winding down......    May 05 2009
Happy Cinco de Mayo from Santa Fe! Having a wonderful time, just spent the day touring Georgia O'Keefe's homes in Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch...very inspiring and easy to see why so many artists settled in this area. I can't wait to get back in my studio and start working on a few new pieces! Things are winding down as I get closer to summer.I have a few upcoming teaching engagements and will be teaching a Shadowbox Shrine class at Stamping Details on June 6th. I currently have work in an exhibit in Minneapolis, if you are in the area, let me know and I will pass on the details!

Wow!    April 07 2009
Wow, it has been a crazy couple of weeks, I have yet to catch my breath! The SAMA conference in San Diego rocked! Many thanks to the organizers who did a fantastic job pulling it off. I also wanted to thank all of you who took my workshops and listened to my presentation. Everyone was so kind and generous and supportive. It was indeed very touching. The day after SAMA ended I was on a plane to Seattle to teach at Artfest in Port Townsend. It was the usual fantastic event that it is every year. Teesha and Tracy Moore know how to put on a mixed media event that is extraordinary. Everyone who attends loves it and comes back for more the next year. Again, my heartfelt thanks to all of you who took my workshops. You were so nice which made teaching an utter joy. So now we are off to Palm Springs for a little R & R and when I return I will be fully charged and inspired to get back in my studio and get back to some art making!!

My new site!    March 24 2009
Yeah! It is new website that my son re-designed for me! I think that you will find that it is easier to navigate especially the Workshop and Events pages. The Art section is also new and improved. There may be a few additional changes in the weeks to come, but for now, I am a happy camper! Many thanks to my son. Read the post below for the latest on the SAMA conference which begins tomorrow night!

SAMA news    March 23 2009
First off, my new website should be up any day now. Get ready for an all new look! The SAMA conference will be in San Diego from March 25-28th. I will be teaching workshops all day Wednesday and Thursday and then Friday morning I will be giving my presentation, Art and Life: Cultivation of a Style. I am all set to go! The MAI, Mosaic Arts International exhibition runs until April 26th at the Museum of Man in Balboa Park. My piece, The Four Seasons, was selected to be exhibited. I only saw the show as it was being hung, and it looks incredible. So make sure to stop by and take a look. I will be there Friday night for the opening reception for SAMA members. The conference ends on Sunday and on Monday I am off for Seattle to teach at Artfest. A very busy couple of weeks coming up!!!

changes.....    February 06 2009
My son is currently in the process of redesigning my website. Fortunately, he can do this without my website being taken down. So one of these days you will see the whole new look. The new site really reflects myself and my work as it has evolved. I realized that I have had this site for about 8 years or so! How quickly time flies. The new site will also make it easier to access information about where I will be teaching and about upcoming events. In other news, I have been busy working on magazine articles, collaborative pieces, powerpoint presentations and even a few pieces of art! Check the previous news post for upcoming workshops and events.

Happy New Year!    January 05 2009
So here it is, another year....and with it, many reasons to be hopeful about the future, even in these uncertain times. As the new year unfolds, I see my calendar filling up with many new opportunities. I will list a few of the places where I will be teaching in the next few months but do check out future teaching venues by clicking on the button with Events and Workshops. First, I will be teaching at Stamping Details in Poway on January 10. Next I will be at IMA (institute of mosaic art)in Oakland for 2 two day workshops at the end of February. In March, SAMA will be holding their annual conference in San Diego and I will be teaching two workshops there and will also be giving a presentation before the membership....more on that later! The day SAMA ends, I will be leaving for Port Townsend to teach at Artfest. Please email me for additional information if you are interested. On the art front, I am involved in 3 collaborative projects which have kept me busy but have been wonderful opportunities to work in different mediums, including collage, which I love. Thats it for now....happy new year to you all.

Where did the year go!    December 06 2008
Hard to believe that 2008 is coming to a close and with it many wonderful memories of the fantastic and creative people that I have met this past year while teaching. Each year gets busier but I am loving every minute of this journey and looking forward to what 2009 holds. It is already shaping up to be action packed with quite a few teaching engagements spread out over the country. I am also looking forward to the SAMA conference (society of american mosaic artists) that will be held in San Diego this year. How cool is that! For more information on this wonderful event please contact me. For those who like to look way into the future, I will be teaching in Australia in 2010! In the meantime, I will sit back and enjoy what's left of 2008.

November News    November 06 2008
Back from my Fall travels. Raevn's Nest was an awesome retreat in a beautiful location AND it will be happening again next year! Wohoo! I also wanted to let you know about an upcoming workshop at Norma's Studio in Leucadia. It is, "The Relic Box" and it will be on Saturday, December 13th from 9:30-4:00. This will be a fun workshop with great gift ideas for the holidays. For more information, please email me. It will be limited to the first 15 people who sign up. Another reminder, the opening reception for our show, "Amigos De Allende" at the Inkspot in San Diego will be on November 15th from 2-5pm. The artwork will be a colorful feast for the eyes. Hope to see you there. Lastly, the only local show that I will be doing this season is Carmel Valley Artists which will be held on Saturday, December 6, at the Karl Strauss Brewery in Sorrento Valley. That's it for now!

Autumn is here....    October 10 2008
Just got back from an amazing time teaching in Reims, France. My students were so kind and generous. It was fun teaching in a bilingual setting. Amazing how the visual world of art transcends language....well, most of the time! I am now getting ready to take off for Wisconsin to teach at Raevn's Nest Art Retreat. This should be fun, but lots of work, teaching 3 classes and doing a vendor show in 2 days! I also wanted to mention that I will be part of a group show called Amigos de Allende at the Inkspot in San Diego. The opening reception will be on November 15, from 2-5pm. Please come and join us and enjoy some Mexican folk art inspired pieces from seven talented San Diego artists. Coming up in the future, Stamping Details in Poway has added another one of my workshops to the calendar. It will be on January 10th. In February, I will be teaching in Oakland at the Institute of Mosaic Art. Carmel Valley Artists will be on December 6th this year and it will be the only local show that I am doing this holiday season. Please contact me for additional information on any of these events. Happy Halloween!

And so it ends....    September 04 2008
Summer that left as quickly as it came. I am off to France to teach a workshop, so things will be a bit quiet around here for awhile. When I return, I will get busy working on a few new pieces for upcoming shows....and to get going on my cow. (see previous news!) Then in October, I am off to teach at Raevns Nest Art Retreat in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. The next thing on the agenda is a one day workshop at Stamping Details in Poway on November 1. Please contact me for any info on these workshops. For those of you who would like a wonderful new book, I would suggest Kelly Rae Roberts book, Taking Flight. It was just released and I was honored to be a part of it with a chapter called, Facing Your Fears. I also have an article in the new issue of Belle Armoire. The last bit of current news is that I now have my work in a gallery in Laguna Beach called, Marque....if you are in the area check it out. It is located at 332 Forest Ave. Thats it for now. Au Revoir!