Life stories

There is a kind of drama in black and white drawings—I think the contrast between dense black and bright white brings to mind edges and extremes. And the gray that shows up between or surrounding those clearly defined areas can soften and unite those differences. Working with different black and white media is always a discovery for me: how does the paper respond to the medium?...where does the stuff stick?...what does erasing do? All of those questions, when answered, create a story. 

These are all small drawings on paper—I think they create a feeling of intimacy and a miniature view of the world.

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A lost dream (DRW171)
powdered graphite, charcoal, pencil on paper
6.5 x 6.5
A moment to collect myself (DRW178) (sold)
powdered graphite and charcoal on paper
6.5 x 6.5
Eyes closed, imagining rain (DRW172) (sold)
powdered graphite, charcoal, pencil on paper
6.5 x 6.5
Falling towards earth in a tangle (DRW184)
powdered graphite and charcoal on paper
6.5 x 6.5
Hanging on to the wind (DRW173)
powdered graphite, charcoal, and pencil on paper
6.5 x 6.5
Held in place, gently (DRW209)
powdered graphite and charcoal on paper
6.5 x 6.5
Interrupted by an oblique thought (DRW183)
powdered graphite, ink, and charcoal on paper
6.5 x 6.5
Iowa's child, snow fence in winter (DRW211)
powdered graphite and charcoal on paper
6.5 x 6.5
Barely leaning over the edge (DRW318)
powdered graphite and charcoal on paper
6.5 x 6.5
Regarding the abyss (DRW174)
powdered graphite, pencil, and charcoal on paper
6.5 x 6.5
Deep roots (DRW182)
powdered graphite and charcoal on paper
6.5 x 6.5
Tiny threads to keep us safe (DRW210)
powdered graphite and charcoal on paper
6.5 x 6.5

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