Painter of the mystical, otherworldly, sensual, and whimsical.

I'm a painter living and working in the beautiful finger-lakes region of Western New York State. I am also an avid gardener and nature lover, so the lush green rolling hills, gentle streams, and majestic lakes that surround my home in this world often appear in the fantasy worlds of my paintings.

Many of the pieces draw inspiration from folk tales, myths and legends. These "teaching tales" were what drew us together around our hearth-fires for centuries, and I believe those stories still carry power.

I enjoy looking at these ancient tales, through my eyes, and painting what I see, no matter if it's beautiful or disturbing. But what's more fun is when others can see those same paintings and find something within of value that speaks to their soul directly. I do not plan for this, but am honored when it happens, and, oh, yes, do love hearing about it every time that it happens. It reminds me that maybe we are not so different after all.

Glad to meet you, and please enjoy the paintings!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Reason, Season, or Lifetime

Found this and wanted to share it.
Reason, Season, or Lifetime
(~Author unknown)

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person.
When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty; to provide you with guidance and support; to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Artists to Watch: Tracy Nakayama

Above: "Farm," by Tracy Nakayama

Figurative art holds a special place for me, and figurative art of beautiful women doing beautiful things is beautiful above all others. If God created anything more beautiful... but that's another conversation.

Titian said, "It is not bright colors but good drawing that makes figures beautiful," and Tracy Nakayama brings that point home with her carefully painted figures. They allow the viewer a voyeur's window into a world of  casual eroticism often enjoyed only by those blessed with sex-positive lifestyles. Ms. Nakayama's attention to detail creates enough realism to allow the viewer to truly savor the scene, while the loose brushwork allows a dreamy, relaxed casualness that allows natural figures to look natural, but withholds judgement.

If erotic art, or nude figurative art, is of interest to you, I would recommend taking the time to look through Tracy Nakayama's pieces. This brings you to the Google Search page.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

"I'm not great at everything... but that's OK. Nobody is."

Over on G+, Tara Swiger wrote a "rant" that had absolutely nothing to do with me, but that I needed to read. According to her, it was "brought to you by a once-fabulous tiny business's recent demise, one I admired from afar."  Trying to market myself is often a confusing, bizarre process, where it feels like we have to wear a lot of hats. It simply can not be done without friends... good friends. I read this and thought, "Thank you for saying it."

I'm not great at everything... but that's OK. Nobody is.
Focus on what you're great at. 

Don't fail because you're not great at everything. 
Get help.
Hire someone.
Change your business, mode of delivery, or focus. 

Just because other crafty people make their thing and ship it, doesn't mean you have to, to do what you love. 
If you're great at design: DESIGN. Find a production partner and focus on designing. 
If you're great at one-of-a-kind: Make it. Have someone else ship it. 
If you're great at talking + connecting: TALK AND CONNECT. Find a way to be useful and get paid (or find a way to let that benefit whatever your business model is). Teach classes, lead workshops, speak at conferences.

If you're not great at shipping (I'm not), stop shipping. 
Go wholesale-only (fewer shipments). 
Get a shop manager. 
Hire a college kid to ship. 
Or change your business entirely so you don't let your customers down with late (or nonexistent orders). 

Whatever you do, don't fail because you suck at something. 
Find a way around. 
If you're not sure what the way around IS, just ask. 

Above:  "End of Shift," by Portia St. Luke.  Sketch in black wax on paper.