• 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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Tuscany, Part 1

Tuscany is a place that needs to be experienced. Others had tried to warn me with their rave reviews of the food, the wine, the churches, the countryside. Everyone had a recommendation of a place to see, or a restaurant to visit, food to eat, church to view.....but no one told me how picture-perfect the countryside would be, even in winter, when the grapevines were slumbering and only the shapely cedars and dignified heathery-green olive groves retained their leaves. They didn't tell me that each heart-achingly pastoral landscape would be more beautiful than the next, leaving me endlessly reaching for my camera. I have a record of hundreds of pictures, while any shots of our trusty Euro beamer and hotels didn't make the cut. And there was no mention of just how each tiny town was more picturesque than the next. We'd approach each walled, hill-dwelling town up a tiny winding road, park in a lot just outside the walls, and hike up, passing through the gate, finding the piazza and main church, then exploring the mazes of tiny streets and alleyways affording views down to the olive groves and outlying farmhouses. Then we'd look for a trattoria and have a "simple" lunch: plates of prosciutto and salumi, slivers of Pecorino Toscano, and maybe some local honey, followed by fresh pasta in a variety of thicknesses and shapes with fresh tomatoes, or simply some more pecorino, or zucchini or artichokes. Delicious in every way!

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