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Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm about Ancestor Art!

I’m continually captivated by essential creativity meeting unique ancestral story telling and I love to share it with others!


Ancestor Art is the perfect way to highlight a modern photo lost amongst the cloud -OR- finally get that antiquated photo of Grandma or someone special out of closet!


Encaustic Story Collage

Design a heirloom masterpiece using original vintage/decorative papers, inks, stencils, ephemera, found objects and an evocative ancestral photo to tell your family story.

During the workshop you will learn how and be inspired to:

  1. use vintage + decorative papers to create a background story
  2. "dress" your ancestors with paints + inks
  3. create texture + aging effects for interest and contrast
  4. enjoy found objects / 3D elements for symbolism and metaphors
  5. use  encaustic medium as an endearing topcoat for collage


Creative Communion Studio #103

Pendleton Art Center 

1105 Central Ave, Middletown, Ohio 45044 

located in lovely historic downtown Middletown [just awarded a Main Street America] distinction!

I also take Ancestor Art on the road - click here to chat about this!

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Ancestor Art Face 1
Ancestor Art THREE


Now scheduling private gigs in my studio + road shows!

Availability: Daytimes, evenings + weekends. . . let's get your Ancestor Art party on the calendar!

Schedule / Contact Now  


  • 4 hour class
  • Minimum 4 / Maximum 8 people
  • BYOAncestors / BYOBeverages / BYOSnacks or you can eat at All About You Cafe steps away from my studio!
  • All skill levels welcome - just show up as your already creative self!
  • Ideal ages: teen/adult
  • $50 Selfie ticket / $45 Ussie ticket / each save $5

I provide all the art supplies  - all you need to do is bring:

  1. Your already creative self 
  2. Copies or originals of ancestor photos [Ideal sizes are 4 X 6 inch or 5 X 7]
  3. If you want the transparent / ghost like image, email me your preferred photo to w/ Subject Collage Story

  4. OPTIONAL: Special papers [handwritten notes, recipe cards, etc] to add for background - make copies if you’re not sure about using originals.

  5. OPTIONAL: Any meaningful flat symbols or tokens to add for personalization [numbers, letters, lace, buttons, etc]

No worries, I have plenty of Optional #4 / #5  if you don't have any.

I have sprinkled technique,  instruction + inspiration throughout the class experience, but mostly you will allowing permission for your ancestral story to ‘tell itself’ through using symbolism, metaphors and creative expression. ♥

Ancestor ART FOUR
Ancestor Art TWO

“You are the fairy tale told by your ancestors.”
Toba Beta

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Ancestor ART SIX
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