Abby's Artwork

I've been doing 'tear art' since I was 16. It's unique and fun, I hope you like it!

Location: SLC, Utah, United States

I'm sharing my strange hobby by blogging. Tear Art!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Arches in Winter

December in Arches

On the way home from Santa Fe we stopped in Arches for a day. I love the orange against the blue. In winter the blue is more intense and darker than in the summer in Southern Utah. I donated this picture to the Salt Lake County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner Silent Auction. A good friend bought it. The last time I donated a picture to an auction it ended up at the DI. So I am happy someone who will appreciate it took it home.

City Moon

City Moon

My Aunt posted a photo from Brooklyn with the full moon over the buildings. I liked how the city's light hit the front of the buildings with the moon shining above. It reminds me that we can all still enjoy nature from the middle of nowhere and from the middle of a metropolis.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Moon Over Zion

Last January we were in Zion National Park. The ranger told us the sky is only this thick, heavy blue in the winter. To contrast, the moon was a bright white all day. I loved the contrast between the dark blue and bright orange overseen by the the ever present moon.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Art Show

Central Gallery
228 E 500 S, SLC
October 19, 6pm

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Wave

The Wave

This is the most spectacular hike you will ever go on. It is quiet and intense; serene and bright. The thick blue against the busy orange movement in this piece seeks to express those contradictions.

More info found here:

Friday, August 19, 2011


New art. It' s been awhile. I've been doing more little sketches, but nothing big to post.

This one is for my dear David to hang in our living room. On Christmas last year we hiked with his family near Santa Fe and found petroglyphs. If you zoom in at the rocks you'll see several etchings like the ones we found.

Some of the textures were made from wallpaper samples generously given to me by a friend. Every color, every texture at my fingertips. Awesome.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Three Gossips

This is a rather famous formation in Arches. What I like about this one is the background moves forward in horizontal lines, then the rock formation shoots up in vertical lines, creating a contrast between up and down with side to side. The orange on blue is always a great contrast. I'm always partial to the glittery blue skies in Southern Utah.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Calf Creek Falls

I've been to Calf Creek falls twice. Once when I was 5 and my dad packed me on his back. The second time I was 26 and went with my good friend Ashlee. She made me walk.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Mt. Moran

Soooo, I'm not such a slacker as it looks. Nine months without posting a picture. Bad Blogger! But, here IS a picture. Yay! I spent some time in Jackson last year, both summer and winter. This is a cold abstract of Mt. Moran from the road going over the dam. It was -11 when I caught this view last February. After a rather unsettled year I've started projects on more buildings, a lake shore in Brazil, and series of painted dog murals for a friend's dog grooming shop. I'm also finishing projects I started but didn't finish, sketched but didn't collage, and thought but didn't sketch. And, my sister wants a big corn stalk--She has a vision.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010


20x30 I'm not too sure where this bridge is. I think it's near Jerome, Idaho. My sister Amy takes pictures and brings home ideas for me. I'll post a better picture after I frame it.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Saturday, August 22, 2009

New CityScape

This is a commission piece for a friend. If you spend anytime in John and Amy's living room, I hope you enjoy it. The glare on the left obscures it a bit. I'm getting it scanned on Monday and will have a better graphic then. Original building, located on 300 South and about 300 East in downtown SLC.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Jackson Sketches

I have started packing around a large pad of paper, 16 x 14 inch, when I go sketching. This tends to raise a lot of interest in the people around me. I went to Jackson Hole recently with friends, but I went up a day early to do some sketching. I hiked around Jenny Lake, up to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point carrying a back pack of snacks, water, and pencils. I also carried the giant pad of paper.

When I got back to the lake, four kids sat by me at a picnic table and wanted to see my pictures. After awhile the five of us were eating raisins and drawing pictures together. Then the Asian tourists came over to see what we were doing. Then came a boy scout troop, a family with four teenagers and a guy who sparked a conversation about woodworking. Another lady had taken some very good photos of Jackson Lake and wanted to email me her photos. So, my art lesson on this trip is: a giant pad of paper makes a great billboard.

Since the paper was so big, I had to scan the sketch in pieces. So here's a composite of a sketch I did from the porch of this fantastic house where we stayed.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

More flowers

The interesting thing about this picture is the glass vase. It took some experimenting to make something transparent from an opaque medium like paper.

Friday, December 05, 2008


Two suggestions from others: The white matte from my friend John, who says it forces viewers to look at the image, great idea. The other, to exaggerate the geometric lines to emphasize movement. So, I hope it now looks forceful and emphasized...jk.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Closer Look

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Not Blank

Very large. Very layered. Zoom in close to the peak.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008







Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Snake River

My sister also took the original photograph this picture is based on. I like the color scheme with blue at the top and bottom, greens in the middle, then the warm browns and yellows breaking up the cold colors. It is slightly symmetric from the top to the bottom as well as side to side. ALSO: I'm back to making prints of everything.

Sunday, May 25, 2008


I actually finished this one last year and it was included in the March art show. It's very detailed so click to enlarge it.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Art Show

I look all artsy in the purple dress.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Wheeler Farm Flyer

Click to enlarge

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Wheeler Farm!! Huge Art Show!!

