Saturday, December 29, 2012


As I scurry around this week finishing up the last installment of Thin Places artwork and looking back over this past year, I am reminded of how very thankful I am to have had the opportunity to go on the artist residency in Assisi to work on this project.  At the end of this project I have particularly enjoyed revisiting my photos, my stash of mementos, and my journal entries that so vividly remind me of the "thinness" I experienced.  I have been moved and inspired far beyond my expectations.

Many thanks to all of you who have affirmed and supported me through this adventure.  I am deeply grateful!

At this point, I am not sure if my Thin Places body of work will be exhibited again locally, so if you are in the area, please come to the opening reception for the show on Friday, January 11 from 5-9 pm at the Market Street Art Spot in Minerva.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Nearing Completion

Well, I am happy to say that the Thin Places body of work will be completed by the end of the year!  It has been such a wonderful process for me to strive to create work that offers a glimpse at my experiences of thin places while I was in Assisi, Italy.  Some of these pieces are currently in an exhibit in Assisi (opening December 2) and in the Dueber Cafe Gallery at the Timken Company in Canton, OH (until January 15).  The rest of the work will be on exhibit at The Art Spot in Minerva, OH, opening January 11, 2013.  Now my next goal is to try to find a venue for the entire body of work to be exhibited all together!

With that said, it feels a little sad to be nearing the completion of this project.  It has been such a fulfilling experience and I have been stretched and challenged in so many new ways-- I don't want that to stop.  I want to use this as a springboard to the next project...whatever that may be!  Though the next project has not yet emerged from the bramble of ideas in my head, I look forward to seeing what's next.

Thinking and Being
Two images are combined in this piece to capture experiences while in Assisi, Italy that made me want to just pause and “be.”

One image is of a weathered chair.  It was in an old Italian farmhouse outside of Assisi.  It captured my imagination with its distressed beauty and seemed to exude a sense of history that was embedded in this worn, yet sturdy chair.

The second image was a mountain view taken from the top of Mount Subasio, also in Assisi.  The vastness of the beauty made me pause to savor it.

Thinking and Being
Size (h x w): 24" x 30"
Media: Digital Photography on canvas

Monday, September 17, 2012

Making great progress!

Working on new the Thin Places artwork has been a very deep and meaningful process.  It has offered me a way to reenter the experience again, allowing the sense of discovery to continue.  As I am creating new work from my imagery, I am perceiving beauty and meaning again, from a different perspective.

I am very pleased with the progress I am making.  I will have most of the Thin Places work completed by the end of this month!   I just recently sent the first two finished pieces, developed on aluminum, to Assisi, Italy for the International Contemporary Art Exhibition at the Art Gallery Le Logge.  This exhibit, opening December 2, will feature artwork by the 2012 resident artists of the Arte Studio Ginestrelle.

In addition, I will also have Thin Places work exhibited at the Timken World Headquarters in Canton, OH from October 2012- January 2013. There are also a couple of other exhibition possibilities that I am waiting to hear back about.

I am so eager to share this work and so very thankful for all of the people who helped to make my residency and this project possible! THANK YOU!


An image of the tracery from the rose window in the Basilica of St. Clare, in Assisi, Italy was merged with an iconic view of the Umbrian countryside with its cyprus trees.  Together they seemed to create a thoughtful space that visualized growth.

Size (h x w):
Media: digital photography on aluminum

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Dreaming Again...

I invite you to please take a moment to check out my NEW PORTFOLIO with some new pieces not yet printed!  And while you are there, please click "collect me" to vote for my artwork.  There are cash prizes, exhibition and publication opportunities, and a trip around the world for the winning artists!

Yes, I AM dreaming, but hey, it's worth a try!  My sincerest thanks for your time and support.

Please feel free to forward this on to those who may be interested.

Thanks again,

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Opportunity Knocks

I am thoroughly enjoying the long awaited process of sifting through my photos from my artist residency in Assisi, Italy!  As I am getting started (finally!) on my new Thin Places body of work I am feeling refreshed in the beauty and inspiration that I experienced in Assisi.  It was such a privilege to go and I am so very thankful for the opportunity.

While in Italy I was consistently drawn to ornate door knockers on charming wooden doors.  They seemed to capture the passage of time with such weathered beauty while also igniting my curiosity as to what was on the other side.

I am looking forward to making some smaller works for sale in my studio featuring some of these door knockers.  Stop by soon!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Unexpected Surprise!

So many have asked about my time in Assisi.  It has been difficult to articulate and share about the large and small elements of the experience that made it so inspiring, rewarding, thought provoking, moving,...but I am working on it!  I am still thinking about and processing so many aspects of it, which I am sure I will be doing for quite a while!  Creating the new body of work will undoubtedly be an integral part of processing the experience. 

Interestingly, since returning from Italy I have noticed that I am still scanning my surroundings with a heightened sense of observation, looking for beauty and meaning around me.  In Assisi, I knew I had limited time and was seeking to capture imagery and experience the surroundings to create my Thin Places body of work.  Yet, here I am, back in Ohio, looking closely and appreciating the beauty around me.  What an unexpected surprise!

Thursday, March 29, 2012


I spent a full day in Assisi, walking up hills and down hills. There was a wonderful sense of adventure as the streets have small alleys branching off and interconnecting with other streets. There was a continuous feeling of discovery as I wandered around bends, hiked up steps and wound through narrow streets. Assisi is on the side of a large hill, so it obviously slopes downhill, but it also goes downhill on the opposite plane, making for a lot of inclines and steps! It is really amazing to see the various Roman arches that indicate where the city walls were and where expansion took place. One road shows three expansions, a very early arch, one from an expansion in 1265 and another from 1316.

