Three New Accordion Books

February 4th, 2010

I have finished three new books and put detailed page shots here on the webpage:
While I was in Italy, I became curious about the use of the fig leaf, so I created this first book about its history in art.
The other two books were inspired by a recent trip to Ireland. The coasts of this small country are especially beautiful, as can be seen in Irish Bramble.
On a rainy day I visited Glendalough with its sixth century monastery. The Round Tower is based on the belief that it provided protection to the monks from Viking invaders.round-open.jpg


January 9th, 2010

persephone.jpgIn the myth of Persephone, the seasons are explained.
Hades captured Persephone while she was picking flowers and took her to the underworld. Her grieving mother Demeter caused all vegetation to die unless she was returned, but Persephone had eaten some pomegranite seeds while in the underworld, and was only allowed to return in the spring and summer . These two leatherbound accordions are filled with collages that show her descent to the underworld where she is surrounded by artificial and stone flowers, and then her return to the fertile earth. In this cold winter, the myth seems more appropriate than ever.persephone1.jpg
persephone2.jpg To find out more about the book visit:

Porta Colonia, a triple accordion book.

December 27th, 2009

What better way to pass a long snowy weekend than to think about a walk that I took in Cortona, Italy? I have just completed a leather bound, triple accordion style book. When standing open it suggests the hilly landscape above the town of Cortona just around the Porta Colonia.

Midsummer Botanical shown in “The Beautiful Book”

December 15th, 2009

This book has been shown at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, and now at Abecedarian Gallery through December 19. They have a full catalog of the exhibition available.

Installation view of Return Trips at PULSE, Miami

December 7th, 2009

This suite of prints from Return Trips was on view at PULSE in Miami the first weekend in December at Rick Wester Fine Art. You can see more of these images on my website here:


Books made in Italy

November 16th, 2009

I have recently complete four new books while teaching in Cortona, Italy. Two are based on famous women: Eve and Venus. The other two are sculptural accordion books that represent the up and downhill climbs in this medieval walled city.

New Italian Botanical Published

November 3rd, 2009

Recently, I finished my fourth botanical book. This one features the wildflowers found in Tuscany in late summer. Summer’s End: The Wildflowers of Italy It is available for $28 from here:

My Bookbinding classes in Cortona

October 9th, 2009

cortonaafternoonclss1.jpgcortonamorningclass.jpgI am having a wonderful time teaching for the University of Georgia’s Study Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy. These are my students after our second crit. I will be putting their work on my website when I return to the USA in November.

I’m off to Cortona, Italy for three months to teach bookbinding.

August 24th, 2009

I will be teaching a semester for the University of Georgia’s Study Abroad program in Cortona, Italy. I have two sections of book arts to teach and will also be going on field trips to different hill towns every Saturday. Back in the states by Thanksgiving.When possible, I will be updating this page. Here is a link to their program:

Heartland Summer: An Artist’s Guide to the Wildflowers of Illinois

August 14th, 2009

Another botanical book is done and these are a few of the 88 pages. It is available for $28 from here:

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