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A Creative Path with No Regrets

I started off as an art major, but somewhere between a college keg party and a southern California beach I veered off my creative path. I clearly remember my art teacher freshman year, a quirky man who rambled about his days as an undergrad at Yale. One day he complimented my painting during class and brought the print making instructor from across the hall to see my work. She insisted I sign up for her class spring semester and I enthusiastically agreed. For reasons I can’t recall, international business or perhaps a life in foreign diplomacy became my goal. I decided to study Mandarin to tap into China’s opening economy. Wading through Chinese classes, model U.N. and a few poli sci courses, I arrived at my final semester short a few units to graduate. So, reluctantly, I signed up for a watercolor painting class.

Surprisingly it was great to be back in the studio. I felt at home but my joy was laced with remorse for abandoning my creative soul. The same instructor who had encouraged me freshman year taught the class and I was relieved he didn’t recognize me.  I looked forward to the class every week, showed up early and stayed late. On the final critique day the teacher pulled me aside just as he had four years earlier. In a hushed voice he said, “Don’t you wish you had stuck with it?” My heart sank. I was flattered yet crushed by regret. It was a comment I never forgot.

It took a couple of decades, many jobs, lessons and challenges to find the creative bliss I now enjoy. It is hard to believe my passion was there – right in front of me – all along. True to form, I bravely took life’s scenic route, the treacherous road rarely traveled, stopping not only to smell the roses, but pulling over for every crazy roadside attraction along the way. I wouldn’t change a thing.


To Oakland with Love

I think I'm in love...with Oakland of all places! Seriously, the city has a bad reputation and during my visit downtown for the weekly Art Stroll on Saturday I saw the usual array of smashed car windows and homeless people. But there is so much more. There is a creative vibrancy there that really drew me in...especially the thriving Uptown neighborhood where you'll find quirky bars, an accordion store and a designer collective (with wine bar!), that made me crazy.

The stroll happens every Saturday from 1 - 5pm. Go check it out. You'll find me at the ping pong table at the pop-up beer garden!



Create More Wall Space

walls4 The challenge in my studio was wall space...I needed more of it without destroying the openness of the room. I knew I wanted mobile walls and called in some friends and family to help. After a few minutes of brainstorming we headed to the lumber store.

Initially,  we were planning to create an L shaped wall, but I decided it would have been too cumbersome. In the store we decided smaller individual walls would be more versatile. Using lightweight hollow doors, some brackets and casters we created three amazing rolling walls that double my wall space and can be reconfigured in the room or easily stored if i need more space.

Simple, clean & affordable design. I love it!