Usually in the winter I like to hibernate, paint whatever I want; and make lots of homemade soups and bake. I have not had as much opportunity for that this year.  I have been busy with commissioned paintings, paint parties, workshops and art shows. Not that I’m complaining…busy is good.  I am just happy I have one weekend off and I plan on doing the bread baking and soup making STAT.

It’s currently raining in sunny Southern California and everything is popping up in beautiful, vibrant shades of color. I love to stroll around our property watching the green sage bloom into stunning lavender bursts, the chamomile’s yellow heads poking out from the earth and my roses (after an aggressive pruning) are a rainbow of enchanting hues. 

 Much like musicians hear a new song in the bird cries, artists start to formulate ideas from nature and its awesome visual delights in the spring. Everything is awakening and new, the shine from the raindrops making a glinting sparkle on all that it touches. Rainbows are bountiful today.  Inspiration is bubbling and brewing.  Happy Spring everyone. 


As we welcome in this New Year, I reflect with gratitude on the beauty and successes of the last one.  With 2017 I saw so many new beginnings and changes.

I created over 50 new artworks last year.  That’s a lot.  With many new commissions I was asked for paintings in several different styles. It has been nice to reach out of my comfort zone and grow.  I even painted several beautiful nudes this year. One was an absolute stunner.

With the help of my wonderful and supportive husband, I launched my website. Since then I have been booking birthday parties, girl’s nights, winery events and all manner of paint classes. It has been easier for clients to find my artworks and contact me for commissions. Not far behind came the time to choose print suppliers for my artwork and I have been very happy with Fine Art America and Pixels. 

I participated in my first group art show, as part of a larger city wide annual art event.  There are so many talented and creative folks out there. I love seeing and being inspired by others artwork.

I took part in a 7 day Plein Air Competition and was part of my first gallery show. Accomplishing ones goals really makes you feel satisfied.  This goal was hard for me. I like to hide in my little studio room and paint, taking it out into the wild outdoors is very different. You have to pack up and take all your supplies with you, and with only 7 days to complete your works you have to paint fast. Not to mention how quickly your paint dries in the California sunshine. I cannot complain, I spent most of my time painting at Wilson Creek Winery, known for its fabulous Almond Champagne. Life is good.




After 7 years volunteering at our local public school as an art teacher, I passed the baton forward. Now the school has two paid teachers bringing art and creativity to those smiling faces. I truly know the value of a great instructor and the work involved to educate, in a meaningful way, the minds of our youth. Putting together structured lesson plans all while trying to create and have fun is no easy task.  Now when I teach students I am paid to do so. As much as I value those children’s smiles, it is nice to be paid what I am worth, along with the smiles. 


Professionally 2017 was what I would call a success. I hope 2018 brings as many new challenges and that my creativity continues to thrive. I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year. Paint on…. 


I have been a bit of a hermit over the last few months while working on a Deity series. ‘The Goddesses & Gods’.  As inspirational as this has been personally, it has left me a little insular and hiding away with my paints, palettes and brushes.  I am happy to say that visits from family and friends have brought me out of my painting and research hovel, and a few commissions required a refocus of subject matter.  It never hurts to walk away for a while, to play in the sun, to watch nature, to listen to loved ones and to dance in the rain.  The palette knife has danced its way back into my work after a long absence and I am enjoying the weight and structure of the paint as it piles on. Let’s see where this leads.  Paint on my friends…….


ART Inspiration…Part 1

Everyone finds inspiration from different sources. For me it is mostly about emotion.  Once I get started with a sketch for a painting I am literally moved by some emotion or another. From there I just begin mixing paint colors and let the brushes take me to another place. Always remembering to breathe, it is like a meditation. Music helps…. more on that another time.

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