I love art, design, visual thinking and the world of the senses. I especially love the creative process that occurs while in these spaces. And they really are spaces—the mundane disappears and you are in a place of flow and creation. It’s a good reason to be alive.

I want to tap into the creative process and try to ‘see’ it—stop it in its tracks and peek behind the curtain. My attempt to write about this magical, invisible process and all the tiny miracles that emerge from it, is my way of catching a glimpse of the mystery.

Everything I love to do most relates to creativity. I try to create something new every day. If it’s not on paper or canvas it’s in the digital space at ImageSwim.

A land good for dreaming is… a line from a poem by Octavio Paz. This line is a portal to my favorite space–the space where creation happens.

My Writing

The not quite poetic other world

The not quite poetic other world

I collect ideas and feelings. I document them to keep them safe and alive. The best ones are the ones that seem part of a bigger picture and are accompanied by the urge to express. The only problem is the ideas come in fragments and the feelings without words. The hope is they come together […]

Making art from the beginning of time

Making art from the beginning of time

In the last few years I have been playing with the idea of the beginning of time in my art. Its a kind of creationism-evolution space in time. Specifically, the few years after the seven days of creation and long before the dinosaurs. In this world birds are the first life forms and are the […]

Temple Grandin and our different brains

Temple Grandin and our different brains

A lot of my life I have been trying to fit into the world as defined by everyone else. To counter this struggle I spend hours and hours making art in my own world where creative energy reigns. This is a beautiful thing and for the most part, I am a happy person. Still, the world […]

Under the surface and the artists consciousness

Under the surface and the artists consciousness

A painting is a record of the artists consciousness. Accumulated moments of process fuse together and when complete, form a record of experience.The painting becomes a map of time spent, recognizable only to the painter. It’s not like a photo that captures an instant, but more like a series of actions documented in visual language. […]

Portals, entry to another dimension

Portals, entry to another dimension

I love portals. Invisible doorways, gates, entrances to another space of being. Portals in art lead me from one state of mind to a richer more expanded state of mind and to a different mode of creation. Portals are not ideas but a form of experience. They emerge and magically reveal themselves, then create a […]

The importance of a great teacher

The importance of a great teacher

So many of the ideas I explore in this blog come from seeds planted by David J. Passalaqua (1936-2004). Dave was a master artist but even more importantly to me, an extraordinary master teacher. Dave showed me a world that had always existed behind a locked gate. He knew exactly what Picasso, Michelangelo and all […]

Art, science and experience

Art, science and experience

I am very excited to be working on an art project/book/website with my doctor, Michael Abrahams, MD. I recently had a significant medical journey which I documented visually. The illustrations are all about my experience, but are meant to connect to women going through the same thing. My doctor is writing the medical explanation for what each illustration […]

A pure experience of the What Is

A pure experience of the What Is

Experience…of art creating itself inside me. Experience…of the world as poetic. They both come from here, from one place, the present moment. They are born from here and they live from here. They are alive here. Not thought, not thought at all, but the pure experience of What Is. Thinking…of tomorrow. Thoughts…of ideas for the […]

A thousand threads: what this drawing means

A thousand threads: what this drawing means

I was recently in an art show called A Thousand Threads and was required to do a little explaining…. Imagine a thousand delicate threads connecting all things. If we were to feel theses energetic threads and how they connect us to all living things we would exist in a state of oneness. What is it […]