Spring has sprung    May 11 2022
My two March workshops were a wonderful success with incredible pieces of art created in each class. I have decided that due to a very busy calendar that my Fall workshops will be postponed until next spring. I have been very busy creating "pendants for peace", a fundraiser for the House of Ukraine in San Diego. I am currently sold out but after upcoming travels I hope to be back in my studio and back to creating! I received some exciting news that one of my larger pieces called "Our Lady of the Pandemic" was selected for inclusion (amidst some very stiff competition) at the Oceanside Museum of Art's 2022 Art Auction which will take place in June. This piece will also be part of an exhibition at the museum as well, so all very exciting.

February round up!    February 16 2022
In March, I will be hosting two boutique home workshops. The first workshop is Home is Where the Heart Is and focuses on altering three wood house shaped substrates. A variety of techniques will be employed to create wonderful little shrines. The second workshop is Jeweled Book Boxes and this class was inspired by the treasure bindings created during the Middle Ages. These medieval books have beautiful jeweled encrusted, gold gilt covers. Both of these workshops are currently sold out. Please email me for more information about these special events and to be put on my interest list for future workshops. The next two may be in the fall. I recently joined the Artist Alliance through the Oceanside Museum of Art and started applying to a few shows now that I have a few larger pieces to exhibit. I was pleased to hear that my piece called Life Resplendent was accepted into a show called Renewal at the Front Porch Gallery in Carlsbad. I am excited to continue working on a larger scale and seeing the evolution of these new clay appliqué pieces.

Off and running    January 14 2022
So here we are in 2022 and who knew we would still be dealing with covid two years later. I have been grateful for the slower pace of life which has allowed for more time in my studio. I have also really reduced the amount of time I will be on the road traveling and am instead focusing on boutique, home workshops in my backyard! These workshops have been wonderful as they are limited to ten people and are two to three days long which allows for more comprehensive class instruction. I just completed another in a series of large panel board pieces that combine collage techniques with polymer clay. I am having so much fun experimenting with new techniques and have many ideas for further experimentation. It is hard to know what to call these pieces other than mixed media because they aren't really mosaics and while I incorporate "clay appliqué" details, they aren't entirely polymer pieces either. Perhaps, clay collage is the best description. I am also enjoying this new body of work because I am painting more and that is something that I truly love doing. Hope you are staying well. Here's to a very happy and healthy new year.

Fall update    October 15 2021
The months just pass so quickly, here we are heading into the holiday season once again. I just recently conducted my first two boutique home workshops that had been postponed from early 2020 due to covid. I decided to do both workshops back to back and really liked how that worked out, so going forward that is what I will be doing. The student's work in both classes, Illuminated Triptychs and Hand of Mysteries was excellent. It was so fun to gather in person outside. My next two classes will be in March of 2022. Please email me for more information if you are interested. On the studio front, I have been very busy working on some larger pieces that have taken me down a different path. I am using collage techniques to create a background and then doing a process I call clay applique to add pieces of polymer clay to it. I have so many ideas using this technique and can't wait to have a bit more time to explore. We would have been leaving next week for what would have been the 10th anniversary of our retreat in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. But once again we had to cancel due to covid concerns. We are planning on returning for Day of the Dead in 2022! Stay well and Happy Halloween greetings!

Summertime 21    June 28 2021
As we roll into the summer (a hot one indeed), our lives have resumed a somewhat new normal pace. The quiet days of last year have been replaced by a frenetic schedule of road trips and socializing. While I am finding it harder to carve out time in my studio, it is so nice to be at a place where we can be with family and friends and hopefully travel abroad one day in the near future. I finished shooting a new online class called, Wall Dolls in Polymer Clay. This is a fun, figurative approach to creating in polymer. This class will be launched in mid-July through Create Arts Online. They do a super job of producing first rate instructional videos and I am so happy to be working with them. I also have a Stencil Girl blog post being released on using my sacred heart stencils to create beautiful collaged cards. Making your own cards really saves money and adds a nice personal touch that the receiver will be delighted with. This blog post will be released on July 9th at Stencil Girl Products.com. I hope everyone is staying well and enjoying the lazy days of summer! Happy Independence Day to all.

