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Due West

Friends, one of the goals I set for myself this year was to connect with the greater arts community in Austin, TX and show work in new venues. Although it’s slow going for this introvert, I’m grateful to have the opportunity to connect with Big Medium and the artists involved with this amazing non-profit org. Big Medium puts on the extremely popular EAST and WEST Austin studio tours every year, as well as the Texas Biennial.

To help support these important cultural events in Austin, Big Medium is throwing a super fun party and exhibition, Due WEST, on Thursday, April 30th, 2015 from 7 – 10pm at University Park, 3300 N Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78705.

Posted in Exhibits, Gallery Shows, Paintings

Sing, Mary, Sing

The line between joy and grief are blurred in our walk with the Lord.

Posted in Acceptance, Beauty out of Pain, Gallery Shows, Gratitude, Inspiration, Jesus, Paintings, 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

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

Three Girls From Yili

During our first year living in the remote northwest region of China, we took a trip to an even more remote part of that region, Yili.  We immediately fell in love with it.  The faces of the people we met

Posted in Acceptance, China, Inside My World, Paintings

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

Study of Kazakh Boy After My Toddler’s Tantrum

So, it turns out a tantrum thrown by my toddler, which included him smearing his finger across this painting, did actually help me in the process of making this painting better. It’s all about process, right? So, I re-worked it

Posted in China, Donating Art to Charity, One Hour A Day, Paintings

Study of Kazakh Boy in Turquoise and Red

I just finished this study of a Kazakh boy from a photograph we took on a trip to the far northwest of China in 2006.  It’s a study for a larger painting that will be 30×40″.  I find that it’s

Posted in China, Donating Art to Charity, Forming A Collection, One Hour A Day, Paintings

Shafia

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