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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

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

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

Returning to Art

I came to realize that who I was had more to do with experiencing the love of God and less to do with what I actually did or accomplished in life.

Posted in Acceptance, Beauty out of Pain, China, Creative Practice, Inside My World


Last week, I talked about setting a goal of doing creative practice one hour a day.  After a week of implementing this goal, I’m feeling so happy that I did!  I was able to complete a painting for the Spring

Posted in Creative Practice, Inspiration, One Hour A Day, Paintings

One Hour A Day

Let me rant a bit about the demands on my time, shall I? I want our home to run smoothly.  I don’t care about having a perfectly clean house, elaborate meals for my family and friends we invite over, or

Posted in Creative Practice, Inside My World, Mother-Artist, One Hour A Day, Paintings