Friday, December 30, 2011


"upper rt central incisor crowned" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

I have decided to move forward with images of prisoners. The original photo was found on in the collection McNeil Island, Washington, U.S. Penitentiary, Photos and Records of Prisoners Received, 1875-1939.

This is Bunkichi Ouchi, sentenced to two and one half years for counterfeiting national bank notes.

The titles of the pieces in this series are based on the detailed dental descriptions found in their prison records.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


"lower left 2nd bicuspid missing" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

I am experimenting with some archived images of prisoners, mostly from Seattle in the early 1920s. This is John Wyllie, sentenced to one year and one day for violation of the Harrison Narcotics Act.


The fall 2011 postcard collective images have been posted. A very nice collection of cards and some talented artists (mine is number 22) take a look.

Friday, December 16, 2011


"saoirse", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches

 This is Saoirse, she lives across the street.

Thursday, December 15, 2011


Happy Holidays to all. For a detailed explanation of the pastiche this year please look at the holiday archive at the wren and the mistletoe.

Sunday, November 20, 2011


"chicken wings revisited", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches

I used these women once for a gocco print which I printed on magazine pages, originally on one that had a recipe for chicken wings. So, that was the original name for them. I just don't think anything else would be fitting after that.

Monday, November 14, 2011


"our dad took our dog away", acrylic on canvas, 6 x 6 inches

And original small version, acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches.


"we buried him yesterday", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches

More to come in the next round of larger interpretations. See whole body of work on flickr.


"they were only pretty for a short time", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches

Now that there are ten pieces in this series I will need to concentrate on making each one into a six inch canvas.

See the whole series on flickr.

Sunday, November 13, 2011


"antigone and ismene", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches

Jake had no idea where I got the original photographs and tonight he commented "They look like upstate (NY)." And that is exactly where they are from... Buffalo. Funny that he picked up on that.

"andreas never told her he had other children", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches

Monday, October 31, 2011


"little did they know there was a harem in the basement", acrylic on canvas, 6 x 6 inches

This image has a strong connection for me in the faces of the workers, I was compelled to make the larger version right away, continuing with the series of very small to small to medium, gradually abstracting and zooming in as the size increases.

Friday, October 28, 2011


"little did they know there was a harem in the basement", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches

This is what the woman who owns the house that used to belong to my mother's family told us when we went to visit her in greece.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


The latest ABAD (A Book About Death) show is opening in Seattle on November 11, 2011. This is my entry. Since dreaming about teeth indicates some sort of death (or so I am told) they seemed significant to go with the photo of a band of high school boys from an old yearbook.

I also have all my postcards ready for the postcard collective mailing. I decided to blow up one of my recent paintings on the front of the postcard and then on each back do an individual design with tape, stickers and colored pencils. I am looking forward to seeing what the other artists are sending.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


"she left us alone too long", acrylic on canvas, 6 x 6 inches

I am continuing with the larger interpretation in the small clann  series based on the original 2.5 x 2.5 inch image (on the left).


"the dance was in her blood", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches

See more of the series on flickr.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


"she wasn't there when santos died", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches

See more of the series on flickr.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


"she looked at me oddly", collage on paper, 4 x 6 inches

In this series of collages I am exploring the relationship between discrimination, color and age by using the pages from Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, superimposing the "invisible" bodies of the highly fashioned models and over printing with clear varnish.

Created for a collage exchange at IMCAC (International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction) one of which will be retained in their permanent collection.

See more on flickr.

Friday, September 23, 2011


"she didn't feel like smiling", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches

See more of the series on flickr.

Sunday, September 18, 2011


"he forgot me", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches


"money matters", acrylic on canvas, 6 x 6 inches

To push the abstraction of the small clann paintings I want to blow them up to six inch canvases and repaint them, and after that further experiment with a large rectangular zoom repainted with larger brushes. This is the first blow up in the series. I also cropped and flopped it.


"eleanor", acrylic on canvas, 6 x 6 inches

Here is the final painting of Eleanor on canvas. I used the original photo, did a quick study and then did a more detailed final (see progression below).

Thursday, September 15, 2011


"she waited a long time", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches

New series featuring images found in the same photo album from upstate New York.

Today I painted these two small images and two larger versions (of previously painted miniatures) on 6 x 6 inch canvases.

"conspiracy theory", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches

Friday, September 2, 2011


"she always knew" collage on photopaper, ink, acrylic paint and vintage paper. 6 x 4 inches. 

Portrait of Mary C. Leto. Things that are pertinent: pieces of wallpaper, parts of books, library stamps, wooden letters, 40s cross stitch, hollander beater,  and "the nun story, an ancient legend."

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


  "just one push", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches

 "it was an accident", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches

See more paintings in this series on flickr.


 "she always knew" (detail), acrylic on photopaper, 6 x 4 inches

 This piece is not yet finished. I would like to do some collage with it. Things that have some meaning for us. This will take some thought.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


 "they left the dust bowl behind", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches

"she dreamed of being in a movie one day", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches

See more paintings in this series on flickr.

Saturday, August 13, 2011


"Over Cs" collage on cardboard, ink, acrylic paint and vintage paper. 7 3/4 x 5 inches.

I found some wonderful manuals from an Italian correspondence school that serve as my background and inspiration to this latest collage and painting. An old map of Rome, an Italian postage stamp and a photo form the base of this assemblage. I am also enjoying painting these little portraits.

