Turmeric

I remember cooking with turmeric in my first apartment and it dying the white linoleum in the kitchen and I thought, "Well, there goes a piece of my deposit". However, the beauty of this vibrant, golden root is that it does not last forever. Turmeric is temporary. I love knowing that making art from the earth is time based. I don't feel a nagging at my heart for painting with plastics anymore. I can play the way I've always hoped I could. 

Perspective

Perspective. It's more than a drawing method. It is also fairly easy to lose. What do I really need to be: happy, healthy and whole? This is the question. This is how I keep my feet (preferably bare) planted to the ground. This is why I decided to start created without buying new, with recycled, found and grown supplies. It's slower, but unbelievably more fulfilling. 

Being a Wild Flower

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As I previously mentioned and perhaps you've heard me say before - it is extremely important for all my work to be both aesthetically pleasing while simultaneously being emotionally pleasing. I want you to feel good when you are enjoying my artwork. I want to add pleasure to the world. I can only hope I am watering a potential seed of positivity for you. My intention is as my all time favorite quote by Alice Walker: "The nature of this flower is to bloom"

Crafting Green


Did you know you can make paper from decomposed leaves? I haven't done it yet, but it may be on my horizon this fall. It's immensely satisfying making full circle artwork. Only recycled materials. The craft store graveyard is not what you think. It is a secret garden. It is lush with all the materials I need. Indeed, I feel full of excitement knowing it isn't the WHAT will I create but the HOW that is the solution. We live on this big beautiful green planet and I've loved her from the beginning. My HOW is exquisite and green just like her. 

Art with Intention

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I am a observer and listener to all the details in a moment. I absorb. And what I've found is that a great deal of time and energy is spent on destruction and spite. It is by no means the only thing, but it certainly seems to be a significant dose. I don't want to add to this negativity. I want to produce art that is beautiful, yes, but art that makes you feel good. I wish for you to feel calm or pleased in the way a small smirk creeps onto your face. As a visual culture and a visual artist I am adding to the daily dose of your dreams and ideas. What I produce and you see matters. It is intentional. And I hope that it brings you joy. 

From Scratch

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I read a book once about making a toaster entirely from scratch called, "The Toaster Project". I was already on a journey to find a more sustainable lifestyle so the book came to me at the time because I had interest, but never-the-less it made me think about things deeper. We rely so much on someone else sourcing, harvesting, building and fixing our things (and food!) that we don't consider this luxury and it's not even a thought that we could try to do it ourselves. As an artist, I have decided to do just this. The first step has been playing. I have been making paper out of recycled paper scraps for several weeks now. And although I am only at the beginning of this self sufficient journey I'm already in love.