Painting for Friends and Family

Ten years ago, I found myself in a small art gallery, looking at an art piece on the wall that said “mixed media”. I came home to find out more about this so-called Mixed Media art…and from there, grew a love of art and painting that I had never had before. I started making small playing card size collages with materials I had, then I went into larger collages, digital collages, assemblages, journal pages, and finally into acrylic painting. All that, in ten years.

So, if you would have told me ten years ago, that I would be painting and selling my art…I probably would not have believed it.  It’s a privilege to be able to paint for people I’ve never met, but also very special for me to be able to use my ever growing skill as a painter, to make art for my family and friends.


Hmong Beauty – for my niece-in-law

ThailandBeauty1Thailand Beauty – for my sister far away


Two gouache portraits, painted for my niece-in-law’s sisters


In Monet’s Garden – for my sister who lives near me


Mt Fuji Blossoms – for my friend who is traveling to Japan

It is a wonderful thing to make art for the people I care about.  I am happy to say that these are all in their new homes now, from a few miles down the road, to halfway across the world. 


Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. – Vincent van Gogh



3 thoughts on “Painting for Friends and Family

  1. I can’t believe it’s been ten years since you started painting! I’m so glad you did. I have seen so many beautiful things you’ve created and have quite a few in my home to admire! Thank you for sharing your talent with us:-) I love them all and I especially appreciate the last one, In Monet’s Garden, because it is so serene and reminds me to relax and take a breath and slow down for just a moment or two:-)

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