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Latest work, Shadows Series (aka Shady Ladies)

The latest and current series I’ve been working on is my shadows series, affectionately nicknamed “shady ladies.”  There’s a new gallery page up, under the artwork drop down menu, where they can all be viewed.  As I add more to… Continue Reading →

She Ajar

Up next in the 3×9 mini-series, “She Ajar.”  This woman is peering from behind a door, and her eyes are showing the viewer something.  Is it fear?  Is it relief?  Is it for you to decide?  Methinks it is the… Continue Reading →

New series – the 3″ by 9″s

I was looking to start a new series and was inspired by comic books.  The concept was to work with wood panels to represent a single pane in a comic book page; my goal was to tell only a moment… Continue Reading →

Day Thirty-One – The Grand Finale!

Often, the toughest part of a mini-series is ending it.  I chose the wisdom of Obi-wan, who said, “In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.”  This is also why I entitled this one as “Buzzkill;”  way to take… Continue Reading →

Day Thirty – Red Bats

The red bat is considered lucky in China.  Often these animals are painted together in groups of five; this is to represent the five blessings in life: health, longevity, love, wealth and virtue.  Also, the red bat has been immortalized… Continue Reading →

Day Twenty-Nine – The Year of Me!

Day twenty-nine corresponds with the Chinese New Year, ushering in the Year of the Rooster.  Additionally, roosters are often associated with good fortune and prosperity.  In Europe, it was believed that the roosters would scare off the evil every morning… Continue Reading →

Day Twenty-Eight – Fingers Crossed

It couldn’t be lucky series without a little superstition.  “Fingers crossed,” is the expression I use most to wish someone good luck, especially via text.  Now even easier with the latest emoji update!

Day Twenty-Seven – Break a Leg!

This is one of the weirder “good luck” expressions, as generally speaking, breaking any bone isn’t so lucky.  In my super limited research, this notion comes from the expression “lucky break,” meaning not a literal break, but more like an awesome… Continue Reading →

Day Twenty-Six – Laughing Buddha

The Laughing Buddha is called Hotei in Chinese.  He is considered a symbol of good luck and was based on an actual Chinese monk, Ch’an, who lived over a thousand years ago.  Usually placed facing a door, it is said… Continue Reading →

Day Twenty-Five – Lucky…bird poop

Have you ever heard that it is lucky if it rains on someone’s wedding day? I think this notion of lucky bird poop is similar; it’s about trying to make a negative into a positive.  Sure a good attitude can go… Continue Reading →

Day Twenty-Four – Shooting Star!

The funny bit about shooting stars or falling stars is that they are not actually stars at all.  They are actually meteoroids falling into Earth’s atmosphere and burning up.  The trail of light is called a meteor, and if any… Continue Reading →

Day Twenty-Three – The luck of the keys

And no, I’m not talking about Florida.  I learned a lot about different lucky charms while working on this mini-series.  Prior to this, I had no idea keys were considered lucky, but given their symbolism , it certainly makes sense…. Continue Reading →

Day Twenty-Two – Figa Charm

The Figa Charm is a good luck symbol, and it originates from ancient Greece.  In present-day, it is still considered lucky in Portugal and Brazil.  However, in other countries such as France and Turkey, it is seen as an obscene gesture…. Continue Reading →

Day Nineteen – Hamsa Hand

Today’s drawing is of the Hamsa Hand, which is considered a good luck charm in both the Islamic and Jewish faiths.  It is a protective sign, bringing its owner happiness, health, and good fortune.  It is also said to provide… Continue Reading →

Day 18 – A Kiss for Luck!

As an avid Star Wars fan, I had to make sure this image snuck in the Buena Suerte Series.  In this scene, Luke has just freed Princess Leia from her cell, and they are trying to escape the Death Star…. Continue Reading →

Day Seventeen – Dala Horse

The Dala horse has been considered lucky in Sweden since the 1700s and originated in the Dalarna province.  The style of each horse denoted what region you were from, and all are seen as a symbol of good luck in… Continue Reading →

Day Sixteen – Lucky Cricket

Crickets have been considered good luck as far back as 500 BCE, being a symbol of prosperity, vitality and good fortune.  This punny cricket happens to be playing cricket, with some wise words for us all.

Day Fifteen – Eyelash Wishes

Blowing a fallen eyelash off of your finger has been considered good luck since around the mid 19th century.  Much like birthday candles, you make a wish and then blow the eyelash off of your finger.  The curious bit is… Continue Reading →

Day Fourteen – Lucky Penny

“Find a penny, pick it up.  All day long you’ll have good luck!” Not all good luck charms have their own little rhyme, so I suppose the penny is extra lucky.  That, and my sister loves Abraham Lincoln.  From what I… Continue Reading →

Day Thirteen – Black Cat

When I started this series, my Irish stepmother was quick to point out that black cats are considered lucky in Ireland.  When I was plotting out what I would draw for each day, Friday the 13th seemed like the best… Continue Reading →

Day Twelve-Lucky Bamboo & Goldfish

Lucky Bamboo is kind of a misnomer; it doesn’t actually belong to the bamboo family. However, it is considered good luck and believed to bring happiness and prosperity.  As the legend goes, placing the “bamboo” stalks in groupings of 3,… Continue Reading →

She Shattered

For this piece, I liked the contrast of the woman really happy, with shards of glass in her mind.  When things deconstruct in life, it is seldom pleasant.  However, the good thing is that you can rebuild on your own terms,… Continue Reading →

She Timed

A girl so nice, I painted her twice.  Both my parents are artists and I’ve been encouraged to draw and create from a really young age.  While I was always a patient kid (a hobby of mine was building card… Continue Reading →

