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332 Ormond St. NE

Atlanta, Ga. 

Dementia and Alzheimers are probably the most feared incurable diseases there are. As the people are living longer and the population is aging, most of us will be affected by some form of dementia. This series is inspired by my mother’s journey into dementia.

I begin each painting with multiple layers achieving a tactile surface. The layers are symbolic of the abundance of plaques and tangles that are found in the brain of Alzheimers/Dementia patients.

Each piece represents a different aspect of what I observed during mom’s struggle.

The first is the isolation and the feeling of invisibility patients frequently experience. A figure is painted on a multi-layered textured background. The entire surface is painted out and with mark making the figures begin to emerge from the background, while still being faint and translucent.

Some paintings illustrate the confusion that comes with this disease.I make seemingly random marks creating chaos. Using pen and ink, the lines and dots are connected bringing order to the composition.

Connect the Dots – 18×24

Let Me Call you Sweetheart, 8×10 collage, framed 11×14

There are also a series of collages illustrating the power of music, which has been proven to be an effective treatment to help patients access their memory. As the grand-daughter of both a piano tuner and music teacher, this is close to my heart. Each collage included is based on a particular song that has been proven to be effective. 

The inspiration for the piece on the right is a powerful story.  A woman had been verbally unresponsive for a year. But, when we heard this song on the piano, she began humming along, ultimately singing the words. They found this was the song used in her wedding.



The work shows those with dementia can still be present and they still have stories to share.

For the opening on April 21, 2018, two pieces will be auctioned and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Georgia Alzheimers Association.

These pieces are valued at $600 apiece. 


If you have any stories to share, please put them in the comments. 



I am so excited.  I’ve done the research, taken classes and worked with experts around the globe – and now I’m ready to share what I’ve learned. A VISION BOARD WORKSHOP!

Do you know what a vision board is?

It’s a way to manifest your dream life. When you make a Vision Board, you get clear on what you want to create in your life.

Once you get clarity, you select images and words from magazines, and paste them on a poster board. Seeing this board aligns your brain with the outcomes you want to attract. (Oprah, Ellen and Katy Perry swear by them!)

So, why doesn’t everybody do them? In my experience as a life coach and artist, I find people just don’t take the time. Or maybe they are just skeptical.

But, it is time to change that!

With this workshop, I will send you a “Create Your Best Life” Dream Sheet to fill out prior to the workshop to get clearer on what you want in your life.

After completing the workshop, not only will you leave with a finished vision board, but you will leave with other tools such as a booklet that will include the “Be-Do-Have Worksheet”, a hand out on the importance of having a Word of the Year, and other things (working on several ideas).

Are you ready? Doubts, excuses and wavering are just the ego’s way of stopping you from creating your dream!


If you sign up prior to February 1, you will get the early bird discount of $50. To sign up email me here and I will send you an invoice. Also, don’t hesitate to ask questions.

You can download the flyer HERE.

Because of the powerful work in our day together, there are only a few spaces available. They will fill up quickly, so please act quickly. Your space will be confirmed with payment is received.



I just completed the IGNITE class with C4 in Atlanta. This is a class designed to “ignite” your art career and move you forward.  In participating in this, I created a marketing plan, which I have included below.  This is my initial version.  In presenting to some very knowledgeable people, I realized I need to change the following to really be successful:

  • Personalize my vision statement
  • Focus – it was felt to focus on the coolage party, when that takes off, the rest will come.
  • Target women in the 25-40 range. They not only have children for birthday parties, but friends getting married and many are in the corporate or non-profit world to eventually incorporate team-building and performance art.
  • Don’t ignore the suburbs
  • Snag the domain name of CoolageParty immediately
  • Once it gets going, re-assess my costs, they are low

I realized alot about myself – it was very eye-opening. I want to be part of a bigger art community that is well-respected. I’m not that interested in personal fame.  This was a big first baby-step for me.


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Ziggy and Joel

Ziggy and Joel

It’s hard to believe that cute little dog could do this to my notes. Ziggy literally ate my notes on my blog.


