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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

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

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

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

There’s a Triceratops in My Kitchen!

Coming from my background of infertility and seemingly only able to have my son, Joshua, I’m surprised at times the level of emotion I feel by little things like seeing one of his toys on the kitchen counter. This piece

Posted in Autism, Beauty out of Pain, Infertility, Inside My World, Motherhood, Paintings
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