety of work. I am basically emptying my studio...unfortunately I can't post these pics to my blog because my laptop is dead.

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Check them out!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Artists for Peace at Home

I'm excited about this event! Peace at Home is a non-profit that helps women escape abusive situations. They provide emergency shelter and transitional housing. This is near and dear to my heart, since many of my works are influenced by my past experiences.
(Im still using my old wedding dress in some of my work.)

This sale will feature holiday gifts, paintings, photography from my sister Ashley King and collage from my other little sis, Trista McVey.
Jewelry from my super talented friend Holly Dupps Ertel! She uses a wide variety of materials in her line, each piece has an interesting story. You can check her out at :

On top of the wide variety of work, the great cause, we also have a great venue:
Tangelwood Branch Beer Company, on south school in Fayetteville. I work at Tanglewood on Thursdays and Saturdays. This is a place where I make a great effort to remember peoples names. We serve a rotating menu based on the Farmers Market, always fresh and gourmet! The best word to describe Tanglewood is "Cheers"
JT Wampler is the Beer Master and Owner, he will be brewing his own beer by the beginning of the year.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Lighted paintings

"New York" close-up, spray paint, enamel, polyurethane

"Buffalo River" lit from behind, spray paint, oils, polyurethane

"My Own Prison" Oil, polyurethane on my old wedding dress and lit from behind.
Vertical marks represent each year my ex-husband spends in prison. Draw in the center are herons, known for sacrificing for their offspring.

Clear Creek Installation

Metallic Acrylic on fallen tree in Clear Creek, Painted reclaimed wood in foreground.

Close-up of "Moon" enamel, spray paint, polyurethane

Long horn skull, mirror shards, in Clear Creek

Cow Pelvis, covered in my old wedding dress, pearl beads, resin