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The importance of art right now.

Every empty canvas holds a million possibilities. As an artist I feel grateful to be reminded of this every time I show up to work. I have been reminded of the roles artists play in our society and have come to fully appreciate that what we do is much more than just make things. Really […]

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Welcome 2021

Let’s start by addressing the elephant in the room. As much as I dislike bringing it up, I can hardly begin an update without addressing 2020. It’s been taxing to say the least. Collectively as a nation we have been burdened and inconvenienced by a pandemic. We have all been touched in some way by […]

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Stuck in the Middle.

The middle of the painting is a term any painter immediately identifies with. Also known as the dreaded middle of the painting, or the “this sucks” or even “I suck” stage of the painting. The spot where spontaneity and freedom transition to questions and critical decision making. The place where creating is work and not […]

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What were you thinking when you painted that?

This is a common question painters are asked, particularly of abstract work. The more important question is what are you thinking as you look at that? What are you feeling? For myself, I say, it often has nothing to do with what I was thinking about and everything to do with what lies beneath the […]

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Where do you get your inspiration?

A common question people ask of artists is “Where do you get your inspiration”?  Moments of inspiration come at various unpredicted moments. I most commonly find insight, answers, and inspiration in the moment of half sleep and half wake in the morning before I even open my eyes. The above pictures illustrate a moment of […]

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Is meaning made or found?

Is this is a question you have ever engaged? At times I have been absolutely convinced it’s made. Then I see or hear something that resonates with my soul in such a way that surely I have found meaning that exists for others and I feel it is found and only occasionally experienced. The search […]

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Lack of self trust paralyses creativity.

When we are born there is only knowing what you need and acting on it. Unfortunately and fortunately we learn to be discerning about our needs and wants. Other people’s thoughts and actions take hold. Other’s opinions become a way of gauging our own thoughts and actions. It helps us to be part of a […]

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Getting comfortable with trusting your instincts.

Creating art is about trusting your instincts and allowing your impulses to come forth.

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I don’t have a creative bone in my body.

I don’t have a creative bone in my body. How many times have you heard people say it? How many times have you said it? Every time I hear these words, my visceral response is no! Not true!  Life itself is a creative act!  What I think people mean is “I can’t draw”.  For most […]

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Everyday I invite fear in.

I have struggled this week in my studio.  Things were smooth sailing  when I decided to explore new territory. I have played and experimented with completely abstract works recently.  My previous painting technique was to begin abstractly without any recognizable figures and then to add images, patterns, and motifs that I had drawn in my […]