[“Commuters” 8x8, available at my solo show 5/2!] When I worked full time, I used to love my commutes. They were such a beautiful quiet space before the day got loud and crazy or to decompress after work as I shifted hats from work to home. Sometimes I miss that now that my commute is five steps downstairs. With four kids under eight, quiet is a rare luxury at our house. But there’s beauty in the noise too. And sometimes the joy isn’t the destination, but the getting there. 🚴🏻♀️
I've been working so hard on my latest collection of paintings and i'm excited to share them with you! My solo show will hang for the month of May at the I J & Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center. Join me May 2 from 6-8:00 for an opening reception (it's free and open to the public). I'd love to see you there!
Here’s another plate I painted for #300plates (@artaccessgallery), available May 17th! I also just found out I got a painting into the #springvillesalon (@springvillemuseum) which is always so humbling. It opens on April 25. Lots of fun art events coming up!
Mark your calendars for #300plates coming up on Thursday, May 17! This is my fifth year doing this fun event and this year I’ll have four plates available. Lots of good art at great prices and it supports a wonderful nonprofit. See @artaccess for more info!
Alright, Monday. Here we go. 🖌🖌🖌
Here’s what I’m working on today! 🖌🖌🖌 My family’s on spring break and for weeks my daughter Lucy has been telling everyone the thing she’s most excited for is her eye dr appointment 👁 . Today’s the day!!! We’re going this afternoon!! 😂😂#livinglarge #keepingexpectationslowsince2009 #winning
““When I bought my house I was single and 30. I wasn’t sure I’d ever have a family of my own. But, I left open spaces in hopes of making that happen. My closets weren’t full and every room wasn’t used, it needed to be ready for “my” family. I got married at 32 1/2 and became a wife and stepmom to a five year old boy. This house brought us together and helped be a place of stability for all of us. We got pregnant twice there, had one miscarriage and one birth of a baby boy and endured endless fertility treatments. We had birthday parties and traditions for Christmas and Valentine’s Day. My husband and son built an RC race track on the side of the house until we could finish into a flagstone patio. My youngest son learned to ride a bike in the circle beside us and my oldest did bike jumps over firework fountains on the Fourth of July. The only tree or plant there was the crabapple right in the front and it took us five years to finish all the landscaping. We laughed and cried and grew together and did everything in our power to make it the best house for us.”
I’m so honored when you let me help you remember your stories ❤️ “Where We Started,” commission, sold.
Last day of #artandsoup! I’ve had so much fun talking to all of you who have been here! People are the best. Here are a couple of mine that are still available (both brand new!) and the third picture is a painting by my friend @clairetollstrup.art that I keep drooling over from across the room. Isn’t it gorgeous? Come hang out with us! Lunch 11-2, Dinner 5-9, salt Palace room 155. @cns_cares
Come hang out with me at #artandsoup! It’s open today and tomorrow, lunch 11-2, dinner 5-9. Salt Palace, room 155. The gelato booth is right next to me and it’s taking all my willpower to not eat it all day 😳🍨 @cns_cares
["Between Caregiving" 11x14, available at #artandsoup] My grandma lives in a care center near my home and, while my mom is out of town, I've been able to help take care of some of her needs. It's humbled me to see how much my mom does on a regular basis to take care of her mother-in-law with so much love. I know about my mom's love because she's taken such good care of me all my life, even now that I'm an adult. Her care has informed how I care for my children. It's an interesting circle of life, parents caring for children, children caring for aging parents. And then there's a space in the middle where you both can take care of yourselves and, if you're lucky, you get to be peers and friends. Getting to know my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles as people and not just caregivers has been such a rewarding part of adulthood. I'm fascinated to learn what they're interested in, what makes them laugh, what things they're working on. I love any chance we get to sit down and be friends. I learn so much from them and hope one day I'll be able to care for them as well as they've cared for me and cared for their parents. Family is a beautiful thing.
