About My Artwork
Each piece I make is unique and created with one underlying goal: to give joy to the viewer. It’s my own way to spread “happy dust” and make my positive outlook somewhat contagious. We live in a time when everything is moving fast, we’re too busy, it’s challenging to make deep relationships, we’re crowded and connected yet many people feel lonely, and often we don’t make time to nourish our souls and lift our spirits. Wellness should be a priority for every person, but it’s not. A simple smile, a laugh, not only burns calories but also has an instant positive effect on your health. I love including whimsy animals, fairies, silly and quirky characters in my artwork because they make me smile. I’m inspired by nature, dreams, travel and anything my imagination can conjure. It’s my pleasure and hope to continue to create pieces that evoke positive thinking, lots of smiles, and generally happy feelings. I call it “my happy magic”.
Abut My Art-Making Process
My art-making process usually goes in one of two ways. It can be an intuitive, completely spontaneous painting where I leave the analytical me outside the room and just paint. I love the thrill of exploration and discovery! Or it can go the more planned approach, engaging both sides of my brain. Here I begin with a concept and a simple sketch capturing the idea. Then I follow it with several values and composition sketches from which to choose what to focus on. After several more detailed sketches I may follow with research (as needed), close observation and/or photographs which I use to create my base composition – this sometimes becomes a digital collage. Then I choose a medium to work with and draw the main parts to begin the actual painting.
About My Happy Magic Workshops
The following are examples of workshops I’ve been conducting in small groups in California, Arizona and Texas. Currently very few are offered publicly for anyone to attend (working on changing this); mostly they’ve been sponsored and held privately, by invitation only.
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All my workshops currently are for adults (will try to add children’s workshops in the near future):
Soul Art – a therapeutic art workshop designed to help you relieve stress and build your very own toolbox to better navigate through stressful situations.
“Paint Your Pet” workshop – you will be guided step by step on how to paint your pet from your favorite photograph.
The Signature “Happy Magic” Art workshop – you will be guided to meditation and then to create a unique piece of artwork using very little of traditional painting techniques and more of intuitive painting along with various mixed media techniques – you’ll surely have a blast experimenting!
Adventure Painting – you will be guided to create a piece of artwork in “plein aire”, outdoors, as part of an adventure hike or walk through a pre-selected location.
PTOs “Professionals’ Time Out” – you’re off work and it’s time to wear your hair down! Relax, have a drink with your peers, and unleash your creativity with this fun and non-judging guided art class.
On-site and Off-site Team Building or Strategic Planning with a creative twist. – These “business art” workshops are designed to encourage communication, collaboration and problem solving skills in a safe and fun setting. You’ll learn to leverage and support each other’s strengths and to build a nourishing team environment to increase productivity while reducing stress.
About Pet Art & Remembrance Paintings
My ongoing work includes pet art commissioned paintings (portraits of your loved pet in your chosen medium and style from my portfolio); and memorial pet paintings (these are commissioned paintings of remembrance for lost pets celebrating their lives and the very special relationship you had with them).
About My Collections
Last year I started a painting series inspired by my yoga practice, meditation and self-exploration, which continues this year. It’s almost complete, and it’s centered on balancing our energies and inspiring mobility and flexibility. Will put together a show for exhibiting it once complete – open for opportunities! 🙂
In 2019, I also created my first all-age picture book about building healthy habits. The first book is planned for publishing in 2020.
In 2018 I completed the Yoga Dog mini-series and commissioned works for pet portraits and remembrance paintings.
In 2017 I worked primarily in “La Cenicienta Collection”. A series of paintings about a clever Weimaraner Dog exploring the world the way only Weims do – full of curiosity, love and mischief! To some degree, this was my own way of healing from tragically loosing my precious Weim to the Big C.
In 2016, I worked primarily in watercolor paintings for “Ginger Dog or Ginger Bear?”, a children’s book I co-authored and later translated to Spanish. This first book was published in early 2018.
Also in 2016 I made a Silicon Valley-style tribute collection to Princess Leia (Carrie Fischer, RIP). I actually started this set in early December as I was anxiously awaiting Rogue One (Star Wars’ latest movie at that time and the exciting Spectacles). A couple of the paintings in the set were created as I grieved the loss of such an amazing Hollywood icon – Carrie Fisher paved the way for all the other female actresses who today can play heroic roles!
In 2015 I worked primarily in the “Santa Barbara Fairies”. The paintings in this series are about the magical world I experienced while living in Santa Barbara.
Earlier works are not in series but I’ll be including some of them in this online gallery over time.
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Have feedback, thoughts about my artwork, requests, commissions, collaborations, public speaking or potential free-lance ops? I’m here and available!