The Fighter: Lessons from my Father for Life and Art

My father taught me how to be a fighter, someone with the tenacity to see things through when the going gets tough. He taught me to stay in the ring by staying in the ring with me through every round of life. Giving up just wasn’t an option with Dad. I created the acrylic portrait, …

Amber Angel and the Call to Blossom

She peers into my soul…amber angel perched upon the easel in my art room. Her eyes follow me around the room. Whether I sit or stand, she gazes deep into my being, calling forth the artist in me. Calling me to dare, to discover, to delight in all the good that blossoms in my life. When …

Garden Angel

Can God make something beautiful out of something no longer usable? I must think so because the flowers flow from my brush and form around the rusted bumper and well-worn tires. Lime-green leaves emerge against the darkened earth, enticing the eye towards the car’s beauty—light streams through broken windows, a silver, glistening-watering can at rest …

The Steady

It’s the steady that gets things done! Not the rush nor the worry, not even the want. It’s the set your face like flint, put your shoulder into it, press forward slowly, but surely, kind of tenacity that tackles the towering tasks. READ THE ENTIRE POST... SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave

Moments of Clarity

Some of the greatest blessings one can receive in a lifetime are moments of clarity. Those serendipitous seconds when heaven shines light in the form of illuminated understanding—a perspective that cuts through the quagmire of confusion, ambition, and ego. All of a sudden, truth slices through the script we've been reciting, perseverating, that which takes …

Carving a New Identity

Life is full of transitions! From child to young adult. From mother to empty nester. From full-time employee to retiree. With each new passage, some of what we used to do and who we used to be becomes obsolete. Transitions often require us to carve out a new identity, which can cause consternation and confusion. …