My October Solo Show


I was honored to be selected as the October  featured artist at the Boulder Junction, Wisconsin Library for the month of October.  The show will open on October 1st. There will be an artist reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The show is available for viewing during regular library hours through the month.  Check out the Boulder Junction Library website for their current hours.

The images that I have selected for this viewing offer forth a plethora of works that are a culmination of gelatin, fingers, breath, spray paint, acrylic paints and much more.  They are a final result of the challenge that began with an observation, grew through inspiration and came to be what you see before you.  Enjoy!

Downtown Art Place

The Downtown Art Place in Ironwood, MI is holding a silent auction to raise needed funds for their program.  On a recent visit to their art gallery I was asked if I was an artist.  Upon admittal, I was asked if I would be willing to create a piece for the silent auction.  I thought that I could solicit 4 of my artist friends to also paint a donation.  Only 2 people did – the amazing artists John and Barbara McFarland!  My 3 donations are below.  Make sure to check out the incredible art of the McFarlands by going to http://www.barbaramcfarland.com and http://www.johnmcfarlandart.com. Enjoy!




Dried Out Brushes?

Don’t despair!  There is an easy way to remove the dried paint.  Yesterday I painted primer on 6 outdoor chairs.  The brush took a beating as I applied paint to the sides of the closely spaced wood slats and paint built up as the outer bristles dried in the September sun.  Thanks to Artist Bob Burridge (http://www.robertburridge.com) I didn’t have to worry about the condition of the brushes.  I put a generous amount of Murphy’s Oil Soap in a cup with some warm water.  I soaked the brushes overnight and voilà!  After a light rinsing and a “brush-out” to remove the loosened paint the brushes are as good as new!  (At least the bristles are! ;)


The September sun is a warm caress, it feels gentle and soothing.  It imparts a sense of well-being and opens the door to the rich energy of the surrounding nature.  The trees whisper as they dance luxuriantly in the sensuous flow of air that is round and about.  The garden plants lie heavily laden with the globes and pods that they feed to fruition.  The drone of mosquitoes has vapourized and the soft sound of bird calls reminds us to accept the glorious song of the universe.  Scampering amongst the leaves forewarns of the waning time in which to prepare for the darkening, sleeping season, acorns are cached with hopes of finding them when hunger later rumbles.  I revel in this time as I reflect on the rich summer of creativity that I was blessed with.

I was blessed to study under many talented artists this past summer.  Making art while building friendships, enriching relationships and creating new works in styles that may find their way in whispers of my work was rich beyond measure.  Here is a teaser of the work:

Monthly classes, in various mediums, are offered by the Manito Art League from May - October.

Monthly classes, in various mediums, are offered by the Manito Art League from May – October.

Working under the tutelage of Tonja Sell (http://www.doartworx.com), Joan Slack (www.riverrunarts.com), Barbara McFarland (http://www.barbaramcfarland.com), Ginny Stiles (http://ginnystiles.blogspot.com/), Terry Daulton (https://penokeearts.wordpress.com/who-we-are/terry-daulton/), Karen Kappell, FSPA (http://www.marywoodsc.org/) and artist Kathleen Kvern inspired and assisted me in taking my art in to new directions by exposing me to a plethora of mediums and techniques.  I am indebted to these wonderful artists for sharing their talents with me!

Click here to enjoy an album of selected works from my Summer of Art 2015:


These super, lightweight earrings were created using natural porcupine quills and birchbark

These super, lightweight earrings were created using natural porcupine quills and birch bark

I love to gather materials and inspiration from the world around me and mother earth surrounds me.  I, along with my supportive (yea, art supporters!!) partner live in a beautiful area in northern Wisconsin.  The forest is a bountiful supply store.  My “waste not, want not” philosophy lead me to create these earrings.  The larger pieces of bark are used to make vessels and woven baskets, the smaller pieces are used to create embroidered greeting cards, the even smaller pieces are used for earrings and pendants (see photo) and the remainder is used to start fires.  The materials I use give their energy through warmth.  I am warmed by the activity of gathering, the fires of creativity using the materials and then by the fire created by the materials.

From May through October, the Manito Art League promotes education in the arts by offering a series of art workshops to its members and to the public.  I was honored to teach a class in May for the art league and greatly enjoyed taking a class from Tonja Sell (check out her work here:  www.doartworx.com) in June. The Manito Art League’s website is available here:  http://manitoartleague.weebly.com/  Enjoy the following!

Workshops for 2015
The Manito Art League offers monthly workshops from May through October. They are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. (Free to Members and $10 for non-members.)  They include programs offered by members and guest artists and cover a wide variety of interests.  Workshops are held the first Wednesday of the month (with the exception of May) at the Manitowish Waters Community Center on Hwy 51 at 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM (Bring a lunch if you want!) Required Preregistration may be made by calling Barbara McFarland at 715-543-2975.

July 1 – Joan Molloy Slack, “Painting with Fiber”
August 5 – Terry Daulton, ” Pastels on Location”
September 5 – Ginny Stiles, “Zentangle 102” (Zentangle 101 required)
October 7 – Carol Bohn, “Yoga-Zen-Drawing”

Lakota, Dakota, Nakota mixed media  framed and matted 12.5

Lakota, Dakota, Nakota
mixed media
framed and matted
12.5″ x 16″


Whew!  After much editing, I have completed my 2D gallery.  You may access by clicking on the link above.  I know that you will enjoy it!  Please contact me with your custom orders and with any questions that you may have!  Update:  I am working on a fix so that details about each piece show by the photo – thank you for your patience!



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