Plastic surgery face-off

“Welcome to the Great Plastic Surgery Debate — between women who do and women who don’t, and between the pressure to look 25 no matter the cost and our desire to be true to ourselves.” — Jane Ganahl Timing is everything, isn’t it?  This week I’ve reached the two-month anniversary of the Mohs skin cancer […]

Telling stories with art

“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one” – Stella Adler Not long ago, a friend asked: Which came first — making art or writing stories? Her question got me thinking about the new direction my creative life is taking. Looking back on my childhood, I recall watching my mother […]

Memoir on Canvas: Part 3

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.  ~Henry Ward Beecher This the last of a three-part series on this project … At this point, the portrait finally gains a three-dimensional layer. It’s the most enjoyable step in the process, giving the imagination free reign and […]

Memoir on Canvas: Part 2

“Creativity always takes courage. — Henri Matisse This is part two of a three-part series … Bring on the acrylic paints! Adding more texture and brighter color to the background layer is the next step before adhering a photo of myself to the center. Not unlike adolescence, this part of the process can be a […]

Memoir on Canvas: Part 1

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” — Thomas Merton The first week of the new year always invites introspection, making it the perfect time to start the mixed-media self-portrait I’ve been putting off for years. I’m happy to report that it was one of the most satisfying creative […]

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