"Surrounded by a Sea of Blue"
       
     
"Summer"
       
     
"Held by the Light"
       
     
"Beneath the Bark"
       
     
"Sustain One Another"
       
     
"Breathe"
       
     
""Waiting"
       
     
"Follow"
       
     
"Onward"
       
     
"Fragile Strength"
       
     
"Community"
       
     
"Loving-Kindness"
       
     
"Outer"
       
     
"Vibration on the Forest Floor"
       
     
"Centered"
       
     
"Come Inside"
       
     
"Irridescence"
       
     
"Metamorphosis Before my Eyes"
       
     
"Go Within"
       
     
"Landing"
       
     
"Intertwined Are We"
       
     
"Delicate"
       
     
"Peer"
       
     
"Reliquary"
       
     
"Relections of Color"
       
     
"Quiet Emergence"
       
     
"In Need of Light"
       
     
"No Way But Through"
       
     
"Radiance"
       
     
"Morning in the Garden"
       
     
"Gratitude for the Harvest"
       
     
"Birth"
       
     
"Hollow"
       
     
"Changing Reflections"
       
     
"Pure Spirit"
       
     
"Immortalized"
       
     
"Through the Looking Glass"
       
     
"Tender"
       
     
"In the Quiet, You Hear"
       
     
"Weathered"
       
     
"Illumination"
       
     
"Radiant Fields"
       
     
"Spirals of the Sea"
       
     
"Emergence"
       
     
"Ephemeral Glow"
       
     
"Beauty and Loss"
       
     
"Lightness of Being"
       
     
"Embedded"
       
     
"Ethereal"
       
     
"Broccoli at its Finest"
       
     
"Jewel from the Sea"
       
     
"Layer at a Time"
       
     
"Breathless Discovery"
       
     
"Worn into Beauty"
       
     
"Surrounded by a Sea of Blue"
       
     
"Surrounded by a Sea of Blue"

Removed from the ocean and now immortalized in a college classroom, this shell was appreciated once more, softly enfolded in reflections of indigo and soft hues of both warm and cool colors. 

"Summer"
       
     
"Summer"

I was drawn into the luscious warmth of color in these flowers, reminded of the hues that my mother loved, and connected to her appreciation for beauty.  Such gifts we are presented with in nature's unending palette.

"Held by the Light"
       
     
"Held by the Light"

This photograph was taken following a long morning walk, in which I discovered a large pod, caught in a fence. Mesmerized, I took macro photos of the many perspectives of the pod, seeds, and changing light and focus. It was like a dandelion that was gigantic, full of seeds that were in various stages of detaching from the pod's core. They appeared to be preparing for the journey which the wind would carry them on, much like letting go that happens over and over again in our lives.

"Beneath the Bark"
       
     
"Beneath the Bark"

Ah, finally an image to express visually, the meaning behind my blog name... "beneath the bark" containing the countless stories and experiences we all hold, making us stronger, layer by layer, and retaining the core of who we are, yet not always visibly seen outwardly.  I loved the protective layer of moss that grew on the surface of the bark, as if cushioning and providing new life on the foundation of what was already there.

"Sustain One Another"
       
     
"Sustain One Another"

Struck by the mysterious light surrounding such delicate form, I was drawn to the repetition of shape that emerged in the unfolding of evening.  I was reminded of the support that we provide one another, and together, we are stronger.

"Breathe"
       
     
"Breathe"

Nature offers a multitude of perfect sculpture and color, in the tiniest of details.  There are not enough words to describe the beauty, and oftentimes, all I can do is breathe it in...

""Waiting"
       
     
""Waiting"

Another treasure found on the forest floor, this tiny fiddlehead lay waiting, knowing the time it was ready to release into form. It reminded me that when we go inward to tune into our own intuition, that we will find what we need.

"Follow"
       
     
"Follow"

These wings were found in the drawer of a biology building in a nearby college, where they must have been waiting for years for rediscovery.  I love the negative shapes that are left around the patterned wings, as they draw me in, beckoning to follow their path of flight...

"Onward"
       
     
"Onward"

Maple leaf propellers were one of my favorite finds, growing up.  I would spend hours with a pocketful collected, and climb up into a tree, dropping them down, one by one...  mesmerized by their twirling journey to the ground below.  I still can not resist bending down to pick one up, tossing it up into air to watch it once again.  How symbolic these seeds are of own self-actualization, often supported by others in the journey of finding where to open and take root.

"Fragile Strength"
       
     
"Fragile Strength"

Greeted by the stunning beauty of orchids in a greenhouse overflowing with intoxicating scent and delicate form,  I found myself lost in the patterns, buttery-soft texture, and velvety petals, anxious to express their loveliness through encaustic.  Like orchids, we can also be fragile in form, yet capable of great strength from within.

This photograph was the foundation for the sculpture by this name, in my encaustic/mixed media gallery.

"Community"
       
     
"Community"

Walking along in silence, I came upon this carpet of delicate plant life, inches from the ground.  They looked almost human-like, with arms outstretched-- interconnected, yet separate, beings.  How like community they are, made more lovely by their formations with each other.

