Gratitude and Steps

24 March 2019


the kids are very excited to be adding a 'message' and art work to their school


      art core sixth graders working of back riser for school steps

        we put the unfinished boards up to get a glimpse of progress made


The past four weeks, I have been the artist in residency for the well established program started by art teacher Debbie Donowsky.  She has had a working artist come for the past twenty one years to do four classes with each student.  This year we focused on gratitude - each student in the school did a mixed medium project for which they were grateful.  Twenty four 'art core' sixth graders met every day to work on the back risers of the schools steps with the theme also being gratitude.  Books, school, family, friends, food are just some of the examples of what the kids depicted.  April 18 there will be a breakfast with all the works hanging around the school and an 'unveiling' of the finished steps. 




Some Commissions -

09 March 2019

Here are some commissions I have done in the past several months.


 The goalie of the commissioning father is going to be in the olympics some day.  And - she's only in eighth grade! 


The cats were commissioned for the cats owner - the one on the top right was close to passing over the rainbow bridge.  What a wonderful reminder of her four legged friend being outside with her buddy - soaking up the blue sky and fresh air. 



One of the two pieces done for CASA in Wilkes-Barre to add some meaning and brightness to their newly painted office in  Wilkes- Barre.

Lucy Lu and Riley Rue

06 February 2019


They said it was well worth waiting till January to receive their Christmas present painting.  I have the sneaking suspicion Lucy Lu and Riley Rue are very well cared for..... 


'You gotta learn to live with what you can't rise above' Boss

03 February 2019




He said , " I would like an abstract painting for my new apartment" - We looked at the space and agreed some warm colors, perhaps some squares, and??? were in order.  I culled everything I knew about him.  Where he lived, worked out, and worked.  Knowing his very most favorite musician is Bruce Sprinsteen, I weaved over layers of line, texture and color lines of his most poignant, poetic lyrics.  And numbers of cours going up to my ripe age of 49.   Here it is shown from studio to above couch.  



She said "The painting was an enormous hit!"

04 January 2019


She said, "the painting was an enormous hit!! Best gift I've ever given John by a landslidesmiley."  So enjoyed doing these three gorgeous faces looking adoringly at the recipient of the painting!!!



Always nice to see Work Hanging!

25 November 2018


It's always nice when someone takes a picture of a piece they've purchased from me hanging in their home!   I seem to be partial, as of late to squares and triptychs* :  .*Artists sometimes create a triptych, a series of three panels that are meant to be displayed together. You can use the noun triptych to describe three paintings that are deliberately hung together, as one piece.


2019 **********Hello********

31 December 2018


A One of a kind Gift

29 October 2018

When looking for the perfect gift for a loved one or friend, consider commissioning a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork.  I gladly accept commission work, and  love to create something special for you and or your loved ones.  Personalized paintings, dog portraits, house portraits, and hand-painted silks are just some of the many items that make wonderful holiday, birthday, wedding, and anniversary gifts. 




Creativity and Imagination

08 October 2018


The fastest way to grow your creativity and imagination is to use it!  



Nature Inspires

23 September 2018

       'Coming Home from Scranton'    fabric paint on charmeuse silk               



               'Trees and Tulips'   fabric paint on charmeuse silk 



Nature Grounds and Inspires me regularly and I say THANK YOU.




Arts Alive 2018

28 July 2018

                                   Joshua with his favorite drawing

                            Emmy and Elena with their bunny ears that lit up

            Joshua and Dylan worked together to creat a glowing green hat

             Joshua left lots of notes, this one really warmed my heart.....

                                 Catherine Cullen / Program director

This year Arts Alive joined with engineers Nick Truncale and Nate Williams from Nexus Solutions, designer Valerie of Valerie Kiser Designs and me doing the painting with Michael Sorrentino.  The students constructed wearable art which they programmed to be interactive with light and sound.  We began by being inspired by the exhibit by Kathleen Elliot in the Everhart Museum which transformed one thing into something else.  We had an intense two weeks and yesterday their work was proudly displayed for their loved ones.  I'll miss them all and hope they come back next year!







Show at Linde to commemorate the ARTS

24 July 2018

Come out Sunday to gain awareness to the great things coming to our area in August!  Linde in Pittston will be hosting a great gala opening with food, music and three floors of my work. Free and open to ALL~!


Award and 7th grade mural!!

19 June 2018

On May 23 I received artist of the year award from the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit. Debbie Donowski received the teacher of the year award. The photo shows us with our award - beautiful vessels made by ceramist Skip Sensbach. On June 1 we gathered again for a breakfast to honor the seventh grade 'core' students who worked on the 'Tiger Eyes' to be hung on the outside on the Seventh Grade Academy building. As a rostered artist of Pennsylvania I am fortunate to go in to school for a month at a time to work with the art teacher and students to produce a work of art that enhances the morale of all. 

