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Guymon, Oklahoma, United States
I am blessed to live where my grandfather homesteaded, to have three beautiful daughters who are my best friends, to have six delightful grandchildren who live nearby, to be married to my sweetheart of 35 years and to thrill to the special magic of creating my own works of art. I'll never cease to thrill to witnessing new ideas and images come to life from the point of a pencil or splash of a brush. I am blessed.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


I recently was contacted by a building contractor in Utah who had seen my work and asked to use it in a newly constructed, show home he was building.  After a little back and forth, I agreed to send him high resolution files of three of my drawings and here is the fabulous result.

He enlarged the drawings and attached them to a moving barn door next to the kitchen.  I think they look amazing.

Over the course of the weekend parade of homes, over 30,000 people walked by my work.  To top it off - the beautiful home sold.  What a thrill.

Thursday, March 09, 2017


I periodically get requests for people to use my artwork for all sorts of things.  I am very cautious about sharing high resolution files of my work unless I can trust the request to be reputable and beneficial to my studio.

I frequently support nonprofit requests and happily take paid commissions but I am always fearful that someone might steal an image and use it for a unauthorized purpose.

Recently I was approached by an editor from a sewing machine all the way over in Great Britain.  It's exciting to have someone so far away admire and want to feature my work.

Today I finally got my copy of Love Sewing Magazine all the way from the United Kingdom.  They feature my "Sew" dictionary drawing on page of the magazine with four other artist's work with a sewing theme.  I am pleased that they also included a link to my Etsy shop where potential buyers can purchase a print.  

At first I was concerned that the etsy shop link included the UK in the web address but the link works just the same.

Thank you Love Sewing Magazine for publishing and promoting my work!

Sunday, March 05, 2017


6.5" x 9.5" Mixed Media Drawing on Antique Dictionary Page

I am gearing up for my 2017 art show circuit which means there's lots of new work coming out of my studio.   I had a Christmas commission to create a personalized architect page and afterward realized I needed to add that career to my inventory.

This original is finished and waiting for a frame and I'm going to post prints in my Etsy shop later today.

Now back to the studio for more fun!

Thursday, March 02, 2017



There is no shortage of internet challenges out there.  I have played along with a few and recently decided to use one in my art classroom.  #meettheartist is a meme that has been circulating social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter for some time.  I found it impossible to discover the origin of the meme (which is an internet image that is often funny) but have noticed it popping up all over.

I studied #meettheartist posts and loved finding out more about artists of all ages from all over the world.  It's popular among student artists in junior high through college ages and lots of professional artists have added their meme to the craze.  

I observed that the majority of #meettheartist memes were digitally created.  Artists had created them entirely with the use of graphics software.  As much as I am trying to create more digital art, I was happy to discover that artists are using any medium they like to build their meme.  After they finish their drawings they then scan or photograph their meme to publish across the internet.

I decided to use a ink, colored pencil and watercolors to make my meme.  I also decided to build each image on cut out watercolor paper then attach them with a 3-D look with foam mounting tape.  I've made a number of children's watercolors using this approach.

You can see how these individual pieces are cut-out's glued onto the page.

The basic ingredients of the #meettheartist meme are 1. a selfie - which is typically a cartoon image of the artist, 2. a list of things you love, 3. a list of things you hate, 4. your everyday bag and what stuff you usually carry around with you and finally 5. Some (but not much) personal information and internet contact (not email, phone numbers but usernames from social media accounts so people might be able to find and follow you.

I found a great resource for how to build this meme on Pinterest by Amalia at click this link .  There are also loads of memes floating around out there that you can use for inspiration.

Here is the assignment handout I used with my students to help them build their own #meettheartist meme.  When finished, we plan to photo and scan their meme so they can promote their art and join the fun.

Here is a printable PDF if you'd like to use this handout

Sunday, February 19, 2017


Invitations are just now arriving for spring and summer art shows.  It is always exciting to plan our adventures.  This is my first time to participate in this awesome, indoor show.

