My husband and I had just finished lunch at one of our favorite Thai Cuisines, in downtown Bend.   As we got in our car to leave, we noticed some serious renovation going on at the other end of the block - another of our other favorite places to lunch.  As we drove past it, they were taking this big gorgeous door  (that I had always admired) off of one of the outside entrances.  
Long story short.....  they were going to just throw it away!  But they gave it to me! :-)
I had not a clue at the time what I would do with it - only that I loved it.  So it sat in storage until this last winter, when I took it out and made a new table for my studio!  
Heavy, sturdy, and a great size to work on!  46x80.


It's starts on the INSIDE!

Well, it may not exactly look like spring outside yet.  But I feel it on the inside!  And what's on the inside just naturally comes out of the brush!

WELCOME SPRING! We've been waiting for you!



"Body of earth, don't talk of earth - Tell the story of pure mirrors. The CREATOR has given you this splendor - why talk of anything else?"

~ Rumi


The Jireh Project

At the same time I was doing the shows at the hospitals, another opportunity came up!  A dear friend of mine opened a local center providing vital support, healthy connections and access to services for single moms and children.  And I was honored to do some pieces especially for them.

In the reading area: 
Size 36x48x1.5, and 24x48x1.5.  
These are collaged with the scripture that represents the Jireh Project's mission. 

In the Children's play area: 
 2 canvases, one above the other.  Each measuring 24x48x1.5

Close ups: 
The googly eyes on the birdies got the stamp of approval from my 2 year old grand daughter (smile)

Still Alive and Painting!

Yep, I'm still here (in case anyone was wondering). I know it's been a LONG while since I posted on my art blog! SHAME ON ME! And I have the typical excuse... "life got BUSY!" But it was busy with good stuff  (smile)

Since I last posted I was asked to do an art show for the hospital. Which has evolved into 3 art shows back to back now! In 2 different hospitals and currently for the Cancer Center. So I've been constantly painting as each show has required new paintings to keep the show fresh and filled (replacing the ones that have sold).

It's been a TERRIFIC experience! Not just because I've sold paintings at each showing. But because of the feedback and wonderful people I have met! Many many times I've been told that my work has brought a lot of encouragement and cheer to a place where things can be very sad. Some have even expressed how GOD has spoken to them through a particular piece. And several times now, I've gotten phone calls from someone on their cell, while standing in front of one of my paintings, wanting to tell me how they appreciate the message it conveys. You can't put a price on that!


Who am I?

"I am an artist...   I am here to live out loud"

(Emile Zola)



"We not only live among men, but there are airy hosts, blessed spectators, sympathetic lookers-on, that see and know and appreciate our thoughts and feelings and acts"
(quote by Henry Ward Beecher)

"Remember, Angels are both God's messengers and God's message, witnesses to eternity in time, to the presence of the divine amidst the ordinary. Every moment of every day is riddled by their traces"  
(quote by F. Forrester Church)

"The wisdom of the ages teaches that each individual, whether believer or not, good or bad, old or young, sick or well, rich or poor, has a personal Guardian Angel with him or her at every moment of life's journey"
(quote by Janice T. Connell)


Spring !

Spring has Sprung! on canvas anyway (smile) And I REALLY look forward to it in my yard soon! Color! I NEED COLOR!!

This painting is acrylic on 16x20 canvas. I kept it simple by using the paints right out of the tube. Then I added some pattern technique by sponging over some wire and other hole objects. And finished the piece by stamping a few gold metallic accents.
This was a FUN & FAST project for a day I didn't have much time in the studio!