May Days    May 02 2024
I have been loving every second in my studio these past few weeks (in between enjoying the company of our two new grandbabies). Working on this new series which incorporates AI generated imagery which is then altered and transferred onto polymer clay and then combined with collage has been thoroughly engrossing and enjoyable. My mind is reeling with possibilities and I am just waiting to carve out more time in my studio to see the images in my mind translated onto panel boards. I have also been experimenting with larger surfaces and the challenges and limitations that come when working with polymer clay pieces that need to fit in a standard sized oven to cure. I have explored some interesting work-arounds that help alleviate some of these issues. I will be taking new work to Pop Gallery in Santa Fe, check it out if you are in the area!


Springing forward!    March 04 2024
First off, I just wanted to offer my thanks to ALL who purchased my art at the Artburst Studios show and sale. Your support is truly appreciated. I was thrilled that 5 pieces sold especially since they represented the new direction that my work has taken. I am excited about this new path that incorporates some AI imagery to create both my polymer clay figures and the background collage papers. I am hoping to work on a larger scale as well though that provides lots of challenges when it comes to using polymer clay. My piece called The Illuminated Raven was accepted into The Crow Show at The Studio Door Gallery in San Diego, this wonderful show runs the month of March. I also had two works accepted into the Twenty 20 Gallery show called A.I.O.K.-The Lens vs.The Machine:A Dialogue in Pixels from March 11-June 8. 2024.


Artburst Studios    February 06 2024
The Artburst Studios (www.artburststudios.com) next online art show will open at 9:00am (PST) on February 22nd thru Feb. 24th. There will be over 240 wonderful pieces of art in a variety of mediums created by 20 very talented artists. Work sells very quickly in the first few hours. It is advisable to register for a free account before the show opens in case you find artwork you can't live without! I have created 12 new pieces for the show ranging in size from 8 inches to 24 inches high and everything in between! This new body of work reflects my continued interest in combining collage with polymer clay to create narrative works of art. Enjoy the show!!


A New Year-2024!!    January 08 2024
Happy New Year to all. May the new year bring you much happiness, good health and creativity. While I haven't been posting much of late that doesn't mean I haven't been creating artwork, quite the contrary as I have been working on 12 new artworks for the Artburst Studios upcoming online show and sale in February. You can find out more information at www.artburststudios.com for show dates and times. I am still totally enthralled with combining collage and polymer clay and using AI to generate some fabulous imagery which I then alter to truly make these images my own. I am working on a larger scale as well and will continue pushing these new techniques. I love combining cutting-edge technology like AI to create ancient, medieval looking pieces. I have so many ideas for this new body of work which have taken me in a different direction altogether. I have retired from being on the road teaching, though I still offer workshops at my home. This allows me more time in my studio and time to be present in the lives of our growing tribe of grandchildren!


Summertime News    July 10 2023
I have been fortunate enough to have spent the last few months traveling. First was an amazing adventure to Antarctica. This was followed by a trip to Europe which was a "do-over" from the trip we had to cancel last year because of Covid. In Italy, in particular, I was truly inspired by many of the cathedrals, art and architecture and museums in Italy. I am already working on a few new pieces that reflect these travels. One piece is inspired by a visit to the island of Elba where Napoleon was exiled. I will soon be working on a piece about Josephine Bonaparte! Hope the vision in my head can be translated through collage and polymer clay. In the meantime, I recently created a series of new collage images that are now for sale in my Etsy shop. I have been enjoying using AI and digital collage programs to generate some wonderful imagery.


Spring has sprung    April 27 2023
I just finished up my spring home workshop Illuminated Letters and it was a rousing success with students creating absolutely gorgeous panels that were richly embellished. I will be offering this workshop once again later this summer. I have semi-retired from teaching and will mostly just teach at my home. With a reduced teaching schedule I am looking forward to spending more time in my studio creating larger works, something I am very excited about. They will combine collage with clay which is a new direction my work has taken.


Happy New Year!    January 11 2023
Here's to 2023, may it be a wonderful year filled with good health, joy and happiness. I love the beginning of a new year and all of the possibilities it holds. 2023 is already brimming with creative opportunities. Next month is the Artburst Studios online show and sale. I have been very busy the last few months creating 11 new pieces for this show which features 20+ artists and over 230 pieces of amazing art for sale, something for everyone! Visit artburststudios.com for more information and enjoy reading the fabulous artist profiles. I also found out that my "crow shrine" was accepted into the Crow Show at The Studio Door gallery in San Diego. I am excited to be a part of this annual show for the first time. On another creative note, I have been thoroughly enjoying creating images using AI (artificial intelligence). It's a brave new world out there with unlimited possibilities!! Happy new Year.


Happenings!    November 12 2022
After months of wedding planning, I am back in my studio creating once again. My new line of tile stencils was recently released by Stencil Girl Products. These tiles were inspired by our recent trip to Portugal. Loved seeing all of the facades and interiors of buildings adorned with azulejos, the blue tiles. I released six different tile patters that reflect the many tile motifs we saw throughout Portugal. Speaking of travel, we just returned from our 10th year of our Tesoro del Corazon art retreat in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. My sister and I decided it was time for us to retire from the group after a great run of ten years. The legacy of this event that began in 2011 will continue on with new leadership and another artist, Katherine England, taking my place. Know it will continue to provide wonderful art adventures well into the future. Part of the reason I wanted to retire was to spend more time in my studio creating art. I was recently invited to join Artburst Studios for their inaugural online art show February 21-23, 2023. I have been working on many new pieces for this show. There are so many amazing artists who will be joining me and I encourage you to go to the Artburststudio.com website to check them out.


Been a long time!    October 11 2022
Our daughter was just married this past weekend in a beautiful ceremony by the beach. My life has been consumed for months by wedding plans and helping my daughter with all kinds of special touches. I only mention this to say that I have not been in my studio creating art for the past few months, so there wasn't much to post about! But now with that behind me, I am happy to say I am in my studio right now with lots of projects underway including working on a few details for our upcoming retreat in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico during Day of the Dead. This will be our 10th year anniversary of our Tesoro Corazon art retreat. It is always a special time to visit. I have quite a bit of art related news to post soon including the launch of my new set of stencils designed for Stencil Girl Products. Stay tuned!


Spring has sprung    May 11 2022
My two March workshops were a wonderful success with incredible pieces of art created in each class. I have decided that due to a very busy calendar that my Fall workshops will be postponed until next spring. I have been very busy creating "pendants for peace", a fundraiser for the House of Ukraine in San Diego. I am currently sold out but after upcoming travels I hope to be back in my studio and back to creating! I received some exciting news that one of my larger pieces called "Our Lady of the Pandemic" was selected for inclusion (amidst some very stiff competition) at the Oceanside Museum of Art's 2022 Art Auction which will take place in June. This piece will also be part of an exhibition at the museum as well, so all very exciting.