January 30, 2022

The Immigration Project

The engaging new home page is more functional, with an improved menu, translation options, legally-compliant cookies notice, and attractive graphics.

Case Study The Immigration Project is a non-profit organization that provides legal services to immigrants in southern Illinois. I connected with them while working with Catchafire, the organization that matches volunteers with organizations in need of assistance. At our first meeting, The Immigration Project folks brought these thoughts to the table: They thought their WordPress site looked “old” It ...


March 15, 2019

Happy Year of the Pig!

Silhouette of pig, energy waves emanating from it, and caption of 2019 in gold

Happy Lunar New Year! It’s the Year of the Pig! The Pig is always a sign of good fortune; she simultaneously embodies the down-to-earth aspects of human nature, a joie de vivre, and a love of exploration - everything from introspection, to creative pursuits, to travel. [This natural-born Pig says - Don’t forget our sense of humor!]. Because everyone can access these qualities during the Year of the Pig, we each ...


February 18, 2018

Behind the Scenes: Phalanges

Small collages with paper and painted canvas, scattered in a pile on table.

Introducing something new! For now, I'm calling these "Phalanges"...I often work with mixed media and found objects - recycled artwork, packaging, various papers, and more. These are small (3" x 3"), unfinished mixed media collages. I set aside 10 to give away at February's Art Attack, and I'll do it again in March. Pick your favorite, and write your name, mailing address and email on the back. When I finish the ...


Interior of San Marco cathedral, focusing on shining gold mosaics decorating archways and domed areas of ceiling.

Basilica di San Marco, Venezia, interior Being in Venice on Christmas Eve, I had to attend Midnight Mass in the Basilica di San Marco. I was attending not as an active parishioner, but out of a deep sense of curiosity: how would one of the largest and most famous cathedrals in the world "do" Midnight Mass? (Catholic roots run deep!) For those who don't know: Midnight Mass happens just once a year, on Christmas Eve. ...


December 21, 2017

Loving Vincent

Title card for Loving Vincent movie, with Van Gogh portraits arranged on Van Gogh landscape of wheatfield

Loving Vincent, 2017 Some thoughts on the movie Loving Vincent . . . It is both spectacular and maddening. The plot is ridiculous: Armand Roulin, twenty-something son of the bushy-bearded postmaster whom Van Gogh painted so memorably, is tasked by his father with traveling to Paris in order to deliver Vincent's final letter (to his brother, Theo). Armand has reservations about doing this, and ponders his obligations ...


December 19, 2017

Home Sweet Home

Framed abstract artwork hanging on wall of home with grand piano, Christmas tree and additional artwork in distance.

Domicilio, at home. It's always exciting to see where your creations end up! I just received this photo from a new collector. He told me that the painting greets him and his wife whenever they come home; it's the first thing they see when they come through the door. For a painting called Domicilio ("home" in Italian), that's beautiful to ...