December 2015

I have begun my annual painting hibernation season.

It is a seasonal tradition for me.

As much as I say the cold is no longer my friend,

I feel I am lying.

I produce more work in the dark winter months.

I turn down parties and dinner dates, so I can stay in my studio and paint

in the dark night hours.

This December is strangely mild, yet I carry on my hibernation


I have to remind myself who my friends really are.


Fall – the season of shedding


My art continues to evolve.

I am still most interested in the process, more than the product.

Abstraction has a hold on my attention.

It allows me such freedom that I have not felt in a long time.

I feel as though I was a kept woman.

So stuck, so tight.

Painting with little brushes, and little canvasses.

Now I am bold, bright and big.

Big color, big texture, big inspiration.

I am painting with my hands, cardboard, knives..what ever grabs my attention.

I am hungry for creation and discovery.

I am thankful that I shed my old painting layer.

Full Circle

Acrylic PaintingI

How my art evolves is always a learning experience to me.

I am not the type of artist who decides to illustrate my mood intentionally.

I am the type of artist who paints from the heart.

I let my brush guide me – instinctually.

When I am done creating I view my canvas,

it is as though I am looking in a mirror.

This image is a reflection of what is going on in my life

good or bad.

All my creations reflect my moment, my time, my life.

I have started painting very geometrically,


I was trained as a graphic designer in college.

It is interesting to me that my designer has returned.

I have always loved the tools,

the t-square, the triangle the templates.

Like my paintings,

I have come full circle.

Different Paint ~ Different Style

November Acrylic Series

I like where I am in my painting life

I feel a sense of maturity

I have embraced abstraction

Which I find common with mature painters

I no longer strive for the perfect still life

I no longer strive for the balanced shading

I seek experimentation and complexity without thought

Here is where I paint instinctively

I let my hand and my heart guide me

I paint with Oils – I get texture

I paint with Acrylic – I get pattern

I no longer worry what people will say

I embrace the collection of styles and techniques

When I was starting I was told to latch on to a style – Why?

Isn’t it my purpose as an artist to seek creativeness?

I no longer worry

I just paint from my soul….

Open Canvas


the true open canvas

is allowing the creative process take its own pace

it can not be rushed

rushing will only set you further back

the creative process mimics the life experience

the steps must be taken

there is no getting around it

you love

you dislike

you may mourn

each emotion leading you to the next

the true artist lets their soul guide the creativity

the best life experiences are when you allow your self to feel

the best creative experiences?

allowing your life to guide your creative process

La Boheme – Mothers Day to Me

La Boheme

My Mother, the Opera singer’s favorite opera..

so crazy fitting to see it on Mothers Day

with Piera..

I have been without inspiration lately..

not today

Puccini gives opera meaning

Opera now makes full sense

To me , Opera is Puccini

Passion only our souls could dream of

La Boheme, love and spring

I am with both

Today was a full circle

I grew up with La Boheme in my home

I have seen many operas, never La Boheme

I have been to La Scala

the Met

And never saw La Boheme..

I was moved in ways I had forgotten..

What a perfect Mothers Day..

Thank you mom for putting La Boheme in my soul

You were right.. the best Opera out there…

Happy Mothers Day Mom


our passport Italia to USA – Natalie, Piera and Paola DeStefanis..

Thank you Puccini!

Artist in Residence 2014

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Artist in Residence

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Artist in Residence

2014 began with a much needed blessing.

It came in the form of 775 pairs of hands.

The hands  of the elementary students at

Richards School in Whitefish Bay, 3K – 5th grade.

I went there to teach and work with them,

but the blessings they awarded me out

weighed any dreams I had.

Thank you all.