Fruit Snacks

I love little things. Especially when they remind me of a time and place that has special memories. This tiny smooth pebble has been in my jewelry box among my gold jewelry for the past 15 years. My youngest daughter found it at about the age of 12 months, and kept...

“Should” is a Four-Letter Word.

I have only one rule in my workshop. It has grown out of many years of well-meaning souls telling me what I “should” or “should not do” with my art. “You should paint in oils.” “You should lower your prices.” “You should raise your prices.”...

Making a Mark

In the past few weeks I have been working with an awesome new model in my studio. The other day he noticed something interesting while I have been working…. Some days he heard me slashing very loudly on the board and the music I had chosen for that day was louder and...

Chalk vs Pastel

New visitors to my home often check out my studio and quite frequently neighbors and such know I am an artist, but don’t realize that I work in pastel. Once they see my setup and various sticks laying around, I have quite often heard, “oh! you work in chalk….” In the...

Firewalking

A few years ago I had the opportunity to walk across hot coals in my bare feet. Yep. There was a big blazing bonfire (actual pic seen here) that burned for hours and then when it burned down, we walked across the red coals. Firewalking has been practiced for thousands...