"The truth is revealed by removing things that stand in its light, an art not unlike sculpture, in which the artist creates, not by building, but by hacking away." Alan Watts
Opening of Light
mixed media on canvas
48" x 36"
Yoga + Art? Yes, Please!
Join Samantha da Silva and Amy Conn for a blissful day of yoga, art, and delicious food. Discover your hidden creative talents as Samantha guides you in an inspiring art session. Amy will lead you through a rejuvenating yoga practice and soothing meditation. To top it off, enjoy a catered vegetarian lunch and a sound bath. All art supplies will be provided, just bring your own yoga mat and comfortable clothing. Get ready for a day of relaxation and self-expression!
Day Two: SOLD OUT Fearless Abstract Painting w/ Metallics at Workshop SLC
Day One: SOLD OUT Fearless Abstract Painting w/ Metallics at Workshop SLC with guest Peter Rosen from KLS News Channel 5!
"My current body of work is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, where I have lived for four years. Upon moving to a new place I make a point of visiting monuments and other unique natural features. From these excursions and hikes near my home, I collect materials that feel significant, like iron-rich dirt, sawdust, and charcoal for instance. Once I get in the studio, I begin layering the canvas with local newspaper and plaster, refurbished paint, and finally, the collected organic material. The process is fast and is intended to provide an environment that gives these collected materials agency to create form."
An Oasis of the Spirit
mixed media on canvas
48" x 60"
Moving is an exciting adventure that offers new beginnings and possibilities.
However, after experiencing forty moves, I have come to realize that constant relocation can take a toll on both financial and emotional resources. It's like transplanting a tender plant repeatedly, preventing it from establishing deep roots and thriving. Through these experiences, I've gained valuable insights that have reshaped my approach to life and possessions.
Here are the ten important lessons I've learned:
Finding balance as a successful artist is an art in itself.
I often ponder how much time I should dedicate to my family and close friends on my jam-packed calendar. For me, being a truly successful artist goes beyond just professional achievements. It's about cherishing the love and respect of those nearest and dearest to my heart.
Celebrating 15 years as a full-time professional artist and arts educator with my besties in Las Vegas.
Passion and Patience in the Desert, mixed media on canvas, 60" x 48"
I couldn't be happier to embark on creating a third commission painting for one of my cherished collectors. The initial stages are brimming with excitement as I gather essential details—exploring lines, shapes, forms, spaces, textures, values, and the perfect color palette. I look forward to sharing the finished painting with you.
This blog was created to share my belief that the art-making process is a catalyst for transformation and personal empowerment. I am living proof.