This is the first invitation I've gotten for 2017 but spring and summer shows are just now contacting their invited artists.  Fingers crossed for another fabulous summer of traveling the country and meeting new people.  I'm living the dream!

Wednesday, February 08, 2017


I am busy printing, cutting and packaging my personalized bookplates for friends, coworkers and family.  I scan my drawing, format the drawing in Photoshop and then add "this book belongs to" with the names of my recipients.

These bookplates are printed on 8.5" x 11" adhesive labels I purchase on Amazon.  I like to use adhesive sheets that don't have any writing on the back.

After the sheets are printed, I then cut them in uniform sizes and package them in little vellum paper pockets I cut and build myself.  I like to include a small card in each pocket which explains the story behind the drawing and a little history of bookplates.

I typically create my bookplates as Christmas gifts but this year I was so busy with commission artwork it just had to wait until now.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Theatrical Flots & Jets
10" x 10"
2016 Stipple Ink Bookplate

For the last 12 years I have created an intricate ink drawing while teaching my students an ink unit.  I have usually used stippled ink which means the entire image is created with zillions of tiny dots.  This is my latest ink drawing which I will now reproduce on adhesive labels and personalize as bookplates for my family, friends and coworkers.

Bookplates are personalized labels used to identify book ownership are glued into the first page of a treasured book.  As a teacher I love creating something personal for fellow book lovers.

Each year I try to create a drawing that somehow commemorates the past year.  For my 2016 drawing  I wanted to celebrate an amazing year of theater.  My husband and I love theater and during the summer we got to travel and see nine Broadway shows and attend the amazing Oregon Shakespeare Festival. I also got back in the director's chair and directed a huge production of "Man of La Mancha."  We were thrilled to watch our oldest grandson discover theater and perform a lead in a local production, my husband directed a winning high school one-act play and perhaps the best (tho admittedly not theatrical) production of the year was our newest grandson.

With so much to capture I decided to build my drawing as a nine sectioned memory box and to draw little mementos of each of the productions from the year.  Each little section features images that represent one or more production.

After drawing out the shape of the memory box I started collected items to draw that represented each of the productions.  Some of the shows were easy to depict while others took some thinking.  I wanted the overall look of the finished drawing to be like a keepsake collection with some items pinned to the frame and others piled up in the individual boxes.

The first section of the memory box represents "Man of La Mancha" which proved to be an enormous undertaking.  I soon discovered that I needed to build up very dark values to create the illusion of the different sections of the box.  Creating such dark values required far more individual dots piled on top of each than I had previously used.  So this piece is by far the most time consuming stipple piece I've ever created.

One of favorite sections of the drawing in the little dinosaur and wooden blocks in the final section of the box.  My newest grandson's nursery is filled with dinosaurs so this symbolizes him.  I included a number 6 since his is our 6th grandchild and the C is the first initial of his first name, Calvin.

I always try to challenge myself each year when I create this annual, ink piece.  It seemed I outdid my challenges this year with so many different objects.  I was concerned about the 10 dollar bill with Alexander Hamilton's picture on top but it was really fun to do.  

One of the fun things about creating these personal drawings is I can hide all sorts of little things around the work.  For instance, the serial numbers on the money are special dates, the clock face has a family birthday, etc.

I titled the piece "Theatrical Flots and Jets."  While I was working on the drawing I came across the term Flotsam and Jetsam which are nautical terms for trash and odds and ends that are thrown overboard or jettisoned out of ships.  The term has been picked up by collectors and photographers around the country to describe insignificant keepsakes and collected treasures.  In fact, there is a hashtag called #fjnine which is used all over the internet to tag photos comprised of nine photos of these kind of odd collections.

Here is a description of what I have drawn and why.  It's lengthy but if you are interested, please read on -

Section 1
"Man of La Mancha" includes a book, a windmill, a torn paper reading "Dream" and that unreachable star

Section 2
"Hamilton (wow, what a thrill to actually see this musical on Broadway with the original cast)  I included a letter with a magnifying glass highlighting the lyrics I love most - "Who lives, who dies, who tells your story and a $10 bill which has Hamilton's likeness

Section 3
"Long Day's Journey Into Night" was a four hour long show staring Jessica Lange.  For this play I used an hourglass, a compass and a seashell to represent the home by the sea.

