into the fall...    October 23 2020
As Halloween quickly approaches, we are reminded of all of the ways that our lives have been impacted by Covid. This is the first time in ten years that I am actually home for Halloween as we are usually in San Miguel de Allende for our art retreat. It will certainly be a different experience this year as will all of the upcoming holidays. I continue to stay very busy in my studio creating art and relieving stress by doing so. I have also been having jigsaw puzzles made of my artwork and that has been fun and mindless! We are now in the process of updating our backyard. Home improvements seem to be on everyone's to-do lists these days while people are still staying home (for the most part.) I hope this brief newsletter finds you and your families well. Here's to better days ahead. Remember what Emerson said, " when it's dark enough, you can see the stars." Happy Holidays.

In the time of covid....    August 20 2020
I hope this newsletter finds you and your families doing well. It is hard to fathom that we are six months into this pandemic. For me, the solace I find in my studio has been my way of coping with all that is going on in our unsettled world. I feel like it gives purpose to my days, especially the body of work related to the pandemic. During this pause, I have also enjoyed engaging with art communities through the Zoom platform. I have Zoomed with polymer clay guilds and mosaic organizations. I have found it very rewarding connecting with like-minded people through these meet-ups especially since all of my in-person teaching was cancelled for the year. I have no idea when I will resume in-person teaching, still waiting to see how the fall shakes out. My continued thanks to all of you who have supported me with your purchases in my Etsy store. It has warmed my heart.....stay well.

as time goes by.....    July 12 2020
Here we are in July and the pandemic has been surging. We have taken it very seriously and continue to self-isolate....which means more time in the studio.I feel very fortunate that I am able to stay home and do what I love most, create art. My Etsy store business has been very busy and I find that my only outing is to UPS to ship off pieces.I am so very grateful for the continued support of my art. I am continuing my series of pandemic related artwork and have done a few pieces that speak to the social justice movement including a piece I just added to my Art gallery page called, The Tarot Card-Justice inspired by a vintage tarot deck. In keeping up with the times, I have a couple of Zoom meet-ups, tomorrow will be a demo and talk for the wonderful organization called Piece by Piece in Los Angeles. A little later this month I will be doing a demo for the Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild. I also have a new online class that is available through Create Arts Online. I hope that everyone continues to stay safe, wearing those masks! I know that it is a very difficult time for so many and my heart goes out to those people struggling.....I hope that we get a handle on the coronavirus very soon....

As the months go by....    June 07 2020
It truly feels like a time warp. I can't believe we are already into June and I think this is the case because I am very happy staying home in my studio creating art because as they say, "time is meaningless in the face of creativity". As I mentioned previously, I began a Pandemic series of artwork because it just felt right to speak to what we were collectively going through. With the recent civil unrest, I am feeling the same way, though not exactly sure how this will be translated into art at this point. I still believe these challenging times will be a period of great reflection and change for the better. Pop Gallery in Santa Fe recently opened again so I will be sending some more work their way. I also have recently updated my Etsy store with new pieces. Please Stay Well.....

During the Pandemic    April 21 2020
A month has passed since my last post and with it the continued "shelter in place" order. It has been an awful month with coronavirus deaths escalating around the world. One upside to this very unsettling time, is the "free" time in my studio. The stay at home order has forced the cancellation of all my teaching engagements for the year and I must say it is nice to create just for the sake of creating. There is a lot of time and effort that goes into the teaching side of my business like creating new class content, class samples, resource and technique guides just to name a few. So during this "pause" I have had the unique opportunity to work on a body of work influenced by the pandemic (featured on Polymer Clay Daily today). It has been very cathartic and helps keep my mind focused on things other than the grim news that permeates the airways. I hope you are all staying well, staying home....and creating!

Coronavirus.....    March 14 2020
I wanted to write this update to let folks know that a few of my upcoming workshops have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Right now I should be teaching at Art and Soul in Portland but that was cancelled a few days ago. Today I made the touch decision to cancel my home workshop I had planned for the end of March. It's time for all of us to do our part in regards to social distancing. Art and Soul is being rescheduled for August in Portland and I will be rescheduling my home workshop when things settle down. I did want to mention that I have a new online class called Polymer Triptychs: Crafted By Hand available through a new mixed media A great way to stay creative (which is good for our mental health in these uncertain times) in your own space at your own pace!! I also wanted to mention that I have also designed four new sets of stencils for Stencil Girl Products that will be available in May. Will keep you posted on this. Lastly, I wish everyone good health....stay vigilante and wash those hands!

Happy New Decade    January 08 2020
Here we are at the start of the new year and a new decade. Love this time of year for starting fresh and because it is a slower time of year, which means more time in my studio! One of my New Year's resolutions is to teach less and create more. While I love teaching and traveling to do so, it also became apparent that I wasn't getting as much time in the studio as my heart and soul desired. Frankly, I get pretty cranky when too many weeks goes by without getting my hands into clay. That being said, I will be teaching at Art and Soul in Portland in March, two of my classes are sold out but there is still room in my Hamsa House Shrine class. Lastly, I will also try to post more regularly on here in the new year!!

Summertime Studio News    August 15 2019
Art Unraveled was a wonderful success, great classes, great students and a great vendor show! Thanks so much for all who came and supported me out in the desert! I have been busy in my studio since returning home...replenishing jewelry and other small pieces that were sold. As the summer winds down, I will focus my attention on my upcoming fall home workshop called Hand Of Mysteries and then our annual trip to beautiful San Miguel de Allende for Day of the Dead.

WHAT Women Create    June 20 2019
I am very excited to announce that my work is featured in the latest edition (July August September) of What Women Create, a fabulous new magazine filled with inspiring artwork, including twelve pages of my work! My friend and photographer, Lee Decker, did an outstanding job of shooting my studio, my artwork and me! It is available at Barnes and Noble,Michaels and online. I also recently delivered new work to POP Gallery in Santa Fe so if you are in the area (which is lovely to be in!) do stop by. I will be teaching at Art Unraveled in Phoenix the first week of August Classes are nearly filled, so if you are interested there is a link to it on my Workshop page. In other news, I was honored to win the International Polymer Clay Association Juror's Choice award for Nonfunctional Sculpture/Hanging Art for my large embedded heart.

Humming along    March 03 2019
It has been nice having some time in my studio leading up to the busy teaching schedule ahead. I have been working on some new art works and jewelry and have recently updated my Etsy shop with new items. There is a direct link from my homepage to my shop. I'm such a fan of Etsy and the opportunity it provides for artists to get their work into the marketplace and to be seen. It always makes my heart soar when I see a sale come through and I am forever grateful of the support I have received through the years.