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!


ahhh...the new year!    January 04 2007
There is just something wonderful about a new year that is so revitalizing! I love that a new year is so full of promise....so here's to 2007 being a great year for all! The first half of this year promises to be very busy. The first thing on the agenda is in March when I will be attending the SAMA show in Mesa, Arizona. I was very excited (to say the least) because I got two pieces into the show. The past two years I have juried in, I haven't made it, so I am stoked! Then on April 1st, I will be heading to Puerto Vallarta to teach a workshop at Hacienda Mosaico...there are still a couple of spots left, so sign up for a great time! At the end of April, I will be doing Artwalk in Little Italy, in San Diego. Then it is a bit of a breather until after the summer, except that my book comes out in July! Wohoo! Then in September, I will be teaching a class, doing a book signing and a solo show at the Institute of Mosaic Arts in Oakland. I am so looking forward to all of these wonderful opportunities in 2007. All the best to you and yours.


End of 2006!    December 18 2006
It has been a fantastic year, though it went by way too fast. It was a year that began with teaching at Artfest in Port Townsend, followed by Art and Soul in Dallas and Portland. I had the most generous and kind students throughout the year at each of these retreats. I also began working on my book in the summer and had the photo shoot in Ohio for the lay-out in November. The manuscript was turned in a week ago so the main part of this experience is behind me, but what a great experience it has been. Fall brought my segment on Craft Lab on DIY. And finally, I just had my last show a week ago. Whew! I have loved all of the traveling this past year and meeting so many great people all along the way. I am looking forward to the new year and all of the exciting things that are lined up. (more on that later) Here's wishing you a happy holiday and a great new year filled with health, happiness and ART!


Happy Thanksgiving!    November 25 2006
Hard to believe that this year is quickly coming to a close. As always, Carmel Valley Artists will be the last show of the year. It will be on December 9th this year, please contact me for any info regarding times or location. I am finishing up writing my book, it has been a fun process, time consuming but fun! I also have a few new pieces in Trios Gallery, if you are in the area, check them out!


Fall News    October 11 2006
Art and Soul was a blast and I had the most wonderful students in my classes. I also wanted to thank everyone who attended the vendor night and made that such a success. Also many thanks to all of the people like Glenny and Cindy that made it happen. My segment on Craft Lab will air on Monday, October, 16 at 10:30 PST. and will repeat again in November (the original date was changed on me!) Finally, I will be heading to Ohio at the end of October for a photo shoot with North Light for my book. Should be very exciting...will keep you posted!


A couple of media news flashes!    September 08 2006
A couple of media news flashes! First off, the BIG news is that I am in the process of writing my own book for North Light Books. They contacted me and I submitted a proposal and it is a GO! I have a lot to get done in the next few months, so it will be crazy, but good crazy! It won't be hitting the shelves until Fall 07, so nothing to get too excited about yet. The next item is that the DIY network show, Craft Lab will begin airing at the end of the month. My segment will be on September 28th at 10:30 (our time) PST. So stay tuned. I will keep you updated on all of the happenings! In the meantime, I am also getting ready for Art and Soul, the first weekend in October.


Summer is waning....    August 22 2006
As the summer draws to a close, I am inspired to get back into my studio and get working! The summer travels were fantastic, especially seeing new places and re-connecting with family. I am getting ready to teach at Art and Soul in Portland, the first week in October (www.artandsouldretreats.com, and I will also be doing the vendor show there too. Both Somerset "Home" and "Beyond Paper Dolls" have arrived at my doorstep. I have work in both publications...and each are well worth picking up the next time you are at Barnes and Noble!


July Update    July 16 2006
Hard to believe we are half way through July already. Just returned from a wonderful trip to Argentina which was thoroughly inspiring. I am now in the process of getting things ready for Art and Soul in Portland the first week of October. I have 3 classes that I am teaching there and I am doing the vendor show as well. I also currently have 3 pieces at a show in San Francisco at the Institute of Mosaic Art which runs until the beginning of September. I have heard the show is fabulous and worth seeing if you are in the Bay area. I will also have work appearing in Somerset Home and in Lynne Perrella's new book, Beyond Paper Dolls, both will be coming out later this summer. As we head towards August, try to stay cool!