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: Obstacles, Goals and Success!

March 6th, 2015
Lotusland: Obstacles, Goals and Success!

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. ~Henry Ford There were a few obstacles along the way. Time, distance and injury, among them. (it’s really hard to paint when your dominant arm is in an immobilizing sling) But somehow, despite the obstacles, the goal was accomplished. Canvases […]

Rituals, Superstition and Success

February 1st, 2015
Rituals, Superstition and Success

Sports players are renowned for their rituals. Baseball players who never wash their hats?  Octopus carcasses thrown onto the ice at hockey games? (major yuck & sad!) Nascar drivers who shy away from peanuts in the shell? People are strange. Creative and highly accomplished folk of all sorts have rituals too. Winston Churchill woke at […]

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. […]

Finding my Art on the River

December 11th, 2014
Finding my Art on the River

  Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. -Kahlil Gibran   After my last blog post -too many moons ago-  I was immersed completely in the wonderful (but all consuming) Semester in the American Southwest. Fortunately before the autumnal academic roller coaster began, I was lucky enough to spend […]

Damn the torpedos! (or how the arts can change a community.)

August 8th, 2014
Damn the torpedos!                                    (or how the arts can change a community.)

A few years ago I was invited (as a community leader?) to give a presentation to a regional group of several hundred women. It was quite an honor to be asked. I just re-read my presentation, and thought I would share it here. What I wrote is about life and art and moving forward against […]

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 […]

From the Studio: Re-stretching a canvas

March 15th, 2014
From the Studio: Re-stretching a canvas

  Recently I had an fortunate/unfortunate experience in the process of selling a large canvas. (Well, 4′ x 4′- not that large.) Having someone fall in love with the painting and take it to a new, happy home was great. A successful sale was great. But one of the stretcher bars had warped. Not so […]