featured on VoyageHouston!

featured on VoyageHouston!


Hey, how about that? Exciting! Check out my interview on Voyage Houston.

It’s always great to have organizations who are promoting local artists. And I am amazed at the timing. This opportunity popped up during an intense summer season that I have not been able to get into the studio. This little nod has been such an encouragement. It feels like the universe is saying, “I see you. I know you’re still there and doing the best that you can. Nothing is wasted. You will paint and create again.”

Here’s the link:
On the site, you can find it in the Thought-Provokers series midway down the homepage as part of the Sugar Land collection.


hope rising

hope rising


already on mars | acrylic and oil stick on canvas | 24 x 36 | SOLD

So excited to have one of my paintings hanging in the art show for the Hope Rising- South Central Regional Women’s Worship Event, hosted by One River Vineyard Church. The event is taking place on Feb 23 at 7 PM to Feb 24 at 5 PM at the Vineyard Church of Houston, 1035 E 11th St, Houston, Texas 77009. Tickets available here. My painting, Already on Mars, will remain up for the month, in case you are unable to attend the event.

This painting was inspired by the movie, Hidden Figures, the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

I have been awakened to the stories of hope over time. Hope held out with such grace and tenacity generation after generation of not seeing change. It would be easier to give up, to put blinders on, to numb out, than daring to hope, climbing those rungs of that ladder only to fall all the way to the bottom again. But hope is also outrageously difficult to extinguish.

Al Harrison speaking to Katherine Coleman in the movie Hidden Figures:

“What I’m asking you…what I’m asking everyone one in that room, all my geniuses, is to look beyond the numbers. To look around them. Through them. For answers to questions we don’t even know to ask. Math that doesn’t yet exist. Because without it, we’re not going anywhere. We’re staying on the ground. We’re not flying into space…we’re not circling the earth. And we’re certainly not touching the moon. And in my mind…I’m already there.”

Hope is inspiration. Hope is rebellion. Seeing beyond the establishment, tradition, and behaviors that have been normalized, hungrily seeking out what is not yet certain because you know in your depths there is more. The spark of hope exists because in your mind, sometimes even before you’re willing to admit it to yourself, you’re already there.

In my painting, I created one vision of Mars. It feels a little upside down, seen from a distance, and yet we reach, we rise, because of the hope that we have.

100 Days

100 Days

I just finished up participating in my first 100 Days Project. It was a course by Daring Discoveries called 100 Days of Building Creativity, facilitated by LeeAnn Hilbrich.

I committed to spending a minimum of 10 minutes a day in my art studio creating and producing art. For I while, I have felt the imbalance of being a viewer/consumer of art more than a participant/producer and I needed more than that. Broken down simply, creating helps keep me sane. It’s how I process my world. It helps me stay true to myself.

I kept my goals very small so that I could approach my daily practice with the minimal amount of obstacles and intimidation (created 99% of the time from my own headspace). I told myself that my practice could be in any medium and that nothing had to be completed or finished…ever. I even called the work that I did daily ‘my sketches’ instead of ‘my paintings’. I kept my setup simple: Arches paper + acrylics for the most part. I did use a few canvases during the process but returned very quickly to paper. No easel. No painters tape to mask off the edges of the paper (consequences be damned). I told myself that I wanted to play + experiment. When I felt a rule or a sense of cautious protectiveness coming up from my gut, I deliberately did exactly what I was telling myself not to do. I dove into the concept of creating layers so that it would build a richness and interest in the sketch but also to give myself the freedom to paint right over something, even if I kind of liked it and even if I ended up losing what I liked about the previous layer. Nothing is wasted.

Participation in the group was done online and I opted to post most of my daily practices on my Instagram account. Coming out the other side of the 100 days was amazing. I think I was surprised the most by the tenderness and confidence. The group of people that participated were so kind and encouraging with one another. No one just played nice in our group, they actually were that kind and sincere. I also felt a tenderness growing in how I talked to and treated myself. I became less critical of myself during this process, more nurturing and supportive of myself. Out of that came more confidence. Confidence in knowing that the well was not running dry. Confidence that I can keep coming back no matter what happened the day before and good things will come. They just will.

