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Fresh Embroidery + Custom Frames

With the recent discovery of the Los Angeles based frame makers of Canvas Place   I have been able to include custom frames with each piece! That’s right. Custom. Any color of your choice painted, stained, or poly coated. Now when you purchase embroidery art, it is not only ready to hang but can be embellished […]

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In stitches…

A few  “in progress” pics of some recent embroidery and ceramics work. Honing in on craft techniques and discovering what happens when the lines are blurred between functionality, aesthetics, and concept.                

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Mischief Show at AFS Gallery

Earlier this month, I participated  in a juried exhibition at the Art From Scrap Gallery here in Santa Barbara, CA.  The show was ever so aptly titled “What will They Create?  Mischief !”   and was just that…a mischievous gathering of of local artists displaying over 70 works! Guidelines for artwork submitted were to take an […]

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Patrick Amiot Studio Visit

During a recent trip up the coast  to Sonoma County, I had the most unexpected pleasure of meeting with local Sebastapol artist Patrick Amiot.  On what my partner in crime,  (the beau) and I assumed was just going to be an afternoon spent antiquing, we stumbled across a funky little shop on the side of […]

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Things have been pretty busy around here  in Santa B, but  in the absolute best way.  In mid- October I collaborated with fellow artist Jami Joelle Nielsen on a honey comb inspired art piece. Together we painted a “hive piano” for the annual public music project “Pianos on State” .  Eleven pianos were painted by […]

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Thread and Needle

Recently I’ve really gotten into embroidery.  It all started at work. For those who don’t know, I’m an art instructor  at a local Santa Barbara non-profit, that focuses on adults with special needs. While thinking of ideas for a demo on needlework…I wanted to show something slightly outside the box.  Something more visually interesting than […]

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From Dusk ‘Till Drawn and Twins Exhibit

Heya Folks!  Over the weekend, I brushed up on my drawing skills and participated in the Dusk ‘Till Drawn 24 hr drawing rally at Santa Barbara’s Museum of Contemporary Art( MCA) formerly Contemporary Arts Forum (CAF). I blissfully sketched for hours upon hours (6 to be exact!) alongside 100+ fellow artists of all ages including […]

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“Twins” Juried Invitational

This coming Friday 6/14/13,  I will be participating in a juried exhibit at the Santa Barbara Tennis Club.  I’ve been  spending every single ounce of “free time” preparing for the  show and feel as though a huge weight has been  lifted now that I’ve dropped  my work off at the gallery. Paint has been flung, […]

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B-Sides Exhibit

Happy Saturday everyone! Here in (normally) sunny Santa Barbara, it is a typical “June Gloom” day….grey skies run amok and the horizon is brewing up a delicious fog that will eat you alive with its sweet-salty scent of fish guts and sea kelp ….which as it turns out is not so great for photosynthesis but […]

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Inspiration at the Fair

Early next month, I will be participating in a juried exhibition at the Santa Barbara Tennis Club. The title of the show is “Twins.” Any interpretation of this theme and all media may be submitted. In true form, I will be entering 3 acrylic paintings on birch panel (LOVE birch panel). Two of which will […]

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