Friday, November 21, 2014


I finally got back to the studio today after a week working at home.  I have been focusing on two articles for The Palette Magazine.  One involved doing a painting as an exercise then writing about the process.  The other article is an artist profile.  The deadline looms...

But I needed a break from writing as I was feeling stale.  At the studio, also feeling a bit rusty by my absence here, I worked on three paintings just to get back in the flow.  

18 x 18

30 x 44

82 x 82

All three are still in development.  It feels good to just be in the process.  Hope you had a creative day too.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Yesterday Today
26 x 20 unframed

This recent painting Yesterday Today has been invited to the Platinum show at the Cambridge Art Association.

Platinum is... Timeless.  Rare.  A Catalyst. Lustrous.  A Symbol of Achievement according to the exhibition notes.  I am honored to be in this show and in such fine company of artists including my husband, photographer Pip Shepley with his new work below.

Tribute to Turner
archival digital print
24 x 32 framed 

Alise Upitis, assistant curator of MIT's List Art Visual Art Center juried this show that was open to all New England artists.  The exhibit starts December 4 and runs until January 16, 2015.   A reception will be held on December 5, Friday, from 6-8 PM.

Once I know where our work will be either at the Kathryn Schulz Gallery on Lowell Street, Cambridge or University Place Gallery in Harvard Square I will post that information.

Please join us on  Friday, December 5th for the reception!  (PS address to follow for this too!)

Friday, November 14, 2014


Thought for a day at the studio

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. -Robert Louis Stevenson, novelist, essayist, and poet (1850-1894)

Sunday, November 2, 2014


Last night I had a dream about Richard Diebenkorn.  Diebenkorn (1922-1993) is considered an important artist of the 20th century and from what I have read he would be an amazing person to know.  He was a key member of the California school of Abstract Expressionism and well known as a Bay Area Figurative painter (and still is).  He broke away from figurative work just when he became nationally known for it to return to abstraction and continued to create an enormously rich body of paintings that gained him international acclaim.

In my dream I actually met him and he asked me to join him and his wife at an event where we would be sitting together.  He was in the process of switching jobs leaving a college post to go teach at an high school where he had also secure a position for his wife to teach sculpture.

During this dream life I thought the college was crazy for letting him go - didn't they know who he was?   I also was surprised to hear his wife was a sculptor (she is not).  And in this imaginary world senseless events conspired against me from finally joining them.  Darn!

one of Diebenkorn's Ocean Park series

I have no idea where this dream came from - to much halloween candy?  Maybe it happened because at this time of year these holidays of Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos) and All Souls' Day represent a day to honor our ancestors, family and friends who have passed away.  Some cultures and religions believe that during this time the veil is thinnest between the world of the living and those who have passed on allowing for communication between these two worlds.  What better venue then dreams.

Richard Diebenkorn is not an ancestor, family or friend but he is my favorite artist.  He would be vital member of my artist family tree, an important tree for any artist to consider, as inspired by Austin Kleon's TED talk.

There is a message here from last night.  I just have to figure it out.  Maybe in time or when I get back to the studio tomorrow or sleep tonight it will reveal itself.  I hope so... unlike most dreams this one has stuck with me all day.

Hope your dreams are as sweet!