Among the Trees in Flagstaff

A Little Bit (ok, maybe a lot) about Me and my Art (Artist Bio.)

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My art is a reflection of how I feel of things and of the world around me. A projection of what I see and what I would like to see. It’s my appreciation of things that are beautiful to me and strike a chord within my spirit.

Living motivates me to create art. When I am really moved by something, I feel inspired to paint the images before me or that are in my thoughts. I wish to leave a viewer with something more than they had. Something felt or inspired. A mood uplifted or a message conveyed. I wish to plant some kind of a seed of growth toward something positive.

Much of my artwork is created using my Single Line Style. Each of these paintings have a continuous line going throughout it to make up or fill in an object. Sometimes, it’s one line for the entire piece, others- for each part in the painting. A lot of people will try to find the two ends of the line for fun.

I was raised in Mesa, AZ and live there currently with my fiancé, Bruce Cormier, and our four children. We are both artists and focus much of our energy on our art and business. I am greatly benefitted by my partner and soul mate being in the same profession. We are always driving the other to be better at what they do. It’s very symbiotic.

I’m a studious person and am always wanting to learn something new. I have a difficult time saying anything in few words which is fine because I have much to express. I love poetry and classic literature and am a bit of a book junkie. When I bake something from scratch, usually a person wants seconds and I’m a decent singer as well. I am passionate about the outdoors world and all things that are natural.

A very influential person to me is Vincent Van Gogh. I’ve studied his life and work and found him to be a prolific writer as well as a master painter. I am in agreement with many of the things he wrote and feel a kinship with him.

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Peruvian Stew

Peruvian Stew

A few nights ago I was trying to decide what to make for dinner.  We needed to do some grocery shopping so there wasn’t much to choose from in the cupboard and fridge.  We had an abundance of potatoes and some canned and fresh veggies.  So, I decided to use those.  I put everything I had on the counter and realized that if I put it all together in a stew it would have a Peruvian feel to it.  (due to the potatoes and tomatoes.)  I put it all in a pot with some leftover ham and let it simmer for an hour.  My family raved over it.  Each person had seconds and the kids were even a little upset that there wasn’t leftovers for their lunches the next day!

Peruvian Stew

2 14oz cans chicken stock
1 14oz can diced stewed tomatoes
3 large potatoes- diced
1 large whole onion- diced
1 bell pepper- diced
1 29oz can of Mexican hominy
1 can full of water- use the empty hominy can
1 lb cooked ham (or whatever cooked meat you have handy)
3/4 ts salt
1/2 ts pepper
1/2 ts garlic powder
1/4 ts cumin
1/2 ts cilantro
1/2 ts cayenne -optional-to make spicy
6-8 servings of cooked basmati or long grain white rice (made from 2 cups uncooked rice)

Stew
In a large pot heat the chicken stock on medium high heat. Add the can of stewed tomatoes, the potatoes, onion, bell pepper and ham (or other handy cooked meat). Add the whole undrained can of hominy. Add a canfull of water from the empty hominy can. Stir and turn down the heat to medium. Add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin and cilantro. Add the cayenne if you’d like it to be spicy. Stir, put on the lid and turn the heat down to low. Let it simmer for about an hour, stirring once in a while. Make the rice in a different pot while the stew is simmering.

Rice
Put 4 cups of water in a pot and set the heat on high. Add 1/2 ts salt and put on a tight fitting lid. Measure out 2 cups of rice and add to the water once it’s boiling. Stir, put the lid back on and turn off the heat. The rice will be ready by the time the stew is.

Serve the stew on rice in bowls and enjoy.

A Day in Downtown Phoenix

Creativity is-

Creativity is-
The transformation of a thought
into reality.
A fresh idea materialized.
The distance between seeing
something in my mind
and seeing it in front
of my eyes.

Hard Words

Your words
are so deep
and hard.
It’s hard to
absorb them in.
To fit them
into my brain.
Oh, but I want to.
I will find a way
to cram them in.
Round pegs
into a square hole.
They are so beatiful.
So full and rich-
Dense and packed in.
Like a neutron star.
Surging with energy
and matter within.
Heavy.
I want to understand them.
To derive the fullness
of their wisdom.
There is so much in them-
my intensely talented
poet, friend.
Diamonds.

This poem is about the way I felt after reading one of my friend, Ivana Nagyova’s poems. She is the best poet I can think of- (living and dead.) her writing is like rich foreign chocolate.

Writing and expression

I love to write as well as create art.  I am passionate for poetry and songwriting. This last year, I have been wanting to write about my areas of research and studies.  I am creative in many different ways and so, am excited about this blog as it a new outlet for me to express and share these parts of me as well.