IN THE PRICKLY PEAR, mixed media
2.girl on bowling ball, mixed media
Blocks, mixed media
5.coming in for the landing, mixed media 6.globetrotting,
mixed media 7.guardian
gods children need traveling shoes, mixed media 9.the
monarch queen, mixed media
trust, mixed media
mixed media 12.passages,
SALTED PEANUTS, mixed media
everywhere. The earth is throbbing with it. The plants, the
creatures, the ones we see. The ones we don’t. It’s like one big
Six weeks after my first child was born my beloved grandmother
unexpectedly died in my arms. The raw finality of my last moments
with her as she LEFT this world so greatly contrasted with my son’s
joyous entrance INTO it that I began to wonder how to celebrate life
while also deeply grieving for it.
After seven years of not making art I once again began to photograph
and paint. The result is a series called “rayzel’s angels.” At their
core they’re visual meditations on the human experience, childhood
whimsy, the passage of time, and the nonsensical nature of life.
They’re unconscious explorations of the thin realm that exists between
what we see and what we cannot.
Fairy tales, fables, and the surreal form the basis of my imagery
along with nineteenth-century portraits, letters, and odd bits of
ephemera. By digitally combining antique photographs, my own original
imagery and vintage ephemera I create multi-layered stories. They are
then further distressed and hand-colored using watercolor, colored
pencils, pastels, and graphite giving them a unique, painterly feel.
All images are printed on archival watercolor paper using the giclee
process. Images are available in sizes ranging from 8" x 10" up to
20" x 24.”