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Cradle the Earth, Series Release

Cradle the Earth, Series Release

Initially inspired by the combination of earthy hues, my Cradle the Earth series eventually transformed into a reflection of my deep concern for our current climate crisis. The focal point of each piece incorporates natural, found, and/or recycled objects, while the layers of collage represent 

Dream Mini, Series Release

Dream Mini, Series Release

I created these mini mixed media gems during the recent Stay-At-Home order we were under in Minnesota due to COVID-19. Creating them allowed me a lovely escape from the stress of navigating distance learning with my kids and allowed me to set aside my worries 

Fleur Indigo, New Series Release

Fleur Indigo, New Series Release

This series grew organically out of my love for the colors and materials. I adore shades of blue, especially indigo! I began by creating six collages using a limited group of mono printed papers and fabric. I assembled the collages to take along on our 

Seek Your Passion Series Release

Seek Your Passion Series Release

While finishing up this series I struggled to find a title and asked around for ideas. My good friend Katie suggested Seek Your Passion. That little phrase really stood out to me and speaks to some of my life experiences recently. I believe God gives 

She Loved Flowers, Series Release

She Loved Flowers, Series Release

A couple of months after beginning my work on this series my very dear sister-in-law, Kathryn, passed away unexpectedly. Her death and a subsequent family crisis began a long creative drought for me. For many months afterward I felt unable to even enter the studio, 

Daydream: A visionary creation of the imagination experienced while awake

Daydream: A visionary creation of the imagination experienced while awake

For me the idea of a daydream illustrates the mental state of mind necessary for creating. An enigmatic shift occurs when your brain is able to detach itself from the stresses and concerns of the more practical, physical world. Transitioning into this dream-like state frees 

The Cold Winter Sky and Aaron Copland

The Cold Winter Sky and Aaron Copland

This morning I drove my son to school through the muddled, midwinter streets in east St. Paul. The area has seen better days and I often find it disheartening, especially in this gray season. Lately the melancholy of winter and the dismal state of our 

Making A Memory – My Quiet Musings on the Origins of Creativity, Part Four

Last time I shared my realization that we are all given the gift of creativity by God. Even with this new truth to build on, changing my mindset about creativity has not been easy. I continue to struggle with perfectionism, a deep fear that I 

Making A Memory – My Quiet Musings on the Origins of Creativity, Part Three

In my last post I mentioned discovering a new way to think about God’s gift of creativity while reading through the beginning of Genesis. I focused on the premise that God is creative (adjective) because I’d realized that this aspect of His character must be 

Making A Memory – My Musings on the Origins of Creativity, Part Two

Making A Memory – My Musings on the Origins of Creativity, Part Two

For me, creativity is deeply connected with my Christian faith. I believe that we’re each fearfully and wonderfully made by God, who loves us, values us, and gives us each unique gifts and talents. Creativity is one of those gifts.  I realize now, however, that