Abstract Paintings on Canvas or Linen

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Optimism 1
Optimism 1

2021, mixed media with textiles on canvas, 60 x 40 x 1-13/16d inches, horizontal or vertical, $3200, Available at Hillary Whitaker Gallery, Ponte Vedra Beach Florida.

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Revel 1
Revel 1

2021, mixed media with textiles on canvas, 60 x 40 x 1-13/16d inches, horizontal or vertical, $3200, Available at Hillary Whitaker Gallery, Ponte Vedra Beach Florida.

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Optimism 2
Optimism 2

2021, mixed media with textiles on canvas, 36 x 36 x .5d inches, $2200, Available at Hillary Whitaker Gallery, Ponte Vedra Beach Florida.

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Fabricate 1, Karin Olah, 36x36, 2200
Fabricate 1, Karin Olah, 36x36, 2200

2021, Mixed media with textiles on linen, 36 x 36 x 1.5 inches, painted around edge, $2200, available at Hillary Whitaker Gallery, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

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Houndstooth
Houndstooth

Mixed Media with Textiles on Linen, 30 x 36 inches, hangs vertical or horizontal, $2000 at Gregg Irby Gallery, Atlanta GA.

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Madras 2
Madras 2

Mixed Media with Textiles on Linen, 24 x 24 inches, $1100 at Gregg Irby Gallery, Atlanta GA.

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Patina Petite
Patina Petite

2020, Mixed Media with Textiles on Canvas, 30h x 48w x 1.5d inches, painted around edge, $2600. Available at Hillary Whitaker Gallery, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

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Sequin 1
Sequin 1

2020, Mixed Media with Textiles on Canvas, 30h x 40w x 1.5d inches, $2200 at Hillary Whitaker Gallery, Ponte Vedra Beach Florida.

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Suzani 2
Suzani 2

Mixed Media with Textiles on Linen, 30 x 24 inches, hangs vertical or horizontal, $1500 at Gregg Irby Gallery, Atlanta GA.

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Dobby
Dobby

Mixed Media with Textiles on Linen, 40 x 40 inches, $2600 at Gregg Irby Gallery, Atlanta GA.

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Suzani 1
Suzani 1

Mixed Media with Textiles on Linen, 30 x 24 inches, hangs vertical or horizontal, $1500 at Gregg Irby Gallery, Atlanta GA.

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Banner
Banner

Mixed Media with Textiles on Linen, 30 x 30 inches, $1800 at Gregg Irby Gallery, Atlanta GA.

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Bunting
Bunting

Mixed Media with Textiles on Linen, 30 x 30 inches, $1800 at Gregg Irby Gallery, Atlanta GA.

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Winkle
Winkle

Mixed Media with Textiles on Linen, 30 x 24 inches, $1500 at Gregg Irby Gallery, Atlanta GA.

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Quartz 1
Quartz 1

2019, Mixed Media with Textiles on Linen, 16 x 16 inches (horizontal or vertical), 1.5 inches deep, painted around the edge, $600 Hillary Whitaker Gallery Ponte Vedra Florida

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Quartz 2
Quartz 2

2019, Mixed Media with Textiles on Linen, 16 x 16 inches (horizontal or vertical), 1.5 inches deep, painted around the edge, $600 Hillary Whitaker Gallery Ponte Vedra Florida

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Out Tide 2
Out Tide 2

2018, Mixed Media with Hand-dyed Fabric on Paper, 30 x 22.5 inches, unframed, $600, available at Gregg Irby Gallery.

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Sailcloth
Sailcloth

Mixed Media with Textiles on Linen, 36 x 36 inches, $2200 at Gregg Irby Gallery, Atlanta GA.

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Sequin 2
Sequin 2

SOLD 2020, Mixed Media with Textiles on Canvas, 30h x 48w x 1.5d inches, $2600 at Hillary Whitaker Gallery, Ponte Vedra Beach Florida.

