Gossamer Wings


  Gossamer Wings is a soft-colored mixed media abstract painting using oil pastels, acrylic paint, charcoal, graphite and ink on 11 x 15 inches 140gsm archival paper created in an abstract expressionist style using techniques akin to Jackson Pollock with hints of Willem De Kooning. The original is for sale directly from me or Saatchi’s… Continue reading Gossamer Wings

An artist’s thoughts on Wales (based on a breakneck-speed tour of the countryside)


If you’ve never ventured into Wales from England, Scotland or Ireland, do so, immediately! If you are a fan of natural beauty and our earth’s glory, the gorgeous and rugged terrain is something you won’t want to miss. My better half and I drove straight through the country from the border of England to the… Continue reading An artist’s thoughts on Wales (based on a breakneck-speed tour of the countryside)

Look beyond the lapel pin


Six years ago this weekend, Veterans and Military Families for Progress held its biennial national conference in Arlington, Virginia. I was a founding member and for several years served on the board of the national 501(c)4 organization. That weekend event hosted high-ranking government officials from the VA, DOD, a number of national veterans non-profits and other… Continue reading Look beyond the lapel pin

Me: Part 2


After a couple of years in the country, we relocated back to Nashville where I went through two years of high school before another move to Murfreesboro, an hour south of Nashville. During my high school, I got involved in school programs, ranging from sports – basketball, track and swimming – to acting (yes, acting!)… Continue reading Me: Part 2

Random revelations culled during our recent visit to Wincanton, UK


The weather in England isn’t always rainy and miserable.  In fact, while we were there, it was glorious, sunny and perfect! Climbing to the top of the Glastonbury Tor isn’t nearly as easy as it looks.  The view from the top, while gorgeous, is a bit scary.  It’s windy as all get out.  But it is… Continue reading Random revelations culled during our recent visit to Wincanton, UK

Our girl is gone


Smokey, our beloved Dalmatian, has been a member of our family since 2002 and it was with great sadness that we had to put her to sleep last weekend. Her heart was in stage 6 congestive heart failure and her front paw had a cancerous tumor on the pad. For the past four months we’d… Continue reading Our girl is gone

Aggrandize the damage


Growing up as a middle child (seventh of nine), I was the queen of hand-me-downs and leftovers. I also got left at stores more than once as my mother shepherded the rest of the kids into the old blue dodge station wagon not realizing one little chickadee was playing quietly alone in some corner of… Continue reading Aggrandize the damage