Julia Margaret Cameron Awards Finalist

 “There are some things you can only learn in a storm.” Unknown

Being Set Free is a series based upon my personal exploration of self-imposed barriers to becoming who or what I’d like to be. The process of making these works opened my eyes to previously overlooked cues I somehow chose to ignore.  This journey of self-discovery taught me that the tragic turns in our lives, when looked at properly, provide valuable lessons and personal strength. This series recently received acclaim as a finalist in the renowned Julia Margaret Cameron Awards and will be represented in the Foto Biennale exhibition in Barcelona during the fall of 2018.


teaming with costello childs

"The best teamwork comes from those working independently toward one goal in unison." James Cash Penney

Humbled to see my work hanging at Costello Childs Contemporary Gallery, a well reputed and established gallery with a combined 40 years experience in the art business. Their selection encompasses a diversity of contemporary styles/mediums including abstract, landscape, ceramic, photography, printmaking, etc. Costello Childs has worked with many experienced collectors as well as first time buyers. Dedicated to serving both their collectors and their artists, Costello Childs is the perfect home in Arizona for my work.

Visit the gallery at 2724 N 68th Street, Suite 1, Scottsdale, AZ 85257.


supporting the arts in arizona

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." Thomas Merton

The 36th Annual Governor's Arts Awards recognizes individuals, arts and cultural organizations, educators and businesses for their devotion to the excellence of Arizona's arts and cultural community. The honorees selected are presented with an original piece of art for their efforts. It was rewarding to present "No I Will Not Do Your Nails" to the winner in the small business category, Galiano's Cafe! The Douglas-located establishment is more than a cafe; it has been central to revitalizing its community.

Shown in photo from left: Robert Uribe & Jenea Sanchez / Galiano's Cafe, Bobbi McMurry, and Tom Wilson / President, Arizona Citizens for the Arts


art and artist working together

"Lost really has two desparate meanings. Losing things is about the familiar falling away; getting lost is about the unfamiliar appearing." Rebecca Solnit

As an artist, I realize the importance of losing myself and becoming fully immersed ... so much so that time slows, intuition takes over, and the inner critic disappears. It begins from a desire to be creating and entering into a dialog between my work and myself. While I’m making intentional marks, the results are often unexpected and I’m forced to respond accordingly, so each action is taking a risk, a speculative step toward an unknown destination. If I knew exactly where the journey would end, I likely wouldn’t begin at all. My passion lives in that place where the art takes on a life of it’s own and my relationship with the piece defines the destination.


Mira Mobile Prize

"If we intend to provide a better life, and a better world, for future generations, we can't ignore the quality of the environment we leave them." John Kasich

      The fourth annual Mira Mobile Prize whose theme was “Earth – our planet” received more than 5,000 international entries creating a near impossible task for the eight distinguished jurors to narrow the grouping to a mere 50 images for the Shortlist. I was honored to find “Seeing The Forest Through The Trees” among this select group.
     Heartfelt thanks to Manuela Matos Monteiro and Joao Lafuente whose vision created the fabulous Mira venues, and this annual competition to cull the best of mobile art. I also want to recognize the jury members, who dedicate themselves to this and so many other opportunities for mobile artists: Aldo Pacheco, Andrea Bigiarini, Cadu Lemos, Gina Costa, Joanne Carter, Jose Miguel, Lee Atwell, and Michael Jones. The MIRA Mobile Prize exhibition will be held at the Mira Forum Gallery at Miraflor Street 155, Porto, Portugal from April 1 May 13, 2017.


Newfound Freedom

"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow." Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m always amazed at how much wisdom can be expressed in a simple sentence, and this Emerson quote sums up how instrumental my having this mindset has been in my transformation from traditional artistic mediums to mobile applications. In the past I created by drawing, painting, collage, and printmaking, today, most of my work is created using mobile applications on an iPad. Here, I’m able to seamlessly employ elements from each and to work no matter where I am. To say life changing, would be putting it mildly.
     Somerset Digital Studio magazine honored me with a five page tutorial feature in their Spring 2017 issue titled Newfound Freedom: Embracing Change as a Subject & in my Process. In it, I discuss how being open to this shift not only transformed who I am as an artist but also my ability to work continually, despite a busy lifestyle. Managing Editor, Jana Holstein selected four images from my Being Set Free series and asked me to share a bit about my processes in creating them. I hope, you’ll all pick up a copy and give it a read!


Holding On

"Value your ideas and be fearless in your ability to bring them into the world. Make them and share them with one another." Raphael Di Lugio

     This piece is the most recent addition to my Eternal series which grew from my heightened awareness and reluctance to accept the transitory nature of life. On one end of the spectrum, I watch my children grow and leave home one by one. On the other, I see my parents gradually losing the ability to do things they once enjoyed. I struggle with these changes wishing them to remain frozen at specific points. I know that I'm not alone, we're called the "sandwich generation".
     In Eternal, I am freezing living things, in this case, flowers. This work explores the conflicting nature of trying to hold onto the transient. It represents the contradictions inherent in attempting to preserve ephemeral moments, often with unexpected intrigue that unfolds naturally. By freely abandoning myself to indulge in the fantasy of freezing moments, I provide you the seldom-gained experience of viewing the transitory as eternal.