Those are notes I made after hearing a story on NPR about the new exhibit at the High Museum of Art here in Atlanta!!  The exhibit is Frida & Diego, Passion, Politics and Painting, which I am looking forward to seeing.  This is the only stop in the United States and apparently close to 25% of Frida’s paintings are on view.

I had looked up and found some interesting tidbits about the two of them that I was going to share – but alas, you see what happened to them.

So – back to the drawing board.

Lesson learned?  Apparently Ziggy thinks anything on the bed belongs to him!



Headline of the paper after the fateful crash
Fifty years ago today, on June 3, 1962,  the art community in Atlanta was forever changed.  After a three week trip to Europe, members of the Atlanta Art Association were returning home to Atlanta on a chartered plane.  The plane crashed on takeoff, killing all but two stewardesses.  At the time, it was the worst single plane crash in history.

“It was the Titanic of our city.  When it happened, it took a lot of leaders, important people at the time.” says Ann Uhry Abrams, author of Explosion at Orly, The Disaster that Transformed Atlanta”.  The group included artists, civic leaders, heads of businesses, overall, an influential group.  They had traveled to Europe partly for pleasure, but also to show the city had a commitment to culture.

Out of this grief,  the citizens of Atlanta realized something needed to be done to memorialize the crash victims.  They knew the tiny museum located in an old house needed to be improved.  Ground was broken on the fourth anniversary of the crash for the Memorial Arts Center.   It opened in 1968, and was the first arts center that housed both visual and performing arts in the same venue, which included the Atlanta College of Art (now part of SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design), The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art.  The Alliance Theatre was added in 1970, and in 2005 Young Audiences was added.   This addition ensures the PreK-12 programs will serve more than one million children annually, the largest base of an arts center in the country.

It was renamed the Woodruff Arts Center in 1982 to honor the great benefactor, Robert W. Woodruff, also known in Atlanta as Mr. Anonymous.  

The French government donated Rodin’s “The Shade” to the High Museum in memory of the crash victims.  It now stands outside with the names of all the victims surrounding it.  The crash victims had seen Whistler’s Mother at the Louvre,   In a gesture of goodwill, the Louvre loaned the painting to the museum in the fall of 1962 – it’s first appearance in the US.

The High Museum now holds more than 11,000 works of art in its permanent collection

Rodin’s The Shade outside the Woodruff Arts Center

Some other facts:

33 children were left without parents after the crash
Martin Luther King and Harry Belafonte cancelled a sit-in in downtown Atlanta as a concilliatory gesture for the grieving families.
Andy Warhol painted his first “disaster painting” 129 Die in Jet, based on the cover of the New York Mirror the day after the crash.
The plane was known at the Chateau de Sully
The High Museum is named for the High family that donated their home to the museum in 1926.


Mar’s Rising 36×48
I have always thought of the Decatur Art Festival  as the beginning of the summer!   It does, after all, take place Memorial Day weekend wich the Decatur Art Walk  kicking the festivies off.   Taking place on Friday, May 25 from 5-10P, many business in downtown Decatur will feature artists.  Because of my represention at The Seen Gallery, I was invited to display my work at the Cook’s Warehouse, located on Ponce De Leon Avenue.  In fact, the pieces featured above will be on display on Friday night.
Decatur has managed to keep it’s small town atmosphere, while tapping into the sophistication of being part of a major metropolitan area as well as being a college town.
Some facts about Decatur:
1.  Emory University, Columbia Theology School and Agnes Scott College are both located in Decatur
2.  Decatur is older than Atlanta – founded in 1822
3.  It was founded at the crossroad of two Native American trails.
4.  When the Western and Atlantic railroad wanted to make Decatur the southernmost stop on their line, the citizens of Decatur said no, and Atlanta was founded 6.2 miles Southwest. 
5.  And, most importantly, Decatur is my home!
So, come out on Friday and enjoy a leisurely walk around the Decatur square,   Be sure to stop into The Cook’s Warehouse and say hello!