She Burned

Oh, she burned.  Expressions stick around because generally they offer some sound advice.  One of my favorites, and a reoccurring theme of late is “Don’t burn bridges.”  This phrase loosely means when relationship ends, it is wise to not end… Continue Reading →

She Crazy

This piece is dedicated to all the women out there who seem like they have it all together on the outside, but internally feel very, very different.  Also, I dedicate this artwork to women who love fine jewelry and cuckoo… Continue Reading →

She Snapped

Ever have a memory so vivid you could recall it in your mind, the same way you look at a photograph?  That’s what this piece is about.   My mom and I joke with one another about the things “your brain… Continue Reading →

She Overhead

I happen to be a big fan of antiquated things.  I like looking at things that used to be the latest and greatest, but are now basically reduced to objects, no longer serving their original function.  Case in point, the… Continue Reading →

She Dig

Ever hear Peter Gabriel’s “Digging in the Dirt?”  That is the same concept I explored in this piece, and is a reoccurring theme in this series.  We all have things locked away in our minds; memories, experiences, things we want… Continue Reading →

She sunk.

When I started this painting, I said to my husband,”Is there something wrong with me?  Lots of people paint happy things, like landscapes or a still life.”  He assured me that there wasn’t.  I suppose there are lot of different… Continue Reading →

She twisted.

The latest in my “Perspectives” Series, this little 6″x12″ painting is entitled “She twisted.”  Suffering from either an intentional or unintentional blindness, this little lady shows us what’s going on inside her stomach. I heard a story on the radio… Continue Reading →

She upstairs.

Here is the latest painting from my “Perspectives” series.  This one is entitled “She upstairs.”  A solemn, poised girl shows the viewer that she is opening up the attic in her mind. The idea for this painting came when I… Continue Reading →

She sinks…

  I finished up this painting about a month ago, but I forgot to post it.  Usually I finish a piece before moving on to the next one, however this one took well over a year to finish.  Between start… Continue Reading →

Hey thanks, Skyline!

Just wanted to give a huge thanks to the fine folks at SkylineArtEditions.com for featuring me as their “Artist of the Month” for June!  Pictures are up on their site of my studio & home and they interviewed me as well. In… Continue Reading →

She wish.

She certainly wish.  Stars in her eyes, crystal ball in hand, wishing of things to come.  It’s poetic to think that the stars’ position in the sky, on the exact date and time you were born, has some significance on… Continue Reading →

She wrecked.

I’ve completed a new painting for your viewing pleasure.  Here we have a seemingly sweet girl with a soft smile, with something far less innocuous going on.  I really appreciate how different people can look at art and think/feel different… Continue Reading →

She cold.

The series continues!  In “She cold” we’re looking at a poised and cool (pun intended) lady.  Since we’re allowed to see inside her noggin, we see an old-time ice block which is causing her frigid exhale. For my fellow ladies… Continue Reading →

She away.

“She away” is the latest in my current unnamed series. While she may be present, it appears as if she’s mentally elsewhere.

She fancy.

I’ve been working on new artwork, picking up where I left off on a series I started last summer. Here’s the latest in the series, entitled, “She fancy.”  Blinded by her crown eyes, she wears the albatross around her neck… Continue Reading →

kitty (and pup) pals

I’ve known Shelby, my friend and neighbor, for almost 7 years.  We’ve watched each others’ pets while the other is on vacation.  That’s trust right there.  She has been such a good friend to me, and helped me with the… Continue Reading →

only child valid until…

My friend & co-worker Pamela asked me to help out with her pregnancy announcement.  She and her husband already have a son, so they figured he should have an active role in delivering the good news!  Great idea! Pamela asked me… Continue Reading →

Just the three of us (for now…)

My buddy Seth from high school reached out to me to help him with a birthday surprise for his wife.  He asked me to draw a portrait of him, with his wife and kiddo.  Getting three people just right in… Continue Reading →

Now with kung-fu grip!

It’s not all that often that I work in color.  I was a little intimidated when I was asked by a fellow skee-ball player to draw portraits of his team members, the Skee-I Joes, in color.  The illustrations would be… Continue Reading →

For the love of the lane!

My beloved brewskee-ball league, asked me to do some paintings/murals in the new home of the league!  I was honored! The bar is called Full Circle Bar, named after a full circle in skee-ball, which is all 40s in one roll.  Some… Continue Reading →

Shopping Updates

I’m excited to share my new webpage at Skyline Art Editions! While the site has a new look, Skyline still specializes in limited edition printing, producing a run of only 75 pieces of each work.  Recently, they have increased their… Continue Reading →

Back in Business!

I feel like a slacker, but with *kind of* the best reason.  I’ve been in a lull when it comes to creating artwork, but that is because I got engaged and married! My husband proposed on August 11th, 2014 and… Continue Reading →

it’s a pop-up prints shop!

Hello, residents of Austin!  This coming Saturday, April 26th, I will be having a pop-up prints shop at West Elm (on the corner of 5th & Lamar).  I’ll be there slanging some art from 1pm to 5pm.  Stop by and… Continue Reading →

tis the skeeson!

Fact: I play in a competitive skee-ball league.  I’m stoked that they are having the fifth annual national championships (BBNC Brew skee-Ball National Championships) again in Austin!  Not only was it fun attend, but also to compete!  I’m even more… Continue Reading →

day 332…a lil cameo

Today’s drawing, and the very last of the twenty thirteen series, is a little masquerading cameo!

day 330…snap out of it!

Today’s drawing is inspired by one of my favorite bands, Arctic Monkeys! I adore their new album, AM, and am grateful for the inspiration 🙂

day 300…Simon Le Lichtenstein

Two people that have had a huge influence on me as an artist, share a birthday!  Simon Le Bon, with his amazing lyrics, and Roy Lichtenstein, my favorite artist of all time, are both born on October 27th!  So, for… Continue Reading →

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