Saturday, February 9th, I had the pleasure of teaching an art collage workshop with eleven women who are currently battling or have somehow been affected by cancer. In our three hour workshop, we shared art supplies, stories, encouragement and chocolate! I believe the day’s 3 greatest takeaways were (1) that art is therapeutic and can calm and soothe stress (2) it is important to take time, schedule whatever time one can afford in their day, to sit and be creative and (3) color can be powerful in enhancing one’s mood! I encourage everyone to tap into their own creativity! It can be as simple as doodling on a scrap piece of paper, but I highly recommend taking it further, and add color!
May 2019 bring you and yours many blessings of health, success, peace, joy and of course…COLOR!
Please join me on Saturday, December 1st from 6-8pm for the opening of
2018 OAL Thumb Box Exhibition
at Sign House, 735, 737 Sullivant Avenue
This is one of the Ohio Art League’s oldest exhibitions, where all works accepted can not exceed 6” x 6”!
So join us for Great Fun and Small Art!
This is a cozy lil' coffee shop in the heart of Old Worthington, just south of the town square. Stop on in for a caffeinated treat and some lil' paintings and collages...the perfect gift for your kid's dorm room, that empty niche in your home or just a happy gift of color for a friend! I hope you'll stop by so we can chat! I can't wait to connect with you!
Currently playing with alcohol inks and their reaction when applied to acrylic...the results are so bold and amazing! Some of these combinations will be in my upcoming show at Highline Coffee, in Worthington, Ohio opening Saturday, September 8th, 2-4pm.!
If you are looking for a fun way to beat the heat this week...
Stop into the Columbus Metropolitan Library at 96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH and check out the exhibition in their Carnegie Gallery on the second floor! "Seasons of our Lives" is hosted by the member artists and writers of the National League of American Pen Women, who collaborated on numerous pieces. You'll find paintings, collages, sculpture, photography and poetry to please your eye! Curated by Stephanie Rond, it is worth the trip!
Second...stop into the Varckette Family Chiropractic Offices at 870 High Street, Ste 104, Worthington, OH, for a peek at my solo show, which will end this Friday!! The office staff are very friendly and welcome you to peek throughout their offices to see the art! All art and boxed greeting cards are available for sale!
"Midnight in Holland", Acrylic on canvas, 12" x 24", Available
I have new paintings and collages hanging in Worthington's Varckette Family Chiropractic offices, 870 High Street, Ste 104, Worthington , OH. Even if you are not a patient, but find yourself in Worthington, pop on in to their offices and ask to take a peek! All are available for sale- just contact me directly!
I'm working in this style lately...and will creating more like this one (which is spoken for) and will be hanging a variety of panels and canvases on May 5th, at the Varckette Family Chiropractic Office (870 High Street, Ste 104) in Worthington, Ohio.
Boxed Greeting cards will also be available onsite for the month!
Even if your back doesn't hurt- pop in and take a peek!
Saturday, April 21st, I had the opportunity to join fellow Pen Women, (from L to R)Brenda Laymen, Renate Fackler and Rosalie Unger in an Artists & Writer's Panel Discussion, where we shared our writing and artistic processes and discussed our collaborative work that will remain on exhibition at The Works, in Newark, through July.
As a Member of the National League of American Pen Women, the Central Ohio Chapter is happy to announce a collaborative show, "Seasons of Our Lives", opening this Friday, April 13, 2018...
Join us for the opening reception at The Works (Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology), 55 S. 1st Street, Newark, Ohio 43055.
As an organization comprised of professional women writers, artists, musicians, singers, dancers and choreographers (to name a few), we have had our "Women of Letters" and "Women of Art" members collaborate on this exhibit.
Come see what we've done!
To know my work is to know I love big, bold color and texture! I like layers and lots of them! But there are also times that I like to change gears and strive for subtlety! In doing so, I tend to bring in white acrylic to soften the scene around the focal point, allowing it to speak. Lately, I have been playing with Alcohol Inks and testing them outside of their intended YUPO paper, to see how well they play with others...
Here's what I am finding...their colors are as bold as I was warned...loving that! They are similar to watercolor in terms of control, but they also lend themselves nicely to "happy mistakes"! They don't play well with gloss medium if they are being painted over, as they can bleed into the gel medium (even after they are dry) but they will happily sit atop of dried gloss medium!
