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About Me

I want you to feel like the sun is on your face and it's a perfect day outdoors. These paintings are windows into that world. They feel soothing.  There's something about nature, especially when it's made to be fun and playful with a paintbrush, that makes you want to smile. Do you agree?

WEAVING THE PIECES TOGETHER

My first career in film taught me to amplify mood and emotion.   My curiosity about people and the things they make sent me on a journey to visit other cultures. When I walked into a shrine in Kathmandu my life changed on contact.  The color and images were jaw dropping. Designed to communicate to people with 550 separate languages,  color transcended language. It truly did. It was amazingly rich. I paid attention.  On another trip I worked a tour guide for an archaeology site where an entire village was frozen in time, Wooden carvings and hand woven baskets made of cedar bark were preserved in an epic mud slide, making it possible to experience these designs carved 800 years before. The pieces were vibrant and expressive - as if time stood still. 

I didn't follow a prescribed method of learning to paint. It was more a process of discovery as I found my painting path, inspired by how I felt when I looked at other things people made.  I focused on how art positively impacts people and communities. I watched one community rebuild their identity by reconnecting to their arts. I watched creative people make a difference in other people's lives. 

MY MISSION

I want these paintings to help you feel happy, calm, vibrant and alive. What could be more important?  Some of my work is intended to be calming and hold you like a warm blanket for your soul. Other paintings help you feel like water is flowing, The ocean awaits.  Some of the work is outright dramatic intentionally.  I seriously want people to live with paintings that uplift them. Patients in hospitals surrounded by landscape paintings ask for less pain medicine and leave the hospital sooner! That is amazing, yes? Their blood pressure shows they are calmer than patients without landscapes. The AMA requires this coursework for hospital admin. candidates. Everyone should know about how calming landscape paintings actually are.  

Landscape paintings and nature photography can help everyone thrive. I am so happy to know I can literally change how others feel and improve their outlook with my skills. A painting in your work space where you want to access flow. A space you need to day dream to do your best work - so your mind wanders into a better directions for problem solving. 

THE OTHER PROJECT -TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

Ancient History - the other project not quite on the site yet:

Stuart and I started developing the "Kalendra Stories" when, to stay sane with a sleepless infant we'd look into my paintings and Stuart would ask: 'who lives there?' and 'what is their experience like?' We focused on a painting called the Moon Bridge wondering what it would take for the heroes to cross the bridge made of moonlight shining on water or clouds. Soon I was writing character descriptions and conversations, designing the adventure using a screen play structure.  4 young travelers visit the Land of Kalendra and are introduced to characters who challenge them. They meet wise and not-so-wise advisers. As I got busy with family, I put this project on the back burner to 'simmer.'  The characters began to flow off my brush in earnest in 2014. IN 2016 the pages seemed to spill out as I finally allowed myself to do some creative writing.  Today I'm completing the book which highlights the paintings and adds the story, creating an illustrated novel. 

Enjoy. IF you'd like to join my newsletter you will have access to the back story behind these paintings and the fun and exciting fantasy fiction novel that is coming your way. 

 

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