• 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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Easter Muffins


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p1010466p1010467So, it may make you feel better to know that I have destroyed baked goods, especially on Sunday mornings. I woke up Easter Sunday with the strong urge to satiate my craving for muffins…huckleberry muffins to be exact. The huckleberries are a side story—they came to me, courtesy of Marx Foods, for an upcoming piece I’m working on. But quite honestly, I had never tasted huckleberries before then…and I was under the conviction that they were just a character of Mr. Twain’s own creation. Now I believe that they are real berries, apparently very prolific in the Pacific Northwest during the summer months, and definitely very delicious. These came to me frozen, though still very fragrant of dark berry, juniper, and black pepper. (My next task is to figure out if they’ll grow next to the blueberries in our yard!)


Back to the muffins…so I had a week-long muffin craving and I was ready to end it. I got up, found a recipe, and set about mixing the dry, then the wet ingredients. I gently folded everything together, taking care not to overmix but searching for the dry floury patches on the bottom of the bowl. After the huckleberries went in, I divided the batter ever so carefully among the twelve muffin cups (into unbleached If You Care wrappers—these are really the only muffin cups I like to use anymore—and they release the cakes like a dream!) and sprinkled with Turbinado sugar. I took a tiny taste and within a second, a horrible thought entered my mouth and then my head…I did not remember putting sugar in with the wet or dry ingredients. I ran back to the recipe, ready to blame the author for the terrible omission of sweetener, but there it was, the forgotten 2/3 cup. At this point, there was no fix. I tried to hurriedly mix sugar into each of the cups, knowing that my chances for success were not looking good. Thirty minutes later, the tops were golden and crispy with sugar crystals. The bottoms, unfortunately, required a thick spread of honey. I was less upset about the muffins than the thought that the perfect muffin would not be realized and the craving would probably linger until the next weekend…and the next round of huckleberry muffins.

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