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What happens when you state what you want to GUS…

…..Or, be careful what you ask for!!!!!

I’m a manifestor.  Actually, quite good at it.  Sometimes, too good.

I spent many years in “victim mode” and received a lot of “victim” situations.  I was all about “nobody likes me, everybody hates me, I’m gonna go eat worms!”  And, I received a lot of worms.

Once I realized that thoughts create things and/or situations, I got better….not great…but, better, at being aware of my thoughts and statements I made.  (I think I will ALWAYS be on a journey around this!)

Here is a HUGE example of what I am talking about.

This past year has been about finding my authentic voice.  Figuring out who I really am.  One of the things I stated to GUS (and to friends), was that it was time to leave a couple of galleries that did not “fit” any longer.  And, only be in galleries that truly loved my work, and believed in my story.

I waited a BIT too long for GUS….and he decided to give me what I asked for.

The phone call came from one of my galleries that was the most inauthentic to me.

“Do you think it is time that we part ways?”


Yes, of course, but I wasn’t quite ready.

Hells Bells.

Another one closed and didn’t tell any of their artists – we had to find out through social media – obviously this space was not authentic to who I am.

I went from 6 galleries to 1 in a year.

Then I went into panic mode.

What the hell was I going to do???

I was reminded by a dear friend that I had asked for this, and if I could just be patient, (yeah RIGHT!!!!) it would all fall into place.

I went into gratitude mode for the one gallery that believed in me – Artemisia – in Geneva, Il – owned by a very spiritual woman that I adore.  One who understood my path and my vision.



it came.

An email from a man who owned a gallery in Birmingham, AL.  Asking me to be in his gallery.  Art Alley...phenomenal space!!!

We talked.

One of the things that I don’t like about being in galleries in other cities are shipping costs there.  It is a HUGE expense.  He offered to pay for shipping.


He picked out paintings that I had hanging in my house, rather than the ones I had in my studio, which told me that he “got” me.

GUS is always listening.

I truly believe that it is okay to “feel” all of our “feels”.  Our fears, our worries, our anger, and our despair.  If we stuff them down, they fester. Talk about it with your very trusted inner circle – the ones that truly get you and who will tell you like it is (VERY grateful for my TIGHT inner circle!)



State your intention clearly.

GUS is always listening.

And, then be patient and wait for the magic to happen.



Blessings to you all

And, of course….

May We Walk Together As One.





Why am I having a sale?

I realize how unconventional having a sale is.   I also know that many will have their opinions about this.  And, quite frankly, I have weighed all of the options.

I am a self supporting professional artist….which means, my only income is from the sales of my art.  I absolutely feel very blessed to have been given this gift this lifetime.

However, with this gift comes different challenges that those who have a 9-5 type of a job.  We are disposable income.

So it takes thinking outside of the box to figure out how to make it.

AND, I’m determined.

I’ve always said that I believe in the power of art – to heal, and to make a difference in people’s everyday life.  I’ve been told from collectors that they love getting up in the morning and seeing my art on their walls, because it makes them smile. This is why I continue to paint.

I’ve left several galleries this year for a wide variety of reasons – mostly because I am becoming clearer about my path, why I am here, and the ones that I have left are not congruent or authentic to who I am.  I don’t play the political game well (understatement!), and for me it is not in alignment to mass produce or to be told what to produce.

My paintings come from another world – another place – along with messages that are specific to certain collectors.

That being said, I believe that everyone should be able to afford those pieces that call to them.  One hundred dollars to one person may be $1000 to another and vise versa.  One of my fondest memories is selling a painting to a woman who truly could not afford a painting for much less than what I normally do (it was older – AND a study).  Every once in a while I receive a picture from her with the painting hanging in her home – Thanking me profusely for allowing her to purchase a painting that spoke to her soul for what was a fortune to her at the time.

I also HATE throwing paintings away, which is what some do with their studies and older work.   I’ve always been a bit of a recycler in that I paint over a lot of older paintings and studies….but….right now, my studio is overrun with not so current work – and I had a dream/vision that I was to do this.

One of the reasons that I am doing this is to stir up the energy….to allow for new messages and visions to flow through me.

This is right FOR ME….maybe not for others….but FOR ME.

AND – We all have to be authentic to who we are.

This is not so different than a retail business having sales to move out their old inventory to make way for new…

Sooooooo……Here is the link to my sale on Facebook….

I’m doing this on a trial basis – if it goes well – I’m sure there will be more in the future – but only older paintings and studies – which allows me to continue to explore and paint!!!

Thank you all for supporting me throughout the 15 years I have been painting!!

May We Walk Together As One.

Is “reality” real?

Big question that friends and I have been throwing around lately. What exactly IS “reality”? According to Wiki this is what “reality” is:  Reality is the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.[1] Reality includes everything that is and has been, whether or not it… Continue Reading


I think that, for the most part right now….(and I’m NOT speaking for everyone), we are disconnect-ed.  We have grown up thinking and being taught one way, and yet, our intuition, our heart, is saying another.   Or it is a combination of the two – or a HUGE internal battle. I’m only speaking for myself… Continue Reading

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