Monday, October 31, 2011

Upcoming Exhibit

My next exhibit "Modern Mythologies" and will be hosted by the Howard County Center for the Arts. The shows hangs from November 4 to December 16. The opening reception will be held on November 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This show pairs my New Mythology work with the life-sized, figurative sculptures by Maryland artist Sarah Wegner. Here is the HCCA website.

For more information, call 410-313-2787 or email

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Somaphony Launch Party

My friend, Nate Lewis of Somaphony is proud to announce Open (he)Art Surgery. The Somaphony Launch Party!

Please join Somaphony for an unforgettably funky evening as they officially launch into the District!

Somaphony is a clothing & art line based out of Washington, DC that combines elements of music & anatomy into surreal designs. If you are in the D.C. area, go and support art.

Visit the Somaphony website.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Terry Dixon Reenslavement Revisited at Caton Merchant Gallery

My friend, Chicago artist Terry Dixon has an exhibit in Manassas VA:

"Telling that slavery did not end with the Civil War,Terry Dixon presents a body of work depicting African-Americans being forced to work for free from 1865 to 1945. His work is created through abstract digital images with acrylics, oil pastels and inks. Terry Dixon lives in Chicago where he continues his artistic discipline. He is as associate professor of computer arts."

The show runs from September 8th - October 26th. His work is remarkable, so go see it if you are in the area.

Monday, September 05, 2011

The Helium Burden Blog

I have started back at my other blog The Helium Burden with regular posts about my brain cancer diagnosis. I decided to share that blog here with you, my fellow artist and friends. I love dialogue and welcome it, so don't hesitate to share your thoughts and comments.

Here is the CaringBridge site my husband keeps updated.

Recently, I was approached local artist friends offered to put together a benefit to help Craig and I with medical expenses accruing from my recent diagnosis. I am overwhelmed, humbled by and grateful for the generosity of artists and volunteers who have committed to be a part of this act of service and sacrifice. The event will be on November 5th from 4 to 6 p.m. here in my town of Fredericksburg at my church, New City Fellowship. I am speechless, to be honest.
My hope and desire is to get back to the easel once radiation is over early October.
Until then, I have a few paintings left from the "Birds" show at FCCA if you would like one. As always I can work with you on payment.

5"x7" oil on panel

"Black Swan"
5"x7" oil on panel

5"x7" oil on panel

5"x7" oil on panel

"Dark Eyed Junco"
5"x7" oil on panel

"Ruby Throated Hummingbird"
30"x24" oil on panel

5"x7" oil on panel

"Great Tit (UK)"
5"x7" oil on panel

"Bald Eagle"
30"x24" oil on panel

"Cedar Waxwing"
5"x7" oil on panel

5"x7" oil on panel

Friday, August 19, 2011

Medical and Art Update.

This coming week I begin six weeks of radiation and chemotherapy to treat my recent diagnosis of GBM Multiforme brain cancer. You can get the details here if you want to catch up on the last month.

My passion, "New Mythology" paintings will be exhibited along with the work of sculptor Sarah Wegner in a show called "Modern Mythologies' at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City Maryland this coming November.
The opening reception is Friday November 11th from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will exhibit through Friday December 16th.

I so appreciate and love you all. More than you can know.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

A few things.

We have had a quite a journey over the last several weeks. You can read about it here.

The "Birds" show has closed. Here are the paintings that are still available. Shoot me a private message at if you'd like to purchase. As always, payment plans work great for me, too. Thank you to everyone who bought work from the show. Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Opening Reception of "Birds."

Here are photos from the "Birds" opening reception at FCCA this past Friday night. It was a packed house. I sold several paintings, as well. Thanks to all who came out to celebrate the completion of a year long journey with birds. The show hangs through July.

I am taking a few weeks well earned rest and then it is back to the easel to prepare for the "New Mythology" show in November at HCCA.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Artscape and "Birds"

"Artscape with Bill Harris" is now online. You can see the episode here.

The reception for "Birds" is this coming Friday, July 1 at 6 p.m. at FCCA.

Here are photos of installation.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

"Birds" at FCCA.....

Here is a slide show preview of "Birds" opening at Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts: June 26th - July 31st.
And here is the page and a link to the press release for the show.
We hang this Sunday.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bird show and Artscape

The "Birds" show page is up on the FCCA website.

I have been varnishing paintings and staining frame wood. Most of the paintings are framed and ready. We hang on the 26th, so the work will be open to the public from then on. The reception is the following Friday, July 1st at 6 p.m.

I was on "Artscape with Bill Harris" last week. I will have the show online as soon as it is available, so stayed tuned.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Update....Bird show.....

I took a hiatus for several weeks as you may have noticed. I appreciate transparency and I am sure I have mentioned my struggle with depression in the past. My old friend came for a long visit recently, so I spent some time "wandering in the woods" so to speak. I feel I have found the way out finally.

The bird show at FCCA opens on June 26th, so there is much to do between now and then to get ready to hang. I will have three to four large paintings and 18 or do 5" x 7" paintings in the show. The reception will be held Friday July 1st at 6 p.m.

A new painting for New Mythology.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

On the easel....

Framing for the bird show has begun....

"Barn Owl Study"
5"x5", oil on panel
$75 framed, message me if you want it...

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Newton's Arrival

The portrait of Newton finally arrives home......

"Sir Isaac Newton" with Sir Isaac Newton and Kathleen.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

On the easel....

Many thanks today to the almighty Sharpie......

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

On the easel and other things....

Paintings for the bird show are wrapping up. All the fine details are almost complete. I am beginning the framing, labeling and pricing along with a few other goodies. I do plan to have a drawing for one of the paintings. Yes, you have to attend the show to be entered.

"Bald Eagle"
30" x 24" oil on panel

30" x 18" oil on panel

Sir Issac Newton was shipped home to Colorado yesterday. Kathleen says she will get a photo of him posing with his painting, which would be awesome....I am so proud of this painting. Thanks to her husband Dan for providing a great photograph. So often I get the old Polaroid shot indoors....almost impossible to work from....

"Sir Issac Newton"
20" x 16" oil on panel

Not much painting this week. We have dear friends who are being relocated, so Craig and I have committed to been spending with them weekly until they leave. I did do another study, though. If you have Facebook, I have a few up still available and add weekly. Any subject ideas for these?

"White Peacock"
5" x 5" oil on panel
$75 framed

"Overcoming the Seeds of Doubt" has been sold. I am so honored and humbled when someone spends their hard earned money on one of my paintings. You can read the narrative at the link.

"Overcoming the Seeds of Doubt"
18" x 24, oil on canvas

Wednesday, April 06, 2011


Last painting for the bird show...

"Peacock" oil on panel, 36" x 18"

And a few studies....

"Swan" oil on panel, 5" x 5", $75 framed

"Cardinal" oil on panel, 5" x 5", SOLD

"Deer Study" oil on panel, 5" x 5"

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

On the the sketchbook


oil on panel
18" x 36"

oil on panel....

Monday, March 14, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011

Study Painting

Peacock Study
5" x 5"
oil on panel, $80
message me if you want it...

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

On the easel...

Today's study that turned in to a painting.....

"Fourteen's Big Day"
oil on masonite

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

On the easel...

All the work for my FCCA bird show in July is about finished and then I will move on to varnishing, framing and getting all the details done. I am planning on having a drawing for one of the paintings. I just need to plan how I want to do it.

As that body of work wraps up I am beginning to shift focus back to New Mythology for the show in November. I have several paintings waiting to be completed and begun for the series, including the one at the bottom.