I’ve heard the quote about how it’s more about the journey, not the destination, blah, blah, blah. That one has become worn out and trite for me. Except that it gained new life  during these 100 days. LeeAnn said it in a revised version that I like much better, “I hope you truly congratulate yourself on preparing a firm and steady foundation for your ever continuing soul growth and journey. When we practice, when we take time daily to invest in ourselves and in cultivating the habits and rituals that will bring more joy and beauty into our lives, we unlock and release new levels.”

Beautiful, right?



thank you

thank you

Wow. Opening night at Vino and Vinyl was awesome. Six of my best are hanging proudly on their walls and it was so much fun sharing them in public with my friends. I’ve already had really great feedback, including how much better everything looks in person than on my website. (All art is so amazing in person, of course. But I am brainstorming about how I can improve the way my art appears on my website.)

I really enjoyed the evening. It was a true celebration. Hopefully we didn’t scare off any VV Friday night regulars with the crowd. Being the introvert, part of me was terrified to work the room but all the friendly faces made it easier than I thought. I actually ended up wishing for more time with each person when conversations got cut short.

The opening was on Friday and it’s now Thursday afternoon. It has taken me a while to recover and bounce back from the emotional and physical demands of this type of event. I was wiped out but hope to pick up a brush very soon. I’ve missed it; missed the process and the way I think when I’m painting.

A dear musician friend of mine who encouraged me to pursue big dreams passed today. She loved that I painted abstracts. I talked to her Friday morning before the opening and told her all about it. She couldn’t come that night. She was not well enough. Lana would have loved it. She threw amazing parties and was a pro at entertaining the room. This night was something that we were both dreaming of and hoping for. So I’m dedicating opening night to her.



after the fire a whisper

On Saturday, I participated in an event in the home of Joan Moody, my art mentor. It was called the Unveiling. 6 months ago she invited 7 artists to create a piece that would stretch them beyond what they have done before. It could be in any medium, needed to challenge them in a brand new way and could not be shown to anyone prior to the event. Each artist could invite 3 guests. In between appetizers, dinner and dessert, each artist presented their work. It was a beautiful experience to be a part of. I am still processing everything from that night and what I learned from stretching myself for this work.

Each panel in my piece was 48 x 30. So it was my largest!

Here’s the presentation that I made before I unveiled my piece.

I wanted to start by saying how thankful I am for Joan. I think what you see tonight is an absolute direct result of having that one person who has said, “I see you. I see you and I believe in you and you have something of value and you are not completely crazy.”

My point of inspiration for this project began with the Ghent Altar Piece. I first heard about these paintings while watching the movie The Monuments Men. I was so taken back by the passion that these men had for rescuing art, particularly this piece. So the composition is directly inspired by that work of art.

As I began to paint, I thought a lot about who we imagine God to be and how we perceive our own value based on that definition. I reflected on the beauty and the freedom that comes when unknown becomes known. What I hope translates in this piece is that our attempts to define God fall so short. They are inherently limited and yet what we end up with, what our minds discover or become comfortable with shapes our lives and how we treat those around us.

I felt that the abstract painting style was a great fit for this concept. The figures can be interpreted from many perspectives. The numbers and letters in this piece can represent ideas and symbols that no longer hold the same meaning that they once did as we continue to be transformed by authentic relationship.

The title of this piece is After the Fire, a Whisper, which references I Kings 19:12. This reads, The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

I’d like to end by playing for you the 2nd work of art that heavily influenced this work. It is by Gungor and is called, Cannot Keep You.

Art Jubilee Reception!

penny for the tracks

Grand Central Station Art Jubilee! April 23, 2015. Champagne reception 4-7 pm. 1002 N. Meyer Rd, Seabrook, Texas 77586.

Save the date. So many really great artists will be presenting their work, Joan Elder MoodyLisa Tenney, Bonnie BlueKathy Ericksen, Sherri HarrisDiane Peter,  and ME….just to name a few !

I won’t lie. I’m totally geeked out about participating in my first show like this! So much fun. I’ll be there for the champagne reception.

*Picture is Penny for the Tracks, 12×12, available for sale at the Art Jubilee.