22 Complete Works ranging from 2004 to 2008

Artist Reception, March 10th, 6-8 pm

Wheeler Farm Activity Barn

Wheeler Farm Location and Hours

Email me with questions, comments, email and mailing addresses of interested people

Wednesday, January 02, 2008


Original photo taken by my sister Amy. This is the narrows of the Bear River near Preston, Idaho. It's still kinda glazy looking because the enamel isn't dry

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Lake of Ink

I'm doing a tear art version of this:
I bought a nice pen set with a gift certificate to Ruele's downtown. I'm doing all ink sketches on my trip to Peru in two weeks.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas Commission

Mars: Portrait of a Dog
Mars--makes a great gift:

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Death Valley

I was supposed to be doing homework this weekend.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Under Dione

The moon in this picture were taken from the National Geographic picture of the Saturn moon Dione. Click to enlarge, it's better bigger. I might bring it to the gallery later this week, but haven't decided yet.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

October Show

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

September Show

I've been invited to stay at the Contemporary Design and Art Gallery for the September show, 10 Artists 10 Styles.

I think this means I have representation now... New stuff pending, I'm preparing for a large show in February and have completed about 4 new works. I'm also starting a concentration of buildings done on canvas with a fabulous product called PAPER CEMENT... how much better can life get when there is such a thing as PAPER CEMENT?

Tuesday, July 31, 2007


Tuesday and Wednesday 11 am – 8 pm,
Thursday and Friday 4 - 8 pm,
Saturday and Sunday 12 - 6 pm,
& by appointment afterhours

Monday, July 09, 2007

Deseret News Landscape Art Show

I am participating in the Deseret News Landscape Art Show, Color of the Land
MUAH, 125 South Main, SLC
Now until July 24
I have been juried into this show for the last three years. More info on Color of the Land can be found at:
About the Show
Jurying and Winners
Participating Artists
At Arches
Desert Moon
Above Alpine

Saturday, June 16, 2007


The initial idea is from the Moab Bookstore on the North side of Main Street. Click on the image for a better view of the texture and pieces. The bricks used for the picture were taken from the photo, and integrated in the collage.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Pictures in Pictures

New picture: Taken from a photo given to me by the inset couple. The rock formation in the background is called Grosvenor Arch, south of Cannonville in Garfield County, Utah.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Fabulous Lady!

Picture taken by Brad Sharp for the North County Newspapers, Provo, Utah. March 13, 2007.

This is a fabulous lady. Mary Ann Judd Johnson was my neighbor growing up. She taught me to watercolor, sketch, draw, think, collage, ignore and take criticism, and to live with a free spirit since I was seven. She also taught art at Lehi High School for many years and took me in as a refugee from physics class almost daily. Her and I have travelled through Europe, to London, Paris, New York, and Washington, DC together. She has the most welcoming, shining personality you'll ever find. She has achieved a vast concentration of watercolors of older homes in the Lehi-American Fork area. They are on display at the American Fork City Building for the upcoming year, 51 East Main in American Fork, Utah.

Good story: When traveling in Northern France to see the Beaches of Normandy our party got lost. We couldn't find the town, visitor center, or anything but the waterfront. We stopped the vans so the drivers could look over the maps. We waited right on the water, looking over the English Channel. When on vacation, why stress and waste time, right? So Mary and I took off our shoes, rolled up our pants, and ran out into the water.

Mary was out a lot farther into the water than I was.

Me, holding my socks.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006


Last June I toured Great Britain and Ireland with six other people, my mom and college roommate included. From Prestwick we traveled in a luggage packed van to Inverness, Scotland and drove to the South of England as far as Chichester. We then came back up to Luton where we caught a flight to Ireland and circled its southern portion.

After a week and a half of chasing historical sites and Travel Lodges, we spent the morning on the most serine beach on the English Channel. The water was warm and the air was cold. It was rocky and clean, hedging a small whitewashed town east of Portsmouth. We had a peaceful morning with our pants rolled up splashing in the tide and examining shells.

Fast forward to grey, cold, wintry Utah. For Christmas my mom asked me to make a picture from our trip to that beach. She picked out the frame for it before Thanksgiving, specifying the size. What stood between Thanksgiving and Christmas was a couple of large papers, finals, Christmas shopping, and the regular 8-5. I had also lost a midterm a professor wanted another 'look at.' I tore my room apart looking for it. Where would I put a midterm from last October? Instead of the 'blue book' I found a red bag full of sandy small shells from our trip. The paper chest had already been torn open in search of the midterm so I put in a movie and started looking for more sand, water, sky, surf, breeze.

Louis Vuitton ad, great turquoise. Utah tourism picture, great rocks. Photo shoot of anemic girl, great sand color. But the artificial nature of advertising wasn't catching the feeling of that beach. Exhausted patrons, rich air, shiny wet sand, sea spray and distant waves. So I looked at my pictures from the trip again and printed a large portion of real sand out on shiny paper. There. Then the sky. There. I made an authentic picture from the real thing. It may look like any beach on any sea, but it's specific to that place, at that time. Only those from our van know it, however.

Five movies and an all nighter later, I finished. It was laminated, scanned, and ready to go by December 22.

And I found the midterm, a week too late, mixed with my mail.

Real Sand:

Christmas Morning: