Mixed Media Artist

Tiger lilies

Past, Present, Future

This is a 24″x 36″ mixed media painting on wood.

The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is SOLD

The  past behind.

The  future ahead.

Presently,  lost in both,

Absent of the present.

Staying present is one of the hardest things  to do, and  is truly the secret to living a happy life.  I know this because I have been able to live like this in snippets. Short sweet snippets.  Times when I was really  there. Fully THERE. Not worrying about the future or feeling guilty about the past. Those times are nirvana, they really are. Maybe it is because it is such  a challenge to live presently that when we manage to do so,   it makes it all the more special.

I loose touch with my ART when I loose touch with the present. My ART demands my full attention, it does not want me thinking about whether it is going to be good enough or what is going to happen to it in the future. It does not want me to compare it to other ART. It NEEDS me to believe in it  and when spending time with it, it wants me to be fully engaged. My ART does not want me fretting about doing the laundry, making dinner or cleaning the bathroom. It just really wants me to give my whole self to it and have fun doing so.

Now take the word ART in the last paragraph and replace it with Children… or even spouse, friend, mother, pet or,  here is a good one… SELF.

Be present as often as you can.  I know it is really, really hard,  but as my Mother always says  ” nothing good comes easy”.

To Call Myself Beloved

24″x38″ mixed media on clayboard.

Available to purchase here
Lay away available for this purchase.

I think I am starting to believe her.

She really is looking more comfortable in her own skin.

Kind of like me.

Leopard Print and Tiger Lilies

leopard-print-and-tiger-llilieswmAnother new mixed media painting.  I have to admit, leopard print is one of my guilty pleasures.  I know to some it is condisdered tacky but I just can’t help it!  I kind of shy away from wearing it myself (most but not all of the time) but I have no problem dressing my kids up in it.  No problem at all!

Oh, and is  it ever FUN to paint!



I just finished this 11.5″x15.5″ mixed media painting.  Joy, just pure joy.


Horizontally Challenged

Not only am I not a landscape artist, I will take it one step further and say that I am not even a horizontal artist! I have painted quite a few paintings over the last six months and I have only completed one horizontal piece. (The above painting of Lilies). The other horizontal painting I started never got finished. This is rare for me. If I start a painting, I usually finish it, but not this one. This one was NOT good and was going to remain that way. So I ditched it.

None of this matters really but yesterday I was just wondering why I like vertical so much. I was looking at a new painting that I was working on and it struck me: VERTICAL! AGAIN! WHY?

I guess the answer is fairly obvious. I am a figurative painter (mostly) and we humans are vertical by nature. So it does make sense. Let’s just say, I am horizontally challeged. Hey, come to think of it, having two little kids makes me horizontally challenged in more ways than the way I turn my canvas! HA!

In The Wings

Yesterday was Imogen’s novice ballet recital. She did a great job. Some of the older girls were so beautiful dancing their solos. I got all weepy about it all and then right in the middle of the show, everything was stopped and a teacher came out carrying a sobbing little girl. Her parents were called and when she saw her Daddy approach the stage her little body shook and she sobbed even harder with relief. That was just too much for me. Tears were streaming down my face. It would have been very embarrassing if it hadn’t been so dark in the theatre.

This multi media piece is called “Waiting”. I did it a little while ago. This is what I wrote about it at the time:

How much time does a dancer wait in the wings? Certainly more time than actually dancing. I am sure it is true of a lot of things but I am so intrigued by the world of dancing right now  that I couldn’t help but paint this.

A Still Moment

This is a painting that I just completed of Scarlett sitting at the dining room table. She is so still and at peace, not at all like her normal two year old self. There was just a beautiful stillness at that moment that I wanted to try to capture.


There is nothing wrong with a little wish now and then.  There is the star wish, the fountain wish, the birthday wish and of course, we can’t forget the wishbone wish.  I’ve wished for plenty of things in my life.  The only problem with wishing is that we are always to the future,  which kind of implies that  we aren’t enjoying the right now.  I think that my next wish will be that I don’t wish anymore because I am just enjoying right now too much to even care.


This is a multi media 2.5″x3.5″ original ACEO.
I love lilies. Painting them is a great excuse for buying them. Shhhh…don’t tell my husband.