About Me

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I am a multidimensional, hands-on creative artist and poet with a San Diego based home studio. Having always been too curious and too creative, I have continually studied a variety of artistic disciplines and philosophies throughout my life with established teachers...unstable teachers, artists, schools and whatnot. This, paired with a lifelong investigation into spirituality, has given me a large creative toolkit from which to draw ;) and interest to (respectively) play with, break, challenge, modify, ignore and celebrate the rules related to the aforementioned studies. I am a strong believer in not messing with a child's innate curiosity and wonder, the value of family (however defined), individual creativity, community, and our environment. I continue to study and enjoy creative expressions-with the exception of acid jazz. Some common characteristics found within my work are: re-purposing everyday items and discard-able things, harmonizing opposites, playing with current beliefs and assumptions with a whimsical twist, and delicately blending spontaneity with discipline. The end results are simple, balanced expressions of wonder imbued with an invitation to discover more.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Holiday Swag Creations

I've wanted to make a peace wreath for some time. 
I chose to make it with faux greens so that we can use it every year - although I should use it year round and keep decorating it with different themes... 'cause peace is a year-round gig!

I used the discarded tree cuttings from a local Christmas tree lot to make the base. 
Clipped natural branches from plants and trees.
Collected pinecones when I came across them throughout the year and reused them from previous creations.
Used florist wire to tie everything together.
Bows and ornaments can be removed after the season and reused again.
A little spritz of spray paint glitter sprinkles it with magic. 

These are fun to make and leave on your friend's and family's doors or fences as a festive surprise!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I am excited to participate in this years Maker Faire in San Diego sharing the recycled material LED lights I made with the generous help of Nick Lonack.  If your in the area, October 3 - 4, I highly recommend checking it out.
There are a lot of hands on making experiences available and I hear Ann Onimouse is going to bring the Wonder Car (a painted pink Jaguar - to say the least) to this show and share event.
There are plenty of free activities to enjoy without ticketed entry!


Event Map


What is Maker Faire? 
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth — a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. 
Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Boules Queen Square ~ Drottningtorget

next to me
under a flowered bonnet
a few sizes too small
he enjoys
the sharp edged coffee as it dances
                      ever so often      with his gelato’s velvet glaze     

a slow,  sultry serenade of taste

he savors along - all the while
Van Gogh’s sunflowers are chain smoking ciggys on the park bench next to us
and the Herbarium is trying, desperately, not  to  cough.
(she’s so polite)...

I’m just sitting here,


          for a ride 

  pretending to watch the lawn

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Favorite Rainy Day Perch in Malmo Sweden

mr. sky's canvas, now grays n blues.
lighted pops and rolling symphonies
paraded too quickly - bye.
down pours demand attention from jacketed guests
sir pigeon
perches close-by my opened window
purring rhythmic mantras that only i can hear...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


"We are symbols, and inhabit symbols; workman, work, and tools, words and things, birth and death, all are emblems; but we sympathize with the symbols, and, being infatuated with the economical uses of things, we do not know that they are thoughts. The poet, by an ulterior intellectual perception, gives them a power which makes their old use forgotten, and puts eyes, and a tongue, into every dumb and inanimate object. He perceives the independence of the thought on the symbol, the stability of the thought, the accidency and fugacity of the symbol."

- r. 


Friday, February 6, 2015

Off To the SCBWI Conference in New York

I'm excited to be attending the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators winter conference in New York this year!  I have been working on a children's book series and investigating the industry for sometime now and eager to be enveloped in this environment - There are so many individuals that are tapped into the wonder~filled world of creativity in this business.  I am giddy to explore the event and it's possibilities.  (Plus I get to experience a snowy winter - a rare treat!)

Here is a blurb in reference to the Simon series:

I have loved volunteering - running the arts program for elementary school kids, and being in the classrooms heading up activities and study.  I have drawn a great deal of inspiration from these experiences and continue to be interested in creating opportunities for kids to be truly creative through the arts. I am acutely aware that the majority of our kids are no longer offered opportunities to explore the creative arts through the public school system, and am excited to be currently creating a solution through the vehicle of a children's book series. This character driven series weaves together creative writing, story telling, drawing, illustrating, and artistic media study. In addition, each book uniquely offers the reader the opportunity to continue the story line and illustrations using different art medium.

Fee Fee Loves All The Notes, But Her Favorite Is The High Spade



I love the ethereal sensation that lights a smile.
When I am within this creative space, I am Home - happy, free and connected.
If "art" happens as a result of this experience,
I should think of it as a postcard,
a souvenir,
a  tangible memento
... a re~minder of this wonder~full space within all of us,
everything -

Monday, February 2, 2015

Barrel Of Monkeys Candelier

It's just so fun watching an idea come to life!
Now I need just a few hundred or so more monkeys
and barrels to finish it up.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Self Portrait

When I look in a mirror, 
I always have thought "I don't look like me"
but bowling next to us the other night
was this little girl
and I gushed with an inner joy.
She embodied a sparkly self - essence if you will -
replete with bowling shoes.
(pixie dust and sparkle wand not pictured)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Crushed Hopes

Just outside our local Quickie Mart
I spied this sign in the parking lot
... aw, just as I was lacing up 
the new ice skates 
I got for Christmas!

Did I mention
that I live in San Diego?