Friday, May 25, 2018

October Mini Workshop/Open Studio

Brushmaking/Mark-making and Open Studio Time
Get the best of both - a workshop in the morning and open studio time in the afternoon to perfect a new technique or work on a project of your own choosing, with my tools and some supplies available.

Saturday morning instruction will focus on the art of brushmaking - making beautiful objects to collect and use. Two different techniques for crafting brushes from found materials will be taught with supplies included!

Sunday morning instruction will focus on the art of mark-making - use the brushes from Saturday if you choose, plus a variety of other mark-making tools and supplies which will be available to use in the class. 

Spend afternoons continuing to perfect and practice these techniques or work bring another project to focus on and enjoy the community vibe and energetic atmosphere while you create.

Early Bird Pricing!

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

On SOFA 2018 and Acting On Your Dreams

Hello dear friends!

If you didn't catch it in the last newsletter, or over on Facebook, I have some exciting news to share with you! I have been invited to participate in SOFA Chicago Expo (stands for Sculptural Objects and Functional Art and Design) held at Navy Pier in November each year.

To participate in this show has been one of my long term big career dreams. I’ve been attending as a spectator for the past ten years and every year I take note of specific galleries that I believe my art would fit, dreaming of one day maybe being repped by one and then maybe I would get to see my own art in such an outstanding show. But it was not even on my radar to expect such an opportunity to land in my lap this year!

An international gallery who has exhibited at SOFA since 2000 sent me an email inviting me to show my work with them for this years exhibit- and as a fun little extra, when I looked at my past catalogs to see who they’ve brought before, I found that I had bookmarked their page in the 2010 catalog. Maybe I had a premonition. Maybe it was a prayer I said and long since forgot about, but there it was, a little paper flag waiting to remind me.

Though I am receiving the invitation as a high compliment and affirmation of the work that I’ve done to achieve a level of professionalism in my art, it does require a monetary commitment for the booth fees from me.

I reached out to some of the past artists who have been hosted by this gallery in previous shows and received positive feedback, so I feel comfortable with the terms, but as an artist/entrepreneur every bit of extra has to be earned. There are no funds in the coffer right now for the unexpected, even though the unexpected is this thrilling.

I thought about it long and hard and realized I can’t let myself down by not trying. I have worked hard through so many challenges to get to this point. My heart yearns to see this dream come true.

So I’m going to do everything I know I’m capable of doing to try. I’ve discounted some of my work, and will continue to push registration for my studio events, and find other creative ways to raise the funds, because that’s what us creative types do. When push comes to shove, we buckle down and do the work and give each other a little cheer along the way!

Will you help me? I’m offering a discount on the art in my shop at this link to the tune of 25% off. There are currently multiple pieces from two different series available there. The discount will be calculated on checkout when you enter the discount code: SOFA2018

If you aren’t in the position to buy art, but want to help, can you share the link and discount code and maybe give me a little shout out?

With so much gratitude and love~Thank you 

Open Studio/Mini Residency Dates In My Racine Studio

Open Studio/Mini Residency Dates In My Racine Studio
Join me in my studio for a two day mini residency. Open Studio/Mini residency is not a workshop, but an opportunity to work in a community environment on your own project. Each participant gets an entire table to spread out on and has use of my tools and many supplies while in studio, including encaustic wax. No formal workshop instruction is given, but I will be working alongside you on my own projects and am here to answer questions, do spontaneous demos, guide you in completing past workshop projects, and simply enjoy your company and conversation. 

**As a fun bonus, some dates will include mini projects with pertinent supplies, which you are welcome to participate in during your residency at no additional cost. 

Choose one or two day options. 

For questions specific to the setup you need or any tools or supplies you would like access to, please email me at

Upcoming Dates:

Monday and Tuesday September 3rd and 4th

In celebration of the back to school season, I'll have an ATC project with all supplies needed during this Open Studio/mini residency. The wax will also be on and available for participants to use.

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Monday and Tuesday November 12th and 13th
Immediately following Guest Artist, Karen Sako's Mixed Media Cold Wax Workshop, participants of this Open Studio/mini residency are invited to continue the cold wax play. Cold Wax and some supplies will be available to use for all Open Studio participants. 

*This is an excellent opportunity to continue working in studio for participants of Karen's cold wax workshop, however, Karen will not be present and there will be no additional cold wax instruction during the Open Studio dates.  

