Digital Medium • 5000×3750 px
This is a portait of my family, specifically my paternal grandmother (middle front row) and her parents and siblings. Gertrude Marie Weiner (nee Kamrath) was called "Honey" by her family, and she was the youngest of this large German-American family of masons living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. By the time I was born most of the people in this photo had passed away, only Grandma and Uncle Evie (standing behind her) lived past the age of 65. Grandma was a kind-hearted and gentle-natured woman. I remember her loud sneezes, her fastidious home, her sewing skills and the long list of delicious foods she would not eat. Grandma always had time for me. Love you and miss you, Grandma!
The Discarded Series
Antique snap shots spurred my Discarded series of works. Over years of browsing. I’d often find myself sifting through bins of black and whites, and polaroids, looking carefully at each person and wondering who they were, and how they ended up for sale like that. I decided to start a series of paintings featuring these images. I’ve worked in multiple mediums for this series, including transparent watercolor, encaustic and collage.