April 5, 2020

"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order."

-John Burroughs, Author

What is it about nature, especially right now during these unprecedented, anxious and isolating days of COVID-19 pandemic, that comforts us?  Is it the beauty?  Is it t...

February 29, 2020

"For to miss the joy is to miss all."

Robert Louis Stevenson

Happy Leap Year Day!  An extra day is something everyone can use, even if it is a cold, blustery, cloudy day.  

I titled this painting "Winter Blues", but only because of the lovely blue color.  I don't get...

February 9, 2020

"Without a good question, a good answer has no place to go."

 - Clayton Christensen, Harvard Professor

This piece, which remains untitled, came about because of a question.  What would happen if I used a credit card, rather than a brush, on a special kind of watercolor p...

December 2, 2019

“The true joy of a moonlit night is something we no longer understand. Only the men of old, when there were no lights, could understand the true joy of a moonlit night.” 

- Yasunari Kawabata,

Palm-of-the-Hand Stories

As I drove down our 7 miles of dirt road the other nig...

October 31, 2019

"I am looking out of my window in an anxious and resentful state of mind, oblivious of my surroundings, brooding perhaps on some damage done to my prestige. Then suddenly I observe a hovering kestrel. In a moment everything is altered. The brooding self with its hurt v...

October 1, 2019

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."

 - Robert Frost

This quote by Robert Frost has been my aspiration throughout my adult life.  Although the variation I found I sometimes appreciate even more:  "I ch...

September 16, 2019

"If I live a thousand years, I could not paint all the things that come into my mind."

 - Charlie Russell, 1919

As soon as I read the quote above from Charlie Russell, I felt a kinship and an acknowledgement that as an artist, my work is never done.  The quote also made...

August 14, 2019

"...trees as a metaphor for self-examination by acknowledging our roots, finding our heartwood, and focusing on how we can branch out to provide shade and fruits for others."

 - Karen Marcus

Life Coach

Our world has moved through the industrial age and now we're in the te...

July 2, 2019

"Biophilia, the love of nature and living things, is an essential part of the human condition. The effects of nature’s qualities on health are not only spiritual and emotional but physical and neurological. I have no doubt that they reflect deep changes in the brain’s...

May 6, 2019

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” ― Brene Brown

Horses' noses are soft and vulnerable, and are also a blind spot for them.  Yet they lead with their noses as they walk, run and graze.   How courageous is that?

I pondered vulnera...

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