Guardian Angel

I have enjoyed walking into my studio seeing this larger than life angel waiting to greet me every morning. I love how she began to emerge out of nothingness, just when I needed her the most.

The “Guardian Angel” is an original mixed media painting.
This is a two canvas panel painting, the painting measures 48″ wide x 48″ tall, when hung together.

She is ready and waiting for a new home, if you’re interested contact me.

Below are a few work in progress photos.

Choosing the Positive

I spent the past week sick in bed with the flu. I missed Christmas…no fun!  On the positive side, I could see this gave me time to slow down and take care of me. A gift to myself in more ways than one.

While in the sick bed I thought about this past year. It was a tough one for me, as it was for many others. At every turn there was some deep profound lessons to be learned. Learning to let go and surrender and accept whatever I couldn’t change kept popping up. I had just enough time to come up for air before these difficult lessons would happen again and again. Eventually the lesson would take and I would surrender and accept and feel freedom from my baggage.

Surprisingly, after all that internal work, yesterday I began to feel restless and stressed out about the year ahead. The end of the year was here and I had no plans or goals for the next. I was searching for ways to make 2017 better all the way around, so I spent the evening listening to positive speakers, read all the inspirational stuff I could and searched for what was working for everyone else. There was so much swimming around in my head, it was overkill.

Then last night, just as I drifted off to sleep it dawned on me. The easiest thing to do was to seek the positive. Find whatever makes me the happiest and say yes to that. And when it looks impossible to find the joy, dig for it like gold.

So my plans and goals for 2017 are simple, I’m doing what makes me happy. I’m going to seek the positive. Which means, I’m picking up the paint brush everyday, picking up my camera & sharing my artwork more.

My husband and I started playing a game last week, if either of us say something negative then we have to think of a way to turn it into a positive statement. Want to play the game with us?

What do you know that brings you joy?  What will you choose to focus on?

mini vacay




I wanted to do something special with the photos I took a few years ago, when my mom and I spent some much needed mother daughter time at the beach in Florida. I took the photos the day after my dad had his brain surgery and we were told everything would be okay.

So knowing he was in good hands and seeing him laugh and joke with the nurses, my mom and I decided to go to the beach and unwind, we were both so exhausted.

We headed to the beach in Sarasota, where my mom was raised and where I spent a large part of my childhood. When I was little my grandmother would wake me up in the wee hours of the morning, packing up a breakfast of scrambled eggs, toast coffee and juice and we would head to the beach for a sunrise picnic. Hours were spent picking up seashells and playing in the water.

Going to Siesta Key beach and unwind was just what the doctor ordered, spending the whole day there talking and laughing was incredibly healing. After looking at these photos for a few years I decided to try something different and create small 6″ x 6″ pieces of art, incorporating mixed media and paint, which worked out really well and so did my dad’s surgery.

All the prints can be purchased here Society6

Art Therapy make Do

make do art travel
When I travel I always pack something to journal in. But sometimes I just have to make do, like the time I had to make an emergency trip to Florida because my dad had to have brain surgery (everything turned out very well for my dad) and praise God emergencies don’t happen all the time, but when they do art gives me an outlet to help me move through the sadness. Picking up the paint brush during tough times forces me to be present and focus on what’s right in front of me.

This trip I had no time to plan, so I just used what make do art supplies I could find. An old magazine with heavy pages I bought at the used bookstore near the hospital, became my journal book for the duration of the stay with my parents. I found paint came from the dollar store and old photos came from my wallet. It was therapy for me to create. Just use what you have. Crayons, pencil, glue stick and old papers work fine too. I feel lost without at least paper and pencil wherever I go, so I keep that tucked away in my purse. Keep creating!!

This art print “Heat is Rising” is available here.