My kids love asking what time it is on the other side of the world and enjoy their expressions on their faces when I explain that some where in the middle of the Pacific ocean it is almost yesterday and right next to it, almost tomorrow. So isn't it interesting that we use the phrase 'Take the time'? 

When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world. -Eckhart Tolle

Take the time.


This collage is based on pieces from a Philadelphia Museum of Art t-shirt that I've had since high school!  I cut up the frieze and pediments and put the words on them after considering the artists featured in the museum.  I know that I can't be the only artist that gets pangs of doubt. So fretting artists---here is your reminder! All great things begin small.

Since every journey does indeed begin with the first step, does that therefore mean that people who travel many steps down the road of art all become artists? Practice making perfect? Or is every person born an artist and they just loose it along the way? I've been preparing for a fun demo to do with my son's cub scouts den (art elective.. yeah!) and I want to bring home the point to these young minds that I believe that every person is indeed born an artist. That "drawing a straight line" is why rulers were invented and that stick figures are to drawing as crawling is to walking- important! The lesson here is to keep at it. The more you do it, the better you get. And if you lost it along the way, pick up a pencil and start again.

Story Seen in the Picture

Another new face. I'm on a roll!  Settling into the kids being in school full time is definitely helping my creative spirit. All these pieces of myself, my reflective side, my superstitious side, my joyous side, are all making it into the art. Good. That is the way it's supposed to be.

In this piece, I used Ikea fabric, retro pillow case pieces, Chinese papers, floral tea towels and paper napkins. I love how dark and shadowy her face came out. This piece is titled from a lesson plan on a children's text book page in the collage on another painting! I had to use the words. Love them! Enjoy.

Story Seen in the Picture

What You See Depends On What You’re Looking For

I’ve been told again recently that in essence ‘real’ art work should not need words. Even though I don’t believe that for a second, I do believe that’s a thought worth exploring. Why would someone say that? What preconceived ideas about art have created this definition in their mind? What is this person looking for?

With a true rebellious spirit, I decided that day that I must paint a quote. I found this quote and immediately loved the truth that rang through it. I googled it to give tribute to the brilliant author’s insight and I discovered that is credited to anonymous. So thank you anonymous!

I find it so interesting how the human mind bounces between the glass half full and half empty. Of course Lennon was brilliant in telling us that there’s “nothing you can see that isn’t shown”, that all is there for us to truly understand if we pay attention long enough. But when you practice awareness, you also realize that what you believe really dictates what your reality is. If you believe there is abundance, you are right. If you believe there is scarcity, you are also right.  So why not question that belief? Byron Katie says that if you have a stressful thought, then that is your cue to question it.

So I paint this as a reminder, watch your thoughts. And you will see amazing things happen.

Mount Dora Center for the Arts Opening

Last night was my opening for show Deliberately Uncertain at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts. I wanted to thank all my friends for coming. Your love and support means the world to me! I met many new people and I'm really looking forward to having some of you in my classes at MDCA. We're going to have fun! 

The Nate, Nick and friends also had fun last night...coloring away. I just love the idea of showing children that they can create their way into an adult life that they love...whether its in the arts or not. Trust in the power of doing what's in your heart and the Universe will honor that. Even in bad economic times. I swear it.

The Old Work

Inspired by Cori Dantini's blog post The Old Me and a clean out session involving old art work photos, I thought I would comment about my 20 plus years as an artist. 

I graduated from Rollins College painting thick textured oil paintings....

...and did many commercial paintings and murals....

I got a job at Universal Studios Orlando as a scenic artist...

 ...and then started my own company painting large scale murals.
(this one was 10' x 20')

I fell in love with  acrylic painting on strange textures like burlap...

..and started drawing and putting figures back into my work (like in college).

From there I discovered the joys of working on fabric and paper collage and got closer to my subjects...

...and starting dividing the pieces into many panels.

It's amazing how fast 20 years can progress when you love what your doing.