In my studio I am a dreamer and an alchemist. I take the found detritus of the street, the shore and the second hand. I collect the rusty, the worn, the tattered and torn. It sits on my art table and marinates – sometimes for days, sometimes for months, until the dream takes shape. I mix in canvas, paint, pastels, cheesecloth, paper – and all is transformed into mixed media collage and assemblage. Working with these materials, I have developed a fine sense of history and an empathy for the people who first used and touched the items. This has been especially poignant for me the last several months as I have worked on “The Pity of War” a solo show for the Allied Arts Gallery in Cambria. The collages and altered books in this exhibit focus on the two world wars; the WWI poets , the Holocaust , and the bravery and resiliency of civilian populations.