Artist Statement

What started off as a project sharing my thoughts about war quickly evolved into a larger conversation about parenting, motherhood, the evolution of ideas and realities of growing up, as well as the hypocrisy and understanding of what ironically happens to those lessons we learn from our parents as we become independent.  When exactly is the point when the lessons we learn as children, the lessons I teach my child, get lost and become something else, even something diametrically opposed to those lessons?

The Golden Years project juxtaposes the innocence of children’s literature with mass media imagery.  Each piece retains a strong piece of what we are taught as children (what we impose as parents to instill a strong moral compass, to live by the Golden Rule, ideas of how girls are supposed to behave and conduct themselves) in a reality that often doesn’t practice what it preaches.  The Golden Years confronts the irony and hypocrisy of how those life lessons are contorted, ignored, forgotten, or discarded as we age; and begs the question, Why?


That's my fancy-pants description of The Golden Years series {above} but really, each one of these pieces is my way of dealing with issues that affect my daily life, that irk the comfy feeling from me, that keep me awake at night or in long confusing conversations with my daughter that begin with "Why" and end in "I know, it doesn't really make sense, does it?"  Life.  I try to find levity and humor in life but when I need a little extra help I am glad that there is a piece of art waiting to be piece itself together... to bring me back into the feeling of my golden years.


"The Children's Garden of Versus", 2016

"The Children's Garden of Versus", 2016

When I was sick and lay a-bed,
I had two pillow at my head,
And all my toys beside me lay
To keep me happy all the day.

And sometimes for an hour or so
I watched my leaden soldiers go,
With different uniforms and drills,
Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;

And sometimes sent my ships in fleets
All up and down among the sheets;
Or brought my trees and houses out,
And planted cities all about.

I was the giant great and still
That sits upon the pillow-hill,
And sees before him, dale and plain,
The pleasant land of counterpane.

(Text from A Little Golden Book's  A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Collage images via La Guardia, A Child's Garden of Verses illustrated by Eloise Wilkin, and My Home illustrated by ROFry )


"Nurse Nancy and the Paratroopers", 2016.

"Nurse Nancy and the Paratroopers", 2016.

"The damp cloth was nice and cool against the burning sting.  Soon the hurt had stopped.

"How do you feel now?" Nancy asked.

"Much better," said Tom, and he tried to smile.  But when he looked at the ugly cut, he could not quite manage a smile."

(Text by Kathryn Jackson, from Nurse Nancy, A Golden Book originally published in 1952.  Illustration by Corinne Malvern.)

"Babysitting", 2016

"Babysitting", 2016

"Our Last Hope", 2016

"Our Last Hope", 2016

"The Coast", 2016

"The Coast", 2016

"Ariel's Bad-Boy Phase", 2016.

"Ariel's Bad-Boy Phase", 2016.

"One day Triton learned about Ariel's trips to the surface.  The sea king grew very angry.  He asked his friend Sebastien the crab to keep an eye on Ariel."

 {Collage images taken from Vanity Fair and Disney's "The Little Mermaid".  Text from Disney's "The Little Mermaid", 1999.}

"Big Brother's Revenge", 2016.

"Big Brother's Revenge", 2016.

"Now the beach seemed to be full of people.

"My baby, my baby!" screamed a woman, scooping up her child."

(Images via La Guardia and Little Sister, illustrated by Eugenie.  Text via A Little Golden Book, Little Sister by Kathleen N. Daly, 1986.)

"The Dreamers", 2017.                                                                                                                                                                            {More here}

"The Dreamers", 2017.                                                                                                                                                                            {More here}

"In Bed with Kim and Kanye", 2017 Base image photo taken by Karl Lagerfeld for an interview by Laura Brown for Harper's Bazaar, September 2016.  GY image via Little Lies, Big Lies, a Golden Learn About Living book by Barbara Shook Hazen.  Illustration by Cathy Beylon.

"In Bed with Kim and Kanye", 2017

Base image photo taken by Karl Lagerfeld for an interview by Laura Brown for Harper's Bazaar, September 2016.  GY image via Little Lies, Big Lies, a Golden Learn About Living book by Barbara Shook Hazen.  Illustration by Cathy Beylon.

"Party Patrol", 2016

"Party Patrol", 2016

"The Battle of Annihilation", 2017

"The Battle of Annihilation", 2017

"The Only Real Competition", 2017

"The Only Real Competition", 2017