Collage is a medium that I have discovered fairly recently. Once I started experimenting with it, I realized how much it resonated with me. It’s a medium that draws forth a deep hidden intuition. I believe my best work comes when I turn my mind off and work from pure instinct and emotion. I have found that there are consistent themes that come up when I work: nostalgia, the roles women play and have played in society, and a love of cool neutral colors.
The name Musing Women is a play on words. Retro images of women from magazines and books are among my muses. I enjoy the juxtaposition between traditional images of women in the past and a modern or abstract field.
I have been drawn to artistic practices most of my life, even though I have had an eclectic professional life. I have a degree in Art History from the University of Michigan, and then later, I obtained a Bachelors Degree in Nursing. I have had many careers throughout my life. I was born in Detroit but have lived in Traverse City for 23 years.
Art had woven its way into my life throughout, but my love of paper is always a part of it. My medium is paper and glue. I love anything old: vintage magazines, antique books, old postage stamps, and paper ephemera of all kinds. I mostly use a watercolor paper substrate for my pieces, but I will also experiment with cardboard and old book covers.
Thanks for checking out my work! I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy making it.