2018!!    January 03 2018
Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy and creative new year. The new year brings a very full year of travel and teaching. All of my workshops are listed on the Workshop page of my website. If something new pops up, I will add that to the list. I'm starting the year off with a trip to Southeast Asia which I am really looking forward to as I have never been to this part of the world and Angkor Wat has been on the bucket list for quite some time! Sure to be inspirational. When I return, I will be heading to my first teaching engagement at Art and Soul in Portland. While one of my three classes is sold out, there is availability in my other two classes. That event is quickly followed by a two day class in Prescott Arizona at Kat Kirby's fabulous studio....and so goes the year! Lots of art, travel and family gatherings...I feel very fortunate! Here's to your new year, hoping it is filled with everything that makes your heart sing!

Talmadge art show....    November 16 2017
Just wanted to let you know that the annual Talmadge art show will be happening this Sunday, November 19 at Liberty Station. More info can be found at www.talmadgeartshow.com. It is a great show to find unique, OOAK gifts for the holiday season and your chance to help support the many artists who make their living through the arts. I have been doing this show since it was actually in Sharon's backyard in Talmadge over 20 years ago! On another note, we just returned from our trip to San Miguel during Day of the Dead. The workshop was fabulous and the entire trip was just plain magical. I came home with a treasure trove of fabulous finds to alter and actually had my first day in the studio in weeks! It is always so inspiring being in Mexico and I always come home ready to get to work creating new pieces.

Fall is upon us!    September 26 2017
As we head into one of my favorite seasons, it seems summer was just here. But the cool evening temps and the crisp days foreshadow the coming months of Fall. It has certainly been a rough couple of months with the hurricanes and earthquakes. My heart aches for those who have lost everything. I am taking part in a fundraiser for CERF-Craft Emergency Relief Fund,that will be raising money,that will be matched by Etsy, for artists who have lost their studios and livelihoods. I will post information on Facebook about this fundraiser when it becomes available. October is always a busy time for me. I will be hosting the third boutique workshop at my home at the beginning of the month and then I am off to Mexico for our annual Day of the Dead retreat. For more information, please email me or check out the Workshops page on my website.

O Canada!    August 15 2017
Just in between trips....from Alaska to Phoenix and now off to Canada, it has been a busy few weeks! I have managed to spend some time in my studio and just updated my Etsy shop. Looking forward to teaching at Elitia Hart's studio in Calgary. Elitia does amazing embossed metal work. (www.pewterart.ca)Hope the summer is treating you well....as it speeds by!

Happy 4th    July 02 2017
Just returned from a month long trip to Europe. It was wonderful seeing so many inspiring pieces of art that we hadn't seen before including two versions of Fra Angelico's Annunciation, one of my favorite religious paintings. We also took in amazing architecture including Palladio's Rotunda in Vicenza. Now that I am back in my studio, I am preparing for a busy summer that includes teaching on an Alaska bound cruise ship! Should be a very unique experience and one that I am looking forward to. That is closely followed by Art Unraveled in Phoenix, yes, blazing hot in August but still a great event! Then I am off to Canada to teach in Elitia Hart's studio in Calgary. Lots to keep me busy and traveling this summer, that's for sure. Wishing you all a very happy Independence Day!

Hope Springs Eternal    April 24 2017
Spring is always a super busy time around my studio. It seems as if most teaching engagements happen in the spring and fall. I recently returned from teaching at Art is you in Santa Rosa. It was great to combine a little wine/beer tasting along with teaching and vending. Thanks to all who joined me up north. Saturday night I attended the auction in Fullerton to benefit arts education in their public schools. My large polymer heart sold for 2000.00, all of which went to the program. That really warmed my heart and I am honored to have helped their worthy cause. Future news: Still room on the cruise to Alaska to clay and cruise. Check my workshop listings for more info. Also Art Unraveled just recently opened for registration. I will be team teaching our Sacred Tomes class with Katherine England! I also will be teaching a couple other fun classes called Bird in the Hand and Artful Objects II. Hope to see you somewhere on the trail!

A new year.....    February 14 2017
Can't believe we are now well into 2017....so much happening in the world, it makes one's head spin. During times of turmoil, one is reminded of the healing power of art. I feel so fortunate to have a creative respite, my studio is my sanctuary. I began the year teaching a workshop at Katherine England's studio. The workshop called, Gothic Tomes was a huge success and sold out quickly. While at Katherine's studio, I agreed to do a large plaster heart as part of a fundraiser for the Fullerton school district. This heart, that measures 20 inches tall will be up for auction in April. It was a fun and challenging project that allowed me to stretch (literally) the art of polymer clay! As we head into spring, my schedule becomes pretty busy with lots of travel. I will be doing my second home/boutique workshop (sold out) at the end of March. I recently added a three-day home workshop for early October. Please contact me if you would like more info about that. I should have made a New Year's resolution about being more consistent about updating my website every month! I will try to do better!

Giving thanks....    November 23 2016
With Thanksgiving right around the corner it reminds me of how thankful I am to be surrounded by the family and friends that I hold dear. I feel so fortunate to be able to do a "job' that I love that provides me with the opportunity to create art, travel and teach. Having just returned from our art retreat in San Miguel de Allende, I am filled with inspiration and plenty of new ideas to last a lifetime! I am also thankful to all thirty of our students who joined us in Mexico, for many it was their first time there and we value the trust placed in us....Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving surrounded by those you love....

Off to Mex!    October 15 2016
Fall is here and with it, our annual trip to San Miguel de Allende for Day of the Dead and our Tesoro Del Corazon annual art retreat! This is always such a special time of year and it is a much anticipated event for our guests that join us. Once again we sold out in the first month....so I guess we must be doing something right! Last weekend I held my first boutique/home workshop. It was a lot of fun and I had such a great group of students. Thank You! Looking forward to the next one in March! I also wanted to remind everyone that my first segment on Make It Artsy aired last week on PBS. We don't get it in San Diego but you can watch the episodes online if you go to www.makeitartsy.com They really did a nice job of editing the show...lots of great tips and techniques are shared with loads of inspiration!

Fall is approaching....    September 22 2016
Well the summer blew by with an unprecedented speed! Art Unraveled was fabulous, as always. My classes were great and so was the vendor show. Many thanks to those who support is invaluable to me. The fall promises to be fairly busy. I am participating in the Talmadge Pop-Up art show in La Jolla on Sunday, September 25th. Please email me for more details. I will also be hosting my first boutique/home workshop in early October. It sold out very quickly and I added a similar workshop in the Spring called Hamsa House Shrines. I know these intimate workshops will be a lot of fun and I am looking forward to it. The last workshop I have space for in the Fall is in Fullerton, Ca through Gilding the Lily. It will be on October 15 and we will be creating beautiful mini gothic triptychs. There is a link for information on my Workshops page. And before you know it, our annual Tesoro del Corazon retreat in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico will be here, during Day of the Dead. So many wonderful events are on the horizon. Hope to see you on the trail somewhere!