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My artistic medium is mixed media on canvas. I like the way words mix with images, and often add Chinese take-out containers, chocolate wrappers and torn pages of books to my paintings that can be serendipitous to the viewer. If you look closely, you’ll find all kinds of surprises. I am an experiential artist, meaning, I typically develop a relationship with my subject before painting it. To paint snow-covered mountains, I hike to the top and ski down. To paint aspen trees, I run through their shimmering leaves on mountain trails. To paint ravens, I watch them fly overhead in a desert canyon, and listen to the sound of their wings. When these images start simmering in my brain, this is the seed of my work. I hope that my work will bring joy to you. Or inspiration, or sweetness or something meaningful as you look around my site … Thanks for stopping by. READ MORE

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Teaching kids to spray paint, hmmm

I've been a big fan of street art for a while now and, truth be told, would love to drop in on the scene and follow the greats around for a bit. We're a little deprived of culture here in southwest Colorado – other than cowboys. I love the passion, the freedom, and the rebellious nature of the art. As a mixed media artist, I also love seeing those who've taken these techniques to the canvas. I finally picked up some spray [more]

Hidden, Mixed Media Stencil Experiment

Hidden, Mixed Media Stencil Experiment Today was a rough day, for whatever reason. So I took a break, made some ice coffee, and stepped back into the studio. It was one of those days I would have loved to taken a two hour nap and thrown it to the wind. But I heard the voices of my colleagues saying, "Just show up". I had spent more money than I should have this weekend on stencils and spray paint. And as it turned out, it was very soothing to just paint thick paint over [more]

Sea of Green, mixed media aspen trees

Sea of Green, mixed media aspen trees Hello aspen trees. This mixed media aspen tree painting began as something I was creating for a client. It started out with lots of intricate background details. Which ended up being covered by paint. Here's how it looked in its early stages: I don't know whether this is bad or good that all of these lovely details were covered. Several times during the process my intuition, which I usually listen to, told me to do another [more]

Summer Flowers, mixed media flower painting

Summer Flowers, mixed media flower painting Inspiration is everywhere and I was deeply moved by a quick camping trip we did this weekend to Hartman Rocks in Gunnison, Colorado. It rained like Vietnam the first night and I was so happy I sprung for the cabin, not the tent! We played monopoly all night, and got the fire going JUST enough to make s'mores and - it was OUT! The next day it cleared and ... We were OFF! Scrambling on gorgeous granite boulders and riding our [more]

Sandwich, Coffee and a Cupcake – I'm Good to Go with this Restaurant Triptych

Sandwich, Coffee and a Cupcake – I'm Good to Go with this Restaurant Triptych Lots of work and no idea of where I was headed on this one – the colorful restaurant painting took on a life of it's own. The joy of being able to create every day is what really lights me up. Commissions are one thing that allow me to do this. And they’re usually pretty straight forward – I create something beautiful in a style of my own. For this piece – the new Roast & Toast cafe in Ouray, Colorado – three food [more]

How's it Going Cupcake?

How's it Going Cupcake? Cupcakes are not sexy. There’s just no way of getting around it. Yet when the new local café in town asked for a three-panel work of restaurant art, it included a sandwich, an espresso, and a cupcake. It was during this process of painting this cupcake that I realized I’ve got to get real with this pastry. If I paint a pretty cupcake that doesn’t have grit and a bit of ‘tude, I give them a sterile work of art. But if [more]

Quench, mixed media lemonade and a street artist

Quench, mixed media lemonade and a street artist Back from a month of teaching, I'm warming up for some new paintings with little ones. Quench, a lemonade pitcher painting, is a quick, loose, illustration with gold paint markers and Chinese newspapers. (Along with many more hidden treasures, of course). I'll be donating this piece to the AHHAA School of the Arts auction, this July 17 in Telluride Colorado. The event features more than 100 artworks and a myriad of services and [more]

Teaching, Telluride and Online Mixed Media

Teaching, Telluride and Online Mixed Media The last month has been filled with teaching art – Lucky me! As many of you know, I launched an online mixed media course, Pedal to Petal this June, where folks from around the country learned mixed media techniques online with me. From finding time for yourself to art journaling, to discovering what inspires you, students worked their way through painting, collage, and discovering their own creative voices. Following are a [more]

What's NEWS at the Studio

What's NEWS at the Studio SOLD! It's been a great month here at the studio. Thanks so much! To see more available originals, click here. I've been working on several projects, including a green aspen tree diptych, and a series of paintings for an outdoor company. I'll be sure to post these when they are finished. I have all kinds of ideas for new techniques I'm playing with, and I'll be excited to show you the results. I'm also putting the final polish on [more]

Creating Handmade Stamps

Creating Handmade StampsI thought it would be fun to show you how to make handmade stamps today. Here's a tutorial that shows you how to make simple stamps, and all the materials needed, along with a peek at more complex stamps that border on print making... Enjoy!   If you'd like to learn more about my mixed media techniques, I'm teaching a 12-day online course starting June 13. Click here to learn more! Early bird discount until June [more]

Family Road Trip and a Durango Art Show

Family Road Trip and a Durango Art Show I've been working the last half of the year to get ready for an art exhibit in Durango, Colorado. It was time to start showing beyond my little corner of the world, and well, life presented an opportunity at just the right time, as life usually does. The week before the show, my 8-year old son and I came down to hang my paintings. Together we decorated the walls of ENO Cafe, and I relinquished control of the hang tags he placed for [more]

Pedal to Petal, my Mixed Media e-Course

Pedal to Petal, my Mixed Media e-Course If you're in the mood to explore your creativity, and learn my mixed media techniques, I just opened registration for Pedal to Petal, my new online art course! THIS 12-DAY ONLINE ART CLASS IS DESIGNED TO SPARK YOUR INSPIRATION AND TEACH YOU MIXED MEDIA ON CANVAS IN A JOYFUL, PLAYFUL STYLE. Pedal to Petal is a mixed media online class that builds upon itself. Each day you’ll login from any computer to find today’s class filled [more]

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