Think of this as a virtual ribbon-cutting

In other new news, I have a shiny brand new website! The all new launches today and I’m super proud of it.

I started my website with the help of the fine folks at Other Peoples Pixels back in 2005. But after ten years it was time for something different.

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The new site design is brighter, cleaner, more open and all about showing off the art. Consider this the official virtual ribbon-cutting and swing by for a visit.

What’s new?

  • Bigger images*
  • Separate galleries for fine art, illustration, sketchbooks and more
  • An integrated blog – no more leaving the site to get the latest news
  • A quick link to my Etsy shop for all your shopping needs

This blog will be picking up and moving to the new site, too, and at the end of the year, I’ll be closing out this one.

Hope to see you around and please feel free to share my new site! As always, you can keep up with me on Facebook and Instagram.


*The images may be bigger, but they are still just as protected by copyright law.

New Item and Restock Alert!

With the gift giving season almost upon us, I’ve stocked up on easy to grab items in my Etsy shop including restocking an old favorite and adding something new.

RESTOCKED –  The Monument Circle fine art print is back in the shop. I ran out last month, but they’re back!

Monument Circle Print

NEW – The Indiana State Flower: Peony (multi) fine art prints are now available! But, I only have ten in stock at the moment.

Multi Peony Print

These prints (along with the others in the shop) are 8 x 10 inches and printed with archival inks and paper. I’m also happy to take special orders if you would like a print in a different size. Let me know by December 4th though, after that I can’t guarantee it in time for Christmas.

Holiday Shipping Deadlines – or, how to get art on time

The holidays are approaching – and fast.

I’m working on a couple of Christmas-time commissions now and have room for more, but there are a few dates to watch out for when considering your purchase or special project this year. I know, deadlines are no fun, but necessary to make sure we all have a merry holiday.

Holiday art collage

Because I want to create the best artwork possible for you to give as a gift (or keep – that would be cool, too), time is important, so here are some dates to keep in mind:

  • Friday, December 4 – this is the last day I can accept new commissions that will need to be delivered by Christmas (if you’re planning something big, please, please, let’s discuss now). This is also Open Studio Night at the Harrison Center for the Arts (6-10pm). Swing by and check out available artwork, or we can discuss your special project.
  • Friday, December 18 – last day to place an order from my Etsy shop to guarantee Christmas delivery. Shipping is free. I always try my best to ship within a day or two, but because of the crazy that is the holidays, I will be shipping the last of the holiday orders on Saturday, December 19.

I hope you’ll consider going handmade this holiday season, whether it’s my work or another amazing Indianapolis artist. Here are a few of my favorite Indy-area artists and locally owned businesses:

  • Sandi Finney of Hole Pottery ( has the perfect gift for the cook or baker on you list. Her functional stoneware pottery is right at home in the kitchen. Catch her at the Indy Winter Farmers Market which opens for the season this Saturday, November 14 at the Platform at the Indianapolis City Market.
  • Emily Schwank at Raincliffs Photography ( – plan a family portrait session or grab a gift certificate for a later date. Also, check out her array of fine art photography. Many images are already printed and ready to go!
  • Sara B. Jewelry & Metalsmithing’s modern, organic handcrafted jewelry makes me smile. I’m officially a collector and you should be, too.
  • Rana Salame’s Salame Jewelry Designs is all about color! Rana’s handcrafted gemstone jewelry has a bit of magic in each piece.
  • For locally-owned shopping goodness, I give you Silver in the City on Mass Ave and in Carmel (where you can also find my prints and postcards) and Homespun: Modern Handmade (carrying a couple of my collage pieces) and also on Mass Ave. The folks at these stores love local and are expert gift-finders if you’re in a pinch. Don’t forget about Crimson Tate, too. Masses of fabric to make your own gifts and a chance to hang out with Heather and David.

Happy holidays (all of them)!

Drawing the Line (all of them)


The end of the year always brings about an increase in “busy”. This isn’t always a bad thing. I actually like being busy as long as it’s quality over quantity.

This year will be no exception. I’m working away on a couple commissions, sending in work for consideration in exhibitions and trying my best to make make work for me.

When I can’t get to the studio though, I’ve been spending a lot of time with line-making in my sketchbook. It’s become meditative and often occurs in the midst of meetings and deep conversations with others. If you catch me doodling while we’re talking, don’t worry. I listen better while drawing.





As always, #arteveryday.

Don’t Forget Paris

Hello all – I’ll be letting you know more about some holiday housekeeping items in the coming days and weeks, but wanted to start off with a reminder of a book I published a few years back, The Paris Book, and that it would make a fab holiday gift.

