October's Wrath    October 28 2007
Once again San Diego has been ravaged by Santa Ana fueled wildfires. It is hard to believe that it was almost 4 years to the day of the Cedar Fire. This time we personally had to evacuate, but were lucky to come home to our house still standing. Countless others were not so fortunate. To this end, my book signing at Trios Gallery in Solana Beach on November 10, 4-7pm, will be a fundraiser for those affected and displaced by the fires. In particular, artists who may have lost their homes and studios. One hundred percent of the proceeds of all book sales will go to helping others in need. Please join me for this event and help those who need our help. Also coming up in November is the Talmadge Art Show....more on that later!


Local Workshop     September 17 2007
Just wanted to let those of you who expressed interest in a local workshop know that I will be doing a workshop, Urban Icons, on Saturday, October 20th from 9-4 in Leucadia. For more information, please email me! I also wanted to mention that I will be team teaching a workshop in Cortona (Tuscany) Italy with my good buddy, Lynn Leahy (www.lynnleahy.com) in September 08! A long ways off, but something to plan for!


September News    September 04 2007
Wow, summer is officially over in my house! It is back to work in my studio....can't wait. I have so many little treasures that I bought during my summer travels and I have been waiting to start using them in some new pieces. My solo show was hung at the Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland and it runs the month of September. Both workshops at the Institute are sold out! I will be flying back to Oakland on Sept. 7th for the opening reception and book signing and to teach the first workshop. I was able to attend the Sausalito Festival of the Arts while in the Bay Area and saw some amazing artwork. Very inspirational and I have added a few new links to a couple of artists whose work I fell in love with. I also had the pleasure of meeting Kelly Rae Roberts who is in the process of writing a book for North Light. A few months back she asked me to be a contributor in her book, so I am included in a chapter called, Facing Your Fears. Coming up next month is my book signing at Trios Gallery...but more on that later and more on upcoming local shows this fall. Lastly, I will once again be teaching 2 workshops at Artfest in Port Townsend next April, however, registration opened today (Sept. 4th) and it often sells out, so make sure to check out the link to Artfest above for more info.


Almost August!    July 30 2007
Whew! The summer is flying by and I have hardly been home! While the traveling is wonderful, I miss being in my studio creating art....but that will have to wait until September! My workshop in Minneapolis is now full and I am looking forward to being in the Twin Cities. I have had many wonderful comments about my new book, Mixed Media Mosaics, and it seems to be doing quite well and for that I am thankful. I am now selling signed copies of my book from my website for $28.00 which includes shipping. Please email me if you would like one. Amidst all of my travels, I found out that a few of my pieces were selected and won second and third place in the National Polymer Clay Guild's juried show, Progress and Possibilities 07. They can be viewed at www.npcg.org. under the category Mixed Media. I also recently found out that I will be teaching at Artfest in 2008. I am looking forward to being back there once again. (Last year the SAMA show dates conflicted with it.)In the meantime, I am getting ready for my solo show and workshop at the Institute of Mosaic Art. That's it for a bit!


So summer is here!    June 09 2007
Now that summer is here, my studio goes into hibernation mode as we begin our travels, which includes another trip to Argentina. I will be out of the country collecting little treasures, memories and inpsiration to use in upcoming work! My workshop in Minneapolis is beginning to fill but has 5 spots left, for more information and to sign up for it, please go to www.claysquared.com and you can find out all the details. My solo show opens at the Institute of Mosaic Art on September 1st and runs until October 1st. I will be doing a book signing there on September 8th. For info please go to www.instituteofmosaicart.com. Lastly, the biggest news of all is, that my book, Mixed Media Mosaics, is finally OUT! Yippee! I received a few advance copies but I know they are now shipping from Amazon as well. A little later in the summer I will have signed copies available to buy from my website. The book turned out beautifully with many thanks to all of those folks at North Light who put it all together. There are many more exciting things coming up in the future and I will keep you updated on those events as they get closer. For now, have a wonderful summer!


Heading towards summer....    May 07 2007
Thank you to the many people who came to Artwalk and made it such a successful show for me. I am now looking towards summer, getting a few workshops lined up, a few pieces made for galleries and upcoming shows. My local workshop is full, but if you are interested in a future class, please email me and let me know as I am planning on another local workshop in the fall. I will also be teaching in Minneapolis in August at Clay Squared. Please email me for information on this event. Then in September, I will be teaching a 2 day workshop at the Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland. I will also be having a book signing and a solo exhibition that runs the entire month of September. My book can be pre-ordered through the Amazon link above, and anything else you order also entitles me to a small kickback from Amazon! Thanks so much!


Spring News!    April 12 2007
Hola! Just returned from the most incredible time teaching a one week workshop at Hacienda Mosaico in Puerto Vallarta. The setting could not have been more lovely, Sam was a great hostess attending to our every need, and my students were SO wonderful. It just made the entire week one I won't ever forget. It was so fun, that I signed up to do another workshop the first week in February!! So if you missed out on this one, please join me in February! I also wanted to say that I will be teaching a one day class at Norma's Studio in Leucadia (near my home in Encinitas) on Saturday, June 2nd. I know there has been alot of interest for another local workshop, and this is probably the last one locally for awhile. Email me for info about signing up. I also wanted to mention that I will be at Artwalk in Little Italy, San Diego, the last weekend of this month, (April 28-29)and will have a booth located on Fir St. This is always a fun event with lots of great art. Hope to see you there!


SAMA and beyond    March 28 2007
Just returned from a wonderful conference in Mesa, Arizona for the Society of American Mosaic Artists. The exhibition was fantastic and the venue, the Mesa Contemporary Art Center, was a real jewel and I was proud to have my work on display there. The workshops were great and the 2 days of presentations were excellent. I also went on a bus tour with Helen Hedwig to see the many beautiful pieces of public art that she has created throughout the Phoenix area. I met so many wonderful people and am very appreciative to those who worked diligently to have this conference go off without a hitch. Many thanks! So now I am home in time to unpack, wash and repack for Puerto Vallarta! I will be teaching a workshop at Hacienda Mosaico...it should be a blast! I will post more upon my return...hasta lluego!


Upcoming events    February 14 2007
Just wanted to mention a few upcoming events. First on the agenda is the Mosaic Arts International Exhibition in Mesa, Arizona. My mosaic icon, Hope Springs Eternal, won Best of Show for 2 dimensional artwork, which is very exciting. I will be flying to Arizona to attend the reception and the SAMA conference. To read more, please visit www.americanmosaics.org. Upon returning from Arizona, I will be off to Puerto Vallarta for my week long workshop at Hacienda Mosaico. The last weekend in April, I will be at Artwalk. My book is still scheduled for release in July. I also wanted to mention that I will be teaching a 2 day workshop at the Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland on September 8-9. I will also be having a solo show and book signing there in September as well. Locally, I have new work at Trios Gallery in Solana Beach. Lastly, my "clay quilt" will be published in the upcoming issue of Somerset Magazine.


upcoming workshop    January 25 2007
Just wanted to post a quick note to say that I will be teaching a mosaic icon class at Gee Gee's Stamps and Stuff in Carlsbad. The class will be on Sat., Feb. 10th from 10-4. Please email me with any questions. Also there are still 3 spots left for Hacienda Mosaico in Puerto Vallarta...but time is running out!