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Follow Your Heart...

Atlanta's Art features my personal works of original Art & Poetry which I am currently offering as "Thank you" gifts for donations to charities I support. Visit the links under my "Fundraiser Series" to learn more about these specially selected pieces.

Monday, May 28, 2012


This painting is another for my poetry series.  A friend of mine asked me to paint it for her.  She spreads God's love by praying for those she comes across, even a homeless person she finds on the street.  My friend, however, sees her as an Angel.

Poem is under my "Lifting You Up" Series:

Yoga Series: Shavasana
This painting transforms the surroundings of the yoga student during "Shavasana." She is in a restful state under the compassionate care of her yoga teacher. By listening to the comforting sounds of the ocean, she finds total relaxation by imagining a peaceful sleep at the beach. Her burdens are lifted and she will awake with a change in heart and spirit.

Friday, May 25, 2012

At Peace (Oleander Memorial Gardens)

Inspiration: This painting was created for a friend of mine who finds comfort in "visiting" with her husband "at peace" in his final resting place. I completed it in time for Memorial Day weekend when I dedicated it "to all our loved ones."

Scene: I have many relatives who now reside at Oleander Memorial Gardens; my grandmother is among them. She always wanted a simple white cross, with nothing on it, to mark her place, so I made one for her overlooking the water. Next to my grandmother’s cross is a cross for my friend’s mother (with a purple cloth). She passed away two months after my grandmother. The purple cloth is to symbolize her service to the church. Yellow roses have been placed, in friendship, beside her. The third cross is for my friend’s husband and has wedding rings on it to show their continued bond. I also added a bench for my friend to sit on as she talks to her husband. Honoring him as a Veteran, I have placed an American Flag nearby as well as a red roses that grow wild, in celebration of their anniversary. The swan in the foreground is the angel assigned to watch over those who rest and to guide those who come to visit.

Poem: "I talk to you softly" - This poem demonstrates the power of love as it transcends the physical boundaries placed between two souls. We are always connected to each other, and we are always there to give comfort.

Angels Series - I have included this painting and poem in my Angels Series for Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation.

Thursday, May 10, 2012


This painting is for my "Faith Journey" poem.  The Seahawk is from a Hawk who flies around our neighborhood.  Jenny has named "our" Hawk, Harmony.  I like to think of Harmony as the spirit guide  for the little girl's faith journey she is taking.

"Faith Journey"
Follow your heart, wherever it leads.
The miracle is within you, waiting to be shared.
Your faith revealing God's eternal promise.

Yoga Series:  Mountain Pose
Strong, tall and unwavering, the "Mountain Pose" gives you both strength and harmony. Drawing from your inner strength gives you courage to face the mountains before you. With a calm, clear mind, you begin your journey and follow your heart...wherever it leads.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Jenny's Room

This is a painting of Jenny in her room holding her baby doll, Elizabeth.  I painted it in time for a Mother's Day present to myself. In honor of Christina & Lana, Wolfie & Rameses have taken over Jenny's bed (just like her sisters try to do when they are home).   I added clouds for fun (Reynold won't let me really paint her walls).  I also added colorful flowers on a rug at her feet.  The rest of the room is pretty much like Jenny has it (when it's clean, that is).

This is part of my Spirit of the Butterfly Series and the poem, "One Day," details the emotions of a mother who knows the moments are precious as she savors each beautiful stage of her child's life.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Key West

Sunset cruise on a schooner in Key West.  This painting was done for friends of mine who sent me pictures and gave me post cards from their trip to Key West. 
I finally decided to use this painting with my poem "The Horizon."  This is the third painting to go with that poem.  I love the dramatic colors in this painting and the empty chairs on the beach.