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This website is a portfolio of my work in collage and altered art. 
( I usually post once a week on Sundays...but no promises. )
All art work is created by me (Unless otherwise indicated)
and I hold the copyrights
Use of my artwork, without my permission, is prohibited. 



I see beauty in everyday objects from the past and like to re-purpose them in  artful ways in my pieces. A trio of old door knobs, well worn from all that opening and shutting, the patina is perfect.An ordinary document, for the sale of a parcel of land, so beautifully written, on parchment paper.

manuscript notarié dated in 1800s found at les puces de Vanves, Paris

The Discovery, The Pender, The Cowichan and The Chelland

More Driftwood boats featuring vintage charts of local waters and small found objects from my collection. The driftwood was salvaged from local beaches on Vancouver Island.

Sail Past ( Background in my Encaustic piece Global Warming)

The Discovery I SOLD to Alys 🙂

The Cowichan comissioned by Jack for Eric and Michelle
The Clelland Island ( available)
The Pender ( SOLD)

The ephemera: vintage nautical charts of the West Coast of Canada

The found objects: driftwood, antique silk yarn; antique cloth flags; ; vintage brass buttons, vintage keys, vintage screen tacks;antique square head nails.

The Galiano

For my cousin Susan. Our grand-parents were siblings and they lived in Spotlight Cove on North Galiano Island on the West Coast of Canada. Our parents grew up there. Our family lived on Galiano through two world wars and the great depression and into the early 1980s. We all hold fond memories of this special place.

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The Galiano

The ephemera: Vintage Chart of Trincomali Channel featuring North Galiano, Spotlight Cove and Porlier Pass.

The found objects: vintage key, vintage brass buttons, antique nail and silk thread, and tiny antique flag.

Size: 15 inches tall by 12 inches long.

The Montague

For my brother Jack, featuring our father’s vintage charts, full of memories of our childhood cruising haunts: Montague Harbour, Active Pass, Prevost Island, Wallace Island, Pirate’s cove, Porlier Pass, Blackberry Point and Spotlight Cove. The found objects are nautical items that belonged to our father: vintage key fobs of propeller and an anchor and his power squadron pin from when he was the Commander of the local group. We were fortunate indeed.

The Montague

The Hornby

She may not be able to go adventuring right now but she can build her own ship and imagine voyages not yet taken.

Sold to Pippa 🙂

Ship number one of a series of the Pacific Coastal Waters of Canada.

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The Hornby

The ephemera : Vintage charts of the waters around Hornby Island.

The found objects: driftwood, vintage silk yarn, antique key, antique heel tack, antique brass button, antique tiny flag, vintage glass beads, garden twigs, vintage washers.

Size: 15 inches tall by 12 inches long.

Navigating this life with You

From the deepest ocean to the starry skies and all the special places in between, I will navigate the fair weather and the storms of this life with you.

A wedding gift for a dear friend Jenny. 🙂

The ephemera: vintage atlas maps, antique letters and receipts, vintage stamps.

The found objects: tiny vintage globe, small vintage flag, tiny heart charm, tiny pewter star

Size 24 by 30 inches

Moonlight Storm

Lashing and slashing and crashing of waves unrelenting throughout the night

The moon was the only light

To guide them home to Nell’s bight.

Moonlight Storm

The ephemera: vintage atlas maps

The found objects: rare vintage metal moon globe

Size: 18 inches by 32 inches

Covid Corvids

Three Corvids dealing with Covid in their own ways.

Quarantined Corvid rattling the quarantine cage, to seek the gifts and growth it could bring

Corvid was on the fence. How to proceed? What was the best course of action moving forward?

Isolation Corvid. He was social isolating for the greater good. These were strange times but he understood the interconnection was stronger than ever as they pulled alone and yet together.

The ephemera: Photos of corvids ; vintage images of the moon and a bird’s nest; reproductions of antique documents with trees in winter.

