• 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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Dangerous Raspberries

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New Englanders like to exaggerate. On a nice day in June, they like to scare you with tales of how it snowed two feet on the same day when they were kids. So, when I heard about the perils of poison parsnip, I filed away the information but wasn't terribly concerned about how it might affect me. Yes, I heard that contact with its sap caused blistering and painful rashes, but I didn't know until last week (when I was forced to do further research) that the scars from the rashes can last for years. I didn't know that two things have to happen in order for a reaction to occur: contact with the plant juices and then immediate exposure to sunlight. These two factors created a perfect storm of problems for me last week while I was picking wild raspberries along our road. I was excited about how prolific the fruit has been this year, and even the wild bushes have been producing bowlfuls of bright, juicy berries that I've been baking with and freezing. It's been hot here lately, so I've been skipping out every morning in shorts and flip flops (you can see where this is going!). Apparently, I got some sap on my ankle, and by Friday morning, I had a purple-brown streaky burn and my foot and ankle were swollen. Grossly swollen, like my foot could witness its own weather patterns and have its own zip code. It's made it difficult to bake and do my market stuff this week, and it pulled the plug on me hiking with my husband on his Long Trail journey. I guess I'm a believer now...I certainly won't take poison parsnip for granted again, although I still don't believe in two feet of snow in June.

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