What’s The Big Idea?

What’s the Big Idea?  ‘Think Big’ isn’t just a cliche or slogan. It’s a call to action.  An invitation to live fully with risk, failure, deep love, forgiveness and success. Happy Autumn! I love the juxtaposition of this new season. The bold colors of Autumn leaves; orange, red and yellow that lead to the transition and elements of […]

The Life & Art in Naked Trees

The Life and Art in Naked Trees Watch the stars in their courses and imagine yourself running alongside them. Think constantly on the changes of the elements into each other, for such thoughts wash away the dust of earthly life.                                   […]

The Art of Collaboration

The Art of Collaboration Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.                                                                                 […]

The Nature of Art and Letting Go

The Nature of Art and Letting Go Everything on earth is being continuously transformed,because the earth is alive… and it has a soul.We are part of that soul…                                                        […]

My sweet beloved companion, Luna

Luna In 2021, my sweet beloved companion, Luna, a beautiful blue merle Australian Shepherd was diagnosed with cancer. Like all the art in my life, Luna was my therapy as well. It was at this time I started painting trees and paths. We had hiked many trails together and I knew those days of walking […]

Getting There

Before the pandemic, I was just finishing up a mixed-media project, “Life on the Road,” inspired by my grandson’s infatuation with match box cars. I created scenes on wood with resin and die-cast cars depicting scenes from movies, history and nostalgia. I recently submitted this work to The Royal Society of American Art located in […]

Why Didn’t You Just Say So?

This piece was about 3 or 4 pieces before this final reincarnation. Needless to say, there are layers and layers of paint that I don’t ever think are going to be covered up, but are… repeatedly. I’ve been working on this canvas for about 6 months or more… During the last stages of this piece, […]

Rising Up

Yesterday, for the first time in a very long time, I walked to see the sun rise over “Solitude,” my favorite oak tree in the Santa Ynez Valley. I’ve been recovering from shoulder surgery so I can’t hop in my car yet, but felt good enough to walk over. It was bittersweet, in some way, […]

You Are My Rock

I recently had rotator cuff shoulder surgery…still recovering. Full disclosure, I love being independent and not relying on others to do things for me…however, I’ve been relegated to the use of one arm. Spoiler alert…I’ve been painting just about every day with my other arm, my so-called ‘good’ arm and that has been a great […]

Women in Contemporary Art

Every day is worthy of celebrating women and women artists.Art gives female artists a visual voice and the ability to share their perspectiveson society, culture, and their personal life.  Liza Zhurkovskaya, Art Curator and Consultant I loved being interviewed by Carly Aguilera from SouthArt Dealer, LinkedIn NYC. Her questions were provocative and I so enjoyed speaking with […]

Good News

For things to change you need to change. For things to get better you need to get better. The good news is you can change, you can get better and you can start right where you are at and you can go as far as you want to go.Jim Rohn After my “social media cleanse” […]

Got Snow?

One thing that I will always be connected to is… snow. Ever since I experienced my first ‘snow day’ I have fallen in love with the soft white flakes falling from the sky. They’re beautiful and glistening and as a kid they invited me to go outside, take a day off school, feel the adrenaline […]

Communicating Through Art

Sometimes, I feel like the only way I can really communicate is through the work I create. Even as a small kid, I expressed myself through piano playing, then songwriting, poetry and writing, photography and now painting. It’s not like I have a shortage of words… just a shortage of ability to express those words […]

The Art of Breathing

Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who goes through cycles of confidence and insecurity. I envy those people who are confident all the time. I even wonder, do they feel confident all the time? Maybe it’s not so much about confidence as much as having the courage to do things while feeling fear. […]


When the road is unknown and not very clear,count your blessings.Hiding behind the smoke and clouds is the sun, waiting.Be wise with this time, it is a gift as is every day.Your heart is the epicenter of the universe.Open it up and send resounding love to all that need healing, for we all need healing. […]

Sometimes Intense

Raw from the Road, July 21, 2020 True healing is the willingness to treat yourselfbetter than the past ever did. Matt kahn Every day on Instagram is an image from my Aftermath collection.  Today, I am sharing my newest pieces that I completed this month and three that I just completed today.  Anyone who knows me, knows that […]

People Pleasers

I was watching a youtube video of Oprah Winfrey’s 50 rules for success and heard her say this phrase and instantly knew that it had to be the title for this post. In the stillness that this pandemic is gifting us with, (and I do believe there are silver linings in the midst of this […]

After The Thrill, is it Gone?

I’ve created so many works in this collection (Aftermath) and I can feel a bit of the ‘thrill’ or inspiration starting to wane…more like morph. I’m determined to be patient as the muse shifts. I am listening to Elizabeth Gilbert read her book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, on audible for the second time […]

Testing Testing 1-2-3

I’m writing here today as kind of a test… I usually just repost the newsletter from Raw from the Road here… maybe bi-monthly and most of the time, once a month. In this pause, this pandemic pause, I have been left alone with my thoughts to play in the playground like kids, kicking up sand, […]

Ready Thelma?

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. Pablo Picasso Because I am so grateful for your subscription to “Raw From the Road” I am releasing this news to you first, before I post it on social media tonight. (not the awards, they’ve been posted, but keep reading…) I am delighted to have my […]


Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. Anais Nin It’s Spring! Flowers, trees and people are blooming despite the pandemic and covid19.  No doubt, life has been a roller coaster but when is it not? We do what we can to help our loved ones, those who are helping others, our community and help the […]

All Artists are Mothers…

Meet some of my kids.(but first, meet my mother!) Even if you’re not an artist, you know what I’m talking about. We love our children in different ways but we love ALL of them! And if I’m the mother of my ‘kids’ then Liza Zhurkovskaya is a new Aunt. Liza is an international art curator, […]


Home is where your heart is. Now, literally, and more than ever.Fill it with love. See the world through loving eyes, even in the midst of…That’s when it needs you the most.Keep the faith. As artists, we offer the option to clients and collectors to commission us to create a piece of artwork. It’s a term that is used quite […]

This is a dream, right?

Laugh as much as possible, always laugh.It’s the sweetest thing one can do for oneself & one’s fellow human beings. –Maya Angelou This is a Dream, Right? Wake me up! Wake me up! But wait…. Aren’t we all waking up?   In the midst of this pandemic, there appears to be a lot of waking up. People not taking people and […]

What Eyes See

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception. Aldous Huxley In my last post I mentioned the new mixed media work I’ve been working on, “What Eyes See” (name change!) in my last post from Raw from the Road.  Since then, I’ve created about 12 pieces […]

The Art of Empathy

You need to know pain in order to be there for someone else.Pema Chodron Oh no are we going to talk about pain?! No. Not really. Only in terms of art. We learn to express ourselves in many ways and art is one of them. Through many emotions we create… and pain just happens to be one of those. […]

Winding Down, Gearing Up…

Christmas is a week away!  It’s been an amazing holiday season so far and I can’t wait for Christmas, Hanukkah and our road trip to Tahoe for New Years! The opening for the new exhibit at Brittany Davis Gallery was this past Saturday and I had 2 new pieces exhibited. Since I am the photographer for all […]

The Art and Stress-Free Holidays

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature. Joseph Campbell Hiii!I hope you survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday and if you’re still looking for unique special gifts, you guessed it, I have just the thing! Some people want to give art […]


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