You are invited to my first gallery show in Seattle!

I’m  honored to be a selected artist of the Narthex Gallery’s A Community Inspired Group Show  from August 12 – Sept 26th.  I will have two acrylic paintings exhibited at this non-profit gallery in Magnolia! Please come!   SAT, AUG 24 / OPENING AND ARTIST RECEPTION 6-8pm – wine and snacks will be served. Sadly, I Read More …

The Many Faces of Inspiration in Cambodia and Vietnam

Have you ever wondered where inspiration comes from? Personally, I’ve long carried a bias that inspiration comes from the means of expression; a painter’s inspiration must be visual, like pretty things and landscapes. A writer’s must be words and phrases, poetry and beautifully constructed sentences singing like music. A performer Read More …

An Ultimate Goal

At the end of March, I FINALLY attended Flora Bowley’s Bloom True long weekend painting workshop. I’ve been wanting to attend this workshop for a few years.  The workshops often fill the day the email announcement comes which is hard to plan around family demands.  This year, I resolved myself Read More …

Finding Ease

Ease is radical counter-culture that requires personal trickery and magic because our popular culture pushes us towards the opposite; dis-ease and not good enough.  With the popular mindset we cover up our true natures with workaholism, entertainment, politics, crisis and constant striving for more and more and more.  But wait, Read More …

Freedom in Art Day

February in Seattle has been unseasonably cold, snowy and icy.  A blessing because life slows down; I didn’t have to chauffeur anyone anywhere and the kids loved playing in the un-Seattle-like deep snow. Before the snow, I was getting restless and frustrated with painting. Creativity is always a dance between Read More …

The Story of Body and Soul Painting

  For as long as I’ve loved to make art, I’ve loved to move. I have played sports, salsa danced, competed in triathlons, been a long-time rock climber, practiced yoga, become a personal trainer and got serious about CrossFit and more. The same year I decided to launch my art Read More …

25. power

There are two types of power; traditional and authentic. Accumulating traditional power demands sacrifice for a well-understood balance; power must be earned by privilege and accumulated.  Traditionally, status, money, fame, and politics demand specific expenses. Time for money. Privacy for fame. Quietude for politics. Authenticity for status. Responsibility for influence. Read More …

24. resolve

I find daily practice tedious.  Really, I do.  Even with a morning ritual, I would rather have daily variety than a predictable plan. An unpredictable day lifts me from monotonous self-talk. Instead of the self-same stories, I can create detached fables in my head. This protagonist is confident, capable, able Read More …

23 Morning Ritual

Coffee. Journal. Meditation. Movement. My morning ritual. Some people swear a ritual makes the day better.  Some days, I swear if a day could be worse, what would it be without it? It is better than rushing out the door as I gulp down my coffee and stuff my face. Read More …

22. better than

A wise person claims that asking yourself, “Am I better than yesterday?” is a powerful daily life practice.  Whether the answer is “Yes” or “No” during the pursuit of mastery, the practitioner’s reply must be a life-affirming, “Yes, I’m getting better at this because I practice.” Wisdom claims that answer Read More …