Welcome to my new life

Updated: Jan 21

Welcome to my new website and blog. I am inviting you to come along with me as I start a new chapter in my life doing something I have always wanted to do. I have been making art for many years but have not spent much time recently trying to sell my work. I was a potter for 20 years and loved working with clay but I was ready for something else that was easier on my hands, less messy and less dependent on things I couldn't control (kiln not working properly, unpredictable glazes, even occasional exploding pots.) So I decided to start painting. I paint with oils mostly, but also enjoy watercolor, acrylics and gouache. I have been painting for around 7 or 8 years now (you can read the "About" section of the website to learn more.) During much of that time, my husband was my muse, my mentor, my support and my best and worst critic. He inspired and cajoled me to move ahead with my dream of eventually making art my full-time profession.

Tragically I lost him to cancer in 2016. As I begin to find a new life without him, I have made the decision to really dive into my art and begin to market and sell my paintings in places beyond local shows and coffee shops. Anyone who has lost a spouse knows that it takes time to climb out of the deep hole of grief that never really goes away. I am finally able to begin that climb. I think he would be proud of me.

So that is all I'm going to say about that. Now to focus on making art. Last year, I moved to a smaller house, built in 1939, and was able to dedicate a beautiful room upstairs that used to be an old sleeping porch #sleepingporch to my studio space. It's surrounded by windows and is like working in a treehouse. I can open all of the windows and look out to watch the family red-tail hawks who keep me company while I'm painting. When I go in there and turn on my music, that becomes my world. I am totally engaged in the flow of my work. See pictures of my pottery days, my new studio, and me painting at my plein air easel below.

As I write this blog (future ones will be less wordy, I promise), I invite you, with an open heart , into my messy, fulfilling, sad, exhilarating, scary, crazy new life as an artist. I hope to write about once a week or so about what I'm doing, how I approach a new piece, my process in developing my art, my new discoveries, and the times when I realize that I should just scrape it all off and start over. I hope you will join me and share your thoughts in the communication section of the website, whether you are an artist or an art lover. If a painting speaks to you, I would love to know why. If you have ideas or constructive feedback, I would welcome your comments. Thanks for coming along with me on this journey. Watch my Instagram and Facebook pages ( see links in the website) for notices of when there is a new blog post.

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