10 x 10″ Original Art, 150+ Artists

ArtsKC will feature over 150+ original works of art from Kansas City artists that have been supported by ArtsKC through the Grant-Making program and the Now Showing program.

I participate in the Now Showing Program, which connects local Kansas City businesses 22789134_10155805301891369_2132343172921353581_n.jpgwith local artists. My work is hung and rented for up to 3 months at a time. For this holiday event, ArtsKC wanted to offer affordable art for the holiday season. All pieces are 10×10″ in size and are priced less than $250.

I entered one of my heavily textured dahlia pieces for the event. All pieces will be on display and on sale at 106 Southwest Blvd,  Kansas City, Missouri 64108 now through Christmas.


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The final product

I realized I never shared the final product of my son’s homemade Halloween costume. The only thing we ended up not making was the hands. We ordered them off of Amazon.


I ended up going to Goodwill and buying an old black costume for a base so that we could add to it. The rest was made from silver and black paint, cardboard, hot glue, duct tape, and a lot of patience.

unnamedI used a pair of old knee pads to glue the “shin guards” on. We also made a whole chest plate and shoulder pad, but it was so big and bulky on him we decided against it in the end. It was almost too much after the mask was put on the “hair” took up so much space.

In the end, he was super happy with the final product and heard how scary he was all night. He’s already starting to plan what we are going to make for next year.


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Way Outside my Comfort Zone

When you 9 year old son comes home from school and says he wants a homemade costume for Halloween, you don’t tell him no. Especially when he starts justifying a homemade costume by telling you it will be “cooler” and “it will be fun to make together”.

The shock came when he told me he wanted to be Predator. I knew he had never even seen the movie, but that’s not an easy costume to pull off. I had no idea where to start. As an artist, I got really excited about figuring it out. We went to the art store and found a base mask to start with, some yarn, and foam. Then we headed to the hardware store and walked around looking for materials and ideas. We left with some duct tape, spray paint, and pipe insulation.

We took it back to the studio and I gave my son a lesson on how not to burn yourself while working with a hot glue gun (by burning myself). We began cutting up foam and insulation and applying it to our base mask. It didn’t take long before our mask started to make sense.

We ended up with a mask that we were super proud of and is custom fit to his head. Now for the costume part…



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Travel & Inspiration

Travel and art are two of my biggest passions. I’ve been fortunate enough to do a lot of In the dunestraveling this year. So much so, I haven’t had as much time to work on all of the ideas and inspiration that I have gained.

I have decided to start by working on a series of small paintings. 6×6 canvases in oil inspired from my various trips. I have started with my most recent trip to Michigan. I kayaked around Grand Island, visited little resort towns in the Upper Peninsula, and hiked Pictures Rocks National Park. It really is a spectacular place and I had no idea it was so beautiful. Here is one of my first pieces from a hike.


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Rules were meant to be broken

I have always had a sort of personal rule that when a painting is finished and I sign my name to it, I do not touch it again. I decided that this rule had to be broken.

As I was organizing paintings in the studio I sat back and looked at some of my tree and 21616561_10155680162246369_8593726905482560123_naspen paintings and decided that they needed more. More color, more depth, more time. I decided to throw out my rule and and let myself rework the paintings. I am loving the turn out. In some cases I am completely reworking the color scheme, trees, and background.

I have two new shows going up next week, and hope that they are ready for that show. I am glad that I broke my own rule. Sometimes rules are just meant to be broken.

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Painting with the Bambinos

I sat painting in the shade. It’s exactly as an artist residency should be. Inspired by the other artists working around me, I sipped my coffee, and painted little sketches that I IMG_4016.jpghad done throughout the week.

There was to be an exhibition that night, and as the people started to come, so did many children. Like almost all children, they were instantly drawn to the painting. They stood around me quietly watching me paint and whispering que bella.

I asked them if they to wanted to paint and they said yes with eager smiles. I took small canvas boards I had packed in my bag and set them up with my paints around the table. We couldn’t communicate well because of the language barrier, however, they taught me the Italian words for the colors, and I taught them how to blend colors.

IMG_4219They made me paintings, and wanted so badly to be able to communicate with me. In turn, I made them quick two minute paintings. They spent the rest of the evening following me around, playing with my hair, and calling me Bellissima.

If I could’ve brought them home I most definitely would have. If the trip taught me anything, it was that art is it’s own language and continually breaks down barriers.

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Art Collaboration with my son

I was hoping that at my artist residency, I could work on a collaborative project with my son. I really had no idea what I would work on when I was there, but was hoping it would present itself.

As I sat in my room in the heat of the day I did some sketches, I heard the tick tick tick of an old typewriter in the room next to me. I went to see what was going on, and my son looked up at me excitedly and exclaimed that he was typing. He was in love with the ancient machine.

One of the local poets writes all of her poetry on this type writer. It was like magic to my son. This was when I got the idea for our collaboration.

I asked him to type out his story. To write about our travels together, of what travel meant to him, and his thoughts and experiences.

Shortly into typing this out, the ribbon ran out of ink and there was no replacement. The residency is quite isolated so there’s no place to get a replacement ribbon. Deciding that this wouldn’t deter us, I decided to interview my son.

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We sat out under the olive trees and I asked him to tell me what travel and culture and experiences meant to him. Listening to him speak about loving being able to play with the other kids, experiencing new things, and seeing how people do things differently throughout the world, my heart continued to fill with love.

When we were done, he ran off to play with the other kids. I began to paint his words onto a wooden panel.  I did decided to white wash them, just as the trulli houses that we were staying in are white washed. This would be the background for my painting.

places copyright.jpgWhen I first came to Kansas City, I did a painting of me on a map of Kansas City. To this day it is still one of my favorite paintings. It speaks of the unknown, and of optimism. My son has seen this painting many times and adores it. When he was younger, he asked me if I would paint him into it. I decided that over his words on the wooden panel, I would paint him and me.

I did not have the proper supplies at the residency, so I was unable to finish the painting there. It is something I plan to finish in the next few weeks.

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