• Creative Thinking


    I am so thrilled to have my very first drawn illustration in the current issue of UPPERCASE Magazine! 

    I drew this on Thanksgiving, 2017. We decided to stay home and celebrate, just the three of us. I wanted my daughter to feel like that even though we weren't going anywhere, it was going to be a special day. So, I let her pick the drinks!

  • Pushing Forward

    I'm trying to remember this and to boldly learn new things without getting bogged down by self doubt. It's hard!

  • Plugging Away

    I'm trying to enjoy the quiet stillness of winter. We've had lots of snow (and snow days) and rain, which has made for long weeks of nasty weather. I'm drawing daily and I can see myself steadily improving. 

  • Winter

    above image—not winter

    Winter is not my favorite season. It's cold, it's dark, it's icy....but with those restrictions comes permission to quiet your mind, think, make. It's the season when I have the most time. My daughter is in preschool, and farmers' markets are few and far between. It allows me to focus on my art and on all the other little projects that I think about during the summer. This year I'm stretching and taking Make Art That Sells, an online course from art agent Lilla Rogers. So far, I feel out of my element, which I'm taking as a good sign. Growth comes in fits and starts, and it isn't always comfortable.

  • Upcoming Holiday Season

    I'm getting ready for the upcoming holiday season! I'll be at the Bennington Farmers' Market on the first and third Saturdays of Nov. and Dec., and I'll be at the Williamstown Berkshire Grown Markets on Nov. 19th and Dec. 17th. I'll have lots of lovely linen aprons and tea towels, and delicious edibles, perfect for gift giving or enjoying with your family and friends. See you soon!

  • Inktober Almost Finished!

    I challenged myself again this year to participate in Inktober. It's an Instagram challenge where you post something drawn or painted with ink every day of October. You can make it as limiting or free as you'd like, and there's even a prompt list if you prefer to follow that. I decided I would work on patterns as a continuation of my recent Sketchbook Skool class with Ohn Mar Win. (I also wanted to practice drawing/painting people, but I enjoyed and got wrapped up with the patterns!) You can head over to Instagram to see the whole month!

  • Honored

    This is an image of an artist book that I submitted to Uppercase Magazine, and here it is actually in the magazine!

  • Permission

    I've been playing with the idea of home for many years now. For a while, I tried to convey this in a nonliteral way, but lately all I want to draw are tiny houses! And they make me happy, so I've allowed myself to do so.

  • Radio Silence

    Well, I've been busy with life, baking, and painting. After a many year hiatus, I'm making stuff again! It feels great to play around with long-forgotten supplies and skills. Check out my instagram to see the latest.

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Coming to terms with summer’s end

The arrival of September is bittersweet. The beginnings and endings of the days grow chilly and leaves start to flash color in isolated spots. I start to crave hot dinners again, soups and stews and hearty casseroles. Squash appear in all of their multicolored glory at the market. I start to feel a sense of dread in the pit of my stomach: partly because fall means winter is next, and partly because the glory of summer is so fleeting. I am a squirrel, gathering whatever I can from the garden and drying and preserving it as fast as I can. I dried lots of tomatoes and herbs…I made pickles…I made pickled peppers…I froze raspberries…I made black currant jam….and still there are apples, pears, and grapes to preserve.

I am curious how others segue from the season of plenty to the leaner months ahead. I ask farmers what they’re doing to get ready. One woman told me about the pestos she makes, the peppers she roasts and freezes, and the tomatoes she puts up. She smiles as she tells me about making pasta in January and topping it with roasted pepper pesto that she froze mixed with a smidge of cream to make a quick sauce. She told me how decadent it made her feel and how it was a little taste of summer.

I feel better. I realize the work that I’m doing now is a gift to my future winter self who is dreaming about spring and fresh green shoots. I won’t remember the fleeting strawberries, only the abundance of tomatoes that I’m still able to enjoy when the snow is falling.

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