we build with what we can: the process

we build with what we can

I have some work coming out soon in a chapbook and I was asked by the editor to show some of my work in process in video footage. I no longer had almost any images from the stages of the work I had submitted to them. But I had a few images from the process of a more recent work: we build with what we can. I thought I could do a little slide show video for here to show some of the stages. This is the piece that will be exhibited in Italy this year (hopefully—with all the uncertainty the virus has brought us).

We build with what we can was done entirely on my iPad with the exception of the original photo I took with my iPhone quite a while ago (I keep nearly all my photos as possibilities to use in mobile art). The apps I used for this are: Snapseed, DistressedFx, Stackables (a wonderful textures app that you can unfortunately no longer get in the App Store—at least not in the States), MetaBrush, iColorama, Glaze, Reflect, and Image Blender.

we build with what we can: the process

Winner of “All Colors of the World” Challenge

So excited to have my piece “we build with what we can” named this month among the twenty winners of the international mobile art challenge “All Colors of the World.” Our work will be part of the “All Colors of the World” exhibition in Cagliari, Italy at the MEM Mediateca del Mediterraneo. Because of Covid-19, the exhibition no longer has a definite date, but the organizers are still expecting to host it this year. It is truly an honor to be part of this exhibition filled with some of the best mobile art from around the world! Special thanks to judges Giulia Baita, Clint Cline, Eliza Badoiu, Manuela Matos Monteiro, and Gianluca Ricoveri.

we build with what we can

Looking back at 2019

The past couple of years I’d not been able to focus on art as much because I started a new business (a Pilates studio). However, 2019 was highlighted by two things that meant a lot to me art-wise. The first was getting published in (and on the cover of!) ONLY magazine and the second was being published in Escape into Life.

The May issue of ONLY magazine featured my work inside as well as on the cover. I was so delighted and honored. ONLY is an amazing and inspiring magazine of mobile art featuring the best mobile artistry the world over.

In July I was featured in the “New Artist Watch” column of one of my favorite online literary and arts magazine, Escape into Life. It had been a dream come true to be featured with them. I’d admired the international works they’d presented for years. To see the whole feature, click here.

My Pilates studio will be expanding in 2020, but I hope I will have more time than last year to create with and be inspired by other artists. And maybe just maybe I’ll have a few features, too…

My Art Featured in Horizons Magazine


I am so honored to have my art featured recently in Horizons magazine. I’m a little late posting–I’ve been super busy during the first part of the year–but I plan to be a lot more diligent in the coming months. I hope everyone is having a beautiful summer!

Instead of the Scheduled Run…Play with Fog and Sun

I laced up my shoes this morning to do a short run and found everything covered once again (like it is so often in October/November) in a beautiful, gauzy mist, slightly heavier than usual. So I ended up taking a leisurely photographic walk up the road as the sun came up–and finished with a super quick run once the fog began to burn off.

Here are a few I took with the black and white app MPro and, unusually, shot into the sun coming through the fog. These are “straight out of the box” so to speak–with no editing (no filters–other than shooting in the black and white of MPro–and no adjustments). I love the drama of morning sun in fog and also the softness of MPro’s black and white, especially when combined with fog.





Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, everyone! I created a few pieces (initially posted on Instagram) with this All Hallows’ Eve in mind. As I created the second one, “Run Away! Run Away!,” it brought me back to a repetitive nightmare I used to have as a child. In that dream, I was chased through the woods by something or someone I couldn’t see, but feel. They kept chasing until the dream abruptly ended as I crossed the boundary between the woods and our front yard. I’d not thought about that dream in some time.

May your Halloween is spooky and fun!


First Haunting

Run Away! Run Away!

Run Away! Run Away!

The Clearing

The Clearing


Not Quite Morning

I walked into the kitchen this morning and saw the yard was covered in fog. The sun streamed itself through tree limbs and mist. I immediately rushed outside and stayed out so long it almost make me late for work. This image is from one of the photos I took.

I called this piece “Not Quite Morning.” I think it’s a great title for the feel and look of this image, but I also think that it resonates with how I feel in my own life right now. After constant illness for over two years (rarely well for more than 2-3 weeks at a time), I finally found out at the end of the summer that I have an immune deficiency called selective IGg deficiency. It means I don’t produce enough IgG antibodies and therefore can’t fight off illness as well as I should. It was a relief to find out why I was always ill, but now I’m in the midst of trying to figure out how to treat it. Supposedly I will struggle with it for the rest of my life. The first course of treatment is to take prophylactic antibiotics, which I started. But between that and two other rounds of antibiotics for a nasty sinus infection, I developed something called c. diff (c. difficile) which is a nasty bacterial infection in the colon caused by antibiotics killing off all the good bacteria and leaving these c. diff troublemakers to wreak havoc. I’m just getting over that and I’m finally beginning to feel well. But there are many unknowns still about how I will move forward and create a life under newly-learned constraints. It’s not quite morning yet–I’m still finding my way through the last dregs of the night. But I can see the light.


This photo was taken in black and white with the MPro app with an iPhone 6 Plus and then edited with with an IPad Pro using Snapseed, Stackables app, Distressed FX, and PhotoToaster. The little boy is from a photo taken in September. I used Image Blender for the layers and Pixelmator to do a tiny bit of shadow painting.

ghosts and shadows series xviii-xx

These are the newest works in the “ghosts and shadows” series.

ghosts and shadows xviii-carried by time

ghosts and shadows xviii-carried by time

ghosts and shadows xix-sleepwalking through time

ghosts and shadows xix-sleepwalking through time

ghosts and shadows xx-time and the bucket

ghosts and shadows xx-time and the bucket

Photos and Edits from North Myrtle Beach June 2016

Every year my family gets together for a vacation in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I’ve been going there–missing a year here and there–since I was thirteen years old. Now all of us kids are grown and we bring our own kids. It’s always a laid back time. We soak up the sun and sound of the surf, swim in the saltwater waves, and catch up on our sleep with afternoon naps safe from the sun in our cavelike blackout-curtained rooms (well, I nap at least 😉 ). These are some photos and edits I made last week.