Monday, February 27, 2012


This painting was done for a friend of mine who shares her strong faith with all those she touches. She sees God's love in all the natural world around her...the stars, the clouds, the flowers and plants, the butterflies and birds, the sand on the beach, the powerful ocean or a summer storm. She lifts us up with her prayers and kindness.

Poem is "My Shooting Star" and is part of my "Lifting You Up" series:

Inspiration:  Poem was inspired by my friend's story of how she prayed for God's help.  He did not answer her in the way she thought He would, but His way was even better than she could have imagined.

Yoga Series: Namaste
Our practice teaches us to free ourselves from competition and to let go of things that hold us back. This allows us to open our hearts and connect with one another on another level. "Namaste" embodies the spirit of yoga to surrender oneself and let the world flow around you with trust and truth.

Monday, February 20, 2012


When Jenny was little, we would sometimes make sketches of our church (St. Mark's) during the mass.  In this painting, I made the walls blue like the sky and the floor green like the grass showing that God and nature are one.  The images in the stain glass windows illustrate how faith is part of your life as you grow.  I would use the scenes and other images to explain to Jenny the significance of those items in our faith.

Poem:  "Have Faith" is part of my Faith Journey Series:  I wrote this poem for a friend of mine to open at a retreat during their personal time of reflection.

Restless Wonderings

This painting represents a state of thought between dreaming and being awake.  Your mind wonders and random thoughts come and go. 

Scene:  There is a dream catcher hanging from the tree in the center of the painting to capture the good dreams and filter out the bad.  The sun in the mirror is God's relection into our dreams.  Waters of life flow upwards toward him and vines grow new life from him.  Two fish float freely as symbols of God's promise to provide.  The lifeless moon grows spruce trees (like Christmas trees) as a symbol of healing through thought and new realizations.  The swan represents pure spirit, peace and tranquility.  The window pane on the ground hosts snowflakes, celebrating the individuality of the human spirit (even through "pain").  The sandollar holds within it the miracle of Christ.  The starfish is Divine love.  The rainbow is set as a path to follow.  Crystal rocks reflect the light of the Spirit.  Balls of light float in the water of life as the inner Spirit is set free to go in its own direction.  The tree of life sprouts clouds from the heavens as it it nourished by His living waters.  The eye is straining to see because faith is not about seeing.  Saturn's rings are the circle of life and the transition of the ages.  The pyramid is the trinity intertwined with life.  The Earth rests before it.  God's kindom is life growing green across the sky.  A rectangular box floats like a mystery to be solved, your inner spirit trapped within waiting to be revealed.

What does it all mean?
You feel Him, yet you wonder.
Life’s mysteries abound.

Original poem for this painting is "Restless Wonderings" and is part of my Phoenix Rising Dream Series: