Tornado of Thought

A swirling mass capable of picking up anything with no single purpose, yet moving in one general direction.

What I’ve Love About My Favourite Beauty Bloggers

I have a weakness for makeup. I love it. But sometimes I’m in need of ideas, or reviews. This is where beauty bloggers come in. It’s nice to hear someone else’s … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Book Review: Tiny Beautiful Things, Wild & Cheryl Strayed

So that’s quite a title for a blog post but I can’t just talk about just one of these things because for me they are all intertwined. My first introduction … Continue reading

March 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Inhabited Dwelling

note- there is a nude painting at the end of this post. I have a very strong interest in architecture as allegory and I’ve gone on a lot about this … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · Leave a comment



December 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

2014 Ephemera Exchange

While stalking the The Book Arts League online, I saw that they are doing a print exchange for anyone to participate in and thought to myself, I wanna play! There … Continue reading

December 1, 2014 · Leave a comment



October 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Doing Doodles

I recently found this beautiful blue paper in a big stack of stuff I have ignored for some time. It’s been like a little reward for cleaning out my stuff … Continue reading

October 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Arts and Crafts*

*Um, actually just crafts.   So, I’ve been trying to teach myself cross stitch. I’ve started by doing tiny stitched reproductions of famous artworks. Obviously, Sol LeWitt had to be … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Archer’s Paradox

The term Archer’s Paradox, coined by Robert P. Elmer in the 1930’s, refers to the question as to why an arrow will succeed in hitting a target even though the … Continue reading

August 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Place of Great and Varied Beauty

                                        Just more photos by yours truly.

June 11, 2014 · 1 Comment


Words are a fascinating concept. And I love them.  I love them individually  Diaphanous and when they are paired well. We outgrow love like other things   And put it in … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · 4 Comments


                                            All the photos are mine.

May 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Answered Prayers

On occasion ideas will continually present themselves until I have no choice but to notice. Or perhaps this continually happens and only sometimes will life knock me over the head … Continue reading

April 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Print Nerds Gather and Celebrate!

So, Zea Mays Printmaking was selected to present two demonstrations at the Southern Graphics Council International printmaking conference, “Building Bridges,” in San Francisco in March 2014. Liz Chalfin, director, and … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · 4 Comments

Recent Projects

My education in Illustrator has officially commenced and this is the result of the first stage. I hand drew and imported my drawings into Illustrator then manipulated them. I am … Continue reading

March 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

& = !

I’m a bit of a Luddite. I’ll admit it. I struggle with technology even though I recognize its benefits. I like things to be handmade even though I can’t afford … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Kitsch Christmas

This holiday season I had the opportunity to make a few kitschy prints to adorn the walls of a fab cheesecake cafe in Glasgow. I had so much fun making … Continue reading

January 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

Bring Greener Printmaking to San Francisco!

Hello Friends! For those of you who follow this blog, you’ll know that I have been taken with learning and discovering safer printmaking methods for some time. About six months … Continue reading

January 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

Two Thousand Thirteen


December 31, 2013 · 2 Comments

An artist brain with a chemist soul

Growing up both of my parents were electricians and yet, I managed to fully grasp absolutely nothing about electricity.  I bumbled my way through the basic electricity unit in my … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · 4 Comments



November 11, 2013 · 3 Comments

‘I never saw so much expression in an inanimate thing before, and we all know how much expression they have! ‘

Starting in the 19th century, wallpaper gained a bit of a reputation. I suppose it makes sense seeing as it was almost always designed to look like something else; a … Continue reading

October 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

So very In2Books

I have been involved in a fantastic program called In2Books for some time now and have just gotten paired with my student for this year, so I thought I would … Continue reading

October 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Art of Being a Woman

As a young person I had a difficult time mitigating my desire for strength with my desire for femininity. I thought that one undermined the other. As the years progressed … Continue reading

October 2, 2013 · Leave a comment


For the last few months I have had the pleasure of interning at Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, Massachusetts. Part of the internship includes the opportunity to do original research … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Art History’s Guide to Fashion: John Singer Sargent

