March 5, 2018

I don't often take issue with Picasso. In fact, maybe it is not with him that I have an issue, but with the internet for making a ubiquitous meme out of a supposed quote of his:

"Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist."

I can see where one would...

January 10, 2018

What is creative health?

Everyone's favorite topic in January is health - what can we do to eat better, get more sleep, drink more water, exercise, etc. But how often do we examine and care for our creative health? How healthy are our creative lives and how much time do...

September 21, 2017

Photo: Ziggy Attias 

This month I completed my first artist residency at Chateau d'Orquevaux in the Haute-Marne region of France. I don't really know how I would begin to describe the experience. I have only been home for a short time, and my head is still full of the m...

July 9, 2017

 Summer Rose, 24" x 24", mixed media on canvas, 2017

Summer is flying by and has been super busy!  It was great to start out the year with two consecutive solo shows, but since May, I have been doing a lot of behind the scenes work on what's coming next. 


January 3, 2017

It has been five years since I moved away from the oceanfront neighborhood where I spent most of my life. On the North End of Virginia Beach, you can walk over the dunes any time to behold the broad expanse of sand laid out for miles north and south, and the vast sky o...

June 6, 2016

Minnesota (detail), 2016, mixed media on canvas, 24" x 24"

My last name has changed! On April 22nd, 2016, I became the proud wife of my high school sweetheart and lifelong crush, Matthew Emerson. Matt is highly creative, a hard worker, and a very talented artist. We hav...

February 2, 2016

On my morning walk with my dogs, strolling down to the bank of a small tributary of the Eastern Branch of the Lynnhaven River, I saw it. There, on a sandbar created by low tide, where wild birds congregate for morning meditation, was a fresh patch of stark white frost...

February 2, 2016


 Bowl of Apples I, mixed media on canvas, 2015, 12" x 12" 



 Bowl of Apples II, mixed media on canvas, 2015, 12" x 12" 



 Bowl of Apples III, mixed media on canvas, 2015, 12" x 12" 


Thirty-five days before the Day of the Dead, my fiance, Matthew, lost his mother from...

September 2, 2015

 Countdown Day 1: Detail, Reflect I, digital photograph, 2015.



Attention to detail


Many people are winding down after a crazy summer and looking toward getting back into a more structured routine. The end of summer is a time to slow down, take stock, and prepare for...

August 7, 2015

Above: Oyster Reef II, mixed media on canvas, 24" x 24" 2014


The connection between art and nature is timeless. The beauty and mystery of the natural world have always served as a source of creative inspiration. With nature now at the center of much debate, from recogn...

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