Found objects make up much of my still life material.

Sometimes when I have them arranged for a still life, found objects take on a life of their own. Something about the combination appears funny, profound, or eccentric. Some found objects capture my imagination.

For example, my little brass armadillo is, to me, a wonderful creature. I wanted to give him a job that would match his oddball personality. The handful of old keys felt weighty and serious, so I tied bright ribbons to them. Then, to honor his dignified status as their guardian, I put him on a fancy, formal piece of table linen. The result is my personal homage to a favorite found object.


A Tiny Armadillo Guards My Keys, colored pencil on paper, 14"w x 11"h

The next example features two unrelated found objects, tied together for?a?starring role in a pen and ink drawing.??The?old lamp and the tangled wire were half buried in the dirt outside my cabin studio in Alaska. They got together to make a visual pun. I am sure you will get it!


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Where There's Smoke, ?7.25" x 10.5"
Pen and Ink on Paper


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