The Need to Paint and be Patient – Carmen Herrera

3/3/19 When I come across stories about artists who bloom late in life I become curious about their journey. I learned about Carmen Herrera through such a story. Carmen had been actively painting for over 60 years before gaining any recognition. She was almost 90 before she sold a work.   Ms. Herrera’s exploration of […]

The Pseudonym a Necessary Tool

11/6/17 Did you know a number of women Abstract Expressionists resorted to changing their names to combat oppression by their male counterparts? Not an uncommon act throughout history really, but it’s always interesting to see this documented and validated in writing.   The artist I have featured here is Michael West (1908-1991). Michael West was […]

A Woman of Fiber and Light

9/8/17 I came across a series of contemporary pieces of art at the Philadelphia museum recently. Hanging threads of knotted plastic some with bright color some with more organic natural tones. I wanted to touch them and “understand”. While I could see the connection between the works they were also very different and I’ll say […]

“A Canadian Rebel”

7/27/17 Looking at art is one of my favorite things to do. Two years ago I came across an artist by the name of Emily Carr. I was drawn to her bold use of color and interesting landscapes. I could see a post-impressionist influence and was intrigued by her Canadian origin because of my own. […]

Giving Thanks When it’s Difficult

11/24/16 Notes to Myself: Thanksgiving Day today. I am grateful for the many blessings in my life however mixed I may feel today. If I dig deep enough I see the light. Today, I mourn the passing of a treasured friend. A champion in spirit and a woman of great faith. Diagnosed with stage 4 […]

Found Me an Ocean

10/8/16 Notes to Myself: Found me an ocean… A plentiful palette tempting my curiosity. Can I tip toe in, to meet it’s edge? Might it change without warning – perhaps sweep me away into it’s ever changing tide never to return the same. Found me an ocean…