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 …

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 …

24 years: where did the time go?

Hard to believe, but 24 years ago today I married this wonderful guy… I was late to the ceremony (my BFF and I misplaced the car keys in a Rhoda Morgenstern-like scene from The Mary Tyler Moore Show). Kindergartner Peter had fallen in the melting snow and his smart-looking navy suit was all muddy. But we …

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 …

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!) …

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 …

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 …

Christmastime in South Florida

The holiday season — December and New Year’s — in South Florida is a time to behold!  Dry, cool and pleasant.  And by chance I discovered that it stays lighter far longer in the evenings than it does up north! So, we had some friends over and celebrated with some great food, wine and company …

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 …

Oh the Animals!

Who doesn’t love visiting animals in natural-ish settings?  We sure do and trekked over to Busch Gardens Tampa today!  We’re exhausted, but get a load of some of the photos we captured.  By we, I mean the Hubs and I.  And for the record, yes, I did go on a couple of the wilder rides. …

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