“What is a topographic map?”
6″ x 4″ x 2″
Ceramic, paper, ink, collaged maps, jute, pencil

“What is a topographic map? “ folds out into a two-sided map that contains a drawing of rocks collected from many yearly walks and hikes. The rock path is filled with a network of mapped locations we have been or places we will go. Hills and valleys are encountered and necessarily navigated throughout the journey.

  • "What is a topographic map?"

  • "What is a topographic map?"

  • "What is a topographic map?"

  • "What is a topographic map?"

  • "What is a topographic map?"

  • "What is a topographic map?""What is a topographic map?"


“Are You Here”
10″ x 7.5″ x 6″
Oak gall, stone, mellaluca paper bark, hemp, collage,raw silk

“Are you here” is based on a the Japanese landscape design technique that is used to partially hide a part of a landscape to build anticipation for a fantastic view as you continue down a path. Synonyms for the antonym Hide and Reveal are collaged from old travel guides onto melaleuca bark and held together by weight and gravity of the stone covers.


“Sticks & Stones”
5″ x 8″ x 8″
coptic binding, handmade paper, ink, bark, collage, raw silk

While walking along a wooded road, on the ground there are objects to pick up and examine. The objects are markers.  On paper I trace around them, end to end they begin to form a path and the path continues into the folds of the paper, down into the valleys and up along the ridges. As the path opens up and closes, parts become hidden behind other pages. Attached to the path are pieces of maps of places I have been or I will go.


5″ x 7″ x 9.5″
schist, leather, found wooden board, hemp, cotton, ink, hemp, collage, raw silk

I turn a found blue schist rock around and around in my hands. Every angle and view reveals the beautiful form. I trace around the contour of these views onto paper and it now becomes a story of the rock tumbling around the page. Synonyms for the word “Tumble” are collaged on each page with text from old travel guides.


“Sticks & Rocks”
4″ x 6″ x 10″
blackwood acacia, cotton, hemp, dirt, graphite, walnut ink, watercolor, raw silk

Looking for and using the most elemental materials seems to be a logical and an organic way to tell a metaphorical story in the natural world. Landslide materials slide down the page and leave an earthen stain. Later, sticks and rocks found along a wooded trail are traced onto paper and a map of the experience emerges.


“You Are Here”
5″ x 6″ x 7″
birch, glacophane schist, cotton paper, ink, metal, redwood, hemp, redwood, raw silk

As the pages are turned you move through the drawn landscape reading a calming mantra as each page contains a different synonym for “wooded sanctuary”.


“Maps For Recreation”
4.5″ x 3″ x 3″
coptic binding, redwood, handmade paper, collage

A streak of lightening or a very fast path made by insects across a piece of redwood informed the text and images.


“Handbook For Travelers”
4.5″ x 3″ x 3″
coptic binding, redwood, handmade paper, collage

Inspired by the wood carvings by beetles revealed under a piece of redwood bark we thought about the fantastic journeys of insects. The book starts with the word “roam” and continues with related synonyms.


“Anita & Mabel”
2″ x 12″ x 12″ and 2.5″ x 6″ x 6″
redwood, leather, Ink on Cotton, raw silk

I run my hands around the bark of a large redwood tree and am struck with the deeply notched and scalloped texture.  With a contour tool I trace around the base and transfer the topography to paper, making a map of the surface. The resulting drawing feels like images of sound waves, rivers or  heart beats.

Anita and Mabel are two sisters who designed and donated a beautiful garden. To honor them I named two redwood trees for them, Anita being the largest tree with a diameter of 55” and her nearby little sister Mabel of 32”.


“Bark Book”
6″ x 11″ x 7″
Mellaluca bark, Stone Pine bark, cord, leather nails, coptic binding

We find things on the ground.  The thing’s texture, form, color or reminiscence of another form begins a process of developing  a story. The story can be fictional, non fictional, or poetic.  “Bark Book” started with fallen sheets of mellaluca bark that had peeled from its trunk then dropped to the ground and lay folded like pages of a book. The poetic text and the image of landscape seems to be already imbedded in the bark. Adding to it would be superfluous. The cover of “Bark Book” is of pine bark from a tree that had fallen a year before. The book is bound in a hybrid binding bound with natural materials.

“The Big Book”
18″ x 24″ x 8″
mixed media: painting, printing, collage, photography, attached objects

The Big Book is made up of twelve collaged spreads that represent the twelve months of a bird’s year and illustrate the events that take place in that year, such as, migrating and nest building.

  • "The Big Book" - 18" x 24" x 8" - 1998

  • "The Big Book" - 18" x 24" x 8" - 1998