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I have been making art and design for decades. I have been a graphic artist, jewelry, furniture and clothing designer, painter and print maker. I’ve exhibited my artwork in numerous group and solo shows in the US and Europe. I am originally from Queens, New York where I received a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from Queens College. I hold a Master of Arts Degree in Humanities from California State University Dominguez Hills and a Practice-based Doctoral Research Degree in Fine Art-Painting from De Montfort University in Leicester, England. I also hold another Master of Arts Degree in Education. I have taught studio art and design, art history, research, and education for over 12 years at the graduate and undergraduate levels, online and on ground. I live in Asheville, North Carolina with my husband of 40 years. I have 4 children and 1 grandchild. I facilitate workshops in art, craft and design at The Urban Art Retreat and Studio in Asheville, North Carolina. Visit the website at theurbanartretreatandstudio.com

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Open Your Mind


Open your Mind
Acrylic on canvas. 24 x 30.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Winter Trees and Summer Breeze


Winter Trees
20" x 60"
Acrylic on canvas
$750
As the biggest plants on earth, trees not only provide us with oxygen, store carbon, stabilize the soil, and enrich the world's wildlife, they are absolutely beautiful in all seasons. I just love trees and this is why I live in a temperate rain-forest.  If you get a chance, paint a tree! Better yet, plant one!


Summer Breeze
7"x 9"
Oil on Canvas
$100

Friday, March 31, 2017

15 minute painting


I was driving up Brevard Road and noticed this bucolic scene once again.  I came home, took out a 16 x 20 inch canvas and painted it in acrylic. I used, red, white, blue, yellow and three greens; phthalo, olive and light. It took about 15 minutes.  I took a picture with my phone and added a poster edge filter in Photoshop and here you have it.    

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Birds of Paradise Lost


Birds of Paradise Lost
Oil on Canvas 48"x 60"



Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Birth of Ideas


Mind Box III: The Birth of Ideas 
14 x 14. Acrylic paint on repurposed objects; eggshells, shadow box with sketches and ideas for a painting and a string of LED lights.  

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Sheep and the Willfully Blind


Sheep and the Willfully Blind.  18 x 24. Oil on Canvas.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Guitar Heaven


Guitar Heaven. 14" x 17" Pencil drawing. 
Trying for a little closure after my son, Marty's death. He would have gotten a chuckle out of this one.  

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Truth is the Daughter of Time

This painting is based on an old proverb of unknown origin.



Truth is the  Daughter of Time. Oil on Canvas. 48" X 60". 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Family Matters



Family Matters. Oil on Canvas 48" x 36".



Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Brothers



The Brothers. Oil on Canvas 36" x 24". 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Subtle Goddess


Subtle Goddess. 48" x 32". Acrylic on Canvas.  $400.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Mind Boxes and Painting Series


Mind Box 1. Found and constructed objects in a box.  The mind box is a visual stream of consciousness tool for a series of  3 paintings inspired by a visit to the Solheimajokull Glacier in Iceland. There are rocks, seeds, human migration paths,  mini prints of paintings I've done and photos I've taken, images of and by my deceased son, a quote by Krishnamurti, images of Snowflake Bentley's photos of snowflakes, a mini skeleton, DNA strand, linoleum block print of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and other items. Although some of the items seem to have nothing to do with glaciers, they connect in my own mind. Click  'read more' to see the rest of the continuing series.


Ice Cave Dream Triptych. Oil on Canvas 16" x 32"



Sunday, January 17, 2016

Arcadian Modern


Arcadian Modern. 14"x17" Acrylic on canvas. $300.00. A little nod to Joaquin Torres-Garcia.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

How to make a wax resist acrylic painting on cotton cloth

Click 'read more' to see the steps in creating this simple image.

 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dakota


Dakota. 38" x 26" mixed media.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Release your Inner Artist

"The process of painting springs from interest. The artist is done when that special thing has been said." Robert Henri


Making art is so often about experimenting!  There is no right or wrong way to make art. We  are all artists!
Get out there and make some art. Nature is the premier inspiration and there is no better time to be inspired than in the Fall with brilliant warm colors everywhere you look.

This piece is made from what I believe is a rusted license plate (I found it on the ground)!  Encaustic colors are heat fused to it in layers. I am inspired by walking around Asheville, North Carolina as the season changes. Check  The Urban Art Retreat and Studio for encaustic workshops or en plein air gatherings. I offer them quite frequently.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

En Plein Air


En plein air acrylic painting from the Asheville Botanical Gardens. Frame constructed from re-purposed wood.   En plein air painting can be a way to meditate!

J. Krishnamurti says it best:

"Meditation is one of the greatest arts in life, perhaps the greatest, and one cannot possibly learn it from anybody. That is the beauty of it. It has no technique and therefore no authority. When you learn about yourself, watch yourself, watch the way you walk, how you eat, what you say, the gossip, the hate, the jealousy, if you are aware of all that in yourself, without any choice, that is part of meditation. 
So meditation can take place when you are sitting in a bus or walking in the woods full of light and shadows, or listening to the singing of the birds . . .

The meditator is the meditation."

J. Krishnamurti

The free en plein air gatherings at the Asheville Botanical Gardens are 2 hours long and are held once a month when weather permits.  Go to The Urban Art Retreat and Studio to reserve a spot at the next gathering. There will be two more this year.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Color Journaling


Color journaling can be a fun way to relax and enjoy nature and painting.  There is no pressure to perform and there is no wrong way to paint what you see, because your journal is private.  You can use a color journal session to practice painting or drawing moments in time much like Monet or any of the Impressionists. Color journal classes are offered at the Urban Art Retreat and Studio.  To enroll, simply send me an email when you see it offered. Drawing/painting materials and journal are provided.

