Tuesday, February 26, 2013


I am constantly challenging myself to try new and different ways of painting. I did a painting similar to this one several years ago. What I liked about it then was the "feeling" that it gave me. Something inside tugged at me to try it again, but in a dramatic, new way. As a representational artist, I need to force myself to be more painterly. I think this painting accomplished that goal. It has been accepted to the 26th Annual Women's Works Exhibit at the Old Courthouse Gallery in Woodstock, IL. The exhibit runs from March 7 to April 28, with a reception on March 16.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Life is Short - Pursue Your Passion

It was about six years ago that I gave up my life as a graphic designer to focus on fine art as a full-time and forever career. The road has not been easy, but I highly recommend it. Here are a few of the things I've learned:

1. It's not about the money. Ok, maybe it was in the beginning, when I was newly off the corporate bandwagon. I've come to realize that the sharing of my gifts is far more important than all the money in the world.

2. Beauty is everywhere. It's amazing when you begin to see the beauty in even the most mundane things.

3. Love what you do, and the rest will fall into place.

4. Be fearless. Continue to press on. Some people will like your work ... some people will not like your work. It doesn't matter as long as you are using the gifts God has given you in the best way you can.

5. Always be open to learning new things.

It was only a couple of months after I gave up my "regular income" as a graphic designer that my father passed away, and I took time out to help care for my ailing mother. It was time well-spent and I will never regret it, but it did cut into my focus on my art. Life is short. Pursue your passion!