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
A love of antique photography spurred my Discarded series of works. I love antique stores and through the years I’ve often found myself sifting through bins filled with an array of formal portraits, family snap shots, polaroids, class photos, all mixed up, transfixed by the faces. Who are these people? What were their lives like? What happened to these families? And how did all these photos end up disposessed in a bin mixed with hundreds of other familes, on sale for a quarter apiece? I decided to start a series of paintings featuring these images, to give them new life and meaning. I’ve worked in multiple mediums for this series, including transparent watercolor, encaustic and collage.