SACRED SPACES Lance Carlson’s Solo Exhibit

Sacred Spaces is the current exhibit at Georgia Perimeter College’s Clarkston Location in the lobby of the Fine Arts Building.   I really thought the work looked great in this environment.  To give some background to this work  – this is Lance’s artist statement for this:
“This series consists of ten 36″ x 56″ (approximately) pieces on paper.  The images and marks on these mixed media pieces are connected (through the artist’s mind) to spaces/places that have traditionally become associated with worship and/or are of pivotal importance to the world’s religions.  Only ten spaces are portrayed which implies that only some of the world’s religions and traditions are expressed.”
I think it works very well.   The paper is from a roll of watercolor paper and he taped the edges and put gromets in the top – a very effective way to present them.   The ten places are:
Friends Meeting House – Houston, Texas
Chartres Cathedral, Chartres France
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem
Pantheon, Rome
Acropolis, Athens
Stonehenge, Great Britain
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Ziggurate of Ur, Iraq
St. Peters Basilica, Vatican City
I was really drawn to St. Peters Basilica, as well as the Dome of the Rock.   There is a reverence, as well as a rhythm about these pieces that are difficult to explain.  I felt the work was personal and reflected Lance’s spirituality.   And the fact that Lance is an architect makes it more interesting to see his interpretations of these places.
While these ten pieces make up the core of the show, it is interspersed with some of Lance’s favorite works.   Above you see him standing in front of his favorite piece in the show.
The show will be up through February 10th.   I encourage you to check it out.  AND, I hope Lance finds another places to display these pieces because they deserve to be seen.

Lance’s work can be seen at DK Gallery on the square of Marietta.


I will have a booth this weekend at the INMAN PARK FESTIVAL (4/24-25). As many of you know, this is one of the most unique and fun festivals in Atlanta, complete with a funky parade on Saturday. But, do you know anything about the history of this historic neighborhood?

Because the lots were first auctioned off in 1889, Inman Park is considered the first suburb developed in Atlanta.

The Battle of Atlanta was fought primarily along the swatch of land from the Carter Center on through Inman Park to Dekalb Avenue. (see The Atlanta Cyclorama.

Inman Park was originally developed by local entrepreneur Joel Hurt. He envisioned a country-like neighborhood adjacent to a business district. He managed to achieve this by having larger lots, curving streets and open park areas (this was to be repeated several years later in Druid Hills, also originally developed by Joel Hurt).

When the neighborhood proved to be popular, more land was acquired by Joel Hurt and Samuel Inman, a financier and cotton broker for whom the neighborhood was named. Prominent Atlanta families made Inman Park their home, including Asa Candler,the founder of Coca-cola, who called his home Callan Castle. (pictured below)

Because this area was home to so many prominent Atlanta families, easy access to downtown Atlanta was needed.. Thus, one of the nation’s first streetcar systems was founded by Joel Hurt, running from downtown to the Trolley Barn (pictured below), which stands today on Edgewood Avenue, one block south of the Inman Park Marta Station.

10 acres were set aside and Springvale Park was landscaped, complete with Crystal Lake. This became THE place to live in Atlanta.

But, unfortunately, the area went into decline in the early 1900’s and continued until the 1970’s. When the automobile became more commonplace, people began moving away, new suburbs further away were developed. Apartment homes were being built. Many of the wonderful elegant homes in Inman Park were owned by absentee landlords and thus divided into apartments. Crystal Lake was eventually drained because it was filled with weeds and gargage and had become mosquito-ridden.

But, luckily urban pioneers discovered the neighborhood in the 1970’s, and Inman Park Restoration Inc was formed. Within a year, 40 houses were being renovated to their original luster. Then Inman Park did something that had rarely been done before, the entire neighborhood was zoned back to residential and in 1973 was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

To learn more about the history of Inman Park , The Atlanta Preservation Center conducts tours April-October.