Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tribute to Vickie Wilson

Today I want to honor Vickie Wilson.

This woman has touched countless lives, including my own. She has more spunk and pizazz than anyone I have ever met, and enough optimism to make an eight year battle with illnesses (yes, plural) one that can teach all of us something about meekness, humility, faith, and trust.

I had the honor of being able to spend afternoons during the summer months painting with Vickie. She had a wonderful, accurate artistic eye, and a gift to make anyone laugh no matter how stiff or serious they might be feeling. She was free with her compliments, and always genuine in their communication. She taught me how to serve, and be served.

She loved life, and her family fiercely. No one could be more loyal. She put her heart into her home and her loved ones. Every time I visited, she always talked lovingly of her family. I am humbled by the blessing it has been to know her. Words cannot express how wonderfully happy I am that she is free at last, though we all will miss her sorely.

This is for you Vickie. I love you. I am praying for your family.

Saturday, December 18, 2010


These are sculptures I've worked on this semester for my figure sculpting class. I tried to take each assignment and to form all of them into a cohesive body of work.

These two works are about the fragility of the relationships that we maintain.

The beeswax bust comments on the relationships that we have with ourselves, and how it takes consistent effort to keep it a healthy one, to hold ourselves together and to examine ourselves with proper perspective and knowledge.

This second piece is about relationships to people with which we are very closely connected, those that see all sides of us, the good and bad. The connection between us and them is one that must be monitored and where the environment we create is crucial to the strength of the bond.
Although these two are solidly connected and grounded in wax, if it gets too hot, they will disconnect and topple over.

I am so glad I chose to take this class, so that I could study the figure three dimensionally, and so I could explore concepts that are relevant to me.

Friday, December 10, 2010

To All You Wonderful Traveling Trunkers...

This post is for all you wonderful women who I have been able to meet this weekend so far at The Traveling Truck Boutique event. Thanks for checking out my personal process blog!

This blog is a journal of my visual endeavors, portraiture or more abstract concept based work. If you are looking for specific info on pricing for commissioned portraits, check out my portraiture blog:

If you'd rather not, here is my basic pricing list.

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Side Notes on Pricing:

* All projects are considered individual, personal and different, and as such are individually priced. This table gives standard pricing and sizes, and is used as a guideline, but each project pricing is discussed between client and artist individually to find a fair price for their specific piece.

* Special projects with unique specifications are very hard to categorize under a pricing table, so their pricing is completely between client and artist.

* If the client is unhappy with their piece, they may negotiate a price reduction or decreased pricing on a replacement commission (they will still receive their first piece).

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Traveling Trunk

I will be participating in a Holiday Boutique in Salt Lake City called "The Traveling Trunk." I'm offering a 20% discount for those who arrange a commission with me there. I'll also be displaying some commissioned portraiture, and selling small prints. There's going to be a lot of other beautiful stuff there from other artists/crafters/etc, so come check it out!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Ashleigh Braithwait

Everyone, this is Ashleigh. I may have posted my earlier version of this painting...can't quite remember... but here is the finished version.

Ashleigh and I have decided that we are roommates. We live in our painting studio at least 20 hours a week, if not more. She has a very exciting and funny personality, yet a thoughtful, deep part of her that I love to see when she chooses to show it.

Thanks, Ash, for protecting my sanity.