Tuesday, September 13, 2016

from an interview, January 2014

My go-to medium is acrylic paint on canvas or wood. Once in a while on paper or other painting surfaces. But acrylic paint. It dries quickly, it's bright, it's rather forgiving, it's non toxic, and it just works for me. A lot of people don't like painting in acrylic because they say it dries too quickly, as opposed to oils where you have a long work time with it, but even with acrylic paint, I keep a fan by my easel and I'm often using a blow dryer or fan to make that acrylic paint dry faster. Because I paint very fast, and I want that paint to dry much quicker than it wants to.

Q: I want to know first how many talents you have.

A: How many talents I have? Well, I have only one talent, and that is communication. So it doesn't really matter what medium I'm using. Whether I'm writing, or painting, or acting… Speaking in public. It all is communication. And I'm a nurse. Nursing is really so much about communication. It's listening and responding. And that is what art is. My paintings are a story, whether that story is apparent when you look at it or not. Sometimes I'm not even aware of what the story is until afterwards when I'm interpreting it, or even just figuring it out for myself.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Last month, I went to a sale at an old school in Red Ridge, Michigan, and picked up this antique box. I love imagining the history of it, being a hand made box, and wonder what it was made to hold. It has a removable tray in the top. There was a larger one available that day, but I didn't have room in my car to bring it home.

I've been thinking about not painting fish in trees anymore, but it is a theme that I love to play with, so I probably won't quit for a while.

Also seen at NorthShore ArtScene. Thanks Joan!

Sunday, June 19, 2016



I wanted you to know we are so thrilled with your beautiful paintings. We will treasure them always. Don't the Salmon look like they were meant for our DR wall? A dream come true.

Thank you for sharing your gifts with us.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016


When most people talk about fishing around these parts, they mean removing fish from a lake. For me, it means adding fish to a painting. How many new fish do you see? I think I count 9.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Our mind plays tricks on us

Our mind plays tricks on us. It sees this paint stroke as the trunk of a tree, this blue patch as sky. I like to see the paint as paint within the intended forest. Sometimes I paint colors only to see an image in it later on. I recently heard someone say that the purpose of a painting is to entertain, and I hope mine do that. I derive so much pleasure from the act of painting, and hopefully this will translate to the eye of the viewer. These images contain stories in my head, and I wish I could share them all. But I have to let them speak for themselves.

Comics: Art In Relationship

I've finished the final project for my class through California College Of The Arts!

It's an 8 page comic.