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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

Posted in Acceptance, And the Distance Dissolves Into the Love, Artist's Talk, China, Exhibits, Forming A Collection, Gallery Shows, Inside My World, Inspiration, Muslim, Paintings, Solo Show 2017, Women

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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Posted in And the Distance Dissolves Into the Love, Art Collecting, Artist's Talk, China, Exhibits, Forming A Collection, Gallery Shows, Inside My World, Inspiration, Paintings, Solo Show 2017

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

DUE WEST 2015 and “She Remembers the Meat Market”

My desire for this series is to explore the anonymity of modern life and ask the question, “Can we have community and be tied to each other in our polarized opinions and convictions, in the places we are different or opposed, and choose to love one another?”

Posted in Acceptance, Artist's Talk, Exhibits, Gallery Shows, Inside My World, Inspiration, Paintings, Rejection, Women

Beginning the First Memories Series

I love that the project elevates transparency, reflection and a form of service in the listener’s willingness to hear and understand another person share a piece of who they are.

Posted in Acceptance, Artist's Talk, Beauty out of Pain, Creative Practice, Forming A Collection, Inside My World, Inspiration, Paintings, Rejection

Meena Matocha “Speaker”

  When I was asked to speak to a group of women about my journey as an artist my heart jumped into my throat and my gut reaction was to say “Wha?  You’re crazy. No!” But, I’ve found that this

Posted in Artist's Talk, Paintings, Teaching Art

The Open Doors Gallery 2013 Retrospective

The words “gallery talk” might bring up images of snooty, tweed, suede elbow patched, high brow boringness, but this gallery talk is far from any of these.  My friends and colleagues, Sue Costa, Linda Ezzel and Cathy Sax are sharing

Posted in Artist's Talk, Exhibits, Gallery Shows

It Wasn’t China, It Was Us

This last year has been a roller coaster of a ride for me and my husband, Jason. Last Christmas, we very suddenly came back to the states after 7 years living in China. For a number of reasons, it was a very quick goodbye to all of our friends there and it felt as if we grabbed whatever we could carry, and, with the clothes on our backs, hopped on a plane back to Texas.

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Love Your Neighbor as Yourself…Why is it So Hard?

I don’t know about the rest of you visual artists out there, but I have a difficult time forming the thoughts and ideas behind my paintings and then articulating it to others.  In fact, I often don’t have a fully

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