“Fairy Tale” won 1st prize

Several years ago, I stumbled on collage as a way to conquer writer’s block. It still works like magic. While I love being a journalist, sometimes I’m restricted by editorial guidelines and word counts, not to mention deadlines. But my altered art projects are crafted freely from my own imagination, at my own pace. I […]

My art in a magazine

Your art is what you do when no one can tell you exactly how to do it. Your art is the act of taking personal responsibility, challenging the status quo, and changing people.” — Seth Godin  I’ve been publishing my essays and articles since I was in college, yet I still get that little thrill […]

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 […]

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