Words & art

from my soul to yours

Welcome to my Art Barn, my friend!

We’ve transformed a 150-year-old sheep shearing barn in rural Sonoma County, California, into my art studio.  I call it the Art Barn.  It’s a place of refuge, who’s only purpose is to be a space for holding the joy of creativity and artistic experimentation.

I love to create in general, but I really love to paint and to write poetry.  I also love sharing techniques and methods I’ve learned.  Art and soul are infused in everything I create, and everything I teach.  We find healing when we extract our essence through creative pursuits.

Sharing my paintings, my poems, and my practices with the world are my greatest joys.

Lisa in a driftwood hut on the beach.

About Me

So who am I?  I’m just a person who’s lived a little, then a little more, and more………OK, so I’ve lived A LOT!!  I am an artist, a poet, an architect, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a singer, an animal lover and a nature lover, among many of my other labels.

Life is a fascinating and bumpy ride, with successes and mistakes and lessons learned. Some forgotten and re-learned over and over.  It’s important for me to remember I am a work in progress  —  just like YOU.

I paint with words, and I write in color.  I play with all of it, and I encourage others to do the same.  I create poems of hope and freedom.  Words of love, and of truth………and of reckoning.  The myriad emotional truths that we all feel, and are often unable to express or understand.

If there is nothing else that I accomplish in my life, let it be this: to express in my art that we are all struggling souls on a journey, that we have infinitely more in common with each other than we have differences, and that loving every soul—starting with our own—is the path to joy and world peace.

Layers of paint... and optimism.

Painting is a lot like life.

Under each piece of my art are layers and layers of paint and words.  The energy and life in the painting grows and becomes more unique with every layer added. The words I choose are always life-affirming, true, and growth-inspiring. The colors I use flow from the feelings I want my finished paintings to embody and exude.

So much more than paint and a canvas goes in to each of my paintings. If you happen to buy one of them, I hope you’ll feel the little part of my heart that comes with it. 💕