Christmas in July, Part II

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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”

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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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

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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 [...]

Painting with Flowers

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I’m sorry I missed writing to all of you last week. My father-in-law has been very ill, and we’ve been focused on trying to get him the best care possible. It has been a quite a struggle, but I’m happy to say he is now in good hands and responding well to his new medication. [...]

He Shoots, He Scores!

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As I’m writing this, my family and I are cheering the Pens’ Game 7 victory in the Stanley Cup playoffs. We’re so thrilled to see the Pens move on to the Finals! The timing is perfect because I’ve just completed an original painting of one of my personal heroes, Pens captain Sid Crosby. Needless to [...]

Busy as a Bird

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There’s a beautiful birdhouse in the cherry tree just outside my window. It was painted by a fellow artist, and a bird family has made it their home for the last three years. As the birds come and go, chirping all day long, I think of how their lives are so busy… gathering the materials [...]