This series was born as I attempted a challenge for the Day of the Dead by Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine. My dear husband had recently been on a business trip to Berlin and had taken some fascinating photos of skulls engraved into gothic churches in Berlin. Some of the skulls adorned doorways and others were beneath angels and some donning bat wings. It seems strange to my Western eyes that skulls would be part of a Christian church d├ęcor. However, death and reminders of death were probably part of the reality of living back then. Our American way of idolizing youth and “cheating” death keeps us from looking death fully in the face. These pieces were admittedly uncomfortable for me to process, even though I am a hospice nurse who deals with death on a weekly basis. Death is part of life and as a follower of Christ I know that I will live eternally with Him as the scripture says, “O death, where is your victory? O death where is your sting?” 1 Co 15:15. So I took these skulls and added some levity to them through paint and ink. They remind me of lifes impermanence and deaths escort to Eternity. They will be going to Matter Gallery in Olympia, WA.

Balancing Act

Balancing Act

The Sketch

The Sketch


This piece started as a sketch in an altered book.. a woman teetering along on suspended platforms in a sheer skirt. She appeared vulnerable, and brave at the same time. This piece is painted over an old piece I had painted in a class several years ago. I found the piece when I was cleaning up my studio and decided it needed a remake. I thought I would try a reductive style and put my woman in the center. As I began adding in blocks of color the curtains appeared! And then the skirt turned more into a ballet/ circus costume and the woman was awaiting the opening of the curtains to start her”Act”. I find that in life it is the same… we can find a balance between what was and what can be and with Gods help it can be even more beautiful and exciting than we ever dreamed!

Here are the two finished pieces from our 5 sessions of art making! It was such an honor to walk the staff and volunteers of Evergreen Hospice through the process of telling their stories through art! They painted all the fabric in the pieces and journaled on everything from- what brought you to hospice, why do you stay at hospice, best memory of working with hospice, wishes for their patients journey, to.. if you had a magic pouch and could pull anything from it to amuse and distract your patients what would that be. I then took all the prepared fabric and assembled it and quilted it. The pieces both reflect the heart and soul of the hospice worker! ‘Love Enfolds you’ will be hung at the Evergreen hospice center, and ‘Hearts and Hands’ will be hung in the staffing area so that the staff can see it when they do their charting and behind the scenes work!

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Colorful Tag by Mary B. Peterson

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