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About abbi

Baltimore City

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For many years I made art in my Provincetown studio. At an inevitable crossroads, a  friend talked me into visiting Baltimore in 2003. I fell head over heels for Bmore's historic, artistic and most importantly, eccentric character which made me feel totally at home.  For 15 years I taught in Baltimore City Public Schools, ultimately developing an award winning program for elementary gifted and talented students. During that time, summer studios in Charm City became even more experimental. I... more

Collage in the time of COVID

Oh boy. Pandemic Creativity.

I found myself poring through old sketch books-lots of sturm und drang notations amongst the drawings-things never change. A long time ago I was supremely comforted by Annie Dillard’s admission in the New York Times: “I hate writing. I love having written.” During this global period of angst, I craved a push from the muse. Nope. I went back to my Japanese calligraphy practice. I couldn’t  bring three paintings to the finish line. (They are still idling on the runway.) So. I took out decades old watercolors and cut them up and made collages, trying to be playful. It didn’t work. I agonized over these, too! I posted art on facebook. People told me I was working a lot. I didn’t feel that way. But that has been my way for more than 40 years.

  • Ay Yai Yai Yai

    10x10" Watercolor, ink, wrapping paper
  • Call it-NOW

    10x10" Watercolor, bingo marker, stamp from old linoleum block, ink-like I said, so many versions I had to stop myself.
  • ISO of Spontaneity

    7x10" Watercolor, frog tape, metalic pieces from cookie package, bits of destroyed paintings.
  • Scape

    10x14" Watercolor figure drawing rehabed with pieces of destroyed paintings , mica flakes
  • So what if it doesn't work?

    14x10"Watercolor figure drawing rehapped with calligraphy, pieces of destroyed paintings
  • BMA Guanyin

    10x10" Rehabed watercolor figure drawing, ink, napkin, metal bits from cookine package
  • Nymph

    10x10" inked figure drawing, tracing, napkin, scanned and printed leaves, metal leaf

Collaborative Artist Books

Artists from all over the country have initiated these, and I have to thank my neighbor-artist Jude Asher-for including me in this loop. So. You add a page, maybe even a two page spread, and then you pass it along. When full, the book is returned to the originator artist. Some of what you see here has even crossed the Atlantic.

  • Storm Cat

    artist books
    approx Pencil drawing, calligraphy cutouts, metal leaf on spray painted children's book
  • Arbitrary

    artist books
    6x6" Cut up old watercolor sketch: 1" squares turned over, selected randomly and placed in columns; accidental newsprint
  • Organic

    artist books
    artist book made with recycled pages 5x8"- watercolor, teabag tag, produce stickers
  • Go Green

    artist books
    4x10" watercolor pieces, ink, printouts
  • Lucy in the sky

    artist books
    approx 5x5" Figure drawing w burned edges, tracing, metal leaf on spray painted children's book
  • Obvious title

    artist books
    5x5"collaged printouts, breast from figure drawings on spray painted children's book
  • The Park

    artist books
    7x7"watercolor, ink, wrapping paper, tracing, calligraphy strip on spray painted childrens book
  • Mu: nothing and everything

    artist books
    collaged calligraphy, metal foil, red ink -handmade paper book

Porch Paintings

An ongoing series...I continue to be charmed by Baltimore’s distinctive row houses connecting neighbors of all kinds-spaces both private and public-seen differently? the same? everyday. I love my Baltimore neighborhood. I have always been enchanted by the extraordinary ordinary. 


More to come...

Yer ordinary Oyster

Mixed media: linocuts, paint, calligraphy -'harmony', newspaper with war articles

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