• Abstract paintings
  • Unity in Diversity Artist Statement via video!

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      This is my artist’s statement about my new series of oil paintings called the Unity in Diversity series.  Less than a minute and perhaps, my more serious philosophical side.     If you’d rather read than watch – here’s a slightly longer version: Unity in Diversity It comes from the shadow and the light. It comes through the torment of Orlando, Istanbul and Nice. It comes from my inner dialogue about gender, race, religion […]

  • Abstract paintings
  • I’m thankful for me (my inside me that is)!

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    I know that sounds kind of pompous so I’ll explain. Up until a few years ago my most predominant self-talk to was judgmental and pretty cruel.  I could hold space for everyone else.  I could find love and compassion for everyone else’s imperfections but not my own. The voice inside my head that spoke to me was a real bitch.  She constantly reminded me that I was not good enough, that I didn’t measure up […]

  • Thoughts on being human
  • Why I’m now thankful for our Grizzly bear encounter.

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    We had a Grizzly Bear Encounter. Yup. We met a Grizzly bear just above us on the trail about 100ft away. We had just been passed by 5 mountain bikers so we were alert for sounds ahead in case we needed to jump out of the way to let more bikers pass. Patrick, my husband, spotted it first. “Bear,” he sort of gasped. Everything from this moment on happened so very quickly but the replays […]

  • Creative Play
  • Have you ever experienced a win before you stepped on the field?

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    That’s how I was feeling before I boarded the plane to Spain last May. I was in Spain when I sent this note out, hosting our first Open Your Art Retreat with Marleen Vermeulen. I learned so much preparing for the adventure and I developed what I know will be life long friendships. To practice the art portion of our retreat, I asked my Dad, my cousins and a family friend to be my guinea […]