I started this blog a couple of years ago to improve my writing skills. Sometimes i think i am improving, mostly i am getting use to spell check and eye rolling, lot and lots of eye rolling. I was in college, in my late twenties, when i learned i had learning disabilities. The nice people at, The College of Marin Disabled Students Programs and Services,set me up with a tutor and i was able to start working on learning strategies. I spent a year of my life trying the prescribed meds and decided I felt better without them. My writing skills and all those who excelled in language arts, would just have to suffer.
The words I use in my pieces are mostly fragmented, misspelled words. They are often a mixture of upper and lower cases letters combining print and cursive. This is the way i wrote into my late twenties.
When i first moved to Missoula, 7 years ago, i rented a studio in The Ceretana Building on the north side of town. My studio was not well ventilated, so i decided to make the transition from oil painting on canvas, to works on paper. I started experimenting with graphite, crayons and printing processes. When i finished a series, i found there were often pieces i didn’t like as much as others. Rather than keeping pieces i was not fond of, i decided to use them as collage material. My studio quickly filled with "scraps".
I am very interested in keeping my ecological footprint small, so i carefully collected all the scraps and put them in boxes and drawers.
All the pieces created for “Small Works” are sewn, collaged and glued together scraps from past exhibitions.