Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and it brings up different emotions for all of us. My mom started fighting cancer when I was just 10 years old, and eventually lost that fight four years later. Losing my mom at 14 made for a difficult childhood. I raised my two younger sisters, kept the house running, and incidentally grew up fast.
I had to work to keep enough food in the house so my attention was divided. School was hard for me. I was always hoping, even searching, for a mom-like figure to fill the gap I felt. I pined for someone I could talk to about the little things, like how to deal with mean girls and how to shave my legs.
May Day was one of my favorite days as a child. For me, it still represents new beginnings. New life. New breath. Vibrant colors and fresh scents.
And with Earth Day just behind us, I can’t help but reflect on how the natural world makes us feel. Being outdoors, breathing in fresh air, looking up at the sky, feeling raindrops on our faces. It’s important. As living beings we need to feel connected to our home and the environment around us. Depriving ourselves of the simple pleasure and true blessing of connecting with the earth deprives us of light and peace. But to enjoy and feel connected to our home, we must take care of it.
Several years ago I worked with a handful of noticeably eco-conscious people. A few pages of policies to make our office eco-friendly were set in action, and we hadn’t even had our new building long enough to have a proper toilet. I remember feeling rushed into these policies, but nonetheless, my conscience was struck.
On April 21 st of 2016, I was in my early morning routine creating art. As many of you know, this is my inspired painting time. Every morning I am drawn to specific colors, and this particular morning I was drawn to several shades of purple along with other vibrant hues. When I paint I never ask myself why I choose the colors I’m using; I just go with the flow and trust that over the next few days my painting will speak its meaning.
On this Thursday when I felt my artwork was complete, I left them to dry. It was around 7 in the morning. I remember vividly sitting on my couch a few hours later and hearing a newsperson tell me that Prince had lost his life.
I went upstairs to my paintings to reflect on the death of this beloved soul, and confirmed what still shocks me. The abstract paintings I created on this morning suddenly made sense.
I'm so excited that Joy explosion will be brightening people's day in a medical setting! My experience is that participation in the arts reduces stress and anxiety, helps to manage emotions, cope with depression, and create a meditative experience. All these things lead to greater overall health and wellbeing!
I'm so excited to announce my collaboration with Vida, a clothing company! You can now purchase custom made scarves featuring my artworks. Vida is currently running a new artist special, and is offering up to $300 dollars off! This event, now through 3/28/17, is one of their best offers of the year.
Welcome to March! This week I am excited to share eight new paintings with you. At every gallery opening there is usually a "meet the artist" reception with food, cocktails and conversation. Since this is an "Online Gallery Opening" our meet the artist event begins right now! Please go into your kitchen and help yourself to a beverage of your choosing, along with your favorite cheese and crackers.
radiated generosity, gladness and joy
I want to begin with a tribute to my Aunt that just passed away, Rosyne Bloom Gardenswartz. Since Bloom was her maiden name, it made sense for the painting to have blooms of flowers in deep rich colors. Aunt Rosyne was known for her kindness and warmth. I experienced it first hand on every visit to the grocery store she owned with my Uncle Dempsey. It always smelled of onions, garlic and chicken livers being sautéed. Aunt Rosyne's smile always radiated generosity, gladness and joy every time I walked into the store. All of my conversations with her were accompanied by the candy she gave me privately behind the counter when my uncle wasn't looking.
Last week I had the honor of being one of the first teaching artists in the Studio J program at the Jewish Community Center in St. Paul. As you know, I believe "Art is Brain Food", its like Yoga for the mind. We did a beginning Mandala class using mixed media materials. The students were an engaging group! While they all learned how to make a mandala from scratch, they told me the most important lesson they learned is that there are NO mistakes in art!
Valentines Day is almost here and I imagine you are looking for the perfect gift to celebrate your loved ones. Flowers wilt after a few days, Chocolate gets eaten and then its gone, but a gift of ART lasts forever.
I have created a special piece of art to celebrate your love! Love is Key is a one of a kind painting and it is now available for purchase on my website.
Anybody can give flowers and chocolates. But you’re not anybody. So this year, give a gift they will never forget – a one-of-a-kind piece of art!
This is why I'm offering 20% off of all the artwork on my website. Use the code love20 to take advantage of this special offer. This promotion runs until February 5th to ensure that your special art gift can arrive by Valentine's Day!
You can buy art from my website or you can buy my art in person at Frameworks Gallery in St. Paul, Three Sisters Eclectic Art Store on Grand Avenue in St. Paul or St. Marks Cathedral in Minneapolis.
This month's Art in Focus is on Moon, the beautiful resin artwork. This expressive piece contains stunning contrast between the clear white of the moon and rich deep blue of the background. The subject in the foreground raises their arms to the sky, embracing the celestial body above them.
This month's Art in Focus features the abstract resin artwork A Force to be Reckoned With. This is a painting filled with strength. Its strong, muted colors and movement are full of energy, and the warm sierra red paint hints at its hidden depths. This painting reminds us of the strengthened positive energy that is within everyone.
My new exhibition, titled Joy Explosion: an Exploration of Emotion Through Color and Form, has arrived at the St. Paul Jewish Community Center! With this exhibit, I hope to take you on a journey through moments of love, grief, and joy in my life. I am incredibly grateful to the JCC for celebrating life's ups and downs with me. My show is a journey through 18 months of life experiences, both good and bad, all entirely hopeful. The JCC is very kind to embark on this journey with me. On view from November 4 till December 29, Joy Explosion will bring power, joy, and play to your holidays.
My piece Topography V has arrived at Three Sisters Eclectic Arts! It will be available alongside my prints, posters, cards, and the art of other local Minnesota artists. Stop in to see my art, support artists and support the local twin cities community!
I am so excited to premiere my new online art gallery. This new website allows me to collaborate with so many talented individuals as we work together to share my message. The best fine art printers and the best website designers have come together to create this platform, giving me the ability to spread my art around the world! Now anyone can have access to my gallery of original works, and can purchase high quality, affordable artistic prints at whatever size they may need. With this website, there is no limit on what my art can do!
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