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Suzani 3
Suzani 3

SOLD Mixed Media with Textiles on Linen, 30 x 24 inches, hangs vertical or horizontal

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Blue Quartz
Blue Quartz

SOLD 2019, Mixed Media with Textiles on Canvas, 40h x 40w x 1.5d inches, $2600 at Hillary Whitaker Gallery

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Coralroot
Coralroot

SOLD Mixed Media with Textiles on Linen, 24 x 36 inches.

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Chrysocolla
Chrysocolla

SOLD 2019, Mixed Media with Textiles on Linen, 48h x 36w x 1.5d inches.

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Sapphire Stack
Sapphire Stack

SOLD 2019, Mixed Media with Textiles on Canvas, 60h x 40w x 1.5d inches.

Patina On Copper 2
Patina On Copper 2

SOLD 2020, Mixed Media with Textiles on Canvas, 60x40 inches.

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Patina On Copper 3
Patina On Copper 3

SOLD 2020, Mixed Media with Textiles on Canvas, 60h x 44w x 1.5d inches, horizontal or vertical, $3200 at Hillary Whitaker Gallery, Ponte Vedra Beach Florida.

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TerraCotta Pink
TerraCotta Pink

SOLD 2019, Mixed Media with Textiles on Linen, 40 x 30 inches (horizontal or vertical).

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Chambray 1
Chambray 1

Mixed Media with Textiles on Linen, 40 x 40 inches, sold.

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Cambric
Cambric

Mixed Media with Textiles on Linen, 36 x 36 inches, sold.

Tweed
Tweed

Mixed Media with Textiles on Linen, 24 x 24 inches, sold.

Water Rudder 1
Water Rudder 1

2018, Mixed Media with Hand-dyed Fabric on Canvas, 24 x 24 inches, unframed, sold.

Twill
Twill

Mixed Media with Textiles on Linen, 24 x 24 inches, sold.

Shell Pocket
Shell Pocket

2017.54 Mixed Media with Hand-dyed Fabric on Canvas, 48 x 36 x 1.5 inches deep, sold.

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Landing Place
Landing Place

2017.45 Mixed Media with Hand-dyed Fabric on Canvas, 48 x 36 x 1.5d inches, wired to hang horizontal or vertical, sold.

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Square Roots: Turquoise
Square Roots: Turquoise

2012.43 Fabric + Mixed Media on Linen 36 x 30 inches SOLD

Butterscotch
Butterscotch

2017.53 Mixed Media with Hand-dyed Fabric on Canvas, 30 x 24 x 1.5d inches, sold.

Out Tide1
Out Tide1

2018, Mixed Media with Hand-dyed Fabric on Paper, 30 x 22.5 inches, unframed, sold.

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Abstract Paintings : Small works on paper

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About the Abstracts...

 

I use natural fabrics – mostly cottons, linens, some silk. Then to adhere it, I spread a coating of rice starch onto the back of each piece. It’s tricky and time consuming – and I have to make sure each fiber and each string has the right amount of paste and pressure to make it fuse. Then I repeat all the steps a few times. I end with more drawing and some flourishes of my paintbrush. I use gouache: it’s an opaque watercolor-acrylic paint that is loaded with pigment and mimics the matte-look of fabric. Finally, details are drawn in with pastels, graphite pencil, and paint-sticks. 

I combine painting with print making and quilt making techniques in these mixed media collages. It looks and feels like screen-printing - one color at a time, tight edges, flat span of color, using transparent layers to create halftones / blend colors... but in these works... some of the blocks of color are fabric. Only up close do you see the texture. 

 

You can also approach the work in relation to the process of quilt-making - backing, batting, quilt top pieces, decorative stitching = canvas under-painting and loose sketch in pencil, large pieces of neutral fabrics, smaller swatches of cut and pasted textiles, textures, finishing flourishes in gouache paints. I start with a stretched geossed canvas or linen (or heavy watercolor paper for my small studies). Then I sketch in pencil – a sparse outline of the composition. My underpainting is several layers of gesso, acrylic, and gouache. At this point the shapes begins forming. Then after the paint dries, I begin to cut and arrange the first of 4 or 5 layers of fabric.