Art and Anger

11/8/19 Anger rests inside me without my awareness. Do you resonate? Over time, becoming skilled at “stuffing” it I suffered in silence. It’s destructive nature lived in my body manifesting in other forms of expression. Art wasn’t one of them, but the feelings were there, brewing. A poison all too familiar to my soul. Why? […]

An American Abstract Expressionist

10/24/19 On a recent visit to a local library to peruse some art books I came across the artist Joan Mitchell. The bold color and sweeping strokes on the cover quickly caught my attention. Without too much reading I felt the expressive, energetic quality within each piece. The colors had a clarity about them and […]

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 […]

Art and the Feminine/Masculine – Louise Bourgeois

1/15/18 Sculptor,painter,printmaker and installation artist, Lousie Bourgeois through her work ignites emotion. Often disturbing and provocative Louise explores her inner emotional canvas through these varied mediums. What stood out to me most in the bit of research I did is her ongoing dialog about womanhood and suppression. Themes of confinement, relationship, and sexuality seemed to […]

Peanut Butter and Rice Cakes

5/24/17 Notes to Myself: When life gives you rice cakes… smother them with peanut butter? Is that what I’m doing? I’m not so sure I even like rice cakes but I’ve been eating them with peanut butter. Hmm… I love peanut butter.It reminds me of my childhood where peanut butter sandwiches were quite common. I […]

Honesty…

3/14/17 Notes to Myself:I feel naked. When I step off that cliff of protection, armor and shield I am exposed. It’s scary, real and uncluttered. I liken this to standing on the platform posing, stripped of all clothing. It’s raw and beautiful. Wrapping my arms around myself. Timid to bare all. Afraid of what others […]

Comparing Shadows…

3/2/17 Notes to Myself:Comparing, shadows depletes my soul. It discourages my true spirit and that of others, always. It’s a harm I do to myself when I practice it. And it invalidates everyone’s unique and precious potential, including my own. I read recently… “My experiences will directly reflect my thoughts.” I rather my experiences not […]