I drew a single feather hanging on the frame to represent the amazing play "Blackbird"  This production was fantastic but very dark and disturbing.

Section 4
"Streetcar Named Desire" and "Crucible" which we saw on the same day rushing from Brooklyn to New York in one of the wildest Uber rides I've ever had. (I drew a taxi in a snowglobe)  I didn't want to use a typical streetcar and  the Crucible is also dark I decided to use a school bell since this flawless production was set in a modern day schoolhouse.

Section 5
This section is all about Shakespeare and we saw plenty of Shakespeare last summer.  In NYC we saw an all female version of "Taming of the Shrew" (my shrew is inside a cage) and then the hilarious "Something Rotten" musical.  Later in the summer we were fortunate to attend the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) and saw "12th Night" so I included my favorite line from that play.

Section 6
This section is pretty easy to recognize.  I finally got to see "Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway.  All I wanted to see was that giant, chandelier drop.

Section 7
One of the highlights of our NYC theater experiences was actually being invited backstage to meet the cast after "Shuffle Along."  A friend of a friend was in the production and admitted us through the stage door where we met Tommy Tune, Brian Stokes Mitchel, Billy Porter and Audra McDonald.  I drew a little stage door, a ticket of admission and a little music box dancer which looks like the precious young man who hosted us that magical night.

Section 8
For this section I drew the traditional comedy tragedy masks but also placed a little clock with our oldest grandson's birthday, 2:25 as the time.  It was so exciting to see his love for theater pay off when he played the lead in a local production.  It was like passing the torch.  I also have a weird little cracker behind the clock which is actually a Cheese It.  Cheese It's were a primary prop in my husband's annual one-act play he directs each fall.

Section 9
Not all wonderful productions from 2016 were plays so the final section of my memory box is to celebrate the birth of our newest grandchild.  His nursery is filled with dinosaurs and his our 6th grandchild.  The C is for his name, Calvin. 

Monday, November 21, 2016


Tigers - United in Our Diversity

Years ago I was at a speech competition in Dallas, Texas.  The students had made a giant, mixed media collage of all sorts of found and ordinary objects.  I loved the idea and decided that I had to try creating our school mascot, a tiger, using unusual objects with students.

We started this daunting project years ago.  Each panel is a section supported with an 8" x 10" canvas board and each panel was created by one or more students over the years.  This piece actually has been stored, unfinished in a closet in my art classroom but we recently dragged it out and got it finished.

Since we first began this piece, our school has drastically changed.  We have gone from a very White student body to one of the most diverse in our whole region.  My current students decided they wanted this piece to celebrate our multi cultured population so they titled it "Tigers - Unified in Our Diversity.

Close of the tiger ear created as a relief with nails

We used all sorts of media and objects in our project - some traditional art media and others are found objects.  The goal was to create the correct, dark and light values of a simplified, tiger face.  The piece is made of (1.) Mosaic, Glass Tiles, (2.) Yarn, (3) Nails, (4) Acrylic Painted, Aboriginal Dots, (5) Glass Beads, (6) Curled, Telephone Wire, (7.) Black Ink Text, (8) Wax Relief Scratch Art, (9) Fabric Batik, (10)Collage, (11.) Bathtub Caulking with Acrylic Wash, (12) Embossing Tin, Dr Peppar Cans and Bent Silverware, (13) Glass Marbles with Tiger Images Glued to the Back, (14.) Sharpened and Cut Colored and Charcoal Pencils and (15.) Sequins.

Beads, Telephone Wire, Scratch Art and Fabric Batik

Some of the glass marbles have images of tiger faces behind them

I love the section made with sharpened charcoal and colored pencils

This section features text about high school

Acrylic Painted Aboriginal Dots

Mosaic, glass tiles

Glued Yarn


Dr Pepper Cans, Embossing Tin and Forks

Saturday, November 19, 2016


I've thought long and hard about how to express my feeling over the past week.   I teach in a very rural high school with over 75% of my students being immigrants and refugees.  They are terrified and anxious.  My former students are also worried.

