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My Grandma and Modern Art

My Grandma and Modern Art

I’m writing this post today as I’m missing my grandma and family very much. Since I can’t be with them this Thanksgiving due to Covid this is my way of connecting with them again. Also to share with you about the role my grandma played in me becoming an artist and the role you can play.  Don’t underestimate a small choice like having a piece of art on your walls for future generations.  So when I was a little girl I started drawing a lot around age ten. I always loved being creative. Making things, coloring, and doing arts and...Read More
3 Artists that Inspire Me the Most

3 Artists that Inspire Me the Most

Today I’m sharing with you my top three historical artists that both inform and inspire my own still life painting. I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned from each artist.  Here we go! Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin  Chardin was an 18th-century French artist known for his still-life paintings. He was very influential and successful during his time even though still life painting wasn’t highly regarded.  One of my very first copies was of a Chardin painting. I fell in love with one thick bravura brushstroke on the painting “Still Life with Fowl” and knew I had a lot to learn from...Read More
There’s 1 thing that contributes to the best quality to my art

There’s 1 thing that contributes to the best quality to my art

No, it’s not going to art school or using the best art supplies. Although those can help too. But the one thing that I do that contributes the most quality to my artwork is that  I paint from life.  I’ll tell you why that contributes the most quality to my artwork so you can understand what I mean.  When I started painting I took several different classes across the country. Most of them taught me how to work from photos or how to do abstract paintings from imagination. I was happy to be painting, but something always felt off. I...Read More
3 Reasons Why I Left Galleries

3 Reasons Why I Left Galleries

Working with galleries is the traditional path for most artists. There’s a level of prestige and validation that’s implied when you’re accepted into a gallery. This was the path I took as a new artist upon graduation from art school 9 years ago. I remember when I received my first gallery representation I was so excited! For eight years I would work with 13 different galleries. My experience with them led to my decision to leave galleries altogether and represent myself in 2019. This choice didn’t happen overnight but evolved over time. I’ve never shared the reasons why I made...Read More
Have you found your art tribe?

Have you found your art tribe?

We don’t want your content; we want your connection! This is the message I wish I could shout out to the world and to artists right now. For at least the two years in my business, I’ve seen that community and connection is more important, more nurturing and more powerful than just content.  During this Covid19 crisis, this idea of connection over content has been beautifully proven true. While everyone is isolated and quarantined, my online group is coming together more and more intimately. Instead of growing further apart, they’ve grown closer together. They’ve shared their fears and frustrations. They’ve created...Read More
What I Can and Can’t Live Without

What I Can and Can’t Live Without

Have you ever noticed that you think you can’t live without something until it’s taken away? We’ve all learned so many lessons since the hit of Covid this year. Some of those lessons have been harder than others and some have left us focusing on what’s really important in our lives for the better. I’ve certainly learned about what I can and can’t live without.  Covid took away things that I enjoyed as rewards and self-care like getting massages, pedicures and manicures, haircuts and facials, getting dressed up to go out for dinner with Monte, the symphony, and travel to...Read More
What do you need?

What do you need?

I want to hear from you. What do you need to achieve your artistic goals? I thought going to art school would magically turn me into a successful artist overnight. What I found out was that art school, while it taught me the fundamentals of technique, would contribute very little to my success as an artist.  Dutch Red and Lemons, 12" x 16" There was very little accountability or customized mentoring at the school.  So I had to figure that out on my own. I became OBSESSED with goal setting, learning about planning, time management, and understanding the psychology behind...Read More
Have You Decided?

Have You Decided?

Have you made the most important decision you’ll ever make as an artist?  When I took the chance of a lifetime at age 28 and enrolled in art school (and plunked down $25,000 to do so) I thought that was the most important decision I needed to make.  Surprise Sunday Bouquet, 16" x 20" It wasn’t. It was a move in the right direction, but it wasn’t the most important decision.  At the end of my first year of art school, I was thinking about quitting.  I called family members and filled with pity I lamented that I just wasn’t...Read More
Can you live your best life in a crisis?

Can you live your best life in a crisis?

I’d love to hear from you about how you’re bearing up in the midst of the crises we’ve had this year. It’s been a crazy roller coaster for sure. In the beginning I know I was in disbelief and full of hope that it would all be over soon. Sunrise Eleven, 5" x 7" Then I immediately shifted into trying to be there for the artists in my community by showing up more and holding many online calls and workshops to support them. My focus was so much on others that I kind of forgot about myself and became a...Read More
Where do you want to be in 6 months?

Where do you want to be in 6 months?

I thought going to art school would magically turn me into a successful artist overnight.  What I found out was that art school, while it taught me the fundamentals of technique, would contribute very little to my success as an artist.  Awaiting The Irises Dance, 18" x 14", oil on panel There was very little accountability or customized mentoring at the school.  So I had to figure that out on my own. I became OBSESSED with goal setting, learning about planning, time management, and understanding the psychology behind success.  I experimented with different techniques and productivity hacks that helped me...Read More