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Let’s Talk Solutions

I recently read an article shared with me by a friend about the transition of the office of President to that of pop-culture celebrity. Please read the article first, so you can fully understand my response below. Let’s Talk Solutions Time and time again, I read articles about the problem with culture and politics; with […]

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Sometimes, it’s disappointing when you get accepted to a show.

I’m not complaining, but I am a little dumb-founded. First, the good news – I was accepted to the Pen Women show coming up in August. The confusing part – the piece they chose. I submitted a sculpture and two paintings. They chose the sculpture; the least complex and challenging of the artwork. It just […]

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This painting was commissioned by a friend who works at FreedomWorks. She was kind enough to send me some photos of the painting in her office. It is quite an honor to have a painting in such a prestigious location, right in the heart of D.C. I hope it will inspire those who see it […]

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Horses, Patriotism and Art Therapy

***The featured image for this post is one of the paintings I donated in 2014 to help raise money for Take Aim At Human Trafficking.*** Five short years ago, I partnered with a wonderful woman in Pennsylvania to host an event to promote patriotism in the arts. Because I live in Georgia, this event did […]

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Home Folk 2015 at The Quinlan Center

Home Folk Statement 2015 Two years ago, my family and I had a dream of moving to the country and getting a farm. Well, we didn’t get the farm, but we did move to the country. Although we technically live ‘in town’, it is only just so. With a cow pasture at the end of […]

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My New Love – Junk and Salvage Art!

Actually, I’ve had a bit of a soft spot for art made of cast-off objects cobbled together by someone with an eye for design and the imagination to pull it off. I have not, previously, had the time, space or materials to work in this way. Now, we live in the country, and though my […]

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Conventional Art Forms as a Tool for an Unconventional Approach to Culture

Kathy Graybill has been one of the most directly inspirational artists I have met over the years. Her beautiful and complex body of work has motivated me to pursue an artistic avenue that I previously thought impractical – hand painted furniture and primitives. I have become familiar with her work over the last year, through a […]

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Liberty as a Human Rights Icon

…Liberty has the potential to become a universal as well as national icon; for individual Liberty is, at its core, a human right.

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Patriotic Symbolism in the Arts

On this Memorial Day holiday, I am drawn to consider all of the lives lost over the generations of American history, in the pursuit of freedom; at home and abroad. I wonder what it is about contemporary American culture that makes the simple concept of Liberty, something everyone should relate to in a positive way […]

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Kathy Graybill Interview: Painted Antiques and Reproduction Furniture and Folk Art

I have a friend who owns an antique shop on mainstreet in my town. I first saw Kathy’s work there, and was instantly impressed by its quality and beauty. Kathy makes antique replicas and folk sculpture, among other things. I asked her for an interview, and she graciously answered some questions for me. Please take […]