I grew up and graduated from the school where I teach.  I've seen my community go from one of the whitest places in America to one of the most diverse.  It's been a huge transition thanks to the establishment of an international pork processing plant.

I always dreamt of going to exotic places and working with diverse people across the globe.  I never dreamt they would come to me.  I am amazed everyday by the strength, ambition and courage of my students -  many are our top kids, go on to college and do exceptional things despite language and cultural barriers.

Since the election I've seen first hand harassment and bullying of my minority students.  I've been troubled to learn that some of these amazing people have had their families threatened in our small town.  I hurt for them.  I love them.  They are my kids and they impress me daily.

I have embraced the safety pin movement which first started in England after Brexit when minorities started getting the same treatment.  I knew I wanted to express myself through the beautiful simplicity of the safety pin.  So I set about selecting symbols of the people I want to protect and support.  This is my result.

My watercolor features a group of charms and beads.  All these objects hold significance for me.  I chose a heart shaped bead strung with the colors of the LGBT community.  I added a tiny clock at the bottom of the string with the time deliberately set to my husband's birthday, 10/10.  I want to say that it's time to accept that love is love.

The next string starts with a globe bead and a charm of the female symbol.  I am blessed to live and work where I do but I still see mistreatment and inequity for women at home and  around the world.  Women's rights continue to be sought and protected and as the mother of three incredible daughters and grandmother of four amazing granddaughters, I believe women's rights are precarious.

Next I selected a turquoise ribbon holding two feathers.  I live in an area of the country rich with Native American traditions and people.  I believe indigenous people are still under attack and discriminated against.

The next strand has four earth colored beads holding a Monarch butterfly charm and a tiny bell.  As I said earlier, my students come from all over the earth.  The Monarch butterfly survives by migration and has come to symbolize migrants and refugees.  I added the tiny bell because I think we need to make more noise and stand up for these people who are simply trying to build a better life for themselves and their children.

I struggled with how to represent religion and faith.  I thought about creating a whole trail of religious symbols but decided to simply use the universal word "Faith."  I am a believer and have a strong faith but I also have dear friends and students who are devoted to different faiths.  I added the tiny peace symbol at the end of this strand because so much hate and destruction has come from differing faiths and I pray for peace daily.

Finally I created a tiny key for kindness.  It's such a simple expression but when everything is boiled down I think kindness pretty much covers it all.

I posted this painting on my other social media and immediately was asked to make prints and cards available.  I was humbled that others were moved by my artwork.  So prints and blank greeting cards of this painting are available for purchase at My online, watercolor Etsy Shop

Friday, November 18, 2016


My Husband giving notes to his cast after rehearsal

Each fall my world is totally consumed with our high school one-act play competition.  I am married to the drama coach so I am his set designer, make-up and hair designer and anything else he asks me to do.  We typically start casting and rehearsing in August and finally close the show the first of November.  
One-act play competition for high schools involves creating a production that can be performed in in 45 minutes - which includes setting and unsetting the stage as well as performing the show.  We live in a very remote area of Oklahoma so we have to travel our show to regional and hopefully, state competitions.  So the big challenge is creating an interesting set that can be loaded in a trailer, hauled across the state and set up and taken down in just a few minutes.

"Middle Ages White Guys"
My husband chooses his shows based on the talent he has from year to year.  This year he decided to direct a little known show called "Middle Aged White Guys."  It is a parody about conservative brothers who meet yearly to remember their dead girlfriend at the city dump.  So my job was to create a giant junk yard.  Since the show is pretty goofy, I decided to paint the scenery in a cartoon style.

By the time I was finished, I had painted over 400 square feet of scenery.

Backstage ready to begin our production at state

Our production won second at our regional competition and then took fifth at state.  Our last performance was back at home for families and friends.  After all this work, the scenery is now torn down, partially stored or discarded.  

As a teacher, the biggest reward of doing this crazy, draining, ridiculously challenging activity is working with some terrific people.  I loved this group of kids.