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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

One Seat Opens For Boxing Encaustic!

Boxing Encaustic -  1 Seat Now Available!

June 2-3rd
Racine, WI 

This is a very special opportunity to take a workshop in my studio in a small group setting. Limited to 6 participants

With room to spread out, participants in this class will focus on the creating collage with encuastic wax on cradled panels with the introduction to incorporating assemblage elements into your work. Whether you choose to use salvaged wood or other materials to frame your artwork, add an assemblage element as a focal point, or create an assemblage mostly with salvaged materials with encaustic or collage as an accent, this workshop will help you make design decisions, become familiar with attaching large objects, building or enhancing frameworks, and of course teach you the the basics of encaustic and collage. 

Some assemblage and collage materials will be available for students to use. 
All encaustic medium and supplies, adhesives, power tools, hardware, etc. are included. Other supplies and mediums will be available in the studio.

Students should bring:

Cradled panels - you choose size up to 24" on any one side
personal collection of found papers and ephemera
assemblage materials, found objects, interesting bits of salvaged wood, bits, bobbles, fragments, knick-knacks, etc. 
Anything else you may want to experiment with or include in your finished artwork

Friday, April 13, 2018

More Than 40 Days - But Who's Counting Anyway?

We are finally getting a few days of Spring, tucked in between later than usual-even for Wisconsin- days of snow. I've just returned from walking the dog by the harbor and climbing the rocks along Lake Michigan. It feels like winter has been hanging around for a really really long time this year. 

I've just finished up with my 40 Days series of collage works. A series that began as a step back from the larger works I had been focussing on, to allow myself the opportunity to slow down, sit at the table in a contemplative manner, and work on a more intimate scale. Each day I listed one piece from the series on Instagram and titled them each in order, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, etc. but in the midst of it all, I had to stop and prepare for a workshop, and then there was Easter, and family, and a bridal shower for my stepdaughter, and I found that it was not possible to keep up with posting every single day. 

I confess it caused me more than a little stress at first, thinking I had set myself up to fail. But then I remembered, these works weren't ever about making a new collage every day. They were about reflecting on the spiritual meaning of the number 40.

40 Days...40 years... The number 40 typically represents a period of testing, trial, or probation. It may be quite literal, 40 days can mean just that- 40 days. But back in the day, the term 40 years was also an expression that meant "a really really long time". Kind of like when we say "it took forever to find a parking spot", but you know, probably something much more trying than having to lug all your groceries half a mile to the car. 

Having had my fair share of ups and downs over the past few years, and even considering the current political climate here in the great US of A, I can relate to that feeling that something difficult is never going to end. But the thing about these testing periods, is the purpose is never just to inflict pain. On the contrary, it is during such a time as this, that we are able to look deep within and see exactly what it is that we are made of. And exactly where it is that we need to place our hope. 

40 Days Series

To Celebrate the completion of the 40 Days Series, I am offering 25% offeverything listed in my shop, including all 40 works from the series.

40 collage works representing 40 days of exploration of the spiritual significance of the number 40, generally a reference to a period of testing, trial, or probation. An accompanying verse, poem, or quote is posted with each work to help direct my thoughts as I create, ponder, and reflect.

Be sure to use the following coupon code at checkout for your 25% off discount: 40DAYS
Click here to see all listed works.

Outside the US? No problem - please reply to this email or contact me at to make payment and shipping arrangements. 

Upcoming Workshop and Event Schedule and News

Through May 1st - The Art Of The Eye, Creative Space opening in Kenosha, WI was a huge success and one of my works received an award!

Mon-Tue April 23-24- Open Studio/Mini Residency with Supplies Available; Racine, WI

Sat/Sun June 2-3 - Boxing Encaustic Workshop - Only 1 seat left! - Racine, WI

Mon-Sun July 23-29 - EncaustiCamp - Seattle, Washington

September - workshop and Open Studio, Dates and info to come

Mon-Wed Oct. 1-3 - Wax, Paper, Scissors - Sedona, AZ

Thursday October 4 - Featured Artist, Xanadu Gallery - Scottsdale, AZ

November (tentative month) - Guest Artist Karen Sako, Cold Wax Workshop - Racine, WI (info to come)

February 21-24, 2019 -  Return to Way Art Yonder, Save The Date info to come - Jamul, CA