When Words Fail
       
     
Not Intended For Ground Contact
       
     
Leap of Faith
       
     
Hiding Secrets
       
     
Dual Duty
       
     
Peas In A Pod
       
     
Holding Fast
       
     
Fight Song
       
     
No Going Back
       
     
Across Time
       
     
A Current In the Mind
       
     
Playground
       
     
When Words Fail
       
     
When Words Fail

30" x 20" x 3" mixed media with collage and charcoal pencil on deep wood panel

Despite my current distrust of words, I still find them so incredibly important and so beautiful. I have always loved words, how they sound, how they look on a page, the different connotations, the emotions behind them. I can never seem to leave them out of my paintings. And as Elizabeth Alexanders says in her poem, Praise Song for the Day, "We encounter each other in words."

Not Intended For Ground Contact
       
     
Not Intended For Ground Contact

17" x 23" x 3", mixed media with collage and charcoal pencil on deep wood panel

There is always a pull between opposites, especially work and home. When do we put down the phone, the computer? When do we stop taking phone calls and pay attention to the person beside us? When do we feather our nest?We spend so much time working or agonizing over work that we carry with us. But what about our home life? How do we find the balance?

Leap of Faith
       
     
Leap of Faith

30" x 30" x 3", mixed media with collage elements on deep wood panel

Visual art, like life, sometimes requires faith and hard work rather than a detailed plan.

You can find this painting in person or online at Fine Art at Baxter's, http://www.fineartatbaxters.com/store/c191/Patricia_Raible.html

Hiding Secrets
       
     
Hiding Secrets

17" x 16" x 3", mixed media with collage on deep wood panel

What is truth? What is reality? What secrets do we hide not only from others, but from ourselves?

Dual Duty
       
     
Dual Duty

16" x 20" x 3", mixed media with collage and charcoal pencil on deep wood panel

Whatever our beliefs we often vascillate between strong convictions and doubt. Each makes us stronger.

Peas In A Pod
       
     
Peas In A Pod

12" x 12" x 2", mixed media with collage on deep wood panel

Gardens like paintings are hard work and always a work in progress. And like paintings, it is always difficult to know when to stop.

Holding Fast
       
     
Holding Fast

10" x 10" x 2", mixed media on deep wood panel

When our world seems out of control where do we go? Who or what do we cling to?Sometimes the world comes at us too fast, and we just have to hold on.

You can find this painting in person or online at Fine Art at Baxter's, http://www.fineartatbaxters.com/store/c191/Patricia_Raible.html

Fight Song
       
     
Fight Song

36" x 24", mixed media with collage elements on deep wood panel

Too often we react from fear, not love or kindness.

No Going Back
       
     
No Going Back

15" x 14.5", mixed media with collage on deep wood panel

Are moments in our life exactly as we remember, or perhaps someplace in between? Is memory mostly fantasy or fact? But don't our memories make us who we are?

Across Time
       
     
Across Time

18" x 18" x 3", mixed media with collage element on deep wood panel

Memory is complicated.  We think we remember every detail of an event, only to find that someone else remembers it entirely differently. As time passes memory fades—and sometimes changes, revealing what we wish had occurred.

Inspired by conversations with my mother who suffers from dementia.

A Current In the Mind
       
     
A Current In the Mind

12" x 12" x 3.75", mixed media on deep wood panel/SOLD

Novelist Julian Barnes’ view of memory is that “it is identity. When you forget your life, you cease to be, even before death.” But research now indicates we are constantly altering our memories each time we share them. What does this say about our life?

Playground
       
     
Playground

17.5" x 19.5" x 3", mixed media with collage on deep wood panel

Do we have an old soul? Have we always been wise and responsible? Or, have we always been like Peter Pan, fluttering around through life? Is there a middle ground that allows us the laughter and joy of childhood?