June 13, 2019

This short video goes over the first print also known as the "proof print" of my Lino-cut "Tribal Owl".  

August 26, 2017

That's me at my first-ever art show...Boomtown Days Dunnellon, FL. circa ~1990. 

I was doing Quick Sketch Portraits that day and I even won a prize for one of my paintings!  I didn't own a tent so my husband made me a peg board stand to hang my art on.  

Back in the day, in a time before personal computers and cell phones, there was no such thing as Ebay, Etsy, or Fi...

August 13, 2017

 A watercolor portrait of my father's friend Randy.

Beginners luck is something I experience often when I'm learning a new method.  In my efforts to loosen up and paint in broad strokes, I had the happy accident of creating this painting of my father's friend Randy.  He was a great subject to start with because he has such an expressive face...and that beard!

In this Arti...

July 15, 2017

The one constant in my work space, be it in my studio or my kitchen table, are my two most loyal side kicks, my cat Huey and pup Cooper. They are an endless source of inspiration with their amusing antics and graceful postures.  

These two clowns help to keep things light.  They are my "go to" muses when I'm feeling stymied in my work.  

The picture above i...

July 8, 2017

I dream about painting in broad confident strokes.  I mean that literally...I dream about it in my sleep. But in my dreams the painting always turns out better than it does in real life.  

When I sit down to work, I get caught up in the details, failing to trust myself to make those large bold strokes I imagine myself doing.  But I persist in my effort to learn new...

July 4, 2017

The road to creativity can be a bumpy one...there will be times of great improvement and other times of plateaus and even some setbacks.  It's unrealistic to think that everything you make will be great all the time...that's a lot of pressure to put on yourself.  Where's the fun in that?

As an artist, my mentality is that I am a perpetual student.  This mindset helps me to no...

June 24, 2017

The image above of Josh was transferred to the carving block by tracing.

Art has the power to move people...and I believe that making art has the power to heal.  But making art has the power to frustrate as well.  

Learning to draw can be a torturous experience for the artist just starting out on their artistic journey.  It is thought by most non-artists, a...

June 17, 2017

On a lazy Friday afternoon, at our art groups' open studio day, the question of when your work is considered "derivative work" came up.  The short answer is that all artwork is "derived" from some source, at some level.  All art "derives" from something else, and has evolved from a source or inspiration.  

Did the "Impressionist" artist movement not derive from...

June 10, 2017

A while back, I competed in an art show along side an artist whose work was an absolute inspiration for me to try harder...  

Her work was in both color pencil and graphite, mediums that I had just began to renew my interest in at the time.  Her work was photo realistic, and at first glance, I thought they were photos.  I had entered some pencil drawings into the same sh...

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