Wednesday, August 31, 2016
After working with a local graphic artist and printer to create a unique raffle prize for a Pennsylvania Psychological Association event, I decided I loved the outcome so much, not only did I have one made for my own office, but decided to offer prints for order.
This "How are you Feeling?" emotions poster would be a unique addition to any behavioral health care office or classroom and will brighten up the space while being functional at the same time. Providers can use it to spur discussion of current emotion state and prompt even young children to identify their feelings and triggers that lead to those feelings.
Available on fine art paper in 3 easy-to-frame sizes, this print also makes a great gift!
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
"These Hands" mixed media print
to be auctioned at "California Dreamin'" fundraiser event
Very excited about two upcoming events:
First - I will be part of the North Mountain Art League show at the Packwood House Museum, March 14-20 with a reception and meet & greet with the participating artists Saturday March 14 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Please come by, say hi, and see 3 never before displayed works of mine!
Packwood House – Mar 14-21, 2015
15 N Water Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837
Second - I am thrilled once again to support the Bloomsburg University LGBTQA resource center at their annual fundraiser "California Dreamin'" on Friday, March 20 at 5pm at the Barns at Boone's Dam in Bloomsburg. This is always a good time for a good cause. If you are local, consider coming out. In addition to a mixed media, framed print of mine there will be many other silent auction items and plenty of good food and beverages:
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Two shows in one week! Tomorrow opens the Northumberland County Council for the Arts and Humanities Gallery show in Shamokin AND the North Mountain Art League exhibit in the Arts and Crafts building at the Bloomsburg Fair. If you are in town for either, check them out!
Saturday, May 3, 2014
My most recently completed painting pretty much sums up how I have been feeling that last few weeks. I have been lucky enough to do some traveling and sightseeing both around my home, and a bit around the country, and have gotten to see some old friends in the process. There is also the prospect of some collaborative creative work with a treasured mentor from another part of my life (who, IMHO, happens to be quite the creative genius), and that has me nearly squealing with delight. What a way to finally start a late-to-arrive spring!
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Yesterday was a good day. I got not one, but two, one-woman shows scheduled (fall 2014 and summer 2015 – details to follow). In my book, that’s an exciting start to a morning. Though, in my usual style, that excitement was quickly followed by a mixture of self-doubt and self-deprecation. Would I be ready? Would by paintings be ‘good enough’? Why has this taken me so long? Blah, blah, blah. However, in a concerted effort to challenge these automatic, and negative, thoughts, I followed them up with a big, red, screaming “STOP.” Yes, I’ve been back in the Coal region for 5 ½ years, and yes, these are the first one-artist showings I’ve secured in that time, and no, Northumberland County isn’t NYC, or DC or even Philly. But this is ‘home,’ and I’m creating, and my work is getting out there, and people like it. And, most importantly, I’m happy.
And, in addition to scheduling those two shows yesterday, I also successfully bench-pressed 100lbs (my current goal in training for an upcoming lifting/running event), got an email via USFencing requesting my participation in a research study as an “emerging/elite athlete,” (What? Who? Me? – insert sheepish grin), I worked a little bit on a research project of my own in the hospital, and was sincerely thanked by a parent for helping with their kid. In fact, looking back on them, the last few weeks have been pretty darn good. I helped a teen lose 20 pounds, was told I was important in the life of another, won a local epee competition, and traveled to see good friends.
Now there are qualifiers on all those ‘victories’ – there always are: I need to be able to lift more weight by the end of February, their definition of ‘emerging/elite athlete’ was fairly loose and several hundred people got that email, my research project is moving at a snail’s pace compared to what I’d be doing in a major university, the competition only had 9 people, and another teen I work with is still struggling with symptoms a year into treatment.
And so quickly the half-full glass becomes half-empty. There is always work that can be done faster, projects that could be done better, people who are “succeeding” more than I am. And maybe if I gave up any one of the things I am doing, I could probably do those other things, faster, better, more ‘successfully’ (whatever that means). Sure, for every bout I win against someone half my age, there’s another I lose to someone twice my age, sometimes my run turns into a walk (okay, a hobble) when one of the joints in my falling-apart-faster-than-it-should-for-my-age body is screaming, there will be another family who storms out of my office because they don’t like what I’ve said, and I’ll likely bring home more paintings than I sell at whatever the next exhibit it. But I am doing all of that. All of it. And that’s pretty darn amazing. Because someday, I will not be able to do this. But today is not that day.
So I’m going to resolve to practice gratitude for all my little victories this year. Notice them, speak them, and, sometimes, share them. After all, isn’t that what creating art is about – noticing and sharing tiny pieces of beauty and meaning that otherwise go unnoticed and buried under daily labors and defeats.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
\:-| (honor) oil on canvas 20x20
Thursday, September 19, 2013
If you are coming out to the Bloomsburg Fair this week (which I know you are!), please take some time to visit the Arts and Crafts building. In addition to local adult artists, there will be many elementary and high school students showing off their work. Support our next generation of talent! And if you notice any names you recognize, be certain to tell them you saw their work there. I remember being a student and how special it felt to have my work hanging somewhere -- someone taking the time to look at it and then tell me about made it even better.