Inspired by the cutouts of Henri Matisse, and being a frugal person, I began to use the leftover pigments from my paintings by brushing the paint onto archival paper. I set the paper aside while I worked on other projects. After the paper dried, I cut and played and considered how I would use these new shapes and color washes. 

Trying to describe this new-for-me approach, my husband and I coined the term "fleurage" to describe the marriage of fleurs (flowers) and collage. Primarily botanicals, these pieces use leftover painted canvas, painted papers, candy wrappers, antique letters, tissue paper, fabric, handmade paper or other mixed media. 

Rainbow Series.Pink

Rainbow Series.Pink

A mixture of pink toned papers and antique letters. 10" x 10" Mixed Media SOLD

Rainbow Series.Red

Rainbow Series.Red

A mixture of primarily red papers. 10" x 10" Mixed Media $125.00

Rainbow Series.Purple

Rainbow Series.Purple

A mixture of violet/purple-hued papers. 10" x 10" Mixed Media SOLD

Rainbow Series.Blue

Rainbow Series.Blue

A mixture of blue-ish papers. 10" x 10" Mixed Media $125.00

Rainbow Series.Green

Rainbow Series.Green

A mixture of green-hued papers. 10" x 10" Mixed Media SOLD

Rainbow Series.Yellow

Rainbow Series.Yellow

A mixture of yellow-y and orange-y papers. 10" x 10" Mixed Media SOLD

Rainbow Series.Orange

Rainbow Series.Orange

A mixture of orange papers. 10" x 10" Mixed Media $125.00

Rainbow Series.Multi

Rainbow Series.Multi

A mixture of red, pink, yellow, violet and orange papers. 10" x 10" Mixed Media SOLD

Rainbow Series.White

Rainbow Series.White

A mixture of white dogwoods and a musical score. 10" x 10" Mixed Media $125.00

Lanceleaf Coreopsis

Lanceleaf Coreopsis

Another favorite flower from the Missouri native plant series: the coreopsis-on another favorite background color, cadmium red. 12" x 12" Mixed Media $150.00

Tickseed Coreopsis

Tickseed Coreopsis

Part of a series of Missouri native flowers. 14" x 11" Mixed Media $150.00

New England Aster

New England Aster

The New England Aster is a welcome member of the family of Missouri native plants. 8" x 8" Mixed Media $80.00

Summer in Maine

Summer in Maine

Fields of vivid wildflowers inspired this piece. 20" x 16" Mixed Media $400.00

The Dandies

The Dandies

Is it a weed? Or a harbinger of Spring? 5" x 7" Mixed Media on Canvas SOLD

Kentucky Spring

Kentucky Spring

Dogwoods against a vivid blue sky. 14" x 22" Mixed Media $225.00

Happy Scrappy

Happy Scrappy

Favorite things combined: various hues of blue and zinnias! 9" x 12" Mixed Media $140.00

Melinda's Memories

Melinda's Memories

My sister-in-law takes wonderful photographs. She gave me permission to translate one of her garden scenes into a fleurage. 14" x 11" Mixed Media on board in floating frame SOLD

Grace and Glory

Grace and Glory

Part representation, part imagination, this piece shows some of my favorite colors. 20" x 16" Mixed Media $400.00

Awash in Poppies

Awash in Poppies

What could be better than Monet's garden full of poppies? 20" x 30" Mixed Media on Canvas $600.00

Mon Monet

Mon Monet

This fleurages interpret one of the many gardens of Claude Monet in Giverny, France. 20" x 30" Mixed Media $600.00

Rose Garden Promise

Rose Garden Promise

My husband's "Paul McCartney" roses inspired this piece. 20" x 24" Mixed Media on Canvas $500.00

PEI Portal

PEI Portal

Near the entrance to the Prince Edward Island ferry terminal sat the prettiest, little garden, vibrant with color on a bright, summer day. 40" x 30" Mixed Media $1500.00

Maine Forrest

Maine Forrest

I looked up into the trees while walking with my granddaughters and was struck by the grandeur and the light. 11" x 14" Mixed Media on Canvas SOLD

Monstera Pattern

Monstera Pattern

Lively leaves on a black background create a punchy pattern. 14" x 11" Mixed Media $150.00

Not In Any Flower Guide

Not In Any Flower Guide

Fantasy Flowers on a black background. 5" x 7" Mixed Media $50.00

Precarious Position

Precarious Position

Part fleurage, part political statement, this bouquet sits precariously on the edge of a table with a vase made of material from a favorite dress of mine. 12" x 24" Mixed Media on Board $300.00

Orange You Glad You Came

Orange You Glad You Came

A vivid mixture of warm and cool colors to brighten your day. 8" x 10" Mixed Media $125.00

Love Letter From the Heart

Love Letter From the Heart

Using an antique letter from the 1920s, I pasted imaginary flower shapes on top to convey the writer's feelings. 5" x 7" Mixed Media Framed $50.00

CRM Roses

CRM Roses

Inspired by the Scottish artist and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, I played with the shape of his famous roses. 5" x 7" Mixed Media SOLD

Homage to Eric Carle

Homage to Eric Carle

Homage to Eric Carle and Dove Chocolates, whose candy wrappers also found a home in this piece. 9" x 12" Mixed Media $140.00

Lovely Lantanas

Lovely Lantanas

Some of my favorite flowers in their warm-colored gloriousness. 12" x 24" Mixed Media $360.00

The Last and the First

The Last and the First

This piece represents a slight shift in color palette towards more muted colors. 12" x 24" Mixed Media on Wood $360.00

Flower Fantasies.Red

Flower Fantasies.Red

Leftovers scraps create a colorful background which led to a colorful, accompanying fantasy flower. 5" x 7" Mixed Media $75.00

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