Martha Stewart American Made Contest

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I have entered Martha Stewart American Made Contest!    The story behind the entry: This all came about when I was contacted mid summer by the lovely promoters who run the Old Deerfield Craft Fairs in Massachusetts. They were contacted by the Martha Stewart representatives to enter nominations for the Made in America Movement Contest. I

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New Helper, New Display, and More!

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The summer shows have been going great and going by fast this season! I have been fortunate to have a helper assist me at some of my shows. Here we are getting ready for the Old Saybrook Show in Connecticut.   This is my oldest daughter, Jillian. She has taken an interest in my shows, and

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My Studio Makeover

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I have a small studio space and it feels like it’s getting smaller by the day. Lately, I’ve been having trouble finding a clean surface to work on. Supplies and artwork are piling up! This space needs a face lift.      It’s amazing what a new wall organizer, a few shelves, and baskets will

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My First Podcast

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I recently had an interview with Mary Mailler for her podcast series of Etsy Conversations she host on iTunes. I hope you enjoy listening to our convo as much as we had making it. 🙂   Mary is a fantastic artist herself and is also from my home state, Maine! We had a fantastic and fun

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Animal Tree: Can You Find All The Birds & Animals?

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My Animal Tree is the final piece to my tree collection. It’s chalk full of every animal in the entire collection!    If you look closely you will find 1 Bear, 1 Bee Hive, 1 Raccoon, 1 Fox, 1 Cardinal, 2 Blue Jays, 2 Possums, 3 Chickadees, 3 Eggs in a Nest, 5 Squirrels, 6

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The Day I Decided to Paint a Funny Cat Painting

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Here is one of the 1st funny animal paintings I designed. I love painting these! This one is of my cat, Melody. I decided to have some fun with this design by painting a mouse on her head. Just for the record we do not have any mice or rats. However, my daughter does have

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Curious Cat and the Bumble Bees

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Here is my painting of the Curious Cat. The best part of this painting is Carson Home Accents has chosen it an another one of my designs to go on their garden flags. Yippee!   When creating this painting I actually chased bees around in my mother-in-law’s back yard on my hands and knees to get

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New Children Paintings Coming Soon!

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I’m having so much fun painting my children designs! Here are my girls. They are my inspiration for all my children collections.   I just finished collecting a ton of reference photos of my children and their friends to paint another round of children designs. In this next batch of paintings I will have more boys! Hooray! Painting

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Time Out

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This little guy looks like he’s in trouble, but not to worry, he’s not! I took this photo at a fair at the end of a long hot day of showing horses and he is frustrated that he didn’t get his way. I took the above photo and turned it into my Time Out painting. It’s part

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My Experience at the Surtex & Stationary Show, NY

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The Surtex and Stationary Show in New York has come and gone, and it was amazing! This was an exciting year for me as I was showcased on both sides.    Stationary Show My brand, A Joyful Heart, was released in the Stationary Show by Development Solutions Global, Inc., and my latest artwork on display

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Shoo Fly: A Painting of my Favorite Horse

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My latest painting, Shoo Fly, really made me laugh when I stepped back and looked at it for the first time. Come to think of it, it still is making me laugh! Here it is: This is our horse Jazz, she is a show Belgian. We also have another Mare named Star and she has a baby filly

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