Class: $30
Materials: $5

Monday, May 25, 2015

Indigo Squall


Indigo Squall. 2015. 
Acrylic on canvas. 36" x 72". $5,000.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Brooklyn Snow Day

Brooklyn Snow Day. 24" x 30". Painted in little over 2 hours in oil on found board in the spirit of the Ashcan School style of painting.



The Ashcan School Movement was an early 20th Century American artistic movement portraying daily life in New York City. Using gestural strokes, the Ashcan artists concentrated on the vitality and energy of the growing city teeming with immigrants and new industry.


Corner Bistro 15" x 15". Acrylic on re-purposed wooden board. Painted from a photo taken by Nick Puglisi. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Helm of Awe

Ægishjálmur, Helm of Awe or Helm of Terror is an Icelandic magical stave that was used to induce fear or protect against the abuse of power. 

Mini Installation
Mixed Media


Monday, November 11, 2013

The Urban Art Retreat and Studio of Asheville is open!



The Urban Art Retreat and Studio of Asheville

Asheville North Carolina

 Offering a variety of Art, Design and Craft workshops.  

Check back often because the workshops change monthly.  

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

100 Goddesses, Saints and Other Heavenly Hosts: Inspirations from Sacred Feminine Mythology


100 Goddesses, Saints and Other Heavenly Hosts: Inspirations from Sacred Feminine Mythology by my 'nom de plume' Zoe Sinclair is now available on Amazon.com and Kindle. The book is also available for free on Kindle Matchbook.

All royalties go to Parkinson's disease research.


Saturday, April 6, 2013

OLD HIPPIE ARTS AND CRAFTS


Beaded Earrings 

 

 $15.00
Non-allergenic stainless steel ear wire 
New styles all the time!




More earring designs. All color choices not shown here.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

25 Yeas in the Desert: A Companion Guide for the Cosmic Journey of a Lifetime

I would like to present my first book to you.  



25 Years in the Desert is now available on Amazon.com.

 Support your neighborhood book sellers and consider picking up a copy at 
 3010 Juniper Street, San Diego 
or The Controversial Bookstore 3063 University Avenue, San Diego. 



 Your comments and feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Wabi-Sabi Trees in Winter



Wabi-sabi Trees in Winter
36" x 52" Mixed media


Wabi-sabi (nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect).  

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Releasing the Artist Within


Moved to Asheville, North Carolina!
Go to The Urban Art Retreat and Studio to register for an art workshop.


Do you want to learn to live more creatively? 
Do you want to awaken the artist within you?


 Attend a 12 PM Saturday afternoon seminar in beautiful Balboa Park in San Diego.

Learn to meditate and to be more creative by painting outside en plein air (in the open air)!

Unleash the artist within!

Live more creatively in your daily life!

 Click to Enroll


There is an artist in you!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Irish Diaspora


The Irish Diaspora

The Irish Diaspora consists of all the people who claim Irish descent and reside outside of Ireland. I am grateful to be part of the Irish Diaspora in the United States. The Irish have made significant contributions to this country and many other countries around the world. Large numbers of Irish emigrants and their descendents now reside in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil and states of the Caribbean and continental Europe. Today, 80 million people around the world claim Irish heritage and 41 million of them are in the United States.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Cathartic Experience




What is Catharsis? 
Catharsis is a Greek word meaning ‘cleansing’ or ‘purging’.
 
The purging of emotions or relieving of emotional tension can be accomplished through the practice of art making for many people.  It is the act itself, not the finished work of art that is cathartic for the artist and the image here shows that process.  By drawing a portrait of my recently deceased mother, I am able to experience catharsis.  It is a powerful exercise and I encourage anyone who is experiencing pain brought about by loss or other emotional stress to attempt to release that emotion through art making, writing, composing, or any other creative endeavor. 



Sunday, November 6, 2011

Painting with Children


I teach college, but have always enjoyed painting with children.  My granddaughter, daughter, and I painted this elephant on a discarded palm frond.


 Clara is putting the finishing touches on the elephant head before we hang it. We couldn't have done it without her.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Old Stuff-Assemblages and 3-D Artwork

These Assemblages and 3-Dimensional Artworks were made from 1997-2004 in partial fulfillment of both doctoral and master's degrees.



Cosmic Energy Divided
26”x 17” Tile, copper wire and foil in paraffin in recycled cutlery box


American Dream Timeline
31”x 88” Mixed media


Friday, November 4, 2011

Fractals-Just love 'em


What is a fractal?  A fractal is a geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. A fractal can be split into parts, each of which is a reduced-size copy of the whole. Think of a tree and its branches or a snowflake.  Check out these Buddha Fractals, Wave Fractals and a Fractal Fractal.  They are easy to make at any of the free online fractal generators. Try it yourself!


Thursday, November 3, 2011

More Old Stuff-Installation Art

Images of The Circle Way Installation at The Expressive Arts Institute Gallery in San Diego. Encaustic on canvas. The Circle Way is an expression of  'enlightenment' or the 'ecstatic experience'. Some believe this experience can not be represented or expressed in art or any other way and it is futile to attempt it. I disagree, and The Circle Way is an installation in an immersive space to give the viewers the opportunity to experience for themselves within the space itself.  The Circle Way includes the immersive space, video, music, performance, and large circular canvases in encaustic which is a wax-based medium applied while hot. See the Spiritual in Art: Abstract Painting 1890-1985 by Maurice Tuchman for ways artists have tried to depict or express the 'mystical experience'.





Old Stuff-Drawings from a Long Time Ago


Times Square.  Graphite on paper. 18" x 24".