My current body of work, Under the Oval, combines portraits of deceased loved ones with botanicals using the lumen printing process. Using sheets of unexposed, black-and-white photo paper, I create images by exposing the paper to the sun while objects are placed on top. I choose to leave the prints unfixed, meaning they remain sensitive to light. The patterns created with the plants and flowers mimic traditional historic frame designs, such as those you would see holding a historic family or wedding portrait. The significance of the materials reflects my relationship with the person in the photo. Over time, these images of my departed loved ones will slowly become over-exposed, fading to a ghost image. Like a memory shifting and changing over time, I feel the emotions of loss in the remnants of the photo. Under the Oval appeared and changed for the first time, at my thesis show on January 14, 2017 in the Roger Williams Galleries at The New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Betty Jane, Age 5
Betty Jane, Age 5

Seen with pieris japonica, also known as Mountain Fire. This memorial portrait expired on September 7, 2016. It's finished state appears in the next frame.

Betty Jane, Age 5 in its final state
Betty Jane, Age 5 in its final state

Faded Betty Jane, age 5 in vintage frame. Seen with pieris japonica, also known as Mountain Fire. This memorial portrait expired on September 7, 2016.

George F. Zibisky Jr.
George F. Zibisky Jr.

Seen with weeping willow

Maya
Maya

Seen with dogwood

Alberto Augusto Masella
Alberto Augusto Masella

Seen with an unidentified flower. Reminiscent of a blue bell.

Martha
Martha

Seen with phlox

Betty Jane, Age 17
Betty Jane, Age 17

Seen with pieris japonica is also known as Mountain Fire.

Ethel
Ethel

Seen with poppy. This memorial portrait expired on November 29, 2016.

Leo
Leo

Seen with white pine

Betty Jane, Age 70
Betty Jane, Age 70

See with pieris japonica is also known as Mountain Fire.

George F. Zibisky Jr., Age 11
George F. Zibisky Jr., Age 11

Seen with juniper pine. This memorial portrait expired on December 19, 2016. It's finished state appears in the next frame.

Faded George Zibisky Jr., Age 11
Faded George Zibisky Jr., Age 11

Faded George Zibisky Jr., age 11 in vintage frame. Juniper Pine. This memorial portrait expired on December 19, 2016.