One day at a library sale I bought a used book that documented the work of the Skylab satellite, because the photographs seemed interesting to me in an abstract way. The Skylab satellite transmissions were later computer-enhanced to yield information about topography, weather and cartography that would lead to the effective use and conservation of natural resources. The men in the Skylab satellite as it orbited the earth in 1973 and 1974 performed a number of tasks to that and other ends. When I came upon a group of snapshots, taken by my stepfather, of men working on projects on the ground, they became the impetus that informed this group of watercolors. The task of gathering water at a spring, the group of immigrant workers, a romantic couple, and children at play connect in explicable ways with the work done in space.

Exhibited in "Paintings, Drawings and Books" at Rebecca Ibel Gallery, 2005* and
"Made in Ohio/Diverse Sources" curated by Annegreth Nill at Riffe Gallery, 2005.

*catalog with essay by Melissa Starker available


San Juan Mountains
watercolor and ink
22" x 30"
2005   424 Putnam Avenue Zanesville, Ohio 43701   ph 740-452-6746   ©2005