Scott Kelly chose to soar

April 17th, 2016
Scott Kelly chose to soar

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. Helen Keller It’s been a long spring! Today we had snow AND hail AND sleet. These high desert spring days are completely unpredictable. Against all odds, Helen Keller chose to soar above her very challenging limitations. Scott Kelly chose to soar in […]

Quoth the Raven

February 29th, 2016
Quoth the Raven

“Needless to say, urgings by ravens are ignored at one’s peril.” ― James D. Doss I never see ravens as ominous. They are an iridescent, graceful presence soaring in the sky or perched on a branch close to me. Nine separate species of ravens are found in the northern hemisphere. They are in the corvid […]

Gratitude! How to start a Kickstarter Campaign?

November 22nd, 2015
Gratitude! How to start a Kickstarter Campaign?

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude. – AA Milne  To all of you who backed the Aartz West Kickstarter, I can’t thank you enough! What does it take to create a Kickstarter campaign? If you check out their website they have […]

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 […]

Beginnings

May 27th, 2015
Beginnings

Kind of fun to look back at my very first blog post from the dead of winter in 2007… my artist’s philosophy. It was quite a while back that I made this declaration: I am an artist. I always said I would be one when I grew up.   Thinking of the stages through which […]

How do I Love Thee, oh Horse? In so many different ways!

April 22nd, 2015
How do I Love Thee, oh Horse? In so many different ways!

The principle of true art is not to portray, but to evoke. Jerzy Kosinski Time… the creation of a bronze sculpture takes an immense amount of time, skill and dedication. It is not an endeavor to be undertaken without a great deal of care, commitment and, yes, love. You have to love what you do […]

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 […]

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.

March 20th, 2015
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.

“The desert, when the sun comes up… I couldn’t tell where heaven stopped and the Earth began.” ― Tom Hanks I empathize completely with Tom Hanks. I first learned about western deserts from Chuck Jones. Many of us are familiar with the classic desert scenes of Wile E. Coyote hot on the feathered tail of […]

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. […]