Inspiration –
I get it from all types of sources
Usually I find it in the most unexpected places

Often I find it in sorrow
Sorrow bleeds inspiration in me
Painting and drawing are my tears

Travel excites inspiration in me
The colors become the paints on my canvas
The smells and sounds become the energy in which I paint

Happiness is a completely different type of inspiration
It is quiet
It is bright
It is large but consuming

Each experience that inspires me generates an unique art to itself
I never understood why people say an artist must have a style or look to their work
Does that mean the artist should not look for new inspirations?
I can’t imagine that to be true
Embrace all the inspirations and let them guide you without thought or fear

Creation is Inspiration
Inspiration is Creation


LARGE ART ~ small space


Friends, today through June 13th I will be hosting my first BIG Art ~ small space sale.  Over the past 2 years I have created a bunch of large scale works, the smallest being 36 x 36″ in both oils and acrylic.  As much as I love them all, storage in my small studio space is an issue.  They are on view at the Arts Mill and online.  I will be posting them here over the next few days.  I am open to any thoughtful offer (I am not giving them away).  If you are interested DM me and I can meet you or show you the gallery.  The offer expires June 13th.  The funds made will help toward the crazy life changing plans I have this summer.

Much is going to change in my studio, it will be neat to see how my art changes with it.

We all need diverse influences


August 13, 2017

As I sit in my home studio pondering the week ahead, I feel nothing but pure graittude.

Gratitude for the support of family, friends and the visual art community in WI.

This Wednesday I leave for UK, to participate in my second exhibit there in 5 years.

I am doing so with the generous support of the Mary l. Nohl Suitcase Fund.

It is with this support I am able to participate in the Robertsbridge Arts & Crafts Fair in

Robertsbridge, East Sussex, England. Robertsbridge is believed to date back to 1176.

Travel and being immersed in other cultures has always played a vital part in my artistic

process and growth.

Art and literature have played significant roles in shaping my understanding of

differences (and similarities).

I am so honored to have this opportunity to exhibit and most importantly meet other

artists and patrons abroad.

Perhaps my presence will also have an influence on someone there?

Now more than ever, it is important to cross the cultural lines and with maybe with the

platform of art, spread friendship and understanding.  PEACE.


These days you need to be everything

IMG_9854I haven’t written in a while.  I have been busy painting.  It’s amazing how as an artist if you work on 1 task it seems to take you away from another.  I do my best to spread my time out, but if I find I am in a groove of one sort or another, I stay in one spot for a while.

I have been painting – A LOT.  So what does that mean?  It means I haven’t been promoting on social media.  I haven’t been building frames.  I haven’t been updating my web site.  I haven’t been entering shows.  It’s a challenge dividing your time up.  If I could paint in the morning, do social media in the afternoon and make frames at night, life would be perfect.

But inspiration rarely works that way.  I have bouts of total inspiration and its like I am on a maniac high and I can’t stop painting.  I can say the same for self promotion and the rest.

Well, I am back writing.  So what does that mean?  Am I painting?  I sure hopes so… cause in the end, it’s really all I want to do.  The just is for financial survival.

Happy Weekend All.

Its always rough

Its always rough for an artist when it come to pricing your work.

It seems everyone has an opinion.

If you were to value your time and materials, more often than not the customers gasps at

the price.

If you lower your price to their ridiculous expectations they say in bewilderment, that it is

too cheap.

Yet they buy it.  Perhaps they say it to ease their guilt?

Other artists like to tell you what to price your art at.

Its a never ending circle of advice.

Yet at the end of the day, if like me, this is how you feed your family you do what works

for you.

Another goal for 2017, is not to let all these voices in my head.

I will do what works for me.

Unlocking the Circles

img_7610I know a lot of people think New Years resolutions are silly.

I don’t think I am one of those people.

I am a goal person.

I have always set goals for myself throughout my life, they give me a focus.

If I achieve it great, but really the aim is more what I am after.

This last year was tough in the US.

This last year was good for my art.

I am heartbroken daily with the outpouring of depressing news.

I am an optimistic person.

Right now, it feels tough.

I feel as though I am running in circles.

My aim for 2017 will be to unlock the circles.

I will have an even better year in art.

Through my art, I will help make change.

Baby its cold out there



Today in Wisconsin it is bitter cold.

The sun is shining bright,

deceptively convincing us of another day.

It is extraordinarily beautiful.

With the cold comes a quiet,

a beautiful quiet.

The temptation to go out is minimal,

so we view the quiet beauty from the safety of our windows.

I am content, painting indoors while the lightness shines in.

I am painting with such contentment and color.

2016 has already been a better year than most.

How do I know?

My painting is telling me so.

It is bright, rich and happy.

Which is what we all should be this new year.

Bright, rich (in friends and love) and happy.

Happy New Year All!