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Peony Dreams

24″x24″ mixed media/ encaustic painting on wood. The sides of this painting are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available Here.


It is so hot here today! If encaustic paint could drip right off of a painting, it would today. (It can’t, unless of course your house is one fire, and in that case, GET OUT!)  Anyway, I am happy with this one and I really love the blue vase with the little bird and bleeding hearts.  This painting is full of love and dreams to me because I have filled it with all of my favourites and yellow, yellow, yellow and even mica flakes on the butterflies to boot!


The Light From Within

Nothing dims the light from within –  Maya Angelou

I love the sentiment of this quote.  The light from within is an amazing thing but I do think that it can be hard to see sometimes, it can be turned down or, heaven forbid, turned off completely. We are responsible in protecting our light and we have to be responsible in protecting our children’s light as well. The stronger we can keep that light a glow during their youth, the better chance they have in keeping it lit themselves.  Love is the best conductor… love, love, love. We are nothing without it. We all need it to grow and find our light from within. It is everything.


This painting is 24″x24″ with 3″ sides that are a continuum of the painting.

This painting is available May 21, noon eastern in my Etsy shop.

Summer Peony Slice

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

This painting is available HERE

Yellow Peonies

4″x14.5″ mixed media painting on rag paper. This one would need to be matted and framed by you.

This painting is available HERE

Pale Pink Peony Slice


This is a painting in progress photo , pre-encaustics


This 3″x24″ mixed media/ encaustic painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE


Butterfly Totem

3″x30″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″deep and are painted red. This painting is available HERE 

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It is so hard to document these long thin ones, the photo does not show the detail. These paintings look so good hanging in “in-between”  spaces. There is never enough wall space or windows is there?


Magnolia Tree Slice

Magnolia Tree Slice

This is 3″x24″ mixed media encaustic painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE 

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I’ve never done a Magnolia flower slice so I thought I’d try one out. I love Magnolias and miss seeing them every spring. The flowers are so wax like that they work well in encaustic. There are lots of sparkles and iridescent blues in this one that is hard to see in the photo.


Also available in my Etsy shop, Peace In The Moment. Available in ACEO format and as a 12″ x 16″ OOAK Limited Edition  Embellished and Mounted Reproduction

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Don’t Fight Your Heart

6″x14″ mixed media painting on rag paper.

This painting is available HERE

One of the greatest skills that we can teach our children is to listen to their heart. My girls have such good hearts, I hope that they never stop listening to the internal voice. We are often led astray by not going with our gut or doing something that doesn’t feel right, especially as young people. We give into peer pressure. This can become a bad habit as we get older. Listen to your heart, pay attention, don’t fight it, I promise, it won’t steer you wrong.

On my Play list today …


Her Journey, Still On Going


This is a 8″x16″ Open edition OOAK fine art reproduction on archival bamboo paper mounted on a 8″x16″ wooden stretcher. Inks are fully archival.
Sides are 1.5″ and are painted red. This is a embellished and mounted 8″x16″ fine art reproduction. I make these individually and they are signed front and back and are ready to hang.

Smaller sizes and flat prints available upon request.

I wrote the following about this painting at the time of its completion:

I have to remember that it is her journey.  Not mine.

I have my own journey.

I can’t tell her what her journey is anymore than can she can tell me what mine is.

I have to move forward and let her move  forward too.

My hear aches a little just thinking about this seperation.

Sadness fills me and I feel no joy. Just fear.  I know this is not right but it is honest.

STOP! I want to shout. Just stop. I need more time. Just a little more time. It went so fast. It is going too fast. You are my baby still.

But no, you are almost 12 and I feel you slipping away.

Yes, you can sleep in my bed tonight.

A moment.  Another moment.


For just one more moment.

8″x16 OOAK fine art reproduction available  Here

2.5″ x 3.5″ cropped ACEO available HERE

And since I shared my younger muse yesterday, Here is a photo of my older muse.2018-02-24 12.42.59



This is an Open Edition OOAK mounted reproduction of my original painting ‘Hope And Desires’, to this day, this is still one of my most popular paintings and really captures my little muse.  I wanted to look back on what I wrote about this painting and it still holds true today, so I thought I’d share it again.

You can purchase your very own 12″x16″ Hopes and Desires HERE

Also available as an ACEO HERE

Feb, 2011

We have all experienced dream crushers in our life. Those people that think it is their job to inform us that are dreams are impractical or unrealistic. Growing up working for my parents at their small Inn in Victoria, I met many people, strangers really , the felt that it was up to them to tell me that my desire to be an artist was just plain silly.
‘Art is hobby’ one couple told my sixteen year old self as I poured them coffee for breakfast.
It is amazing to me, when I think back, at how many people told me this. It got to the point that I stopped telling people what I was studying or what my goals were.
Their comments did not changed my desire to be an artist but they did make me feel that it was perhaps a hopeless dream. After all, how do you BECOME an artist? Sure you can go to college and university but let me tell you a little secret, it is not much different there. My professors may have well been those people that I served at sixteen. They were actually teaching us that being an artist for a living was a crazy idea and not only THAT, but if you did manage to make an living as an artist, it must mean that you have sold out.
It is no surprise that I remained confused about my desire to be an artist for a very long time. Until I turned forty, actually.
What changed when I turned forty? I was able to turn off those dream crusher voices in my head and realize that the way to become an artist is to create art. As often as possible. End of story. There is no great mystery here. Maybe I am not making as much money as some one with a ‘real job’ but holey moley, I am doing something that I LOVE TO DO.
There is value in that.
There is joy in that.
There is something so SACRED about that.

The thing that makes me so crazy is that, as a parent, I work so hard to cultivate and encourage my children’s dreams and yet one person can come along and destroy it all with a few ‘helpful’ words. So remember, next time a young person tells you what they want to do with their life, just listen, bite your tongue if you have to. Don’t be a dream crusher, be a dream cultivator. *************************************************************************************************

The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.

-Robert Kiyosak

Desire is half of life; indifference is half of death.

-Kahlil Gibran

It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire and many things to fear.

-Francis Bacon, Viscount St Albans


And now a photo of my muse 7 years later, still the same cheekiness, don’t you think?