Autumn Update

Autumn is a time to reap and cull, to collect and to discern. Today I choose to radiate abundance, reaping the late harvests of the gardens and sharing the goodness before the stillness of winter. I am currently updating my online store to include my ongoing series of tiny paintings. My portfolio has shifted to include smaller and smaller pieces for the past decade, but I still enjoy working on a larger scale simultaneously for contrast. Living in a simple tiny house in the forest, it brings me joy to bring little pieces of nature that inspire me into my home and live with them. It is a labor of love to hand stretch my linen or canvas supports and to search for the most high quality paints and oils to make this humble series. Many pieces will be listed in my online store to make them accessible to collect, but also feel free to inquire directly about any pieces here in my online portfolio, or to commission a work specifically for your home. Thank you for your interest in my individual art process and for supporting creative growth universally.

Mixing Colors of Spring

“When love beckons to you, follow him, Though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you yield to him, Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks to you believe in him, Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.” -Kahlil Gibran

Rain is falling and the light is returning! Recent paintings are being finished, titled, documented, varnished, and hung. Wishing a beautiful spring equinox to all!

North Wind
oil on linen
12″x12″
2018

Gardening: Before & After

 

 

 

Spring 2015: The garden before I ever touched it

 

 

 

Summer 2016: The garden after much love and care

 

 

 

 

 

 The summer garden facing Mt Barnabe

Mountaintop Farming in California

Since the spring I have been managing the raspberry crop and kitchen gafarmviewrden of an organic farm in Lagunitas, CA. This beautiful mountaintop landscape has been producing organic food for over 20 years. Volunteers come to help out for raspberry harvests and learn about seed-to-harvest veggie gardening through the WWOOF program. Sustainable permaculture techniques are built into the farm’s design through water-retaining terraces, soil blocks, permanent no-till beds, intensive polycultures, wildlife corridors, indigenous beneficial microbes, and seed saving projects. Cultivating my local biome to feed the community and teaching others how to do the same is my daily objective.

I am grateful to be continuing my experiences in farming with the warm support of a community that loves small, local organic farms. The Bay Area is fully animated in building a new food system for the USA. More and more people choose to feed their families by supporting nearby small farms. Gardening is taught in schools to young children to build a lifetime of connection to where food comes from. People understand and teach that regenerative agriculture feeds the people in a way that benefits all beings. The drought is here in Marin county along with future unpredictable weather patterns, but the solutions are here as well, and I know in my heart the work I need to do.

aventuras

biking to the beach

biking to the beach

After an arduous yet delightful season of organic farming, a comforting visit with family and friends, and years of daydreaming, I have now begun my travels throughout Central America.  I have been in Costa Rica for 3 weeks now, literally traveling from a blizzard to a wonderfully mad dry heat I’ve never known. I can’t say too much yet, being halfway out the door to the beach as usual. But from here I plan to travel north seeking art, permaculture, and various forms of tropical bliss. Internet connection may be few and far between, but it is quite possible I’ll be posting as the story unfolds.

Growing on the Coast

Growing vegetables on the coast of California with the Spicy Flock in the Gypsy Camp of Paradise. 

 

 

 

Life in Europe

Living in Europe from 2011-2012 gave me a chance to see the art I studied in college in person, to learn about new cultures and walk ancient streets, to be humbled by foreign languages and to actually understand both the inherent cultural loss and privilege that being born in the USA has given me.

mountains spain nature embroidery landscape scenery gouache painting on paper

Working in the Wilderness

Land conservation work with American Conservation Experience allowed me to live in the wilderness and work in some of the most beautiful places in California.