Friday, December 4, 2009

Photo by world renowed photographer Eric Millette

Just recently, I had the privledge of being photographed by a world famous photographer, Eric Millette who did my photo shoot for an article in Business Week. The response was wonderful and I met a lot of great people who encouraged me to continue following my passion. I am grateful that art fills my life and simple things make me smile. I remind myself everyday to not only look but to see.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Gourd with Secret Code

My first gourd

I think I learned the art of sharing when I was very young. Not that I always wanted to but my parents insisted. One year my two older brothers and I got a wood burning set. I was so excited. I loved the smell of carving into wood and making designs all the while pretending I was creating a secret language or better yet a code. My oldest brother was less enthusiastic and the other one only wanted to burn holes in every thing he could find. No rhythm or rhyme. Some years later during a Sunday trip to Yountville, I came across a gourd at a garage sale for 25 cents. Many of my friends would listen to stories of how someday I would do something with it. Well, a few weeks ago I took a class with this wonderful "Gourdist". The smell brought back those cherised memories of childhood and my brothers. My secret codes, the excitement I felt. I was overcome with joy. Memories I thought are wonderful, hold on tight and don't let go. Here is my first gourd engraved at the top with ancient secret codes and I am sure the meaning is "Happiness"

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Living My Dream

It was a balmy day in Saratoga on June 13Th, the day of my first Gallery Show. Wonderful music performed by some amazing musicians filled the air. Everyone was ready for art. Friends flew in from Southern California and some made the trek from the Bay Area and the Napa Valley. I was living my dream. Strangers and old friends mingled exchanged stories and tales of adventure. Some commented that my art had a Fin De sie'cle feel that felt like a period of new beginnings. I actually paint with movement capturing people that have touched me through my journey. For an artist, having people connect with your work is awe inspiring. Many of my pieces have moved on to other homes and I am touched by the support and grateful that others loved my work. As you can see by the smile on face, (me in the red) I am truly an artist with a purpose. Many Thanks to all of you!

Gallery Reception with my close friend

Sunday, May 24, 2009


New Challenges

Lessons I have learned in this journey called life comes down to just a few things. The what ifs and simple fear. Long ago, I decided to change the dialogue in my head about both. I gave fear a name and it took away it's power. I replaced the what ifs with doing things I have always longed to do. I learned to speak Spanish enough to approach a stranger and start a conversation. After all, if I made a fool out of myself I would never see them again. Well, I did run into them again and there was no place to hide so I tried again. No fear! People are wonderful and will extend a hand if you extend yours. So my new challenge is to learn to speak Chinese and I am approaching it with no fear. Remember naming fear takes away its power. So today, my challenge is not to stay bottled up but to blossom. My garden is in full bloom and inspired the new painting above.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Color Always

Walking through my garden which is now a burst of color, it was as if seeing it for the very first time. My friend, Noelle says, "know that flowers will come they always do every single year". I suppose when I paint, the canvas is like my garden, ready for color. My paintings celebrate women and the work they do. Often my paintings are not full of background as I like to capture the movement of each image. Some shy and quiet, others bold and expressive but always with a feel of respect. I am busy preparing for the Gallery reception at Gallery Saratoga and looking forward to seeing new and old friends. I am certain the day will be filled with a burst of color.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

In a manner of speaking!

"Mere color, unspoiled by meaning and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways"--Oscar Wilde
I have certainly come to think that life is a vignette filled with what we choose to make of it. Today, I decided to be just a good friend. Deep belly laughs, an over the fence conversation with a neighbor, smiling at a stranger, talking endlessly to an old person eager to be heard. Deciding to say hello to everyone I passed at the park whether they said hello or not. Sharing a seedling from my garden, waving to a passing school bus. No! I am not ready for sainthood but today, I know that being a friend has helped me to be a better person. And so with each brush stroke I paint with joy.

Friday, March 27, 2009

What inspires me!

Someone once told me if you plant a garden you believe in the future. How true! On a gloomy day with threats of rain, I perused my garden taking in all the sad little plants that made it through those cold windy days and pondered if I would again see color. Spreading seeds in a random fashion and stuffing bulbs with reckless abandonment, I whispered, grow little plants grow. The neighborhood squirrel was nearby keeping an eye on the nuts he'd so carefully planted (earlier in the year) Wanting to shoo him away, it became clear to me that we could both live in harmony. Well! believing in something has power. My garden has burst of color in every nook and cranny. How could anyone be out of sorts with the promise of such beauty. I took out my paints and brushes and today I am feeling renewed.


Two Friends

Dark Woman acrylic 9x12 framed

My art photographed by my friend Judy