I recently went to The Clark Museum in Williamstown, Mass where I was reminded how much I adore John Singer Sargent. His huge quantity of striking portraits are what he … Continue reading

August 15, 2013 · Leave a comment


I recently put up a little show at Zea Mays Printmaking exploring ornamentation in architecture (see it here) and decided to do a wall drawing of the most ornate of … Continue reading

August 1, 2013 · 1 Comment


My first known introduction to satirical writing was in high school with Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal (1729) . I remember being fairly stunned at the first reading and smitten … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

My Favorite Recipe

1) First begin with a generous serving of undiluted magic 2) Slowly fold in melancholy 3) Combine with whimsy 4) Add a sprinkling of glamour, to taste.     For … Continue reading

July 2, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Doors

Right. So I’m just come right out with it and admit I have an odd love for doors. They are so much better than windows, floors or walls. Here’s why: … Continue reading

June 16, 2013 · Leave a comment


June 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Science of Safe

An article in Pioneer Magazine about my current printmaking home Zea Mays Printmaking. It features some of the work me and my fellow intern Liz Bannish are experimenting with! Check … Continue reading

May 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

Art History’s Guide to Fashion: Norman Rockwell

I recently went to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The town was the epitome of Northeast Americana. It actually shocked me how unconsciously picturesque and ideally New England … Continue reading

May 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

A Small Note on Romance

I recently came across possibly the most romantic of all music notes – the sesquiflat. It reminded of how love can be found in some unlikely places. In something as … Continue reading

April 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Art of Laundry

Tonight I did my laundry.  When I say I “did my laundry” what I mean is I jammed every item that would fit into a clothes washer set it to … Continue reading

April 18, 2013 · 3 Comments


March 23, 2013 · 2 Comments

Tension Force

“Ordinary things done consistently produce extraordinary results.” This statement credited to Keith Cunningham struck me as particularly intriguing. Partially because examples can be found everywhere. Recently I spent time on … Continue reading

March 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Importance of Architecture

I was perusing one of my favorite letters from one of my favorite writers of all time, John Keats. Keats was a pretty incredible guy so his letters are jam-packed … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · 4 Comments

Spinning a Colorful Yarn

December 31, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Occurrence

There is an occurrence that I always find magical. It’s a fairly ordinary thing that happens often if you find yourself in the right location. Luckily, the right location is … Continue reading

December 9, 2012 · 2 Comments

In Defense of Ornamentation

I recently had the great pleasure of visiting the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. It was unlike anything I had ever seen in person. The amount of decoration and ornate pattern … Continue reading

November 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Glasgow-Helsinki International Collaboration

International exhibition exchange between The Glasgow School of Art MLitt Fine Art Practice Graduates and Aalto University School of Art and Design MA Fine Art Students   Exhibition exchange between … Continue reading

November 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

London Exhibition

Presented as the second stop for our travelling exhibition (Glasgow-London-Helsinki) the GSA MLitt graduates made Bermondsey Project Space our temporary playground.   Thanks to everyone who came by. Also, a … Continue reading

October 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Beautiful Ordinary

I have had the great fortune to be exposed a small amount to letterpress printing. I had the opportunity to use a bit in my work recently, as well as … Continue reading

October 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

Every Little Bit Counts

I am slowly making my way through Verlyn Kinkenborg’s Several Short Sentences About Writing. It is a wonderful unraveling of the art of writing. It is both an astute observation … Continue reading

October 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

Mullets never looked so good.

Take a look at the some images from our shows in Glasgow on the Masters of Letters website. While the new class of Mullets (but really it’s M.Litt) are starting … Continue reading

September 29, 2012 · 1 Comment


    She is beautiful. I mean this in the most truthful sense of the word. True beauty requires an element of oddity. Exoticism. Singularity.   Alone, one might mistake … Continue reading

September 24, 2012 · 2 Comments

Recent Work


September 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Art History’s Guide to Hair: Long Hair

September 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Art History’s Guide to Hair: The Updo

Portrait of Lunia Czeckovska by Amedeo Modigliani Portrait of Gertrude Stein by Pablo Picasso Madame X by John Singer Sargent  

September 6, 2012 · 1 Comment

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