Mini paintings are great gifts for anytime!

Mini paintings make fantastic gifts. A little touch of original art that is reasonably priced and very transportable makes a unique statement that will add to the personal touches of someone’s home or office. Send me a favorite photograph of a flower, tree or landscape and I will create something just for you. At this point, I could not guarantee it would be ready before Christmas, but think about birthdays, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, or the best of all:  a gift for no apparent reason.

Indiana Interchurch Center Gallery exhibition: Home

I am SO excited.  I found out today that this painting has been accepted for the exhibit of women’s art called “Home.”  The cherry on top was the email I got today from Frank Relle, of Frank Relle Photography, who told me he loves the painting that was inspired by one of his photographs.

Pull Up A Chair

I was honored to be included in this event  – a storytelling variety show.  Among the other storytellers were a comedian; a singer; a Guerilla Girl; a flutist.  This is a picture of me telling the story of Hurricane Katrina from the eyes of a native New Orleanian, and sharing my paintings, The Katrina Trilogy

Pull Up a Chair: A Storytelling Variety Show

This event, on Sunday October 16 at 7:30 pm, will be its second annual occurrence.  This unique event will take place at Theater on the Square, 627 Massachusetts Ave., downtown Indianapolis.  I will be showing my Katrina Trilogy and telling the story of Katrina from my perspective as a native New Orleanian and a clinical social worker living and working with chronically mentally ill adults at the time of Hurricane Katrina, August 29, 2005.  I will talk about how the tragedy still affected me 10 years later, and led to the first step in my career as a professional artist.

Here is the program:

Performances- no particular order

  1. Mary Armstrong- Smith- Hope story or Bigot story
  2. Christy Warren- Song /story- Cut
  3. Matt Fogleman- Story, theme undecided
  4. Pamela O’Brien- visual art and story about Hurricane Katrina
  5. Katie Duffy Sim- Story about Vacation with husband
  6. Zach Ramsey- Song/Story- Proud of your boy
  7. Roger Roe- Oboe/Story
  8. Ivory Fleurtini- Portrait
  9. Minnie Ryder- Mommy burlesque
  10. Sara Jones-Dockery- Visual- Dick pics/ Censorship

If you are in Indianapolis and looking for something unique to do on a Sunday evening, please come by.  It’s $10 at the door, 18 and over.

Alice Through the Looking Glass Ceiling

The premiere event for the Women of Indianapolis Arts took place last night, October 8, 2016, with art exhibitions by yours truly, as well as other talented female-identifying artists in the Indianapolis area. It was a huge success with a great turnout of all ages. Our website is now public and will be a source of information about what this dynamic group is doing, and provides individual bios for female artists in the area. http://womenofindyarts.com/artists-1/

Check it out and if you’re looking for a female artist for a particular project, (and it’s not in my repertoire, haha) look there first.

Secret Doors

The Stutz Artists Association has once again included me in one of their fantastic exhibits. This one is called Secret Doors and was designed to make art more accessible and relevant to children. All of the works of art are displayed at the eye level of a child. This exhibit will take place through October at the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery, on W. 10th St. in downtown Indianapolis. Check it out. This is the son of a friend of mine checking out my painting in the back ground: Doors and Ghosts. I had fun with little kids last night seeing how many ghosts they could find in the painting!

Sunrise Through Sea Oats

We took a trip to the panhandle of Florida over Labor Day weekend and the week after; specifically to Pensacola and Grayton Beach. Having grown up (some might argue that) in New Orleans, I spent ma…

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Alice Through the Looking Glass Ceiling

I am honored and beyond thrilled to be a part of this amazing group of women and will be exhibiting some of my paintings at this event on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 4:00 – 11:00 pm at Grove Haus,1001 Hosbrook St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203. Please come join us at this fantastic premier event which is included in Indy Star’s Top Five Live events! You won’t want to miss this show!

WOIA: Women Of Indianapolis Arts welcomes you to Alice Through The Looking Glass Ceiling. This dynamic event showcases the talent of women across a variety of artistic disciplines and seeks to raise awareness about gender inequality in the arts. We will debut a historic photograph from the first WOIA gathering as well as the launch of our website.

WOIA is a volunteer run community for female artists to network, gain visibility in the arts scene, promote gender equality, and form life long friendships.

Live musical performances, Art booths, special guest speakers, and more from the women who contribute to shaping the cultural voice of Indianapolis.

All ages welcome! Donation request of $7 that will help us fund future events and pay for our website supporting the women artists of Indianapolis.

Performaces By:

There Are Ghosts
http://thereareghostsus.bandcamp.com/

Gypsy Moonshine
http://www.reverbnation.com/gypsymooonshine

Eliot Bigger
http://eliotbigger.bandcamp.com/

Hex Mundi
http://hex-mundi.bandcamp.com/releases

Mina & The Wonderous Flying Machine
http://www.minaandthewondrousflyingmachine.com/

Sheeza
http://www.thebandsheeza.com/

Like Smoke

Tatiana Rebelle – spoken word performance
http://rebelleswords.com/

Lola Lavacious – speech. “Feminism and Burlesque” with a special performance by
Angel Burlesque Troupe!
https://www.facebook.com/angelburlesque/

Sunrise Through Sea Oats

We took a trip to the panhandle of Florida over Labor Day weekend and the week after; specifically to Pensacola and Grayton Beach. Having grown up (some might argue that) in New Orleans, I spent many weekends and holidays in the Pensacola/Destin/Grayton Beach area and have always loved it and considered it a second home. I finally talked my beloved into going to visit Pensacola as a possible place for us to retire (although that won’t be for at least another 10 years for me, but that’s a different story). He fell in love with Pensacola and we spent some time in the National Park area, where there are no buildings, and certainly no high rises. I took a lot of pictures of the sunrise on the beach at the condo where we stayed, and played around with the photos quite a bit. This is from a photo I took of a sand dune just after sunrise. The colors were stunning, just as I remembered. Oh, wait. Most of the time I spent in Pensacola and Destin was when I was in college and high school and I never saw the sunrise. Anyway, here is the finished version. For sale and will be featured at the upcoming event: Alice Through the Looking Glass Ceiling at Grove Haus in Indianapolis, Saturday October 8, 2016 from 4:00-11:00 pm

Why I paint

I paint because I have to. I’m from New Orleans, and creativity seeps into your pores there, much like the humidity.  My creative journey started with drawing in grammar school, moved me to the kitchen in middle school, then pushed me to Cozumel Mexico after I woke up, got divorced and realized I needed to see life from a different perspective.  I started painting then as part of my creative journey to figure out who I am and to express it in a way that others can appreciate.   That inner journey  has taken me to many places and creative endeavors since then. I’m a writer, a painter, a chef, a jewelry maker, an amateur clothing designer and interior decorator, and an observer of life.   Having discarded the need to please everyone else, these days I have to paint because it’s what makes me happy, nudges me to learn new things, and keeps me from being unbearable to live with.  At least I hope so.  Thanks for visiting.