Teaching at Art Fusion 2023

Teaching is something I never envisioned myself doing when I was younger, but I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my ideas and step by step recipes of finishes with other artists in the last couple of years! One of my latest teaching adventures was at the Art Fusion...

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My “Why” Behind Create Outside the Box

Just a few days before he passed, my dad told me he hoped I was coming into a time where I’d be able to do the things I wanted to do, not just the things I HAD to do. That has resonated in my mind daily the two and a half years since then. Create Outside the Box is...

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Finding Your Magic

I’ve had those words written on a scrap of paper on my work table for at least five years, and they are still what keeps me pushing forward today. I love seeing students light up with excitement when they complete a sample or learn a new technique or trick! Hearing...

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Frustrated with stuck paint lids?

Here’s a quick tip to help prevent the frustration of paint lids that stick and are hard to open. When I was recently teaching at a workshop someone noticed my little trick and commented on it, saying that alone was worth the cost of their class. My day was made and...

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Reflections from the IDAL Convention 2022

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery”- Mark Van Doren Last week was my first time to experience the IDAL convention (International Decorative Artisans League), and it was a fantastic, welcoming atmosphere. To be surrounded by people with similar...

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Crazy Big Dreams

Do crazy big dreams scare or excite you? Do you allow yourself to dream crazy big dreams? It can be a scary thing to do. We tend to prefer knowing the how, when and why about most things in life before we move forward. But sometimes being a creative person, your mind...

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