Size 7 inches by 7 inches

Apothecary

The cabinet held more than mere curiosities. There were generations of knowledge languishing here, not quite faded from their collective memory. Frankincense, Myrrh, Quill, Quartz, Poppy, Amber, Bone, Bark, Leaf, Petal, Seed…and more seemingly peculiar potions and remedies of the healing arts. Unbeknownst to them, there would soon come a time where they would be glad of this preserved wisdom.

The found objects: Printers tray, anagram letters, bird bones, bees wax, seed pods, feathers, spool, parchment, deer toe, minerals, frankincense, myrrh, rose petals, vials, antique boxes, lavender, pen quills, antique key, antique medal, horse tooth, chiton, porcupine quills, antique silk, antique nails, spices, antique apothecary labels, sea urchin spines and shell, fish jaw, leaf, quail egg, antique labels, snail shell.

Colour Chart

She loved paint colours, especially the names. When she couldn’t find the exact colours she was looking for, she rolled up her sleeves and made them herself. The best part was choosing the names: pubic meeting, bacon, manitoba, feminism….

The ephemera: nicked paint chips; snippets from a 1901 ledger and paint names from a 1930s dictionary.

Found Objects: antique printer’s tray

Octopus Ink

Pen to ink, he scribbled late into the night…everyone has at least one novel in them, and he was determined to finish his.

SOLD at the Fall Studio Tour 🙂

Octopus Ink

The ephemera: original Antique dictionary page; orginal vintage map; original antique illustration of ink bottle; high quality reproduction of Natural history illustration of an Octopus.

The found objects: two antique pen nibs

A trio of Cuttles

The trio went their seperate ways headed for a life of adventure. One headed for Paris, the other to the South Seas and the third was roaming the globe. The would meet up again one day, of that you could be sure.

The ephemera: Vintage Atlas Maps from the 1940s; high quality reproductions of Natural History illustrations of Cuttle Fish.

Size: 5 inches by 5 inches

The Star Making Machine

Queenie was caught up in the Star making Machine called Hollywood.

Would she make it through unscathed.

The Star Making Machine

The ephemera: Original legal document from 1800s; vintage photo.

The found objects: vintage watch movement; tiny vintage metal stars; vintage zinc letter Q; parts from an antique royal typewriter.

Size 7 inches by 7 inches.

Hermione

Hermione had locked up all her secrets but she could not bear to throw away the key.

Hermione

The ephemera: Original Antique French Document from 1800s; vintage phone printed on one hundred percent cotton photo rag paper.

The found objects: antique key, small vintage padlock; parts from a 1924 antique royal typewriter; tiny vintage automotive light bulb; tiny vintage metal star, vintage cog, vintage washer.

Size: 7 inches by 7 inches

George in the Lab

George had spent so many hours at work that he had become a fixture in the lab.

George in the Lab

Sometimes the possibilities seem endless…here is a short slide show of some of the Georges that did not make the cut.

The ephemera: Original vintage ledger page from 1902 and high quality reproduction of antique portrait drawing.

The found objects: antique stop watch; antique royal typewriter parts; antique optical lens; watch parts; antique pen nib; vintage watch vials with tiny rat bones; old fuse, tiny roller.

Size: 7 inches by 7 inches

Phénomènes Mécaniques

Modifications are all in place, ready for action!

The ephemera: original school book page from 1896; high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of a squid.

Found objects: vintage automotive light bulb; antique pen nib; tiny watch gears; vintage royal typewriter parts: antique glass doll eye.

In the Vicinity of Georgia Strait

While he was in the Vicinity he thought he would set Georgia straight!

SOLD to Zabrina 🙂

The ephemera: Original Vintage chart of Georgia Strait; high quality reproduction of a Natural History illustration of a Cuttlefish.

The found objects: antique glass doll eye; Vintage watch casing, movements and various gears; Royal typewriter striking key and other type writer bits.

Size: 7 inches by 7 inches