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Dar(wi)n those fish

Dar(wi)n those fish

I remember doodling fish over and over when I was a child: the oval swoop that ends in a triangular tail. As someone who felt she didn’t have any artsy, creative powers, it was satisfying to make a shape that so clearly looked like what I meant it to be. Despite the simplicity of its design, this fish shape, also called an ichthys, has a storied background. The ichthys first appeared in Christian art and literature in the 2nd Century AD when it was adopted by early Christians as a secret symbol to identify other believers and avoid persecution by...

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Going Off

an artist's life small business owner

Going Off

Building a cohesive, identifiable, viable brand. It's all good, right? The sheep say no.

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Wanderers

Wanderers

Ancient Greek astronomers observed that while most of the stars in the sky hold a fixed position, a few moved. They called them planetes asters: “Wandering Stars” or simply “Wanderers,” and associated gods with them.

This is our version of Aphrodite, Athena, and Persephone.

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First Date

First Date

I created this piece for Sideshow Gallery’s Sacred Heart show in February 2019. It’s adapted from an early 1900s bookplate, and it’s hands down the most evocative piece I’ve done. I showed it to my Mom, who was immediately transported to her younger days of ministry where she encountered what she called “true evil.” The kinds of experiences that left no doubt in her mind that there are spiritual forces at work and they’re not all benevolent. The memories still held the power to scare her. It reminded another friend of a news story he had read of a man...

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These legs were made for going.

These legs were made for going.

If you're having a bad day and need some cheering up, I have the antidote for you:  Edward Topsell's Old English description of the Sea-Horse. Read it aloud and I guarantee you'll feel better.

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