Thursday, December 31, 2015


Good friend, Donna West  Inglis, is someone I met when I went too cooking classes in Tuscany a few years ago. I made many lifetime friends on that magical trip who I love and cherish. I even made a friend who had gone to the same class the week before and even though we have never met in person, we became fast friends because of this Italian connection.

 Donna was a free spirit. always ready to take part in whatever was presented. Long hikes through the hills of Tuscany, learning to make pasta in a farmhouse in Radicondoli, making cheese in the cheese factory,, searching for the best cookies in Sienna, and running around Rome with me looking for scarves. We had a great time, all of us, together.

Donna's story changed over the years. She met a wonderful man who not only loved and nurtured her but cared for her through dark times and back into the light.Theirs was a love story for the ages.

And on a beautiful day in the  romantic city of Paris, they vowed to love, honor and cherish for the rest of their lives.

I was unable tot make the reception a few weeks ago in their new home in Washington. A party I was so sad to miss.. But I wanted to mark this special occasion with a gift of love. Here it is. Their newest family member! Congratulation Donna and Jon. May you love as long as you Live, and Live as long as you Love.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sunday in the Studio

Fall has always been my favorite time of year. Breathing in the crisp clear morning air puts a spring in my step and a desire to create. 

Fall is also the beginning of the long 18 week NFL schedule. This is the first weekend of the regular season. My husband has carved out a few hours of television viewing , dressed in his team colors, ( I don't make this stuff up) . Schedule at hand and remote at the ready, he gets comfortable on the den couch for the duration. 

While I too  love football , especially when the Seattle Seahawks are playing, watching grown men run back and forth on the gridiron for hours every Sunday is not my favorite pastime
This is my time to create. 

A couple of weeks ago,  I started the second phase of a painting I had previously sketched.  Here is where I ended that day. 

After a few peaceful, creative, music filled  hours this morning , this is where I have arrived. 

It's a hopeful beginning. After a few days of drying, I will continue this and share it with all of you. 

Happy Sunday!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Pumpkin Time

So much time has passed since I last posted on this Blog. Life ,for me, has been very busy. But isn't it always?  I am going to try my best to post more often.

I want to show the progress of my paintings from beginning to end.

This month, I am getting inot the Fall spirit by painting a group of Pumpkins. I love all the pumkin choices out there. I especially love the white ones with orange stripes. I find them so beautiful and festive.


Day One

Getting something on the canvas

A Close Up

Tune in for more