WELCOME! I am an artist. I love to work in graphite, ink and watercolor, and I always carry a camera!
since beginning this website in 2016...
I have taken several online courses that have to do with botanical illustration, including the Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh Online Certificate Course. I graduated in March 2018 with distinctions, completing the course with this final piece of the Cyclamen persicum... Currently, I have an interest in modern floral illustrations with pen and ink. I love the black and white pieces and am in the process of creating a product line of my own. I also love to do in urban sketching - just for the fun of it!
Botanicals will always be a part of my art journey. I realized this when I took a short online course that asked about my favorite place as a child - I answered easily... It was my Great Grandma Smith's backyard garden in Yakima, Washington. I remember her fragrant roses and beautiful Four O'Clocks as if it were yesterday! The next step in the course was to look at the last 50 photos I had taken on my cell phone and with the exception of my own family, the photos were predominately flowers that I just had to stop and photograph.
Today, you can find me early in the morning in my own garden amongst the roses and visiting with my bunny in the bunny garden I have made just for her. I have to admit, I am a bit of a flower and bunny fanatic!!
In my own studio garden, I have 50+ year old Hydrangeas, Rhododendrons & Azaleas (more like trees than a bush) that are common in the Puget Sound. These beautiful flowering plants along with my Chinese Magnolia, assortment of Maples, Cherry Blossoms, and even a Strawberry tree, are just a few I hope to include in a piece of art one day.
Graphite is definitely my first choice in art, but it's not the only medium I love to work in...
I have recently discovered the magic of Calligraphy with dip pen and ink and there's nothing like watercolor & brush
to make botanicals come to life!
Our family has been traveling to the Pacific Ocean for years, since our four kids were little. They have grown up walking the same beach to the same famous Haystack Rock, and having dinner at the same wonderful pizza place, Fultano's of course...
So it may not surprise you that my lifelong dream would be to have an abode on the Pacific Ocean at Cannon Beach, just me and my Hon- after the kids have grown, surrounded by all the glory of God's amazingness - A place where my artistic soul can be at peace... I don't know if it will ever happen, but until then, I am always up for a 2 hour and 45 minute drive just to shoot lots of Botanical Photography and put my toes in the warm, soft sand & cold, salty ocean!
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One More Thing About Me...
I have a favorite book that I have been reading through for years. The book is called "Life On The Highest Plane" by Ruth Paxson. With the exception of God's Holy Word, I have never found another book that challenges me in my walk with Jesus as this one does.
If you are interested in reading along with me, you may find that it will answer some pressing questions you have regarding Christianity. Maybe there are some things you have found hard to understand in God's Word, and this may be just the book to bring clarity for you. Or maybe you would just like to read a really well written and deeply thought out book that will challenge what you think you believe... and call you to walk even closer with God through faith in Jesus Christ.
Below I will share my thoughts with you on each chapter of this wonderful book. I hope you will find it all a blessing.
If you would like to have the version of this book that I have you can find it HERE.
Life On The Highest Plane - Chapter ONE Thoughts:
I love how this book starts out with the idea that “The Bible is God’s studio in which will be found the picture of each of His created beings.”, and then asks the question, “Do you wish to see your photograph?”
The thought of truly knowing what the God of the universe sees and thinks of when He looks at little, tiny me is intriguing, but somehow extremely scary as well. He knows everything! There is nothing hidden… Like the woman at the well when she carries on what she believes to be an everyday normal conversation with another human being (with the exception that He is a Jew and she is a Samaritan), she learns quickly that He knows all things about her – nothing is hidden. Wow! She must have been overwhelmed and relieved all at the same time to hear her deepest secrets spoken out loud by another!