The National Collage Society is hosting its online juried exhibition soon, this is my entry.

Entry Deadline: has been extended to Friday, September 2nd
Exhibit Dates: November 1, 2011 to October 31, 2012

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


accordion book, collage on paper with colored pencil, 6 x 6 inches

23 Sandy Gallery in Portland is exhibiting Uncommon Threads: The Handicrafts in Book Arts from September 23 through October 29. The call for entries is open until this Saturday. As the name indicates the show will focus on books incorporating or telling about hand crafting materials and techniques. It is a juried show so I don't know if my book will make it in yet, but this is my submission. I used parts of a McCall needlework book, and the actual pages and color chart from pattern No. 737 of cross-stitched flowers.

As I am inclined to making things relate, I had to find an interesting story about "threads". My thoughts wandered from threads to ties then family ties and somehow landed on kidnapping. In searching the archives I came upon a very biased presentation of two Irish women trying to get their orphaned, young relation back from the care of one Mrs. Huntington, Protestant. Also included is some text from an old history book telling about the resentment towards Irish and German Catholic immigrants, who were the brunt of deep prejudice during the mid 1800s.

The very long title of the piece is "No. 737 McCall Color Chart or another attempt to kidnap an IRISH girl suspected of protestantism."

accordion book, collage on paper with colored pencil, 6 x 6 inches

Friday, July 22, 2011


portrait of eleanor, 3 x 3 inches, arcrylic on photo paper

This is Eleanor. She is my friend Anne's daughter. Sometimes we have coffee together on Sunday mornings, not Eleanor, she usually has juice or milk. Eleanor says my name quite emphatically "Hi Pat!" with the heaviest placement on the T. Here is my first tiny sketch of her, I will be working on a larger portrait, but only 6 x 6 inches, on canvas soon.

Thursday, July 21, 2011


Back in April I was bitten by an urge to create a tiny book in a typewriter ribbon tin. I just couldn't stop there because I loved the feel of these vintage containers, and they are small and manageable and somewhat mysterious to me. They have a history too, where they were made, who they belonged to.

Tin Typed Books, "Webster" includes an original story called "Word Boy" written by Shari Bombeck.

Collecting an assortment of tins lead me to think that I could create containers with stories inside the box that originally contained the ribbon, which was needed to make the text that not so long ago was the modern way to write.

I showed them to my friend, artist and writer Shari Bombeck, who was inspired to write a story for one of them. I then "illustrated" the story with vintage movie stills. This tin's cover was called The Webster, so Shari's story, "Word Boy", has a connection to the familiar lexicon:
Noah, such a simple boy wonders how he will ever get to the castle and win the heart of princess Sophia. Now his plan seems stupid. Yeah sure, go home and try to memorize a page of the dictionary.
It is finished with collaged text right out of Webster's to create the front and back covers of this accordion book.

Tin Typed Books, "Panama"

There are five so far, some of which were based on the illustration and paintings you have seen in earlier posts. Tin Typed Books title "Panama" features previous paintings on photos reproduced along with bits of memorabilia from that Central American country.

Each container is 2.5 x 2.5 x 0.625 inches, the actual books measure 2.25 x 2.25. They are all for sale on ETSY. With additional photos on flickr.

Tin Typed Books, "The Bronx", features reproductions of original watercolor sketches with historical reference to the Revolutionary War

Tin Typed Books, "Mayor No Match For Girl Typist" you've seen this one before

Tin Typed Books, "Typewriter", features 21 vintage typewriter illustrations

Friday, July 15, 2011


"money matters", acrylic on photopaper

Another set of paintings in the tiny art collection of books due to launch on July 21st will include replicas of these little acrylic paintings that I did by copying vintage photos, reprinting them on photo paper to the desired size (for this project 2.25 x 2.25 inches) and then painting them. 

See more paintings in this series on flickr.

"there were several photographs there", acrylic on photopaper

Friday, July 1, 2011


King's Bridge, water color and pen on paper, 3x3 inch.

Tiny art in tiny packaging. I am working on a new series of book projects launching July 21st that will include these little water-colored sketches of life in the Bronx from the late 17th century. This is one of them.

Did you know that the first European settler to buy land in what is now known as Westchester County in New York was Jonas Bronck and that is why we say "the Bronx" when referring to that borough, since back then if you were going there, you were going to visit the Bronck's.

More sketches on flickr.

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Received a piece of mail art from i'm a super hero and made this in reply.

old knitting instructions, children's book pages, jam label and stencil, collage on paint swatch, "red wild cherry"

And then in a 4x4 collaboration with 3 other IUOMA artists, Imelda Wubben, Sharon Silverman and Fleur Helsingor,  I created this for my section.

(detail) photo-copy child's report card from Hungary, stamp from Belgium, stencil and rub-on. collage on cardboard, 3x3 inch, "#29"

Sunday, June 12, 2011



This is my entry for the corresponding Seoul, Korea SECREt eXCHANGE, organized by the artist Terry Reid.

Another major exhibition that involves cultural exchanges “Tell Me Tell Me: Korean and Australian Art 1976-2011” will travel to the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Gwacheon [Korea] this November. The show to celebrate the Korean-Australian year of friendship is set to kick off a 3-month run at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, in June.
(source) home stay korea