Some Things in Life Cannot be Fixed. They can Only be Carried.

February 5, 2017

This painting I have been working on most recently and only just today (February 5, 2017) finished is about moving on by accepting what is and carrying it with you. Through this acceptance comes the growth that we resist in the beginning but ultimately come to crave. The piece was commissioned by a woman named Dana who lost her fiance one year ago and who had lost her father as a young woman of 21. She had originally wanted a tattoo to commemorate them- two birds, a cardinal and a bluejay-carrying a message that read, "Some Things in Life Cannot be Fixed. They can Only be Carried."

Dana had gone to a tattoo artist and described a horizontal image but he didn't listen well and drew the image vertically. Then Dana asked a friend - or a friend of a friend and he never got back to her. After I gave Dana the painting she told me that this friend of a friend had returned her call recently to apologize for taking so long.

Some might see these initial connections with the other artists as missed opportunities that ultimately became mine. I believe in fortuity and believe that I was always meant to create it because the painting is not just for her, but for two other grieving families also.

During its making, someone who I've known since middle school lost his nine-month-old daughter. One day there was a crowd funding site asking for help to pay medical bills and the next, a message announcing their loss. Their loss of their beautiful daughter. Their daughter was a star child who I never met but loved from afar through social media photos. She was light-filled - This peanut with bright blonde hair, happy, happy eyes and a smile that melted everyone, anywhere, every time. She was a healer and her passing profoundly affected me--and the making of this work. When I thought the piece was finished, it took days more to complete and even then, I stayed with it for a week--or two after, because I loved it and had embraced it completely. I painted most of it with tears. This painting is also for you, Penny, and your parents.

One of my mom's dearest friends was passing away with cancer during the time of the making of this piece. My mom's friend's name was Karen--and my mom loved Karen like a sister. I love Karen for who she was and who I believe her spirit to be--but my love for her grew from my gratitude for her friendship with my mom--and my Dad. Karen's husband, Joey, is one of my Dad's greatest friends. Karen was light-filled and a joy-bringer. When Karen entered a room most people breathed a sigh of relief knowing that now the party was made because Karen was there to bring her joyful energy that inspired and energized everyone. Karen inspired others to be true to themselves--because Karen loved people--and she loved my mother and they were joyful and full of laughter when together. So the creation of this painting is also for Karen's family and for dear Karen, who passed shortly after its making. 

The original is an 8x10" watercolor and ink on heavyweight watercolor paper.

Baphash Literary & Arts Magazine features " Still life with Watercolors"

December 2, 2016
Check out Baphash Literary & Arts Magazine to check out my work in the feature "Still Life in Watercolors" !

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100 Letters to the Homeless for Burners Without Borders - Detroit

December 2, 2016

Danielle Kaltz organizes the Burners Without Borders chapter for Detroit and hosts an annual backpack packing event where she gathers a couple of hundred (maybe more!) volunteers to fill backpacks with provisions (that she collected as donations) for people in need living on the streets. 

The event was very organized. Kaltz created a model assembly line where many provision stations were set up on folding tables. People moved through carrying one or two backpacks and filled them with: canned t...
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Meters Made Beautiful - TV Interview

August 31, 2016
Check out some air time I received in support of public art in downtown Royal Oak!

Arts, Beats & Eats partnered with The Royal Oak Commission for the Arts in presenting Meters Made Beautiful, a permanent public art exhibition currently located on Washington and 4th Avenues in downtown Royal Oak. This is a juried show and there are monetary prizes! My meter, Royal Oak to Detroit, took 17 hours...
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Chocolate Coin Gifts

July 27, 2016
Recently I became the Secretary for the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID) and at one of our meetings last night I brought chocolate coins to give to each of the board members to offer them good fortune and good luck. In honor of a new beginning for the CAID I want to give as much hope, positivity and tastiness to those of us on the team. Some of the members did not show up and so I had several coins left over (I bought quite a few). While walking down the street to a Detroit bar, T...
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In Honor of Rene

July 15, 2016
My aunt's best friend tragically passed away on her morning cycle commute when a truck didn't see her. My aunt asked me to create a tattoo in honor of Rene and pictures are below. Rene, please send signs to my aunt and let her know th
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Irish Blessing Prayer Cards

July 15, 2016

I began making these Irish Blessing prayer cards for certain family members of mine who at the time were experiencing grief and I wanted to reach out in some way. Creating these cards reignited my graduate school fascination for lamination and began making more cards and giving them to people who I intuited would enjoy them. 

Cards have been given to: my godfather, aunt,three of my best friends, my mentor, a family friend, my mother, a flower woman painting with watercolors in Millennium Park,...
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Imperfections Art Exhibition

June 16, 2016

Imperfections Art Exhibition
by: Fancy Pants Arts & Entertainment

Friday, June 17, 2016
7:00PM to 12:00AM

Tangent Gallery | Hastings Street Ballroom
715 E. Milwaukee St. Detroit, MI 48202

"IMPERFECTIONS is an art show based on the idea that we need to
break the pattern of setting social standards on what is considered "normal"
and "beautiful." We need to push the idea that imperfections are not bad qualities,
but can be beautiful and unique and tell a deeper story."

-from the Imperfections Art Exhib...

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DPTV Detroit Performs Press Article for Rejected: A Second Chance Art Show

March 31, 2016

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Rejection: A second chance art show

March 31, 2016
Rejection: A Second Chance Art Show

Friday, April 1, 2016 

At Tangent Gallery
715 E. Milwaukee St. | Detroit, MI 48202 | 

One of my pieces will be shown: 
"Legends (ignite!)"

For more information go to the event page: HERE

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4th Annual Venus Rising: All Women Art Exhibition

March 8, 2016
4th Annual Venus Rising: All Women Exhibition

Saturday, March 19, 2016 

At Tangent Gallery
715 E. Milwaukee St. | Detroit, MI 48202 |

Two of my pieces will be shown:
"Pigeon People" and "Banyan"

25% of the proceeds support Alternatives for Girls (

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"Women" presented by the Detroit Contemporary at North End Studios & Gallery

March 4, 2016
Curated by: Myett Risker

March 5, 2016 | 6-11PM
North End Studios & Gallery
4264 Grand River | Detroit, MI 

Panel Discussion 6PM-7PM
Show Opening: 7PM-11PM

March 12, 2016 12-3PM
March 19, 2016 12-3PM

"Women" is an annual show curated by Myett Risker.  It is being presented by the Detroit Contemporary and hosted at North End Studios & Gallery on Grand River Blvd. in Detroit, MI.  This year's theme is Women in Public Service and the sub theme is Women CEOs and Presi...
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