Earthday: Green has always been my color.

April 24th, 2016
Earthday: Green has always been my color.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. – Albert Einstein   The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. – John Muir I’m just not the outdoor type. – Liza Myers, age 5 My childish (and untrue) words were spoken after a rainy, mosquito-besieged camping trip in a […]

Studio Visit Ta Da!

February 10th, 2016
Studio Visit  Ta Da!

Don’t hide your light under a bushel. Matthew 5:15 (paraphrased) Good News! Studio Visit, a juried, highly-respected, national publication has included my work in Volume 32! They distribute the book to galleries nationwide. Jurying in was a lengthy process, all on-line of course. First I sent in the jpegs for the jury, then waited eons […]

Baby bellies

January 25th, 2016
Baby bellies

A ship under sail and a big-bellied woman Are the handsomest two things that can be seen common.” –Benjamin Franklin (Somehow I think only a guy would say that!) A few years ago and a few years apart, two moms-to-be made graceful, sculptural, rotund plaster casts of their bellies in the latter stages of pregnancy. […]

Public painting

December 6th, 2015
Public painting

“Nothing is yours. It is to use. It is to share. If you will not share it, you cannot use it.   -Ursula Le Guin My painting process is painstaking. I am fascinated by the exquisite light, shadows and detail the world has to offer. Each square centimeter receives individual attention.   You wouldn’t think that […]

Down to the Wire!

November 2nd, 2015
Down to the Wire!

The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks. -Mark Zuckerberg We’re almost there!!!   I am filled with gratitude. We’re down to the wire at 87% with 60 backers!!! But there are only 7 more days to […]

Art Phobic? Come on Down!

October 28th, 2015
Art Phobic? Come on Down!

If you are alive, you are a creative person! -Elizabeth Gilbert. Let your muse come out and play! -Liza Myers One of my favorite classes to teach is called Elementary Arts for Art Phobic Adults! It’s really fun for me because I get to help a group of adults play with art materials and in […]

Aartz West! A new adventure in the arts!

October 11th, 2015
Aartz West! A new adventure in the arts!

TA DA!!! Announcing AARTZ WEST!!! Here’s to freedom, cheers to art. Here’s to having an excellent adventure and may the stopping never start. -Jason Mraz I  am embarking on a new adventure! I’m very excited about opening a new creative haven and teaching studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I can share creative processes […]

Painting LIVE!

September 24th, 2015
Painting LIVE!

Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone. -Robert Allen. Standing in a public place working on my paintings all day? Making decisions, trying them out, then trying something different? With everyone watching??? (gulp!!!) Art is a conversation. I make a mark,  the painting responds. I hear my muse telling me the next step.  […]

Santa Fe Studio Tour 2015!

April 16th, 2015
Santa Fe Studio Tour 2015!

Are you busy trying to plan your summer travels? Why not Santa Fe, NM in late June? There will be a fabulous opportunity to visit 68 artists in their studios. They’ll be sharing their creative processes and their finished work. I’m very pleased to be participating in Santa Fe Studio Tour 2015! This year there […]

The Necessity of Art

April 7th, 2015
The Necessity of Art

A work of art is good if it has sprung from necessity.  –Rainer Maria Rilke This fragment of thought from Rilke stopped me cold. I had to evaluate. Does my art come from necessity? Yes. A simple yes. I need to connect with the details of nature. The light, the shadows, the nuances and colors. […]