It wasn't very crowded today, so I really got a great feel for the place in a quiet atmosphere. I saw the Rocca Minore and the Rocca Maggiore, both medieval fortresses. I toured the inside of the large fortress, which was historically and architecturally intriguing. It also provided an excellent view, since it is on the top of the hill that Assisi is situated on. I spent a good amount of time at the cemetery just outside the city walls. It was a contemplative place with abundant artwork and a beautiful view. It didn't have the forsaken feel of so many other cemeteries, the dead were not forgotten with the scent of fresh flowers by numerous graves, old and new.
I visited many churches today, but the church I enjoyed most was St. Stephano. It is one of the oldest churches in Assisi and was built very plainly by stonemasons. It was the most unadorned basic church I had been in so far, but there was something about the beauty of the sparse space, with only a few faded frescos and low lighting, which provided dramatic shadows.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Eremo delle Carceri

Perhaps my favorite place yet is the area around St. Francis' hermitage, the Eremo Della Carceri. On Mt. Subascio there is a cave or grotto where St. Francis would withdraw to pray and contemplate. (Carceri means "to withdraw"). To get there, you go through a tiny 15th century oratory connected to a small chapel area, the Cappella Della Madonna. There is one fresco in each area, which you can stand very near to and focus on. These intimate spaces provided a deeply thin place for me. I am still pondering the oratory and chapel, as to why it felt so different. Perhaps because of its close proximity with nature, intimate spaces, fewer crowds, the history surrounding it, or a mixture of them all. I know there is no formula for thin places, but I am still left with a sense of wonder.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Arte Studio Ginestrellle

I arrived at Arte Studio Ginestrelle yesterday. It is a 19th century farmhouse that originally
housed animals in the lower level. Today, the lower level is made up of three different kitchens and a large communal space for the artists in residence. The house is very charming and has a real sense of history that seems to invite discovery in and around it.

Last night I had dinner with Marina, the director, Jo, a visual artist from Alaska, and Tommie, a writer from Finland. We had a lot of fun chatting about cultural differences, from food to how to call a cat or other animals, to traditions that accompany different holidays. We laughed a lot at some of the random things we discovered.

Today was my first full day in the town of Assisi. Apart from the masses of the Italian version of girl scouts, wearing monks clothes and lady bug beenie hats, that swarmed around in the earlier part of the day, it was easy to maneuver. Though no photography is allowed in most churches, I thoroughly enjoyed my experiences within.

Some of the pigments in the frescos in the Basilica of Saint Francis have oxidized, actually giving it an inverted look that plays with your perspective. I sat in a side chapel in the lower church during mass and was deeply moved by it. (The lower church is the older part over which a grander basilica was built and frescoed by Giotto, was awesome to see both levels of frescoes!!) When the priest sang, it was so beautiful, perhaps because I have not experienced mass before or perhaps because I did not focus on the words, since I don't understand Italian very well...regardless, this was a thin place for me filled with pure beauty, both audible and visual with the frescoes all around. I think Lent is a perfect time to explore art in Italy, there is a heightened sensitivity to the imagery.

In the Basilica of St. Clare, there was a misty haze from the incense that glowed in the late afternoon sun coming through the rose window. Again, a thin place for me.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Off to Italy-Arrivederci!

I take off for Italy today! Thank you all for the well wishes! I will try to regularly post here to keep you updated on my progress and adventures!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Funding Successful!

The Assisi Thin Places project has been funded!!!! Many thanks to all who have supported my project!!! The names of those who have made this project successful are listed in the post below... Again, thank you so much, I am so very grateful!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Assisi Thin Places Partners

I am honored to list those who have pledged to partner with me on the Assisi Thin Places project:

Jill & Todd Rich
Harry & Laurie Winters
David Wills
Ann Lawson
Steve & Sarah Shumaker
Brett & Brenda Woudenberg
Tom & Joyce Waalkes
Su Nimon
Laurie & John Skipper
Paul & Lynn Digby
Richard Thomas
Todd Walburn & Brennis Booth
Tom & Debbie Beiter
Margie Stocker
Tiffany Marsh
Kevin Maxwell
Marcia Everett
Ginny & Steve Jensen
Paul & Gail Wetherell Sack
Marge & John Oliver

If you are interested in learning more about the Assisi Thin Places project or partnering with me on it, please check out my project page on Kickstarter.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Artist Residency in Assisi

I have been accepted for an artist residency at the Arte Studio Ginestrelle in Assisi, Italy. While there, I will be working on capturing imagery for a new mixed media body of work that conveys thin places. A thin place being a time or place in which the veil between the divine and human feels mysteriously thinner, or more permeable. I will be using the imagery from the residency to create mixed media pieces that juxtapose different images together to create intriguing perspectives of a thin place. In addition, I will have a piece of my new work, created as a result of the residency, exhibited in Assisi this fall, along with the work of other artists in residence from throughout this year.

I will travel to Italy on March 21 and return on April 2, 2012. I am using Kickstarter as a funding platform to help fund the travel costs involved in getting to and from Assisi for the residency. Please check out my page on, my project title is: Assisi Thin Places. By funding my project, you are also funding the creation of my new body of work for exhibition!