Sunday, April 13, 2014


Since January I have been working with two amazing ladies, Angela Olson and Canae Weiss, teaching art classes at a public arts magnet elementary school in St. Paul. The three of us come from different artistic backgrounds and we have varying hearing abilities/disabilities. Together we are teaching both mainstream and Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing students that art is a means of communication that transcends barriers presented by hearing abilities/inabilities. 

This is a project that I have been dreaming about for years. And now, thanks to the Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Learning Grant, it is real and in full swing. 

I have just started a blog which will document our work. If you'd like you can see it here:

Below is an example of one of our lesson plans.

Emotions and Art
I recently led a lesson plan about emotions and art. Each class started with a discussion about emotions - what are the different emotions we feel? How do these emotions show up in artwork? I showed examples of how different artists throughout history have shown emotions through their artwork - either through their subject matter, symbolism, color, or the body language of the figures in their artwork. 

Then students were asked to make traces of their bodies - I asked them to use their body shapes to convey an emotion that they wanted to express. And then I gave them plenty of time to color in their body shapes. Students were asked to put different things inside their body shapes - things that make them happy, or colors that make them feel a certain emotion. 

It was pretty cool to see what these young people came up with!

I love how expressive this face is. It reminds me so much of the student, who is always smiling and curious.

I asked this guy why he put a blue circle in the middle of his body. His reply? "We talked about how the color blue could represent the feeling/emotion 'calm'. And so I made a blue heart because my heart is calm."


Student: "I am trying to think of, if I could reach into my body and pull out my emotions, what would I see?"

Interviewer: "And what do you think?"

Student: "Um, a lot of bright colors. A lot of different shapes...are coming up."

Interviewer: "Pretty cool!"

Friday, April 11, 2014


1/ I Open and Close
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
22" x 30"
2/ Nighttime Seeping into Both Sides of the Day
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
18" x 18"
3/ The Morning Started in Pieces Far Out on the Water
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
18" x 18"
4/ The Consistent Shuffle, the Steady Stretch
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
18" x 18"
5/ To Show you Who I am I Dove Into the Sea
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
16" x 20"
6/ Element XXI
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
10" x 10"
7/ Element XXII
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
10" x 10"
8/ Element XXIII
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
10" x 10"
9/ Element XXIV
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
10" x 10"
10/ Element XXV
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
10" x 10"
11/ Element XXVI
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
10" x 10"
12/ Element XXVII
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
10" x 10"
13/ Element XXVIII
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
10" x 10"
14/ Element XXIX
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
10" x 10"

Friday, March 28, 2014

Ned Evans / Carly Glovinksi / Liza Sylvestre @ Nahcotta

Portsmouth, NH – This April, Nahcotta combines the work of three spectacular artists – Ned Evans, Carly Glovinski, and Liza Sylvestre. On view from April 4 until April 27 and the opening reception is Friday, April 4, from 5-8 p.m., concurrent with Portsmouth’s downtown art walk.

Liza Sylvestre, a Minneapolis-based artist who’s shown in Canada, Brooklyn, NY, and Miami, FL, among other cities, will be exhibiting new pieces from her “Elements” series, acrylic and archival ink works on panel. Predominantly borne from the beauty of natural elements, these transcendentally gorgeous works are evocative of an elusive, mysterious recombinant - exotic flora coalesced with the intricacies of our inner organs. Glovinski’s “Phone Book Series,” ink, graphite, colored pencil, and acrylic on paper, speak to the artist’s long-time fascination with the quotidian elements “so woven into our everyday experience they are often rendered invisible.” Glovinski cleverly recreates these objects, whether they are phone books or rags or plastic swimming pools, showing how they, in actuality, unite us all. She has shown her work throughout Boston and Maine, as well as London, England. Venice, California artist Ned Evans’s resin wall reliefs are part of his ongoing exploration of form to negative space, touching upon the wonderful translucency of poured resin in his hand-shaped, bright white polyurethane foam vessels. A lifelong surfer, Evans’s paintings, works on paper, and resin reliefs share elements of fluidity and radiance, with light glowing from an indiscernible and captivating, source. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

From my studio...

1. Working at some odd hour of the night.
2. Writing about working.
3. I mix paint in these little tubes. They are awesome for storing paint and also for their application.
4. Microns!!! My pen of choice. I've tried so many others, but the weight and length and everything else is perfect...
5. More writing about work.
6. More writing, but not my own. These are my favorite books at the moment. Especially Her Book by Eireann Lorsung.


Shipped off a bunch of artwork to Nahcotta on Monday. 

I'll post photos of everything after the show opens.

I'm busy working on finishing things up for my solo show in July. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Lots of work to do!

It is cold outside and I am working away in the studio. Those are detail shots of two pieces in-progress. I've also been trying to set time aside every week to write... 

Getting ready for my show in April at Nahcotta and my solo show in July at the MacRostie Art Center

Monday, December 30, 2013

Lately . . .

. . . I have been busy with Holiday festivities and the hashing out of some new large scale paintings for my upcoming solo show. 

But these things have also been happening . . .

One of my Coil prints at a convention with Mammoth & Co.

Walking through the snow to pick up a package. 

Added some new original Element paintings to my shop. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

SooLocal Holiday Show + Pop Up Shop

Yesterday I dropped off these five new Element paintings at the Soo Local Holiday location. I got a sneak peak of all the awesome art that will be part of the show and I must say, these paintings will be in good company!!!

SooLocal is located at 3506 Nicollet. The show opens on the 30th of this month! 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

End of summer textures and thoughts

It is Fall again. It is darkness seeping into both sides of the day. Rain and scents of things that are slowly turning brown. Clouds that are low in the sky and heavy above the buildings.

I am in between. Waiting to move. Big projects pending on the packing of boxes. It feels yucky to have clean hands. I am itching to be settled and working. 

Coil XXV

Coil XXV
Watercolor and Gouache on Panel
12" x 12"

You can buy prints of this new Coil painting in the shop.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Element I - XII
each is Acrylic and Archival Pen on Panel
each is 8" x 8" 

Element - 1. A part or aspect of something, esp. one that is essential or characteristic. 2. A small but significant presence of a feeling or abstract quality. 

A new series started. These first twelve have been shipped off to Nahcotta in Portsmouth, NH for their Enormous Tiny Art show!

I have prints of this new work available in my shop!