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31 Mobile Homes: Commission

I was contacted by Parkland Ventures, Manufactured Housing Communities to create 31 paintings to commemorate their 10th business anniversary. At first I thought to myself, 2 weeks to make 31 paintings…totally possible. Yikes!!

Staying up until 2am or 3am to finish projects at RISD is very familiar and I since I had been through it before…I was prepared to do it again. In order to stay on course, I made 3 paintings a day, that is after my side hustle as a floral designer.

Week 1: 15 completed Monday-Friday. Went to Silicon Valley for the weekend.  Got inspired at the Filoli Gardens and had a great time with a dear friend and her family.

Week 2: Monday afternoon I produced 3 more paintings and kept the pace throughout the week. Saturday -Sunday I picked up each painting and looked at them and asked “Do I like you? Are you inspiring? This was the internal dialogue I had with each piece of art until I got through adjusting all 31 paintings.

Just when I thought I could take a break, my friend saw the project and asked me to paint her trailer….and the following week, the view from her home in Malibu. (See below)

As I look at these paintings, I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment and self-worth. It fills me with so much happiness to make art every day.  Having the opportunity to inspire people through my art is complete bliss.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Studio Visit

My niece and nephew came over to make Valentines at my studio the other day. We had a great time! I taught Liliana how to curl ribbon with scissors while Vaughn twirled around us dressed in the ribbon and feathers he discovered on my shelves. Next time we are going to paint, maybe when they are older I will teach them about Jackson Pollack!

Oregon: The Real Deal

One of my favorite things to do is visit my Aunt and Uncle in Oregon. When I was 10 years old, I got on a plane by myself to see them. I remember picking blackberries, digging in their vegetable garden, walking along the river, inhaling fresh air, looking out the window at miles of the open space all around us and the gentle people I continue to meet. Here are some photos of my most recent trip: end of May 2017

Wine tasting

Teatime on the terrace

My uncle’s pot

House cat: Shino, named after a glaze my uncle invented

Heavenly shrimp pizza on imported sourdough crust from Crete, Greece

Garden roses

Eugene, Oregon

One of my favorite things to do is visit my Uncle Hank Murrow(master potter) and Aunt Beverly Murrow(the queen of quilt making) in August. The wildflowers are in full bloom-pears, peaches, strawberries and blackberries are ripening too.  The days are long and the sun is hot…enjoy your travels this summer! Explore, create, saturate, meet and mingle!                            Go Out Doors…..