["The Women You Walk Through Life With" 16x16, available at #artandsoup] Last night I celebrated Pi Day by getting pie with a bunch of friends in my neighborhood. We laughed hard and stayed up later than I usually do talking and empathizing and relaxing and listening. It was so refreshing. Wherever I've been in my life, I'm so grateful for the women who have walked next to me during it. It started early with sisters, mother, cousins and moved to friends, roommates, coworkers, neighbors, mother/sister-in-laws, book clubbers, playgroup moms, painting ladies, pta moms, relief society sisters, church presidencies, social media friends and on and on and on. Some have stayed this whole time, others have come and gone, but the support system has felt the same. They've cried with me and listened to me and troubleshooted problems with me and made me laugh so hard I couldn't breathe. I honestly don't know how I would've made it this far in life without all the women I've leaned on to get here. They say it takes a village to raise a child (so true!) but I think it takes a village to keep teaching and helping and raising me as I try to keep growing forward. Thank you to every one of you that have been my girls and made me better. #sisters (also, I couldn't stop singing "havana oooh na na..." as I painted this)
[“Work and Play” 36x36, available at #artandsoup next week] I’m sitting at the kids museum on a field trip watching my boys pretend to work at a construction site. They’re so fascinated playing “work” and pretending to be grown ups. And yet if I ask them to work at home, it’s the end of the world 😭😫... Until I tell them to pretend the spilled crayons are Easter eggs and they need to go on an Easter Egg hunt to pick them all up, and then it’s play again. Kids 🤣. But really, all of us, right? It’s attitude and perseverance and a degree of just showing up and getting it done. So we can play again.
This is the value study for the painting I’m working on today. Last year, in between the lunch and dinner sessions of #artandsoup, a few of us artists went and hung out in a cafe and I snapped this photo. I’m finally getting around to painting it just in time for Art & Soup again! Mark your calendars—Wednesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 22! You can get tickets and more info at https://www.cns-cares.org/art-soup/ 🎨+🍲
Sneak peek detail of a painting I’m working on today #layersandlayersandlayers
This is a public service announcement to say if you listen to “Waving Through A Window” (from the musical Dear Evan Hansen) on repeat, whatever work you’re doing today will be infinitely more enjoyable. Singing is one of those creative talents I’m so jealous I don’t have, but I’m so in awe of those who do. And it doesn’t stop me from belting out songs alone in my studio while I work 😜🤗🎶 #dearevanhansen #yourewelcome
I can’t believe how much fun it is every day to go to work and play with paint 😍🎨
One of my favorite things I learned from my high school art classes was pointillism—the art of making pictures out of dots. Sometimes I still pull out pieces like this (that I’ve been working on for years) just for the therapy of it. There’s something beautiful in the repetition of making small marks, more where it’s dark, less where it’s light. Up close, it’s hard to see what you’re making and how it’ll turn out, but zooming out it all makes sense. Steve Jobs said, “You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” Amen, Steve-o.
I’ve had neighbors stopping by all day bringing food to fill up backpacks for kids who go home from school hungry on the weekend. One neighbor even just brought over flowers. Whenever I feel sad or sick about the world, I stop and focus on the people around me who are doing so much good. Yes, we absolutely have holes to fill. But there are a lot of good people shoveling and I want to be on their team ❤️🙏🏻
[“Long Walks” 8x8, available] My four year old just barely said, "I'm gonna follow Jesus and I'm gonna follow you and I'm gonna follow BATMAN!!" 😂😂 Happy Valentines to you and whoever you love ❤️ 💕
["Date Night" 16x20, available] Just dropped off a bunch of new paintings to David Ericson Gallery today (including this one)! One of the best pieces of advice we got when we were first married was to set aside a weekly date night. It doesn't matter if you go out or stay in, it matters that you set aside time to connect with each other and do something to feed your marriage. We have been doing it now for over ten years, every week of our marriage. I can't tell you how many weeks--busy weeks, weeks where we are passing ships and barely get a hello in as we hand off kids and run to what's next-- that the promise of a date night has kept me going. We have fed our friendship, which feeds our romance, which feeds our ability to work as partners during all the rest of life. My parents are celebrating 38 years of marriage today and are out on a day-long date as we speak. I am grateful for the example they've set of prioritizing each other and how much that has strengthened my marriage.