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September 12, 2018

Tree Bird Sky Peace, Shelley Rugg, 2018, acrylic on wood box, detail view

So much to be learned in this life, if we are able and willing to be open to the learning.

Learning can feel hard. That is why so many of us are resistant to it. Yet with learning comes an expanded...

July 28, 2018

 Ah...moving. And the challenge of trying to fit square pegs into round holes!

I suppose it is an apt metaphor for my life in transition. Transition from caregiver to free spirit. What once was a perfect fit has made way for a new way of being.

That said, what I am reall...

May 21, 2018

I am a portrait artist. I have been interested in drawing faces and people ever since I could hold a pencil. Although I love making portraits, it can sometimes feel like it somehow isn't enough to capture the images of people in my world when so much of the world seems...

April 22, 2018

When someone you live with dies, your life changes dramatically. No doubt there are the tears that well up when you least expect it. There's the love that was aimed repeatedly and directly at you on a daily basis that is now a memory to cherish. And there is relief...


March 20, 2018

My painting, "I Survived: Zeitgeist of Youth", addresses what I see as the coming of age of young people, in which their eyes are opened to the reality of an un-just country. They discover that the consumerist bubble that they have been reared in is wholly corrupt, and...

February 17, 2018

Meet Maya. She is the first person to sit for me in my studio since I made the decision to shift my focus back to portraits of people. It was such a good feeling to have someone sitting in my studio, and to engage of the process of seeing while the sitter moves, and th...

January 15, 2018

As an artist who is determined to make a living by making art, I took a path that took me away from my true calling. I decided to hop into the Pet Portrait niche. I thought of the pet portraits more as making a product rather than as making "art". When I awakened to th...

November 29, 2017

I certainly did my best to prepare for Open Studios. I created a beautiful series of paintings in a range of sizes/prices. I produced a few of my images as cards. I was ready to sell gift certificates and take commissions. I had gotten the word out and done my social m...

November 6, 2017

October in the studio is all about getting back into the practice of being a studio artist. This can feel a tad uncomfortable, but it is in the discomfort that surprises emerge in the work. It is in the practice of showing up in the studio, that the work begins to deve...

September 4, 2017

I just moved into my new studio. The thing is, it's the first "real" studio I've ever had. The first studio that has provided me with the opportunity to be part of an open studio tour! It is an exciting and scary turning point for me in my career as an artist. At the s...

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