I'm currently working on a series of 12" x 12" panels that combine acrylics with alcohol inks. So far I'm pleased with the results...happy mistakes and all! What do you think?
These pieces are currently available, if interested, contact me directly for details!
I just want to remind, re-invite and if you hadn't heard yet, invite you... to...
Copious for an opening of my exhibit that will run through the end of the month! I hope you'll drop by tomorrow, 5-8p...if not, stop in before April 1st and have a meal, take a peek! I hope my colorful work will bring you some joy and happiness after the gray Columbus winter! See something you like? Take it home and add some color to your world! Why should happy be restricted to just one hour?
My greeting cards are now available through Pure Cottage, 693 High Street, Worthington, Ohio! This shop is a joy to visit, so stop in and peruse the beautiful home accessories, jewelry and art! Pick up a blank card to send some love to a friend!
New greeting cards featuring Spring-like colors and designs will be available at the Columbus Museum of Art store this week...so be sure to stop in and get your color fix!
Please join me for the opening of my exhibit at Copious, on Wednesday, March 7th, from 5-8p!
Hanging throughout the restaurant, you will find my fabric collages, acrylic and paper collages as well as my latest bold acrylic paintings! There will be a lot of color to take in- I hope you'll also participate in the restaurant's wine tasting ($5) or better yet, make a reservation and stay for dinner! The more the merrier, so please join me and bring your family and friends! My work will be hanging through the end of March!
"Snowy Garden (small)" acrylic & paper collage on panel, 10 x 10"
Ok folks...we have arrived. We are there. You know...the month on the calendar, where the skies seem perpetually gray and the bitter temperatures outside only add to the dreary mood! Personally, I fight back with a lot of bold, bright color and like taking a multivitamin, I have to take in color every day.
So, I have been painting daily and some of my new work, seen here (in this blog post and my website's illustration gallery) will be available soon as more boxed sets of greeting cards! I will be sure to let you know when they are hot off the press and available, so subscribe to my blog or check back to my Facebook page!
In the mean time, surround yourself with color, stay safe, warm and HAPPY!
Holidays are fun but exhausting! There is a distinctive ebb & flow to our lives around the holidays with kids out of school, college students home, laundry piling up, grocery lists lengthening and the social calendar filling up! Every schedule remains discombobulated for weeks, sleep is nonexistent and I find myself clinging to any cup of caffeine, in any corner of quiet I can find!
I realized it is a lot like my artistic process! There is an ebb & flow to my studio time. At any given time I have several pieces going at once, in various stages of completion. I move from piece to piece, adding colors, adding texture, working big, working small, or sometimes I just want to focus all of my attention on one particular piece. My personal ebb & flow, sans sand, sun and surf!
The collage featured here is one that has been painted with both a palette knife and brushes, with the addition of strips from unique security envelopes and vintage books. It's color scheme makes me think of early paintings of ships on fire, after cannon battles at sea. I like the smokiness of it and the strips of paper are like sightings of land or any small shred of reality through the heavy post-battle haze. And there is a small ebb & flow that can be found in the brushstrokes. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
With the holidays upon us and 2017 coming to a close, I wanted to wish everyone a restorative, peaceful, holiday season! Thank you all for following me on facebook and instagram and please know I count you followers among my many blessings!
Many have asked what is ahead...well, currently my boxed greeting cards are available through the Columbus Museum of Art store (and of course through me directly as I am working on getting my website's ecommerce section up and running). So in the mean time if you see something you'd like to purchase or commission me for, just email, pm me or the good ol' phone call will work too!
I have been painting a lot and so you can look for more blasts of color from me in the weeks and months ahead! I am still accepting commissions and will have some surprises for you in the near future!
Happy Holidays and may 2018 bring you great...
Thank you to Kimarie Martin and Nick Hart of Bexley Living Magazine, for the great interview and photographs for the November issue!
Back in 2003, I made a baby gift for a friend. I designed an entirely fabric, washable and baby-safe book. Five pages with fabric illustrations, told a story written in verse. After my friend received her gift, she called me and asked if I could make 3 more for friends and relatives of hers that were also expecting. A business was born!
I was commissioned to create books for many occasions: births, adoptions, birthdays, pet memorials, adult achievements, musical accomplishments and more. I am thrilled to have them featured in the current issue of GreenCraft magazine! Thank you to the many friends and clients who lent me their books for the magazine to photograph. Many thanks to the Editors I have worked with at GreenCraft, as they transitioned into different editorial roles!