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I will tell you now that I am no pro at social media. I did try to do Facebook years ago and it consumed me. So I suppose I do exist there but don’t really participate much. For some reason I have a better relationship with Instagram…and I got on that mainly because my boys were. Well they’ve since moved on to Snapchat, which I don’t quite understand…why snap when you can already text…and save pics too…anyway. So Instagram it is. I just started a separate art account which is kind of fun. It allows me to not only post my pieces, but I can give a little insight to each one. Which I don’t typically do much on my website. So that’s cool…Feel free to look me up. ArtAlthea_artist 

I’m gonna get so good at this. ūüėČ

This month gave me the opportunity to demo my collage process and create with the students at Cherokee Elementary in Paradise Valley, Arizona. What a great group of kids, each student helping me choose the perfect piece of paper and find its appropriate spot on the canvas.

Typically a large piece can take a month to complete. With a little prep work ahead of time, we were able to finish two large collages in one day! One piece to auction off at their Art Walk fundraiser that night, as well as  another to be given a permanent home in the school. I learned a lot working so fast! And each piece turned out beautifully, hopefully inspiring creativity in all these blooming artists!

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So often I have been asked to teach my torn collage technique, and I am so glad to announce that my first workshops have finally become reality. I really enjoyed the sweet, talented students that joined me for my first workshop in Cave Creek, Arizona. With a bit of instruction and demos, it was a fun day of painting papers, ripping and gluing to create one of a kind collages. My next workshop on April 18th is filling up fast, so make sure to email me if you are interested!  I will also keep you up-to-date on any upcoming workshops. IMG_3818IMG_3822IMG_3816 IMG_3824

If you’re up in the beautiful¬†Flagstaff area over the Forth of July weekend (with everyone else!), you should come join me at¬†the Flagstaff Art in the Park! Should be a fantastic¬†show¬†and¬†of course the weather is much cooler!


I wanted to share with you a picture sent in to me from the proud owner of one of my commissioned pet pieces‚ĶCypress posing in bed in front of her self portrait! Livin’ the life!!!

Thanks Amie!

From that morning venture, just off the road I found this old weathered barn..or cabin…or what was it? Wouldn’t it be neat to know? It looks to have been there for such a long time! Perfectly weathered. Timeless. With the kind of wood you would want your new floors made from.

Such a big piece for me, 48 x 36. Took a long time! I often get asked how long each piece takes. I have yet to give an accurate answer, but I can give a reasonable answer…as long as it takes with two boys, a husband, 2 guinea pigs and 1 1/2 ¬†dogs! I stop and start so often that I don’t keep track of my hours. If there is free time of at least an hour I will start painting (with glue of course!) but my goal is to finish about 1 piece per month. Mas o menus!

2013 is flying by so fast! The boys will be out of school in another week and then what!? They are becoming pretty independent so I am hoping I will still find enough time for art, although you can bet my interuptions will be many. Especially since our neighborhood seems to have sprouted with kids, most of which congregate in and out of our house. I’m not complaining, it is quite fun around here; sure beats driving them around everywhere else.

Speaking of driving around, we recently visited the cabin in ShowLow, AZ. I woke up one morning at 5am, since the sun was about to rise, and decided to venture out scouting. I had just finished a piece before our trip and thought Id check out this area for new ideas. Wow, mornings are so wonderful! When is the last time you just went outside to walk or drive around and explore so early in the morning? So peaceful! Why dont I do that more often? Well I will now.

Driving around I went looking for different photo ops, getting in no ones way. No horn honking. No one yelling at me to get off their property. :> You end up exploring, finding new things that were so close to you but you never knew they were there. But now I do.

A beautiful trail with an old stick fence that leads to a stonewall bridge with a running creek through it, sparkling in the morning sun. Old barns seen from a different angle and in a new light. I would have never found those perfectly lit purple irises. But for some reason I am always especially drawn to the horses. Can you blame me?

When I stop to say hello to a horse, another will come running. They love a little distraction from their morning grazing. A handful of grass and a scratch on the rump would make this horse breathe in my ear. Oh, I could do this all day! Even the shy colts warmed up to me! So many horses and I still feel the need to give each one the attention it deserves! Never mind my allergies to them. For now.

So we’ll see if one of my photos from my morning can bring about a little inspiration for a new piece. Either way, I gotta get out more often. In the morning! ¬†ūüôā


Thank you to everyone who stopped by and showed their support during Hidden In The Hills 2012 at Red Rope Studio in Carefree! It is so nice to have met so many people with similar artistic appreciation. I look forward to enjoying the holidays, creating more paper paintings, and seeing you all in March at the Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival!

My first trip to historical Jerome made for some great sight-seeing, as it clings to the side of a mountain 5000 feet in the air. The result is one of my latest pieces, Church on the Hill. The sun was warming the front beautifully, as I strolled up the tree lined road to catch this moment.

This old copper mining town is full of history. Its once wild reputation gave it the title of “The Wickedest Town in the West,” and has since been branded a ghost town haunted by its past. Today Jerome welcomes its tourists and is home to ¬†galleries, wineries, historical sites and a tall hill to climb!

A big thanks goes out to Amie Sassman of Gravy Creative who made this website possible. Amie I couldn’t have done it without you! I hope you love your new pet portrait of Cypress! She was so much fun to create!