5 WAYS TO ART

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5 Ways to Heal through Art

This is what I know: Art heals. Above is a detail of a painting I’ve been working on. It’s not yet done, and while I don’t usually share work in progress, I’m sharing this one because of its timeliness. Here’s the piece: I know… It’s dark. But that’s the beauty of making art. I get to express exactly […]

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How Writing a Book is Like Painting

. Dear Friends, Now that Studio Stories is finally here, I’d like to share with you how the book came to be. But first, I’m excited to invite you to my very first book reading: October 17 at Busboys & Poets Takoma, DC.  I hope you can join us! And now, here’s the true story behind Studio Stories: Once upon […]

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My new book, Studio Stories, is finally here!!

Dear Friends, I’m thrilled to tell you that Studio Stories: Illuminating Our Lives through Art is finally here! Eleven years ago, I began inviting women into my studio to create art. Studio Stories takes you along on their intensely personal journeys from self-expression to self-discovery. As a lifelong artist and teacher, I’m truly delighted to share these inspiring […]

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5 Reasons to Walk in Nature

This is what I know: It’s a noisy world. Cars, airplanes, helicopters, and leaf blowers… It’s a freakin’ noise-fest out there! Adding to that panoply are the insistent tweets and pings that distract us from even hearing ourselves. Hello? Am I even in here? To be creative you need to find that treasured quiet – to mull and process and allow […]

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5 Reasons Art is Work

This is what I know: Sometimes making art is hard. I love making art. It’s something I’ve done my whole life. It gives me deep joy and fills me like nothing else can. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s who I am.But making art has its moments. Moments of frustration – of throw my hands up in the air feeling […]

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5 Reasons Art is Play

 This is what I know: Making art is pure joy. Sometimes when I’m painting it’s like there’s no room – no walls, no floor – no boundaries. Just paint, canvas and me. Together, the 3 of us synchronize without construct or delineation. Like an ancient dance, scraping the brush on the canvas. dipping a palette knife into a tub […]