California Printmaking Exhibit @ SLO

March 20th, 2010 – 8:11 pm
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My daughter and I made the trek to San Louis Obispo for the opening of the Legends Show. It had quite the turnout. Wow there are a lot of people interested in art up there. Great to see.  Also met Nick Spohrer, the juror of the show and his lovely wife Maida, who actually took the photo of us.  Nick had a show of his own going on at the SLO Art Center simultaneously. Loved his work so fun and playful.  It was great visiting with them.

"Mika and I at the exhibit"

Legends Show in San Louis Obispo

February 28th, 2010 – 10:59 pm
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Took some time off from printmaking and the holidays sort of came in between.                                       However, I’m back at it now.
Just found out that I was juried into the “Legends” show at the San Louis Obispo Art Center A state wide juried show of contemporary printmaking in California.  The piece that was chosen was actually a collaboration with my daughter Mika. We were sitting around one afternoon mesmerized by the shadows on the dining room wall as the afternoon sun came in through the window. She grabbed her camera and shot away. I loved the image and made an etching on a copper plate. I then hand inked it and hand printed it on water color paper on my etching press, and voila our collaboration.

The show runs March 5 – April 18

1010 Broad Street at Monterrey

San  Louis Obispo

Angel Contest

January 21st, 2010 – 10:48 pm
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Thanks to my wonderful sister Liz, I entered an online angel contest  through I was fortunate to win second prize for my light painting of Mandolin Angel.  I have long had a fascination with angels both here and beyond and feel them all around me. I had this vision of an angel quietly strumming a mandolin. Well it took me forever to find a mandolin, this one’s an oldie. I had been looking for a model with long red hair for quite awhile as well.  Lo and behold I found this beautiful girl in the market one night as I ran in to get some bananas for my morning shake. I hesitated in approaching her, but I knew I would never forgive myself if I didn’t talk to her.  She was most gracious and we spent two days together shooting. Oh and I made 5 different sets of wings including this one.  That was quite a job, feathers everywhere!

See the winners.

Santa Barbara Printmaker’s Show

October 15th, 2009 – 7:49 pm
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Hi everyone, I’m excited to let you know that not only did I get 2 of my brand newly created pieces accepted to the annual Santa Barbara Printmaker’s Show, I also was fortunate enough to be awarded an Honorable Mention award for my piece entitled “Feminine Mystique I” .  The other two  individuals who received the HM wereTony Askew an art professor and Nicole Strasburg, an established Santa Barbara artist. So I’m very pleased and proud of my accomplishment.  I hope that you are able to come see this incrediblenshow  at the Faulkner Gallery in Santa Barbara it  will be up for the month of October, do go check it out.

Honorable Mention   “Feminine Mystique”

AND I am also showing at  the Gallery 113, also in Santa Barbara (actually across the parking lot from the Faulkner) where I have my Buddha Collection exhibit, consisting of photographs, etchings and monoprints.

I will be gallery sitting this Saturday and the next Saturday and I do hope to see you there

Send me a quick email letting me know you’ll be there.

Cirque du Soleil

October 10th, 2009 – 9:17 pm
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Cirque du Soleil is coming to town. I was down by the Santa Monica pier early Thursday morning, the sun was peeking out and illuminating the famous archway to the pier, it looked like it was bathed in gold.

Down on the parking lot below the pier, the trucks had started lining up their containers and a couple of the smaller tents had been put up,

New Shows in Santa Barbara

September 30th, 2009 – 10:16 pm
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I just found out that I got my two pieces accepted to the annual Santa Barbara Printmaker’s show.  I’m quite excited about this as I submitted 2 brand new works of solar etchings called “Feminine Mystique”.  The opening will be tomorrow First Thursday.  It’s a big deal in Santa Barbara,  all the art galleries are open with refreshments, music and artists attending, it’s a lot of fun and a great date night.

The show will be at the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Library located at 40 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara CA 93101.

As if that isn’t enough, I will also be showing my Buddha Collection at the Gallery 113 a part of the Santa Barbara Art Association of which I am a member. The show will feature photographs, monotypes, mixed media and solar etchings. The gallery is is just across from the back of the library, the address is actually  1114 State Street adjacent to the museum.  Here again the opening will be tomorrow First Thursday.

Both galleries are open during the week and weekends.  I will be gallery sitting at the Faulkner on Saturday October 24th. Come by and visit, there is plenty of free parking at the adjacent structure. Send me a quick email to let me know that you’ll be coming. I hope to see you there.


September 12th, 2009 – 12:04 am
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I stopped at Pepperdine University on my way up the coast to Ventura tonight. I parked, got out of my car and wandered around all the flags mesmerized and in awe.  This is the first picture I took and as I wandered on further I found flags from other lands.  It was quite touching, I found myself unable to leave,  it was so profound and beautiful.  I ended up staying until it was totally dark. Then I finished my drive home.


September 7th, 2009 – 9:46 am
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I’m happy to let you know that I have donated 2 of my solar etchings to this great cause. Not only that but I’m very proud of Mika, my daughter who got her first piece accepted to this juried show, this gorgeous photograph of the Ventura Harbor at sunset

You are cordially invited to this special event that will benefit Joyful Heart, a registered nonprofit Rwandan agency.


Opening reception with music, champagne & hors d’oeuvres

Thursday September 10th


The Frameworks & Caruso Woods Gallery

813 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara



Fri. Sept. 11th, 10am-5pm

& Sat. Sept. 12th, 11am-3pm

Joyful Heart provides basic services for the most vulnerable Rwandans, homeless orphans and genocide survivors. These services include food, shelter, and education. They are also providing some assistance to refugees in the UN camps in Goma, DRC. For more information visit:

Here’s a mother and daughter team that make some pretty amazing goat’s milk products. They have partnered with The Nomad Foundation to donate a herd of goats to the Tuareg people of Niger. Check them out at

Chivas Skin Care – Goats For Nomads

These are the two pieces I donated to the Rwanda Relief Project

explorers of self

July 7th, 2009 – 12:20 pm
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Last weekend I spent a most glorious 2 days with Gina Armfield in her Malibu studio along with 4 other remarkable ladies, one of whom was my very talented daughter Mika.

We hand dyed heavy water color paper, went for walks on the beach, took pictures of each other, did self portraits, added colored pencils, crayons and created our own art journals  The whole weekend was relaxed yet focused and fun.

Gina is such a generous being and I so appreciate her. Thank you for a great weekend.


June 15th Dustin’s Birthday

June 15th, 2009 – 2:19 pm
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I made this piece in honor of my dear nephew Dustin Huard who would have turned 31 years old  today.  This is based on a photograph  he took on a job as a Production Assistant.  He aptly named it “Keep Reflecting”  My sister Liz sent me the photo, I changed it over to B&W and eliminated the gray tones.  I then made an etching on a copper plate, hand inked it then hand printed the image onto watercolor paper on an etching press.

This is the first in a series I plan to do utilizing photos as well as Dustin’s  writings.  He was an avid journal writer.  His sister Kristen gave me one of his books he put together with some pretty profound writings.

I have sent this print to my beautiful and brave sister Liz.

Dustin will forever live on in our hearts

I love you.

"Keep Reflecting"