As the world turns....    March 25 2021
It is hard to believe that nearly six months has passed since I last updated this page. It has been a time warp for sure as we have all been sequestered in our homes. This past year has led to an entire body of work called "During the Pandemic". Creating these Covid-related pieces has been a way for me to process the events of last year. My Etsy shop has been very busy and for that I am eternally grateful since ALL of my teaching engagements were canceled last year and for most of this year as well. I know after this "pause" that I will not be teaching nearly as much as in previous years. I have enjoyed the quiet pace of spending time in my studio and have enjoyed being unencumbered from the pressures of teaching and being on the road as much as I was. I, like my others, have reevaluated my goals and feel like this is the right move for myself going forward. I will focus on getting another online class up and running this summer and will still continue doing my boutique/home workshops. Mostly, I look forward to the process of creating art. Hope you are all staying well. Here's to the vaccination roll-out and to our lives resuming some form of normalcy.

into the fall...    October 23 2020
As Halloween quickly approaches, we are reminded of all of the ways that our lives have been impacted by Covid. This is the first time in ten years that I am actually home for Halloween as we are usually in San Miguel de Allende for our art retreat. It will certainly be a different experience this year as will all of the upcoming holidays. I continue to stay very busy in my studio creating art and relieving stress by doing so. I have also been having jigsaw puzzles made of my artwork and that has been fun and mindless! We are now in the process of updating our backyard. Home improvements seem to be on everyone's to-do lists these days while people are still staying home (for the most part.) I hope this brief newsletter finds you and your families well. Here's to better days ahead. Remember what Emerson said, " when it's dark enough, you can see the stars." Happy Holidays.

In the time of covid....    August 20 2020
I hope this newsletter finds you and your families doing well. It is hard to fathom that we are six months into this pandemic. For me, the solace I find in my studio has been my way of coping with all that is going on in our unsettled world. I feel like it gives purpose to my days, especially the body of work related to the pandemic. During this pause, I have also enjoyed engaging with art communities through the Zoom platform. I have Zoomed with polymer clay guilds and mosaic organizations. I have found it very rewarding connecting with like-minded people through these meet-ups especially since all of my in-person teaching was cancelled for the year. I have no idea when I will resume in-person teaching, still waiting to see how the fall shakes out. My continued thanks to all of you who have supported me with your purchases in my Etsy store. It has warmed my heart.....stay well.

as time goes by.....    July 12 2020
Here we are in July and the pandemic has been surging. We have taken it very seriously and continue to self-isolate....which means more time in the studio.I feel very fortunate that I am able to stay home and do what I love most, create art. My Etsy store business has been very busy and I find that my only outing is to UPS to ship off pieces.I am so very grateful for the continued support of my art. I am continuing my series of pandemic related artwork and have done a few pieces that speak to the social justice movement including a piece I just added to my Art gallery page called, The Tarot Card-Justice inspired by a vintage tarot deck. In keeping up with the times, I have a couple of Zoom meet-ups, tomorrow will be a demo and talk for the wonderful organization called Piece by Piece in Los Angeles. A little later this month I will be doing a demo for the Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild. I also have a new online class that is available through Create Arts Online. I hope that everyone continues to stay safe, wearing those masks! I know that it is a very difficult time for so many and my heart goes out to those people struggling.....I hope that we get a handle on the coronavirus very soon....

As the months go by....    June 07 2020
It truly feels like a time warp. I can't believe we are already into June and I think this is the case because I am very happy staying home in my studio creating art because as they say, "time is meaningless in the face of creativity". As I mentioned previously, I began a Pandemic series of artwork because it just felt right to speak to what we were collectively going through. With the recent civil unrest, I am feeling the same way, though not exactly sure how this will be translated into art at this point. I still believe these challenging times will be a period of great reflection and change for the better. Pop Gallery in Santa Fe recently opened again so I will be sending some more work their way. I also have recently updated my Etsy store with new pieces. Please Stay Well.....