Strong Bonds & Art


The Autumn chill and the rain have plunged me into a fiercely creative mode.

I have waited to construct a blog for nearly three months because frankly I had more photos and tears than words. I feel so lucky to have met hundreds of creatives in the last thirteen weeks, hundreds of miles apart, in the Midwest.


There have been so many memorable workshops, laughter and joy that brought my spirit and inspired a new wave of creativity, to keep and to share. While I await, somewhat impatiently for my little girl’s second surgery, I’m reminded of the power of togetherness and the artistic bond that emerges from every class/workshop I’m so blessed to be a part of. It is because of you, you make it all possible with your encouragement and support.

I think of Art every second I’m awake; how to make, mold, package concepts within my thoughts, re-create and imagine, employ simple tools with a back to basics approach, dream of new workshops, move my fingers to the beat of my creative drum, doing things that feel within my grasp but not quite, push myself to new creative spaces in a never ending tunnel. And this is just the beginning; I always say this. But every surge of creative pulse, feels like the beginning.

The last three months have been both the best and the most challenging of my life. I have been scared and encouraged all at the same time; I have crawled into my brain only to find that the best thing I could do for my family, was to keep going with my classes and be strong. I have prayed and cried more than ever have. And I have created art alongside other moms and daughters from many states around the country. This was the most heartwarming to me.

I now have a better understanding of what it is like to have someone you love so much get sick unexpected (I could have done without this). But here we are. We are better together and we are fighters, so that is what we do each day. I’m more grateful than I ever was and stronger than I ever thought.

I leave you with a visual guide of some of the moments I was a part of the last few months.

We are Stronger than we look and together we can do amazing things!

PS. I want to thank the Sauk County ADRC for welcoming me to teach in Wisconsin Dells this summer.

Thank you!