Storm

A Story: There are  incredible storms in Costa Rica, but none match the one I’ve lately tended to inside. A little over two months ago, I left my burgeoning art career in Seattle to move to rural Costa Rica.  And my identity was lifted in the air and then…what? The storm and dissonance are my path now.  I Read More …

The Paintings I Carry

One week left in Seattle and then we hop on the plane for a new adventure in Costa Rica.  Mostly, packing has consisted of purging, the getting rid of and lightening, but I’m willing to carry a few items for sentimental reasons.  I will paint in Costa Rica.  I’m packing all my paints but I Read More …

The Art of Moving

Countdown to Costa Rica Purging and simplifying a family and home of over a dozen years is a daunting task.  Sifting through the massive pile of stuff hidden in the secret pockets of this old house has been both an adventure into timeless memories and a horror story.  Old letters and Read More …

Mantas: A Love Story

There is no hope in understanding a marriage.  It is bound by love and faith, not analysis.  There is love in one another and more importantly love in what they create together. This home, this family, this feeling, this conversation, this intimacy, this strength, the gift giving, forgiveness and courage they Read More …

Working with Color & Life

This commission is taking me a long time to finish.  I make three decisions  and then I’m exhausted, and the paint needs to dry.  I walk away. As I work, I think about my client.  She has an irreversible and deadly disease.  This painting is for her life partner as Read More …

The Uprootable Family

Three years ago on the beach in Honolulu, my husband and I promised each other that 2015 was our year to change our lives, a year to do something crazy, a year to invite adventure and play out a little dream just to see how it goes. We have been Read More …

Resistence

Steven Pressfield’s book “The War or Art” has been on my to read list for a few months.  Reviews are powerful and even transformational. You know those days when you just can’t pick up a paintbrush?  Can’t focus?  Wonder why the hell you choose such a difficult career path?  And Read More …

Reflections at Marika’s Art Studio #2: A Quarterly Newsletter

Spring has been busy and granted me incredible learning opportunities with many mishaps and a few victories.  I’m very grateful for every success and I’m learning all about the joys and perils of accepting rejection too. Lesson for all: Keep knocking on doors, some will open. I’m expecting a summer full of the same.  Read More …

Art in the Park Today

All set up without any broken glass. Success! Warm and beautiful day. No rain. Success! I'll be here from 11-6 at South Lake Union in front of MOHAI with other friendly and talented artisans. See you soon!   Posted with Blogsy

If Gems Speak

A big day tomorrow! 11-6 at South Lake Union! I’ve been busy today and still have a few things to knock off the list in preparation. There is so much to do my head is spinning. By request, a preview of the stories these little gems will tell are below. Read More …