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"Polaris No. 2 (Phases)"

Updated: Jan 29

In “Phases”, the figure cradles the full moon in her hands. She gazes down at the phases that have come before it and the ones she will see again... She considers the ebb and flow of life’s seasons, big and small. Circular designs in the background echo the reference points in a map… a nod to the “North Star” and the guidance sought along one’s journey.

After the beginning concept is decided and the idea is sketched out, my pieces always begin with the charcoal drawing. It is the center of the work and the foundation for the design. Following the charcoal, I painted the pastel and charcoal moon phases and the watercolor and pastel background. The final elements were the metal leaf details and the circular pencil work. These multiple layers and the spontaneous choices for the finished details are a very organic process as the work nears completion. Within the boundaries of the frame design, the artwork is suspended on a black background in a direct reference to space.

Polaris No. 2 (Phases)

charcoal, pastel, watercolor, and metal leaf on Canson mixed media board

20x16" artwork size, 30x25" framed



Polaris Solo Exhibition

Grand Bohemian Lodge Gallery

Falls Park, Greenville, SC

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