"Loving-Kindness"
       
     
"Loving-Kindness"
"Outer"
       
     
"Outer"

This fragment of bark was floating down a stream, and I was moved by the depth of color contained in this small bit, not longer than my hand.  I felt grateful for the range of color that my eyes can see, and for the gift of vision.  It reminded me to look closely at those around me, and to appreciate their diversity, as well.

"Vibration on the Forest Floor"
       
     
"Vibration on the Forest Floor"

Coming upon the soft light surrounding these greens shoots, the energy of new growth was almost palpable.  Delicate in their new beginnings, they are surrounded by the light necessary for them to grow into maturity.  Surely, there are lessons from this life on our planet.

"Centered"
       
     
"Centered"
"Come Inside"
       
     
"Come Inside"

This nautilus beckoned for me to come close and take in its depth of form, pattern, and texture as it lay stored in the drawer of a biology building.  I felt happy to experience the stunning nature of this relic, and to be able to preserve its simplicity and beauty.

"Irridescence"
       
     
"Irridescence"

chicory, Richmond, KY

"Metamorphosis Before my Eyes"
       
     
"Metamorphosis Before my Eyes"

Common Morpho Butterfly, Indianapolis Zoo, IN

"Go Within"
       
     
"Go Within"

nautilus shell, Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, Lexington, KY

"Landing"
       
     
"Landing"

Richmond, KY

"Intertwined Are We"
       
     
"Intertwined Are We"

These ferns were discovered on the forest floor in early morning light, their unfurling only beginning.  I was struck by how interconnected we all are as we grow along our paths, and reminded how we can rely on each other for support in the process.

"Delicate"
       
     
"Delicate"

peony, Henry Clay Estate, Lexington, KY

"Peer"
       
     
"Peer"

parrot sitting on my lap, Indianapolis Zoo, IN

"Reliquary"
       
     
"Reliquary"
"Relections of Color"
       
     
"Relections of Color"

Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati, OH

"Quiet Emergence"
       
     
"Quiet Emergence"

peony, Henry Clay Estate, Lexington, KY

"In Need of Light"
       
     
"In Need of Light"

Anglin Falls Nature Preserve, Berea, KY

"No Way But Through"
       
     
"No Way But Through"
"Radiance"
       
     
"Radiance"

jade, Richmond, KY

"Morning in the Garden"
       
     
"Morning in the Garden"

hydrangea, Richmond, KY

"Gratitude for the Harvest"
       
     
"Gratitude for the Harvest"

maize, Richmond, KY

"Birth"
       
     
"Birth"

Henry Clay Estate, Peony Garden, Lexington, KY

"Hollow"
       
     
"Hollow"

sea anemone, Bloomington, IN

"Changing Reflections"
       
     
"Changing Reflections"

underneath the dolphin water tank, Indianapolis Zoo, IN

"Pure Spirit"
       
     
"Pure Spirit"

chicory, Richmond, KY

"Immortalized"
       
     
"Immortalized"

catalogued shells, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

"Through the Looking Glass"
       
     
"Through the Looking Glass"

specimen shells, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

"Tender"
       
     
"Tender"

Henry Clay Estate, Peony Garden, Lexington, KY

"In the Quiet, You Hear"
       
     
"In the Quiet, You Hear"
"Weathered"
       
     
"Weathered"

early 1900's building, Terre Haute, IN

"Illumination"
       
     
"Illumination"

abalone shell detail, Richmond, KY

"Radiant Fields"
       
     
"Radiant Fields"

butterfly weed, Richmond, KY

"Spirals of the Sea"
       
     
"Spirals of the Sea"
"Emergence"
       
     
"Emergence"

chicory, Richmond, KY

"Ephemeral Glow"
       
     
"Ephemeral Glow"

This photograph was taken following a long morning walk, in which I discovered a large pod, caught in a fence.  Mesmerized, I took macro photos of the many perspectives of the pod, seeds, and changing light and focus.   It was like a dandelion that was gigantic, full of seeds that were in various stages of detaching from the pod's core.  They appeared to be preparing for the journey which the wind would carry them on, much like letting go of my mama as she is nearing the end of her life here with us.    This image created a ghostly glow to the seeds awaiting release, and made me want to go inside them to explore more deeply what was contained within.

"Beauty and Loss"
       
     
"Beauty and Loss"

Indian Fort Theater, the Pinnacle, Berea, KY

"Lightness of Being"
       
     
"Lightness of Being"

periwinkle moth, Richmond, KY

"Embedded"
       
     
"Embedded"

brick in floor, late 1800's building at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

"Ethereal"
       
     
"Ethereal"

orchid, Indianapolis, IN

"Broccoli at its Finest"
       
     
"Broccoli at its Finest"
"Jewel from the Sea"
       
     
"Jewel from the Sea"

Treasure Island, Florida

"Layer at a Time"
       
     
"Layer at a Time"

Richmond, KY

"Breathless Discovery"
       
     
"Breathless Discovery"
"Worn into Beauty"
       
     
"Worn into Beauty"