For this piece, I imagined I was standing on a bridge, looking down at the water’s surface. Lily pads, water lilies and critters live on the sparkling ripples while colorful stones are reflected through the water.

Along the Fence

When we think about our roots we think about the house we grew up in, our family members and the location of the family home. For me those thoughts take me back to a farm in central Iowa where pink, white and red hollyhocks grew along the fence.

The First Day

While driving through the upper Midwest in early winter I was stuck by the abundance of birch trees and the silent peace of the woods. (Mounted on felt.)


This piece started as an experimentation with lamination.

Autumn Colors

The color wheel of seasons turns to the warm side of the wheel in the autumn.  Rich reds, tangy oranges, golden yellows and soft browns flutter through the air.  As the colorful leaves float to the ground, tree branches are left barren, foretelling the cool colors of winter.


This piece was created after researching Jackson Pollack’s work and reading art critics’ theories related to fractals seen in Pollack’s art.

The Promise

It was May in Iowa and snow was still piled up everywhere.  My sister looked out of her kitchen window and was surprised to see tree branches full of robins.  She snapped a picture and posted it on Facebook.  Even though we thought spring would never come, the robins promised it would.  My sister, LouAnn Nelson-Longnecker, kindly gave me permission to use her photo as inspiration for this piece.

Purple Was Her Color

Life’s puzzle begins simply as a child, each piece fitting together neatly and colored with the primary colors of mom, dad, and siblings.  Teenage relationships and marriage, symbolized by secondary colors, are added.  Tertiary colors represent family life with children, grandchildren and eventually great-grandchildren.  For those with Alzheimer’s, it is at this time in life that the puzzle pieces begin to misalign.  The color wheel of life, memories and people fade to white.

Spring Day

After a long cold winter, spring is heralded by tulips, bunnies, butterflies…….oh my!