Mixed Media Artist

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Light My Way


9″x12″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are red and are 1.5″ deep.

This painting is available HERE

It’s funny where inspiration comes from.  I was at a concert the other day and the band had set up the stage with various lamps. One lamp looked like a globe or orb and I couldn’t stop looking at it. They had set their water bottle in front of it and it almost looked like a figure holding a glowing orb above their head.  It made me think of my warrior of the light and I was inspired to paint this one.  I don’t know if I will go on to paint another but my husband quickly painted out “see it is good for you to go out!” (hermit that I am).

It is so important as an artists to be open for inspiration to make an appearance.  My mantra is always ‘inspiration finds us when we are working’ and this is true.  If we aren’t coming to the page/canvas on a regular basis, it makes it hard to actually manifest our inspiration BUT staring at the page/canvas day in and day out is NOT going to make that happen. Once again, as in most things in life, it is finding that perfect balance that is vital.

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.”
― Og Mandino


A Fine Balance

8″x16″ mixed media painting on paper covered canvas. The sides are .5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE


The beginning of this year, in the middle of the coldest most miserable winter, I slipped and fell…twice…once backward and once forward.  I have never really been that steady on my feet. I often watch other people in amazement as they seem to navigate icy paths with no trouble at all and in the most inappropriate shoes.  Not me.  I really have to be careful or I will wipe out.

Ever since then I have felt less and less in balance. Both mentally and physically. I am not sure if this is just a coincidence.   If I was to think back on 2011 I would defintely say that it was my year of being out of balance. Nothing in my life seems to be balanced properly. Food, exercise, the kids, my art … MY HOUSE…eek.   I have to be honest writing about this is not making me feel better.  That icky feeling has followed me all year and has got progressively worse.

I thought that my children going back to school and having so much more time on my hands would help but I continue to try to find my balance.  I think that balance is the truly the key to happiness. I have felt balance but it is fleeting. It seems, as I straighten up and find myself steady something else is dropped on my head or the spot that I have placed my feet becomes uneven and wobbly.

I have bought some snow boots with excellent traction and I hope that this help.  Maybe staying steady on on my feet  will help me find balance in the rest of my life. It can’t hurt, right?

Red Road Design Interview
Recently, I had the pleasure to do an interview with Jay from Red Road Design.  Please check it out and then take a look at her beautiful blog.



a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight amount, etc.

something used to produce equilibrium; counterpoise.

mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior, judgment, etc.

a state of bodily equilibrium: He lost his balance and fell down the stairs.

an instrument for determining weight, typically by the equilibrium of a bar with a fulcrum at the center, from each end of which is suspended a scale or pan, one holding an object of known weight, and the other holding the object to be weighed.