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The Paris Book is a collection of black and white photographs taken by my father while visiting Paris in 1996. A professional photog with a background in media, sports, and commercial work, he was also gifted when it came to more intimate images. Upon returning, he assembled with great care what would become a book. Unfortunately, he never got to finish the book himself. He passed away in December 2003.

It took a few more years, but I was finally able to edit and publish the book on his behalf in December 2009. I’m honored to have completed this work for him.

I’m also not taking a dime for this book. All proceeds from its sale go to the Stephen B. Oberreich Memorial Art Scholarship at Ball State University, where we both earned our art degrees (okay, he went on to get a Master’s there, too).

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Please consider The Paris Book this holiday season. You’ll be getting a beautiful look at the city of Paris through the eyes of a master photographer and help contribute to the education of a current art student.

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** Please keep in mind that The Paris Book is print on demand so it will take a bit longer to ship than if you ordered though Amazon, for example. Allow some extra time, or you can order the digital version and download it to your favorite device.**

Thanks and happy (early) holidays!

(Photos used in this blog post are of lower quality and resolution than those in The Paris Book.)

Sketchbook Sunday: All Natural

Roots. Branches. Twigs. Trees.

Of the two sketches here, one of them will likely become a finished piece. I just can’t decide whether or not to let it stand alone or incorporate it into a collaged piece. Decisions, decisions.

I’m continuing to see what all I can do with simple lines on dark blue painted papers as well as more roots and branches. I love the time-consuming nature of these drawings. They require patience that I didn’t think I had.

Branches Sketches

Do you remember the day you were born?

Do you remember the day you were born?

My mom asks me this question almost every year on my birthday. My response has always been “yes!”, followed by some fictional memory of the day. My answers have become less wild with age. But, what if we are born with all the knowledge we will ever need and forget it slowly as we age?


My grandmother has Alzheimer’s. There have been times that she’s the woman I’ve always known and other times when I see her struggle to remember a name of a long-gone family member in a scrapbook. I told her once that she could make up a name if she wanted and I wouldn’t know the difference. This was followed by a wry glance in my direction.

She asks me the same questions about my life each time. Did she miss my wedding (I’m not married)? How about my son (it’s my cousin’s son she means)? She has on a few occasions thought I was her oldest daughter, though she remembers quickly with a blush when I tell her my name again and says, “Oh I know that.”

She and I have never been especially close. We lived in different towns and she still worked odd hours as a nurse when I was a kid. Our time spent together has been centered around holiday meals and intermittent visits.

The thing about not seeing someone with greater frequency is that the differences in awareness and behavior are more apparent at each encounter.

Someone who does see her regularly is my mother. She’s very middle child this way and was “the parent” long before I was born. My mom has taken on the task of caregiver and it’s both exhausting and amazing to watch. Caring for my grandmother has become a full time job for my mom even with help from aides and other resources – her whole, often hurting, heart is in this all the way and I am in awe.

I struggle with feeling like I’m not doing enough to help. I duck in an out for quick visits with my grandmother before work and make the occasional grocery trip or other errand for her or my mom, but is that enough? I’m learning as much as I can about Alzheimer’s, but is that enough? I sit and I listen to my mom and my step-dad (who is also caring for his mother) talk about their days. The mothers are always discussed: how they did today, what is the next course of action, can we have a date night to ourselves?

My goal at this point is to be a caregiver to the caregivers. So I will listen and I will give hugs and I will pick up dinner and run that errand and take that “thing” off the plate whenever possible. Taking care of each other is what we do, even when we don’t know how.

Let’s bring this story back to art, because this is a blog about my art after all:


On Saturday, October 10th, I’ll be participating in the Monument Circle Art Fair. It’s also the day of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Indianapolis. The Walk will pass by my booth and if you’re so inclined, swing by for a high-five or a hug, because you are amazing.

I’ll be donating 15% of my sales for the day, both at the Fair and online at my Etsy Store, to the Alzheimer’s Association. For those participating in the Walk, show me your shirt or registration info and receive 10% off in my booth. It’s not much, I know, but I want more money to go to the Association while still showing my appreciation.

I’ll see you on October 10th. The Monument Circle Art Fair is 10-5pm.

Sketchbook Sunday: Sketch to Chalk Art

For this edition of Sketchbook Sunday, I’m revisiting last week’s drawing of a peony-filled Indiana outline. It was the jumping off  point for several new pieces and inspired the new chalkboard art at Silver in the City.

Peony Drawing


Silver in the City is Indiana proud so this seemed especially appropriate. I change out the chalk signs every few weeks so swing by from time to time to see what’s new, both in art and in the shop.