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11 December 2009
Last week my sisters and I went to Kripalu in Massachusetts - a retreat of healthy food, yoga, and stimulating conversation.  But the best part was being with them. I had a special walk with each of them, bringing back memories of being outside in the woods, building forts and exploring as kids in Dallas, Pa.

Commision to Indianapolis

11 December 2009
Carrie from Indianapolis boyfriend surprised her in November with a trip to Grand Cayman ---- she's surprising him at Christmas with a scene painted by me of the view from the condo ... not too shabby, eh?

Third Friday in W-B!!

20 November 2009
Lots of exciting stuff going on this weekend in the NEPA artworld!  Tonite is Third Friday and what makes it extra special is the "grand opening" of ART SEEN - a co-op gallery right on the square - 

The second section completed!

11 November 2009
I finished the second section of the Bell Furniture mural last week - I'm now waiting for approval to do two more on the first block of South Main before it gets too cold.....: )

Wall continues with the help of a sprayer!!

27 October 2009
The city of Wilkes-Barre has been great in helping me get this wall covered --- a spray gun makes a huge difference getting into all the nooks and crannies of this old brick wall - my arms are so thankful.... !  Thanks to Dave and Carl for helping me!!!!

South Main Street mural continues!!

24 October 2009
The City of Wilkes-Barre has been great in helping prepare the wall and providing a scissor lift for the continuation of the mural on the Bell Furniture Wall.  I started yesterday getting the major areas blocked out - Because the brick is so bumpy I'm going to explore using a spayer to get some of the big areas covered in paint.  That will save my arms and hands as these murals prove to be rather physical.  I love it though --- I love every single bit of the process - working with people, coming up with an idea, hearing the sound of the street, hearing the comments of the people, painting so big, working the scissor lift... going way up high and seeing from another perspective.  In yoga there is an idea of standing on your head - to change your perspective plus to get fresh oxygenated blood to your head - I like it when these premises make sense in a practical way.  So keep posted - i'll be showing the progession...........

South Main Street - Wilkes-Barre!!!!!!!

15 October 2009
Things are moving along on the First and Second Block of South Main Street in W-B!  Dave Lewis is prepping the second section of the Bell Funiture Wall - Jim Bell asked to have his sign repainted which I did over the weekend and the city has asked me to paint murals on  two recently boared up store fronts.

The plaster has been taken down and will get primed to be a fresh 'canvas'

Here I am repainting the Bell Furniture sign - on the scissor lift again!!

And here is the repainted sign - what a difference!!!!

It's a Scranton Week!

22 September 2009
It's a Scranton week! Thursday from 9-12 there is a great event happening at the Lackawanna Trolley Museum....  " A presentation will be made by ArtsQuest, a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the arts and culture in and around greater Lehigh Valley, PA. ArtsQuest operates the Banana Factory Arts Center, and presents Musikfest, and  is planning for an even brighter future with the SteelStacks community project. For more information on ArtsQuest please visit  There will also be an exhibit by many of our talented local artists" (this is where I come in : ))  After that some talented students come to my studio for private lessons and then to a dinner and opening at the Everhart museum to see Day of the Dead with Ken Marquis and Trish - yahoo! 

This weekend I hung out with my 14 year old neice and we baked a real bonafide apple pie - the crust and all ... plus some healthy oat bread for good measure (  no pun intended... ) ---- here she is before we consumed........

Love Letters in Philly!

15 September 2009
Saturday night was a great experience viewing 50 rooftop murals from 45th to 63 streets along the Market Street corridor in Philadephia via the "L" subway line.  The murals collectively express a love letter from a guy to a girl, from an artist to his hometown, and from local residents to their West Philadelphia neighborhood.  Once again the arts bring a city together on so many levels - a dreary, monotonous train ride turned into a glimpse of glimmers : )

Second Wedding Anniversary Present!

25 August 2009

This is a test
Detailed view of above painting

Jen from Balance Yoga commissioned me to do a wedding anniversary present for her husband Ed to celebrate Year Two!
She gave me some specifics in terms of the kids names - important dates - but really left the rest up to me! So here it is -

Studies for swimming pool liners

18 August 2009
Lots going on these days  - preparing for teaching my first college course at Keystone College in LaPlume, Pa which will be 2D meeting twice a week.  I'm very excited to be part of this awesome art program.  Currently I'm working on studies for pool liners - Below are some samples -

Garden Delight

10 August 2009
 I  recently returned from a week at the beach plus some time in Philly.  Reading "Loving Frank" (about Frank Lloyd Wright)  a book by Joseph Campbell - walking the beach, seeing art and architecture rejuvenated me psyching me up for my next body of work.  Tomorrow I go to Philly again to tour the murals with Jane Golden - executive director of the Mural Arts Program and Bill Harral.  My garden delighted me to this unbelievable display of mixed greens, swiss chard, bok choy and some cucumbers.  Haven't had to water but once this summer!!

Third Friday - July 17 -

14 July 2009
I'm not going to have open studio this Friday because it is Jan Salius's last day at Something Special in Kingston.  She and her family are moving to Seattle---- and this is her last week  - so - many artists, musicians and patrons are going to gather to give her a splendid send-off including - moi!  Please stop by for third Friday -- or stop in for breakfast and/or lunch -her head chef John is taking over!  Third Friday begins around 5pm.

Teaching at Arts Alive in Scranton!

10 July 2009
The past week has been awesome teaching high school kids from various Scranton schools at Arts Alive.  This is an incredible program of various art disciplines (photography, mixed media, and performing arts) which meet five hours a day five days a week at different venues in Scranton.  We all have the same theme which is CINEMA this year.  On July 31 at 7pm there will be a performance at the Scranton Culural Center (which is the venue where I teach painting with professional artist Earl Lehman) and will also showcase the paintings of the 16 great kids - there will also be a huge screen showing their images. 
It's a wonderful opportunity and experience for all involved.  

Silk scarves at Buka!

03 July 2009

Johanna at Buka in Shavertown is awesome!  She fills a great need in our area in supplying tres chic and cool clothes - she recently purchased some of my scarves to sell - check her out on the Memorial Highway in Shavertown.   She's having a big sale next week......

Great article in Times Leader today!

03 July 2009

I don't read the paper - so, when something like this happens, my sister or brother-in-law give me the morning call clueing me in.. they also clue me in when hurricanes, tornadoes or  major flooding are coming......
The Times Leader... Read Article

Luna Wall to be painted!

02 July 2009

I met with Lorenzo the other day at Luna night club in downtown Wilkes-Barre - I'm going to be working on a 'lunar scene' on week from Sunday to wrap up his awesome space!  Come check it out ----

Some New Silk hangings

25 June 2009

Birtch Trees

Pink and White Poppies

Ricketts Glen Wild Flower

Here are some recent silk hangings - they look great pinned up so they catch a little breeze and move or framed floated so you can see the image.  They are 44" x 44" and are $295 each.

Second wall at Geisinger completed!

25 June 2009

Here's a shot of the second wall at Geisinger

Third Friday - June 19

17 June 2009
 I'll be open Friday for Kingston and W-B's Third Friday - showing my recent silks hangings and scarves - come on out and enjoy the evening - lots of galleries  are open.... I'll be serving amazing chocolate chip cookies and wine (of course)....