Then all of mankind is divided into three classifications, and of course this sparks my curiosity as well. How many times in the past nineteen years I have pondered the question, “What exactly is a carnal Christian?” and, “Is that even possible?”, “Is that true salvation?”, and so on. Yet, Paul clearly points out that we as Christians can live in this manner. Sigh… Still there is the flip side, the higher plane – that’s where I so desperately want to live, just tell me how to get there and I’ll do it… Oh, there’s only one Way, you say?… (Please excuse my ramblings, I somehow amuse myself in this manner)
My most favorite part of Chapter 1 is the breakdown by Scripture of what the “Natural Man” is truly like. This part of “Life On The Highest Plane” has helped me not only see the true depravity of my personal state of the first thirty years of my life – before God drew me to His Son, Jesus Christ – but has also helped me when I am having a conversation with one of my heathen family members. Their lack of reverence or fear of God is now understood more clearly, and my frustration can be set aside while compassion quickly takes its place. My note in the margin from the first time I read this book says, “Remembering what I was like before Jesus and studying the “Natural Man”, helps me understand the attitude of those in my life who do not love God. It causes me to pray more sincerely for them.” Also, I do believe that it is so important to remember what God has saved me from and how much I LOVED Him when He did so. I must never forget my first LOVE for Christ and keep calling myself back to it, nor should I ever forget who I was, and what black, black darkness He has brought me out of. It seems easy to slip into a subtle belief that I have always lived in His Glorious Light – but not so!
In regards to my thoughts on the “Spiritual Man” and the “Carnal Man” – this being my third time of reading through this book, my notes in the margins are interesting to read.
On page 19, second and third paragraph, I wrote, “This explains to me why some Christians still participate in certain practices while others no longer do so.” – As a fairly new Christian, I always thought it strange to walk out the front doors of our church and find people smoking near the “church-provided” ashtrays…
As I read about the “Carnal Man” again, my thoughts were: “This is the moment in this book where I have to remember the best is yet to come. Like the sinner needs to see himself as a sinner before he realizes he needs a Savior, so the “Carnal Man” has to see his “baby” state before he can begin to mature in Christ.
So, now I can see how viewing myself as God sees me is not so scary. After all, it can only result in my steady maturing – but still there is some reservation of seeing the “real” me, that “deep down in my soul” me. It’s like the first time I stared intently into my own eyes in the mirror. There was something in me that didn’t want to look, I wanted to run away – it was very strange! Now, I smile every time I catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror or in a window. My kids laugh at me. It’s Jesus in me that makes me do it!
On December 16, 2010, I wrote in the margin of the “Carnal Man”, “O Lord, I see myself as still carnal, yet know Your work is not finished. I want so desperately to know the deep things of You – to willingly yield myself unreservedly to the Lord Jesus Christ – to believe the appropriating of Christ in my life with all His graces and gifts! I believe Lord, I believe – please let it be so! – I truly want Jesus to be Lord of my whole life – holding nothing back!
On February 6, 2011, I wrote, “God has already greatly answered this prayer! As I read this again, I feel every bit of it more true of me than ever before! Hallelujah, I have believed! I am surrendering to Jesus more and more – I am living by the Spirit and not by my flesh more and more! Hallelujah! Thank You Father for doing this in me! Please don’t stop until Christ returns.
Today, April 23, 2014, as I read this for a third time, my thoughts are reflecting on how God has drawn me from the “Natural Man” to His Glorious Son, Jesus Christ, and then steadily moved me from “Carnality” as a Christian to “Spirituality” – walking by the Spirit and not in my flesh. The fact that Jesus has died to forgive me of my sins and also give me power over sin is very real to me! I depend daily on this power over sin! Yes, there are still periodic moments that I grieve the Holy Spirit and myself by choosing to obey my fleshly desires – but O how I truly hate these moments and quickly repent of them! I am delighted to say these are no longer the norm. My minute by minute desire is to walk with my Lord at the guidance of His Faithful Holy Spirit – I want so desperately to please my God alone.
On July 29, 2018, I just wrote in the margin after reading this chapter again: I humbly admit I have found myself to have fallen back into the Carnal category! Oh how I repent of this blindsidedness I have been wallowing in for far too long! I long to be back to the place where my First Love, Jesus Christ, is number One in my life again!! I repent of having been lured away by the things of this world and being caught in the web of social media and trying to keep up with the daily postings of the artists. It has quickly taken the place of the One I love and miss now so desperately! Thank You Lord for your grace and mercy upon me. My eyes are fixed once again on You and You alone! Amen!
Please don’t stop the work You have begun in me Father – I am prone to wonder so far from You, to walk by the leading of my flesh and not of Your Holy Spirit, to lean on my own understanding… – Keep me at Your side, don’t let me go! Keep me in Your strong grip Jesus, I so desperately need You! You are my Everything!
What a wonderful book. I highly recommend it to be read by all who desire a closer walk with their Lord and Savior.