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Along the road less traveled, with a compass.

JN802_Serve, Love, Create

“Serve, Love, Create”

It’s been my experience that most people who aren’t artists look at what we creative types do and think we know something they don’t. There’s an assumption that if something is made into tangible form, it must be true. The artist must have some kind of inside knowledge, luck or talent only bestowed on the select few. A good friend referred to it as the “red cape syndrome”. If someone is wearing a red cape, she must have a superpower!

I’ll let you in on a secret: I do own a red cape. I don’t have a superpower.

The mysterious talent we painters are born with isn’t for painting. It’s for seeing. Observation comes naturally. The painting part I’ve had to learn. And no matter how good my painting skills might be, you wouldn’t care if you didn’t relate to my subject matter. And the only reason you relate to my content is because I am putting in public form what I am learning, struggling with, or otherwise thinking about…which happens to be the same thing you are also currently fascinated with. That’s really what makes an artist. It’s not the big gallery show or the licensing deal (although we like those things too!). It’s the willingness to be transparent and public about our own lives. It’s the need to step out of hiding and share the journey with others in a concrete, public way. It is the courage to begin something knowing we will learn how to do it as we go along. Art is communication at a very soulful level.

So where am I going in 2012? My roadmap allows for surprises and twists. To become what God has in store for me, I have to be open to evolution. But I don’t wander aimlessly. I do bring a compass. Here’s my True North:

• I create work that expresses my faith, honors family and promotes the ideal of peace as a position of strength.

• My art is currency for empowering the lives of women and families, including my own.

• My art tells my story, so that you can tell yours, so we both know we are not alone.

How will this all manifest itself? I’m not entirely sure. Some parts of my dream have concrete actions; some are still in vision stage (always the easier part for me). I may be a creator, but I’m not THE Creator. Guess I’ll have to look back on 2012 and reflect on how far I’ve traveled.

I’ve been playing around with textures and layers on gessoed board! You can purchase this artwork here.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: A California Classic

Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce Decal 2011

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on Chamber of Commerce 2011 Decal

If you visit Santa Cruz in 2011, be sure to look for these decals in some of the window fronts. They display businesses that are members of the Chamber of Commerce, and I had the opportunity to create the illustration of the beach and boardwalk for them! Thanks to my friend Kirsti Scott of  Scott Design (The creative agency for technology companies) for the job.

The original is acrylic on paper and is matted to a 24 x 30″ size. It is available matted for $850 (plus tax and shipping as applicable). Contact us directly to purchase.

Growing Garden Charms®

Terri Lyman, TML Custom Gifts

Terri Lyman of TML Custom Gifts

We artists spend a lot of time in solitude, but no artist is an island, and there are a few great people I rely on to help bring my art to you. I’d like to introduce you to one of them, Miss Terri Lyman of TML Custom Gifts. Terri does all the printing and heat pressing required to make my all-weather aluminum Garden Charms®.

Terri uses digital images of my work that she prints with pigmented inks on a special UV-coated paper. Then, she heat-presses the image onto the aluminum, and the heat melts the inks into the coating, rendering the final product weatherproof! Both my sister in Phoenix, Arizona (whose sunny front door temp can reach 130 degrees in the July heat!) and my mother in rainy Portland, Oregon can attest to the “weatherproof-ness” of Garden Charms in their respective climates.

TML Custom Gifts is a woman-owned small business in Campbell, CA. Terri works from her home to help support her family by printing and pressing all kind of images onto all kinds of stuff for artists, schools, and gifts for personal or business needs. She does great work, and no matter what, Terri always has a welcoming smile on her face and a tale to tell. She is a delight to work with!

Both the coated copper wire and the aluminum used in Garden Charms are manufactured in the U.S, and the decorative beading is added by the nimble fingers of my daughter and friends who are paid per unit. As you can see, each Garden Charm purchase helps quite a few people!

Check out my Etsy store …I’m always adding more items, and if you don’t see what you want, please contact me and I can add it to the store for you. Inquire about wholesale orders. Support your local artisans!