Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Here is detail of a painting I am currently working on. It is a woman surrounded by 3 birds. I had the opportunity this last weekend to attend an artist's retreat where I met James Christensen who is one of my all time favorite artists. I remember so clearly seeing his work when I was 14 at ZCMI mall. It is pretty cool what 20 years can do. There I was relating to him as another working artist. He was the keynote speaker and gave such an inspiring talk. I had the opportunity in the past as well as at the retreat to meet his daughters Cassandra Barney and Emily McPhie who are both delightful. All three of us are mothers of girls and working artists and relate in so many areas... but first and foremost the lack of time! I think time and the management of it will forever be my greatest struggle as a mother and an artist.

6 comments:

maurerblog said...

Can you teach ME to paint?! :)

Sylvia said...

You are amazing. I love it.

rochelle said...

I love that you are conversing with one of your youth-time heroes as an equal. How many of us get to do that in our lives? Keep up what you're doing. The work is amazing.

aBfife said...

I love the ostrich painting! I too am a mother and artist....balance, balance, balance. It eludes me. Your work carries me away.

Sue said...

melis...my daughter just said, "wow, she's really good at ostriches. it looks totally real." i had to agree.

Waylon Summers said...

love...love the new work!