Winslow Arizona, Art Mecca!

August 19th, 2015
Winslow Arizona, Art Mecca!

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow mindedness. – Mark Twain. I love to travel, especially when I can see new vistas and landscapes and LEARN new things! So my recent journey to Scottsdale, AZ, which took me through Winslow, AZ was perfect. I never tire of these vast southwestern horizons. The cloudscapes are […]

Hawaiian Artist Pegge Hopper

May 30th, 2015
Hawaiian Artist Pegge Hopper

  Every step we make can be filled with peace, joy  and serenity. Thich Nhat Hanh   Fabled romantic, idyllic Hawaii. I hadn’t seen my son Andrew Russell Towl  in the flesh, for two years. Way to long! A field trip was definitely called for! Thank goodness for air miles! I My first goal wherever […]

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. […]

Portfolio book: to Publish or not to Publish?

April 1st, 2015
Portfolio book: to Publish or not to Publish?

The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you. –W. Somerset Maugham                 To publish or not to publish? I’ve finally made the decision.  I am designing a portfolio book – a collection of my imagery. What meaning does it have for […]

True West Gallery

March 13th, 2015
True West Gallery

Just a quick post to invite you to visit True West Gallery at 130 Lincoln Ave in Santa Fe, NM. It’s just around the corner from the heart of Santa Fe (the plaza) and a half-block from the New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts. I am thrilled have been invited to be part of this […]

Celebration of Fine Art, Scottsdale Arizona

March 8th, 2015
Celebration of Fine Art, Scottsdale Arizona

On the way back from the exhibition at Lotusland in Santa Barbara, CA we reveled in the expansive desert landscapes of Arizona. In Scottsdale we visited friend and fellow artist, Becky Joy. She  was in a great show called the Celebration of Fine Art. All of the work was of outstanding quality and very diverse. […]

Lotusland- California Dreaming

January 12th, 2015
Lotusland- California Dreaming

I’ve been to California many times, wandering on pebble and sand beaches with seals and seagulls; reveling in deliciously lush and diverse gardens; marveling at mountain and ocean vistas. I’ve watched the fog roll in and then roll out. The wild places in California are truly a magical. I was pleased and honored to receive […]

Bluebird: An Honor

December 29th, 2014
Bluebird: An Honor

Earlier in the fall I received a request. A friend asked me to paint a bluebird surrounded by apple blossoms for her mother, who was undergoing treatment for cancer. There was urgency because her mother was at a pivotal point in her treatments. My own mother loved birds. Many of my childhood hours were spent […]

Petroglyph Elves

December 25th, 2014
Petroglyph Elves

The holidays were just around the corner. Yikes! What to do for my far flung family and nieces and nephews? I turned to the petroglyph elves. Problem solved! I decided I’d have some fun with little notebooks this year. I started with sturdy little pocket sized notebooks. These aren’t moleskine but they are well made. […]

From the studio: Simple solutions

April 2nd, 2014
From the studio: Simple solutions

Let’s face it. Paint is expensive. Whether you’re using watercolor, oil, acrylic or gouache… or whatever might be your medium of choice, every artist wants to squeeze the very last drop from each tube. Color is not something you want to waste. For years I struggled with pesky paint tubes trying to squeeze out the […]