Saturday, December 20, 2014

"Landscape Recalculated" -- Private Collection

Base canvas - 22" x 28"  Acrylic, painted branches, crushed eggshells, gilder's paste, enamel.  This is the only "landscape" I will ever do.

Monday, May 26, 2014

"Unseen" 30" x 40"

Trying to decide whether I'm done with this.  Impossible to get a decent pic of it -- the canvas has about 90 pounds of heavily textured gesso and paint on it, so shadows abound.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

"This Is The Place..." - 30" x 40" mixed media... A visual summary of my three years in Salt Lake City

...(polymer clay, air dry clay, 3P, egg shells, enamel, acrylic, gold leaf, wire). 


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Halloween 2012 - a meager homage to Klimt...

...who was indubitably rolling in his grave at my attempt to replicate his work....

I was going for Hygieia, as she was rendered in his painting "Medicine."  Of course, his model was thin and commanding and lovely, and I'm rotund and wussy....

Klimt's version:
 Moi, with badly sculpted snake, and sans writhing nekkid bodies in the background.  I tried to get a couple of friends to follow me around naked and looking tortured, but they wanted to dress as bumble bees instead. RUDE.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

"Cut off at the Waist" -- Private Collection

5" x 7" -- for postcard protest re: Artists and the Economy.  I snuck in a few strands of Baby Diva fur, so there's now Baby Diva fur somewhere in the White House; or more likely, the White House dumpster.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"Kilroy's Maw"

 This piece was done when Google+ was still in beta.  An artist representing each artistic medium was chosen to collaborate in a series of group projects -- it was an attempt to show the value of G+ collaborative "hangouts." I was the chosen painter, and this was the second of two paintings I did for the project. This was a response piece to a poem submitted by another member of the chosen artists. 24" x 30" sculpture/mixed media on canvas

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"Warden of the Interlopers" -- Private Collection

 36" x 48" mixed media on canvas. This was the first piece made for the aforementioned Google+ collaborative artists' project.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

"Outta Here"

30 x 40 acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"Eternal Recurrence"

24 x 48 acrylic on canvas


Thursday, January 13, 2011

"Fractured: Madness and Civilization" - Private Collection

 36" x 48" acrylic and enamel - homage to Foucault

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010


 18" x 36" mixed media

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"In Utero in Blue"

24 x 36 acrylic on canvas

Thursday, April 8, 2010


24 x 48 acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

"Melissa's Answer"

36 x 48 mixed media -- acrylic and found objects.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

"Dreaming Tree III"

...Vesuvius Edition - 30" x 40"

Donation piece for Artists Unite for Haiti -- 5" x 8" (I'm not being chintzy -- it was requested that we make them this size)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Weekend in Pictures

Tiny little painting -- 9" x 12" - Mixed media "This Isn't About You Anymore"

Saturday, October 24, 2009

"Note to Self" -- Private Collection

acrylic, gold leaf, paper on canvas - 24 x 48
Sculpted a "Thing" for "Thing in a Jar" project. Thing getting ready to go in the oven:

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Finished and varnished "Perforated" 48" x 48" Donating it to a cause for kitties.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

"Recapitulation of Self-Flagellation"

24" x 36" acrylic on canvas

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"Archipelago " - Private Collection

36" x 48"

He said "You're not an island, you know." To this I replied "you're right...I'm an archipelago."

Friday, May 1, 2009

"Dreaming Tree IV" - Private Collection

This was done as a baby shower gift. A friend said he'd NEVER hang it in a nursery -- that it only belongs hanging in "Night Gallery." I loved that show, so refuse to be insulted.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

"Ode to 'The Yellow Wallpaper'" - Private Collection

 36" x 48"
"This wise man sent me home with solemn advice to 'live as domestic a life as possible' to 'have but two hours intellectual life a day' and 'never to touch pen, brush or pencil again' as long as I lived. I went home and obeyed those directions and came so near the borderline of utter mental ruin that I could see over. Then, using the remnants of intelligence that remained and helped by a wise friend, I cast the noted specialist's advice to the winds and went to work again." Charlotte Perkins Gilman on writing "The Yellow Wallpaper"

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A little Alice in Wonderland sculptural project for funsies...

A coworker returned from a trip to Disneyland, and was SOOOO excited about his new Mad Hatter mug.  As he went to get his first cup of tea in it, he ran into the metal edge of a cubicle wall, and I heard a loud shatter and a gasp.  My boss bellowed from her office "give that shiz to Cayenne -- she'll fix it."

After putting in about 30 hours of work on it I DID, in fact, "fix" it...though nobody will be drinking tea from it this lifetime. I learned about the concept of "wabi-sabi,"around this time, so used gold mica along the broken bits of the mug. It's a beautiful concept -- do research it if you're unfamiliar....

Original sad little broken mug:
The grand tackifcation. Of course, I HAD to make it quasi-useful, so the chess pieces I added can theoretically function as incense stick holders.