Forest Walk

My first painting in my people-in-nature series is a woman walking in the forest. A park near my house is a piece of forest with a trail that cuts across a winding creek. Other than the trail, it’s fairly undeveloped and wild. Trees fall down, get uprooted, ivy and weedy plants grow everywhere, tall pines tower above. I’ve gotten very close to great blue herons, hawks and owls here. For me, it’s a refuge from the crowded city of AtlantaRead more

Working in a Series: Color Studies

I started a new series of work, inspired by Lisa Call’s “Working in a Series” self-paced course. The last few months I explored the idea of combining people with elements of nature, by creating eight drawings in black and white. Taking it further, I created five color studies in acrylic and oil: small, loose paintings to experiment with color before committing to large canvases. I loosely based my compositions on five of my stronger drawings. Originally, I was inspired by theRead more

Working in a Series: Drawings

I just finished  Lisa Call’s “Working in a Series” self-paced course. For 10 weeks, I received emails with lots of art inspiration and encouragement for creating a consistent, well-defined series of art. The series I defined for myself was to combine human figures with elements of nature. I was challenging myself not to do straightforward portraits, and to let the natural element be a significant part of the picture. Being the Oct-Nov time period here in Atlanta,  I was especiallyRead more

Dancing under the sun

I work at the nonprofit The Task Force for Global Health and recently had the opportunity to create art for our CEO’s office. The study I had done for the possible Moreland Mural Project (now on hold) seemed like a good fit. The Task Force programs work often in Africa, and many of my colleagues had traveled to various African countries. Using colorful, patterned fabrics from Africa, I set out to make a mixed media piece on a large panel.Read more

“The Cell” Inspiration

30” x 24” acrylic and collage (copies from a 1964 Life Science book/tissue/painted papers) coated with UV protectant varnish I bought a set of beautiful Life Science Library books (published 1964) for $20 at a thrift store in Atlanta. Although the content is dated, the writing still gives a great overview of various scientific topics. In one book titled “The Cell,” I was inspired by a small black and white photo of Dr. Jonas Salk, who invented a vaccine forRead more

Moreland Mural Project

I’m honored to be part of the Moreland Mural Project, an initiative to revitalize the Little Five Points area in Atlanta. The selected multidisciplinary artists are all women and each has a unique story, artistic style and commitment to social engagement. Here’s my sketch for my part of the mural project: When I’ve been in the Little Five Points on Euclid Ave, I’ve noticed a strong African influence, both in the stores and the beautiful print clothing I’ve seen people wear.Read more

Sketching in Italy

I was able to spend two weeks in central Italy this fall, assisting an art class with Sharon Zeugin, a master calligraphic artist. Many times I sketched simply in pencil on site, sometimes I used watercolor, which could draw a crowd of curious onlookers. With Sharon’s incredible lettering as inspiration, I also worked on integrating words with my sketches.Read more

My opening art checklist

My studio is in my house and there are numerous distractions to keep me from painting.To get ready for studio time, it helps to have an opening art ritual, to signify that this is a special time, and a time for both focus and creativity. Sometimes I light a candle. Sometimes I do a few stretches. And lately, I go through a short checklist of questions: Am I a comfortable distance from my canvas or paper? Is the angle of myRead more

Painting straight lines

I had a year-long commission to create paintings of various buildings on the Emory University campus. Having not painted many buildings before, I focused in on a unique architectural feature or angle.  I’ve never worried much about precise straight lines in my paintings, but for this project, a straight-edged painting tool from the hardware store was my solution. For the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, I used text from old programs. The other buildings were all connected with Emory Healthcare, soRead more