Sue gave herself a retirement present

19 June 2018


Sue is retiring from being the principal at Tunkhannock Area Middle School.  She sold their house and it's contents to make a fresh start with a new home and new furniture  in North Carolina.  She commissioned me to do a  silk to add some color and energy for her dining room.  So a bit of NEPA goes with her and her husband  for a new phase of her journey.  Good luck Sue - enjoy and have FUN!!!Sue is retiring from being the principal at Tunkhannock Area Middle School.  She sold their house and it's contents to make a fresh start with a new home and new furniture  in North Carolina.  She commissioned me to do a  silk to add some color and energy for her dining room.  So a bit of NEPA goes with her and her husband  for a new phase of her journey.  Good luck Sue - enjoy and have FUN!!!






Mother's Day

13 May 2018




A good friend of mine came to see me at the Pet Expo where I was showcasing dog portraits.  At first, he was going to have me do a painting of his wife with his dog.  Then, he decided as a Mother's Day present, for me to paint his wife with their children.  I smiled the entire time I did this painting.  It made me realize the importance of hugging your parents (or anyone) and getting it on camera (or canvas!).  He called me last night to say they were so happy with the gift, I fell asleep with yet another smile on my face.  

Blue Skies Ahead / Skye's the Limit!

19 April 2018

                                                     "Skye-Girl"  Acrylic on panel                                              

This sweet crazy girl has had quite a ride in her two years.... New Mexico, Texas and Georgia where she 'vacationed' for five weeks with her awesome foster mom.  Two weeks ago, fourteen 'angels' from 'Above and Beyond Rescue' took shifts driving her to meet me in Ravine, Pa.  We've already had some adventures and I must say - she has stolen my heart and created a new beginning just as her predessor 'arranged'.  And! She's my muse for the Pet Expo (sponsored by the SPCA) at the Armory in Kingston, Pa where I will have  a booth  (thanks to Marquis Art and Frame) :

April 28 and 29th 10am - 6pm.   Come see me! : ) 

Fourth SPCA Fence ****

03 April 2018



Here is my last and fourth 6' x 8' fence for the SPCA.  A black lab with the backdrop of Harvey's Lake refrenced from a photo by Mike Burnside. I'm so excited to see all the fences various artists from the area have done for the enclosed 'meet your potential new pet' space.  The SPCA will be hosting a formal unveiling, dedication, and cocktail event to show off the work the Wyoming Valley art community has create on Friday, May 4, 4:30 to 6:30pm at the SPCA of Luzerne County.  


Another Fence for the SPCA

23 March 2018


A friend of mine said I should paint Eloise to help process the grief.  The next day the SPCA director called asking me to do another 6' x 8' fence for their project to make a beautiful spot for people to meet potential pets.  I asked what animal would the patron like and  he said they only wanted a dog. He then suggested I do my dog.  I decided to do my favorite memory of Weezie running down the hill in the beginning of our walks.  Her ears flapping in the wind - so happy - so in the moment.  Here she is in her field - transitioning and going towards the rainbow bridge where I can't wait to be with her once again one day.  Oh and by the way.... Home Depot donated the eighteen 6' x 8' fences..... ; )  


Our Last Walk

26 February 2018


My sister Ramah said there is a last time for everything and usually we don't know it.  A last time your child sits on your lap, a last time you tuck them in, a last time you hug your parent. Two weeks ago, I took my four legged comanion and love, Eloise out for, unbeknownst to me, our last walk.  We stopped and I took a photograph of the stream which struck me with the decaying leaves underneath and the sun sparkles on top.  She passed the next day.  I came home and started a watercolor on hot press paper in her honor as a way of processing this grief.   I miss her more than words can express and find solace in knowing there is also a first for everything.  


A Full Art Day for 23 seventh grade Core Art Student.

24 February 2018

Friday February 23, twenty- three art core students along with their art teacher, Debbie Donowski, Ali Wilson, and Debbie Cichak from Tunkhannock Middle School and myself did a field trip.  I was asked to show the kids some of my work as a finale to the residency I did at their school.  The core group was selected based on grades, behavior and desire to do art.  We completed a mural which will be hung on the new seventh grade academy building in May. 

 Highlights from the trip

- Seeing the ariel view of Wilkes-Barre mural and sunflower mural.

-  Viewing the amazing hubcap collection thanks to Ken Marquis graciousness. 

- Seeing the amazing exhibition at the new Sordoni gallery by Angela Fraleigh.

- Touring the inside and outside of Wet Paint and being educated on the graphic side of art by Steve Taren. 

- Viewing the local murals designed and painted by Jim O'Connell and myself at Hardee's restaurant in Wilkes-Barre.

- Being welcomed by Mary Beth Pacuska and 'The School of Practical Nursing' and seeing the history of nursing       mural we co-created. 

- Being warmly greeted by John Pepe at Linde headquarters, fed lunch prepared by Eric Kranson, touring the beautiful building and seeing three floors of my works. 

- take aways given to all the kids and cupcakes!!!!!

- picture taken with Scott LInde who shared that his seventh grade teacher said ' if you don't shape up, you're going to    be digging ditches... "  hmmm... 

- a drive by Main street Pittston to see ALL the amazing art !