Blogging Hawaiian Style


Aloha! Imagine living in a land where flowers fall down like rain… As Tom and I walk down the streets of Kona, flowers literally fall down from the trees, and the scent of them is intoxicating. I told him if we could only take the beautiful scents of Hawaii home with us. Everything is so [...]

Greetings from the Big Island!


Aloha! I’m writing to you this week from Hawaii, a place that Tom and I have always dreamed of visiting. For many reasons, this is a week of gratitude for me. I’m feeling grateful not only because we’re here in one of the most beautiful places on earth, but also because I was overwhelmed by [...]

A Legacy of Love


Christmas in July, Part II


Looks like another hot and humid weekend ahead, but I’ll be cooling off at Wendell August Forge on Saturday July 22nd at their exciting Christmas in July celebration. You can find me, as usual, hanging out with my homeboy Santa, and we’ll be ho-ho-ho-ing it up from 11 AM to 3 PM. CLICK HERE to [...]

New Release: “All Aboard with Santa”


This is the official release date of my newest painting, “All Aboard with Santa,” the third limited-edition giclee print in my five-year “Jolly Old Elf” series. I’m especially proud of this painting! The whole time I was creating it, I was musing over the backstory in my head. “Delivering toys to all the children of [...]

Kennywood Revisited


On Sunday, our family visited Kennywood for the first time in three years. It’s hard to believe it had been that long. The park used to be a big part of our summer; in fact, I was a vendor at their summer festivals for 18 consecutive years. But this time we were there strictly for [...]

Back in the Saddle Again


What an amazing couple of weeks I’ve had in New Mexico… between the life-changing art convention and our wonderful vacation, I’ve been inspired to say the least. We took hundreds of pictures of our trip to New Mexico because we wanted to remember everything. So we couldn’t resist one last snapshot before leaving Taos. We [...]

“This is mine”


Today is our last day in New Mexico, a place I’ve fallen in love with in the past two weeks. But even though I’m sorry to leave it behind, I’m excited to return home to my family, my business, and my painting. This week in Taos has been nothing short of amazing. Tom and I [...]

The Land of Enchantment


They call New Mexico “The Land of Enchantment,” and with good reason… I must admit I have fallen under its spell! As I mentioned in my last email, I’m in Albuquerque, New Mexico, kicking back and enjoying a little getaway with Tom after a whirlwind week at the IAPS Convention. The Convention was truly life-changing! [...]

Coloring Outside the Lines


When I was a little girl, I was terribly jealous of my older sister, Lee-Ann. When Lee-Ann colored in her coloring book, she always stayed perfectly within the lines. As for me… well, I was very different. No matter how I tried, I just couldn’t limit myself to staying within those lines. So I was [...]