There aren’t any castles in the suburbs of Delaware and there aren’t any haunted mansions with gloomy mansard roofs, either, and because that fact was nearly too tragic for me to bear as a child, Winona Cookie came to comfort me.
Appearing in a shower of cookie crumbs one rainy thunderstruck afternoon, she has been my lifetime antidote to boredom. While I trudged through graduate schools and internships, Winona has followed her own path, leaving a trail of fanciful stories, watercolors, ink drawings, collages and jewelry in her wake. She favors the darkest faeries, legendary women, arcane subject matter and inventors that never were. She is currently obsessed with the steampunk genre and is running me ragged with collages and stories. They are frankly beginning to pile up! We live in San Diego where I practice psychotherapy and try to find a place for my sweet little beast of a cat to sit in my studio.
About my pieces:
I work in both watercolor and collage. My watercolors are generally painted ink drawings. Collages are often done on stretched gallery canvases that have been painted with acrylic. I construct my weird little scenarios, portraits and worlds from the vast and groaning collection of vintage photos and images that I obsessively collect from the internet and elsewhere. I add all manner of items from my studio: dresden trim, charms, watch gears, crystal gems, ribbons, bits of lace and vintage ephemera. Oftentimes, originals are interactive pieces with moving parts. Stories suggest themselves as I am working on the piece. I often have no idea what direction they will take once I begin writing them, so I can only conclude that I am channeling your imaginations!
Originals of many of my works are available here: http://winonacookie.etsy.com