How endings become beginnings

At the end of each year I like to look back and reflect on everything that has happened. I usually write a year end wrap up blog post sharing and reflecting on all of my experiences and accomplishments of the past year. This year it just didn’t feel right, the post felt forced and trite. My year was amazing; I traveled, experienced and accomplished many wonderful things. My year was awful; I lost my Father after a long battle with many health issues - just a year after I lost my Mother. It can be perplexing to be happy and sad at the same time.

I am looking forward to a new year filled with lots of adventures and new experiences.

I wish you a Happy New Year filled with health, happiness, and creativity. I thought I would share a passage of the Tao Te Ching that really speaks to me. Its a section of verse 16. (Note, there are 100's of translations of the Tao Te Ching, this one is by Dr. Wayne Dyer)

Become totally empty. Let your heart be at peace. Amidst the rush of worldly comings and goings, observe how endings become beginnings. Things flourish, each by each, only to return to the source… To what is and what is to be.

Every year I commission a different artist to paint a family portrait for us. This year Kim Christman Smith painted this beautiful piece with a 1920's theme. I love how she even added Sabine's favorite teddy bear that she rarely parts with.

Happy New Year

Leigh Weimers Award

I Am absolutely thrilled to share that I have been selected for the 2015 Leigh Weimers Emerging Artist Award for visual arts. Receiving this award is such an honor and an affirmation of my contributions to the visual arts community. The support reinforces my artistic direction and will have a positive impact on my future projects. Leigh Weimers, the beloved writer whose column ran in the San Jose Mercury News for more than 40 years, was a life-long champion and eloquent supporter of the arts in Silicon Valley.  He and his wife Geri were ubiquitous at the theatre, ballet, symphony, art gallery openings, fundraisers and literary events. In his memory and honor, the Rotary Club of San Jose has established the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards.

These awards, first given in July, 2013, are presented to outstanding artists who have yet to be widely recognized for their talent, vision and artistic accomplishments.

Unfortunately I was not able to attend the awards luncheon on Wed 23rd due to a family emergency. Soon they will post a video of the ceremony that I will share.

Here is a little write up in the Mercury News

leigh weimers award

Thank You

I want to thank everyone who came out to the opening reception of Diary of a Naturalist. It was such a great evening. I met and talked with so many wonderful people. Its always great to be able to talk to strangers about your art and give them a little insight and background into your process. I have really enjoyed my residency at TechShop, it has opened up a whole new world for me and I cant wait to experiment and try other areas of the shop.

If you didn't get a chance to come out to the opening the exhibit will be up until Sept. 26th.

Here are some images from the exhibit and opening.

In the final stretch

There is only 2 weeks until the opening of my exhibit at TechShop. I am in the final stretch of prepping everything. This is the time where all of the behind the scenes stuff happens - titling, labeling, pricing, figuring out the hanging configuration, etc. You can learn more about the exhibit here. I am very excited about the show. I have learned so much and had a lot of fun during my TechShop residency.  There is so much more I want to learn and try out too. For those of you who don’t know about the TechShop it is an amazing place. Their tag line is “Build your Dreams Here” and boy can you. Imagine a place with every tool you can ever want; laser cutters, 3D printers, full wood and metal shops, sewing, embroider and quilting machines, vacuum formers, water jets, a variety of software and so so much more. They teach classes on how to use all of the equipment and are open 24 hours. So needless to say it’s pretty fantastic and I have had access to everything during my residency.