Valdez Landscape

May 17, 2016



Circles in Circles

January 7, 2013





September 6, 2011

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand,

while imagination embraces the entire world, and

all there ever will be to know and understand

-Albert Einstein

Living and Loving LIfe

August 23, 2011

This past year I chose to work VERY hard  in an effort to pay off some debt.  Was it worth it?  I don’t think so.  I spent all  my energy and attention chasing dollars rather then focusing on what I love and what I am good at.   Now at the end of the year I find my personal relationships have suffered, my energy is sapped, my studio is a disaster, and no progress has been made towards a fulfilling, creative career.  The below quote summarizes this.

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity answered 

“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

 I am uplifted by this breakthrough.


May 10, 2010



68.25″x60″.  Gouache, ink, and watercolor on paper

How I love beauty!

April 4, 2009



Beauty makes life wonderful!  When I was in art school it was very hip to exclaim that beauty is boring and painting is dead. What a waste of words and thought.  New born babies are beautiful! Flowers, trees, the sky, all around us in nature we are surrounded by beauty.  I have not become bored of watching the sunset yet.   

Witnessing beauty creates inner harmony.  Do you feel more peaceful when you are observing ugliness like a violent movie or disturbing images or when you are noticing kindness or prettiness?

To me the role of beauty is underrated in todays world.  If each person had something beautiful to visualize or look at wouldn’t more peace prevail? I think it is my personal mission to created more beauty and peace and share it with the world around me.  Hopefully that will occur through my creative expression.  I would love to contribute something positive to the planet .


Stink Eye

March 5, 2009


Eye Dress   7"x7"  Watercolor and micron pen on Hemp paper

Eye Dress 7"x7" Watercolor and micron pen on Hemp paper



The sky is violet blue and green starts are pushing through the unfrozen soil.  Too soon, too soon… it is  mass plant suicide.

As I mentally prepare for work I am thinking about separation.  Most of the time I feel unified with the rest of the homo-sapiens on the planet.  After all, aren’t we cellularly  the same?  Don’t we all eat, sleep and poop?   I have noticed it is far easier to feel connected in the middle of the woods with only my dogs, cats, and myself.  Sometimes at work my internal peace is challenged.  In those moments I don’t feel connected to the person I am waiting on, I feel like screaming at them or giving them a lecture on how the treat their fellow humans with respect and kindness.  Instead I give them the stink eye. Of course that isn’t very kind on my part.

Why do some people need so much more attention.  If I don’t readily give it to them they seek to force it from me.   Kindergarten should cover self care.  I am not responsible for the happiness of every customer and I don’t understand why people seem to expect me to give them the approval they do not give themselves. 

Regardless, my goal is to realize, even in those moments of extreme frustration, that I am waiting on another version of myself.  The mental trick of feeling disconnected does not help under any circumstances.  When I feel discontent it is a clear indication that I am not caring for myself properly (I am an equal, good  person despite  the demeaning nature of this interaction).  Isn’t life the most fun when I feel good?  YES!

It helps to notice similarities.  After all, we really are so similar that our dissimilarities wouldn’t even register on a human cellular breakdown.  Our brains and hearts are all made out of the same matter

“Wow this person is such an asshole!  Two can play that game!   Oh wait, I notice they have 2 eyes.  I have to eyes too!  and they have a shirt on, I have a shirt on too!  They even have hands, just like me.  Maybe they aren’t so bad after all.”

Go on, try it.  Works every time.