Mixed Media Artist

Archive for June, 2018

Faithful Moon

The original of this painting has been SOLD.

6″x12″ and 8″x16″ OOK mounted reproductions are available HERE

These reproductions are hand embellished by me so no two are alike. The are hand signed front and back and have a small hook on the back, ready to hang.

“The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.”

― Ming-Dao Deng, Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony

The above is a reminder to me when I am engaging with my daughters.  I must be the moon. Always there, constant and consistent. You don’t expect the moon to solve all of your problems but it is reassuring to know the moon is always there in the sky. Sometimes there is nothing more annoying than having someone trying to ‘help’ you. I know this and yet I often find myself trying to ‘help’ my girls with my ‘wisdom’.  Often when you are expressing yourself to someone, you really are just using them as a sounding board. You really don’t want them to give you THEIR answers. Someone else answers are not the same answers that we would come to for ourselves.

Daily Summer Vacation Mantra: Be the moon. Be the moon. Be the moon. (If you don’t want daily battles). Be the moon.



Hibiscus At Night

My tortoise, Jack, loves hibiscus leaves. The flowers are so beautiful but it is the leaves that he can’t get enough of.  I keep one in the house just for jack and like the hibiscus, they both get to go outside on the deck during the summer months.  Wouldn’t it just be so much easier if we could  just move to a tropical country? I’d be willing to make this sacrifice. LOL.

This is a 3″x 18″ mixed media/ encaustic painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available Here

This is a in progress shot

Brightest Star

6.5″x19″ mixed media painting on rag paper. This painting will need to be matted and framed by you.

This painting is HERE

Gold and glitter, stars and the night sky. This one is so shiny and sparsely! Trying to capture the magic of the night sky.

You Have To Believe

This is a 8″x16″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is SOLD

I believe that we are good, us humans. The word humane, after all, means ‘having or showing compassion or benevolence’. So I believe, I have to.


“You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen.”
― Neil Gaiman, Stardust

The Slow Dance Of The Infinite Stars

This mixed media painting is 24″ round and is .5″ deep. The sides are black. This painting is available HERE

“She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches , with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.”

“Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human? ”

Neil Gaiman, Stardust

It is my 15 years olds birthday today. It is such a beautiful hot day today, not at all like the day she was born. I often joke that I created my own muse (s) but really it is no joke.  I conjured this girl. She was the perfect subject to paint, those big eyes, that dolly nose, the hair, OMG the hair. She was born with a full head of hair, by the time she was six months, she had pigtails. Before Imogen, my paintings were sad. Dark, in both colour and sentiment. I floundered around for inspiration. Art was a struggle, it eluded me. I painted but their was little to no joy in it.  I didn’t t find the joy immediately. No, I didn’t jump out of bed after her birth and start painting bright, authentic paintings. Inspiration did not fill me up immediately after her birth. But slowly, slowly it started storing itself in my body and by the time I had Scarlett and by the time she finally started having afternoon naps and Imogen  was at play school two time a week, by this time, I was able to start dipping into that beautiful pool of creativity that my children had allowed me to develop. I always knew that their were two things that I wanted to be 1. a mother and 2. an artist , I did not know, however, that  they would have to come in that order. That, until I had my girls, I could not fulfill my dream of being an authentic artist. I don’t know why, but I guess I don’t really need to . It took Chris and I a long time to get pregnant, a lot of heart ache, tests, charts, surgeries but my goodness, look at what we were blessed with. We are the lucky of the luckiest people. I am so proud of my girls and I am eternally grateful to them both for igniting a passion in me that was only a tiny little flame before they were born.

Happy Birthday Imogen

Little Round Koi Pond

5″ round mix media on canvas. The sides are .5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE

Two crows And Magnolias

12″x12″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are turquoise.

This painting is available HERE

Dream Upstream

This is a 3″x18″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE

Koi, Downstream

Detail of painting

6″x36″ mixed media painting on canvas. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE


This original painting ‘Koi In A garden Pond ‘ is available HERE

img_2469This painting ‘Indigo Koi’ is available HERE



3″x18″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides 1.5″ deep and are painted dark blue.

This painting is available HERE

Mr. Bourdain,

I will miss the fragments of stardust that made you, you. I am sorry if you were in pain and I hope that you are  now at peace.

“Life is pain. We are all in pain, all the time.”

“There are other things this universe has to offer,” says the creature, “Light, live, touch, sensation. The way you are all made of the same pieces; the same fragments of stardust and yet you are all so different.”
Amie Kaufman, This Shattered World