Belonging to where we are is imperative to our well being. For me, this means aligning with my own unique purpose for being here, having the courage and the wherewithal to shape ideas into form, and overcoming my own sense of inadequacy and fear to show up in the world.
Incorporating iron-rich, red Utah dirt into my paintings for pigment and texture fills me with excitement. As a child, I used to love to play in the dirt. I suppose I still do! Nature is my muse and my "art store".
I delight in collecting sand and soil from places that have special meaning for me and my clients to mix with acrylic paints and mediums. This creates paintings that have unique, distinctive and cherished aspects of a place in them.
What are you hungry for?
A blank canvas can be a lot like an empty plate. What you choose to put on your plate/canvas depends a lot on what you like and how hungry you are. Some food/color/texture combinations work better than others. Some combinations can make you downright sick! Knowing what works well for you and your "body of work" is a blend of experience and intuition. The more you know yourself, the better your results will be.
Finding orientation, stability & grounding in the four directions:
East: Air, breath & inspiration
South: Fire, transformation & action
West: Water, feeling & reflection
North: Earth, balance & wisdom
Commissioned paintings infused with Hawaiian seashells to serve as "windows to a happier place". My dear friend is undergoing a score of medical procedures. When she commissioned me to paint her 2 paintings with her favorite colors, I was thrilled. I hope they serve as a welcome refuge for years to come.
2-day Distressed Mixed Media Workshop at Workshop SLC. Incorporating collage, newspapers & paint scrapers to create simulated marks of age & wear.
Thank you for teaching me to enjoy the process, and that there are no wrong answers, just different results. Most people get to experience just a glimpse of you - Like a comet or a shooting star. I get to experience you as much as I do. I’m sorry that I forget who you are, who I am, and what this is. It’s an honor and a privilege to co-create with you. Thank you for being my partner.
Your Life as a Work of Art
All That Must Be, Coming Home, In The Sweetness Of You, It's Good To Hear From You & Room With A View
I am thrilled to announce that my work has been featured in the Summer/Fall 2022 Park City issue of Western Home Journal Magazine!
"Living Fearlessly" by Danielle Vigueria
"This phase of my artistry is coming into myself and being less afraid in what I share with the world." Samantha daSilva
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.