Happy New Year    January 08 2010
So happy to bring in a new year and with it comes many wonderful teaching/travel opportunities. However, I am sticking around in January and am trying to get some new work done, though it seems difficult to find time in my studio so far! For those who are looking for some inspiration, I would suggest Laurel Skye's new book, Mosaic Renaissance. I have a few pieces in that book as well as Maggie Maggio and Lindly Huanani's great new book and resource guide, Polymer Clay Color Inspirations. Hope the new year brings you all good things and endless possibilities!

Holidaze!    December 12 2009
Yes, it is that crazy time of year...but it is going by so fast that it will have come and gone before you know it! Carmel Valley Artists was a great show and thank you to all who braved the southern Ca. cold to come out and support me! I just put new work in both Trios Gallery in Solana Beach and Marque Gallery in Laguna Beach. If you are in need of unique gifts for the holidays, I suggest a visit to either of these great galleries. It is time to tie up a few loose ends...and look forward to the new year. I am looking forward to all of the exciting teaching venues in 2010, including a trip to Australia and France. Hope the holidays are wonderful for you and yours. Wishing for peace and goodwill towards all.

November News    November 06 2009
Well things have slowed to a nice pace the last few weeks and I have been able to work on a few larger pieces. This Saturday is the opening reception at 2nd City Council in Long Beach for the Dia de los Muertos show and I have a piece called Katrina in the show so we will be attending what sounds like a very fun filled celebration. On November 14, I will be teaching a workshop, Outside the Box, at Stamping Details in Poway. Please contact me if you would like more info, it will be a fun day creating funky tiled boxes on legs! The next event will be the Carmel Valley Artists show at the Karl Strauss brewery in Sorrento Valley on Saturday Dec. 5th. Hope to see you there! That will be the last official art related function of the year....then it is time to kick back and enjoy the holidays.

Where did the last two months go?    October 10 2009
Wow, where did the time go? I just returned from Colorado where I taught two wonderful workshops. The first was at the Artist's Nook in Fort Collins and that was followed by a workshop in the Denver area for the Mile High Polymer Clay Guild. What a great group! I was also able to stop by the Loveland Museum of Art and meet up with Laurie Zuckerman who spent the better part of the day giving me a private tour of her fabulous altar exhibition called Memento Mori: Deconstruction of the Nuclear Family. It is definitely worth a visit to see...but hurry as it closes on Nov.1. I was also able to hook up with Patricia Chapman in Boulder and timed it just right to be there the night before the Open Studio tour. Pat's house was filled to brim with her amazing assemblages. I attended the opening reception for all of the artists on the tour at the Boulder Library. I wished I had the time to actually go to the studios that weekend. In between workshops I was able to spend time in the mountains with family and to enjoy the "peak" color....absolutely breathtaking. So now I am back in town for a few days...and then I am off to Wisconsin to teach at Raevn's Nest. Book news: I have work in a new book by Maggie Maggio and Lindly Haunani called Polymer Clay Color Inspirations, a great read for anyone interested in learning color theory. I also have a 40 page section in the latest issue of Somerset Workshop, available at Barnes and Noble, etc. My work also appears in LK Ludwig's latest book, "Collaborative Art Journals". Lastly, I have a fairly large piece that was accepted into the 2nd City Council, Day of the Dead show in Long Beach. Ok, that is it for now!

Back home....    July 31 2009
After five weeks of wonderful travel I am back home again. While it is always nice to come home, we were sure having a great time abroad! We saw the most incredible art from Gaudi\'s architecture in Barcelona, the masterpieces in Madrid like \"Guernica\" and \"Las Meninas\"to MoMA and the Met in New York. Seeing the Acropolis was also a highlight as well as the ancient ruins of Ephesus.(the Amalfi Drive and Cinque Terre weren\'t bad either!) Too much to relate here and too many photos, over 3000! Suffice it to say, that this summer\'s art viewing provided enough inspiration for a lifetime. I managed to get to a few flea markets as well. In particular, the one in Valencia, Spain was terrific. I already know exactly what I will be doing with all those little treasures that I gleaned....now to get working! Next month begins a few teaching engagements. The first one being in San Jose....followed by Colorado. For more info, please check my workshop schedule. Big news: My studio appeared in the latest edition of Where Women Create. Check it out at Barnes and Noble or Borders. Very exciting and it is a beautiful publication.

Off to Spain!    June 10 2009
Well, summer is here and I will be gone! Off to Spain for some much needed R&R! The summer is typically slow for me for art related events as I try not to schedule things that might conflict with travel! I just found out that one of my mosaics was juried into a group show in Long Beach at Second City Council starting the end of June and running for a month. I spent the day in LA yesterday shopping the garment district and boy did I find a LOT of treasures for future mosaics! Now I just need some time to do the mosaics....the story of my life. Hope everyone has a wonderful summer.....

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 here.....my 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!!!