• Creative Thinking

  • 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.

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Trying

This spring has been incredibly trying for New Englanders who want nothing more than pure spring. Today, we woke up to snow. Granted, it was a spotty layer that melted as the day wore on, but still–it's the end of April. I've been trying to gather inspiration for the coming season for the garden, for projects, and for the start of the farmers' market. But this weather...it just keeps disrupting my best-laid plans.

We took a little trip to NYC to visit family and a new nephew. Everything was so fresh and spring-y, including the amazing oversize sculptures of flowers down the median strip of Madison Avenue, blooming over robust beds of colorful tulips. The lobby of the MOMA housed enormous terrariums, one long and slug-like, the other a tall egg, by artist Paula Hayes. The weather was absolutely perfect, sunny, a balmy breeze blowing, and temperatures in the 60s. The Grand Central Terminal Market is one of my favorite places to shop for food. I bought salami and cheeses from Murray's Cheese and some new spices (including my new fav, Aleppo pepper) from Penzey's. We stopped at the Bronx Zoo on the way back home. The weather was less perfect, cool and slightly rainy, but this made for great animal spotting. The lions were all out, the youngsters playfully pouncing on each other, the king actually roaring, his guttural sounds echoing against the rocks. Hopefully, he was telling Mother Nature to let spring and sunny days stay.

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