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Stories From My 2017 Solo Show – An Open Window

Living in a Chinese city that is majority Muslim, there are mosques on every corner like there are churches on every corner in the United States’ Bible belt.  Though I felt very comfortable with many aspects of the new culture

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Stories From My 2017 Solo Show – Playing Checkers in the Street

  Just outside our apartment complex in the city of Urumqi, China, on a poor little avenue where very little traffic came through, groups of men would play checkers. Smoking, drinking, and gambling, they’d pass their days and go home

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6 Questions Artists Should Regularly Ask Themselves

While I was living overseas working with a non-profit org, it was regular practice to take a step back and reassess our situation to make sure we were staying on track with our values.  It was an effective way to

Posted in And the Distance Dissolves Into the Love, Austin Kleon, Creative Practice, Exhibits, Forming A Collection, Gallery Shows, Inside My World, Inspiration, Self Awareness, Solo Show 2017, The Jealous Curator

The Musician

We’ve been studying the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations in Scripture as a church on Sunday mornings.  As a person who is drawn to the melancholy, I get a sense of vindication reading Jeremiah’s words.  The world isn’t all rainbows

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An Open Window

Open your windows and your doors.  Behind and beyond the walls there is belonging.  Enter in. The first piece completed for my solo show coming April 2017.  I was spending a lot of time looking at Robert Henri paintings while

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Over-Spiritualizing Making Art

I get defensive when artists over-spiritualize art-making. It has a bit of a foul smell of desperately justifying what we do.

Posted in Artist's Talk, Autism, Creative Practice, Inside My World, Makoto Fujimura, Mother-Artist, Motherhood, Self Awareness, Utilitarian Pragmatism

Art – Where Heaven and Earth Meet in the Present

Art helps us see where earth and heaven meet in the present.

Posted in Artist's Talk, Creative Practice, Gratitude, Inside My World, Inspiration, Makoto Fujimura

Lillias Trotter, Regret, and a Sketchbook

This is my biggest regret over the last ten years – that I didn’t “see” China and the Hui people through the lens of art that has been given to me.

Posted in Acceptance, Beauty out of Pain, China, Creative Practice, Inside My World, Inspiration, Jesus, Self Awareness, Sketchbook

There are Winds of Heaven in this Stuff of Earth

In a small village in Yunnan, China, a woman rummages through fabric at an outdoor market.  I saw a lot of beauty in the mundane errand she was checking off her to do list.  Echoes of Rich Mullins’ lyrics run

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Weight of the Mundane

We visited the southern province of Yunnan, China in 2009 and got to venture out to a remote village nearby.  This woman was selling some veggies alongside a handful of other women.  I felt so far from these women so

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