• UPPERCASE!

    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.

  • It's Holiday Market Time!



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p1020246Well, we’re onto our next project already. Unlike the ceiling, this one has an end in sight and is guided by a deadline, which is the arrival of our new woodstove. Our original plan was to move our existing stove from the center of the room, where it precariously shares a chimney with our oil-burning furnace, to the corner of the room, where chimney pipe would be able to exit out the roof, thereby alleviating our fire code hazard and freeing up more space in the small room. But once we started looking at new woodstoves, there was no turning back. “Look at how efficient they are,” we would say jealously, looking at the EPA ratings of this new beauties. “And look at how open the door is, so we could actually watch the fire burn,” we lamented. The final straw was of course, aesthetic; the new stoves were so much more…modern.  Our new Jotul Castine in Blue-Black Enamel has been ordered and will arrive in the next few weeks. Which brings me to the project – a hearth. And knowing us, of course it’s not just any old slab of stone; it’s a huge, 5” tall platform, covered in bluestone with slate tiles on the surrounding walls. It’s serious.

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The first steps went so fast and uneventful, it was almost an ominous precursor of what was to come. Since the area around the woodstove is obviously going to get very hot, we needed to ensure that the materials were non-combustible. This lead us to the exciting world of Durock, a truly awful product that was devised only to have the most dangerous labels placed on it. Did I mention it has to be handled extremely carefully, since it is incredibly fragile, and only with gloves? The label says something like, “Do not touch or breathe anywhere near this stuff or it will cause you to die painfully. Wear long sleeve shirts, pants, a dust mask, goggles, and alkali-resistant gloves.” And it really says, “Panels are heavy and could fall over, causing serious injury or death.” This was after we cheerfully moved the stuff at least five times in shorts and tee shirts. To make a long Durock story short, after cutting it and screwing it into the wall, we realized that we did it wrong…and had to cut it while on the wall. Durock does not go quietly. It still remains, a painful reminder of our mistakes, as faded white drips of an angry pack of seagulls on our deck.

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The good news is that my bleeding heart is blooming. I have always been fascinated by these flowers since I was little and performed “heart surgeries” to figure out how they were made. They still amaze me.

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