a passion to inspire

Before I began learning how to paint, I never thought of myself as an artist. I was creative and I enjoyed making things, but I found it hard to even admit my secret yearning to make art. After a while I could no longer deny that yearning. I began to spend time painting. Playing with acrylics. Teaching myself how to use watercolors. Flirting with sketchbooks. It wasn't easy. At first I wasn't very good. I didn't know how to draw. I certainly didn't know how to paint. I lacked not only skill, but confidence as well. But I kept going. And through my blog I discovered an online community that was both supportive and encouraging of my fledgling art efforts.

Years later I can proudly call myself an artist and because of my own journey, because of my experience overcoming fear and embracing art, because of the supportive network I discovered online, I am passionate about encouraging others on their own creative journeys.

If I can learn how to make art, you can, too. 


my blog

From the beginning of my creative journey I shared my experiences -- my struggles, my fears, my failures, my successes -- on my blog. I always tried to find the beauty, the joy, the hope even in the darkest situations. Over the years my blog has evolved and changed as have I, but it continues to be encouraging and uplifting. I've incorporated a couple series with the intention to inspire, featuring interviews with other artists. Weekly I publish Sketchbook Conversations posts where guest artists chat about their sketchbook practice and share peeks into their sketchbooks. Monthly I post Artist Interviews with people who are working in many different creative fields. My aim with both series is to show that there is no right or wrong way to be creative, that every artist is unique and that ordinary people all over the world are living their creative dreams.

Start here for a good overview of my blog.

Watercolor Palette

my classes

In 2016 I began teaching online. At first I was a bit uncertain

My classes are designed to encourage and inspire you to embark on your own creative journey. I'll help you get started at the very beginning, choosing supplies and designing your art practice to fit as part of your daily life. I know how intimidating it can be to start at the beginning with no experience or background in art and I'm passionate about helping you to break through that intimidation. If I can do it, you can do it.

I hope you'll join me and start making some art. Sign up now and receive two months free! (After that, if it's not for you, you can cancel at any time). When you subscribe, not only will you have access to all of my classes, but also to thousands of others on a variety of topics.

I believe that we all are creative. If you have a desire to make art (or to dance or sing or write), do it! It might not be easy, but it will be worth it.

Thanks so much for being here! Please reach out if you have any questions.

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