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Small Steps and Big Leaps; the working artist's life

For me, Inspiration is a moment or message that gives you a glimpse of yourself and your world at its highest potential. It's a surge of energy that makes you want to take immediate action towards something bigger than your daily tasks. But it's the little steps that make the ultimate change in your life. What Inspires you? Music? Literature? Beautiful rooms? Our great earth? Photography? Who Inspires you? A family member? Leader? Artist? Friend? Poet? Seek out inspiration, gather it around you, move towards it, do one small thing about it- and then another... At the very  beginning of my painting career, I saw a beautiful photo in a book that inspired me to paint this wall. It's what...

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Color in the City St Helena

"Napa" has become synonymous with  'wine country' here in Northern California. Actually, wine country stretches way beyond the city and county of Napa over an expanse of counties, towns, and regions with more than 400 wineries tucked into a most stunning (and colorful) terrain. And there's so much more to this country than wine. There's a lifestyle here, for sure, that's different from any other place I've been. A few years ago I hired this tremendous trio of artists (Tricia George, Sierra Helvey, and Mina Reimer) and spent a month in Yountville painting this home that sat on a little knoll above mustard and lavender fields (the top picture was the view from the guest house) with a grove of...

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