"the day before mother's day"

on the day before mother's day my mother suddenly passed away.
it was a shock and completely unexpected.

it was right before her 71st birthday and right before her and my father's 50th wedding anniversary. 

things have changed... i have changed.

these past few months have been hard but i am dealing with my grief and am embracing all the beautiful blessings i still have in my life. i am hugging my children a little tighter and saying i love you a little more. i am cherishing my relationships more and rejoicing in my wonderful memories. i am stopping to smell the roses and i am trying not to sweat the small stuff.  i am grateful for every moment i have been given... past, present and future.

the one thing i haven't been doing is painting...

  i know i will soon though.  inspiration will eventually return and creativity will come flooding back.  in time things will get back to normal... the "new" normal anyway.

until then i'll just keep taking things one day at a time. 

i love you mom. 


"tequila sunset"

exterior wall mural 
painted with acrylic latex on stucco

this client wanted a great view of an arizona sunset while he kicked
back and enjoyed a margarita... he got exactly what he wanted.


"deco fan"

16 x 16 oil on canvas

on exhibit
2011 international juried painting competition
finalist- still life category
june 4-30, 2011

fort lauderdale, florida


"princess emma"

12 x 14 oil on canvas

this is for a sweet little girl named emma.
it's to remind her that she is and always will be...
a princess. 



5 x 7 oil on panel

"this dragonfly came up to me. he was hovering right in front of my face
 and i was really examining him, thinking, 
how does he see me? i became enlightened."

ziggy marley