Saturday, May 17, 2014

In Praise of Swimming

6 x 6" collage on wood
I grew up swimming. I was on swim teams from age 8 to 18. I had a pond in my backyard and spent much of my summer diving into its cool and murky depths. One of my first jobs was teaching swimming. Then I was a lifeguard for many years. When I spent too much time away from the water, I swam laps in my dreams. When I felt lost and depressed as a young adult, the pool is where I found myself.

I've been swimming three days a week, like clockwork, for a decade. I swam through breast cancer. During chemotherapy, it was the one thing that suppressed the nausea. I had to take a break for my mastectomy, but as soon as I was healed enough, I was back at it. It was the best thing for me, so they told me—the lymph nodes removed from under my arm put me at risk of lymphedema, or chronic swelling in my arm.

I was terrified of lymphedema. It got to the point where I was actually afraid to stop swimming. I ignored the pain in my shoulders. Of course the pain got worse and finally I had to fold. It's been almost two months now since I stopped swimming. My arm hasn't swollen. Even when I crashed my bicycle and scraped up my elbow last week, I've been okay.

Speaking of biking, without swimming I've had more time to ride. I've been sleeping more. My creative life is expanding. I no longer fear vacation (it's true, I feared not swimming).

But I do love swimming, and I do miss the meditation of it.

So here's a little piece of art in tribute to the sport. Thank you, swimming, for all the good you've brought into my life. All the amazing people. All the hours of lazy-brain daydreaming, losing count of the laps. All the moments I've floated in the middle of a lake on a summer morning thinking about how lucky I am.

Hopefully I'll be back with you soon.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Joy of Framing

An art show in the making.

I helped hang my show at Silver Circle Gallery today. I'm tired but feeling good. Another artist wandered in as we were working out the arrangement, offering appreciative and thoughtful feedback. He kept referring to my work as "delicious." That's a new one for me, and a nice one.

But especially, I like seeing the work transformed. A piece in progress amidst the clutter of my studio comes alive when given a frame, and breathing room on a wall. Suddenly it has a voice, and, if it's good, something to say, and I am reminded that I'm making something that has meaning.

I'm also reminded that sharing my work with the world is the best way to get inspired to make more.

More images, and inside scoopery, on my other blog.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Show Coming Up

Silver Circle Gallery is at 75 Main Street Suite 3, Putnam, CT.
The Artist's Reception is Friday, September 7th, 6-8 pm. A bunch of new work in this show that I haven't shown anywhere yet. And then two days later I'm doing a half-ironman triathlon. I'm really enjoying the build-up to both. And I'm excited to answer the question on my mind: Then what? I will try not to jump ahead to an answer.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Spring Wind

Just got back from hanging the new show. Here's another sneak peak. I picked this one because it reminds me of today's weather. It's a perfect spring day, sun and clouds, warm but cool at the same time, a bright afternoon that promises winter is gone, summer is coming right up. Hallelujah.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


These latests are 6" x 6" on wood-mounted panels. They'll be at the Willimantic Food Coop for the month of April, along with other works strictly made from salvaged materials.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Two New Releases

Two more note cards (blank-inside greeting cards). One is a reformatted familiar (part of a postcard collection here), one is brand new and based on a collage, a departure from my usual paintings. Available at my studio site for 2.95 each (or 12 for 16.95). Check out all the card designs, and order yours here.

Hope you like...

7 x 5" blank inside greeting card, comes with "brown bag" Kraft paper envelope.

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I will meet you there. *Rumi

5 x 7" blank inside greeting card, comes with "brown bag" Kraft paper envelope.

In the end, only three things matter... how much we loved, how gently we lived, and how gracefully we let go of the things not meant for us. *Buddha

Thursday, February 23, 2012

You Gotta Start Somewhere

I'm thinking that this card, the last release in my latest set, would be perfect to congratulate a loved one on any life transition, because it's all about embracing a challenge and life is full of those: Becoming a parent, going off to college, embarking on any new adventure, a new marriage (or new divorce), taking on a new job (or leaving an old one), or even simply resolving to replace an unhealthy habit with a new, healthy one. It's so nice to remember that wherever you are is exactly right. You gotta start somewhere.

5 x 7" blank inside greeting card, comes with "brown bag" Kraft paper envelope.
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