Sitting in Virginia Beach classroom as a new Navy recruit, I watched as both Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon be attacked on 9/11/2001. Many people remember where they were that day, the emotions that they felt and the fear of what is to come next. It’s been over 20 years now, as I write this, and I’m in disbelief that it’s been so long. Much has changed through-out the world, our generation has been shaped with our remembrance and the first responders and military branches will always be united with our common desire to defend our nation.
The painting you see here, was an entry into an art contest that represented first responders and military as still standing united after 20 years. “Always Defend” is an oil painting on canvas and is currently residing in the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago. She was one of the top 5 finalist out of 140 applicants, including 2D art and Poems. She was printed on thousands of postcards and sent out the veterans, active duty and first responders throughout the United States. I am so very proud and honored to have been a finalist and to show the strength that all of us share 20 years after 9/11.
Prints are available of this painting, please contact me for more information.
If you’re ever in Chicago, give her a glance and a long look at the other fantastic and emotional art that resides in that museum. Many Veterans and Active-duty members use art as a form of solitude, anxiety suppressant and a way to express our happiness, fear and togetherness.
Please check out and honor the art of many at this museum, many of the works can be viewed online at http://www.nvam.org .
You can also find volunteer opportunities at http://www.Challengeamerica.com
Veterans can link their art abilities with classes, events and competitions at http://www.cavarts.org.
Yay! I’ve joined the 28th Placer Artist Studio Tour!
I am so excited to have joined this wonderful event. This will be my first time, out in public, displaying my artwork. Talk about being nervous! I’m going to be around so many talent artist, I look forward to the conversations and learning experience this will be.
I will be located at the Art League of Lincoln (Art League of Lincoln – Home), a fabulous location to be at! Sadly, I will not be showing my art at my Fat Cat Crafts Art Studio but maybe next year the artist in Foresthill and the Foresthill Community Art Guild can come together and offer a location up on “the hill’. I can only dream.
If you have questions about the Placer Artist Studio tour, please check out their website http://www.PlacerArtisttour.org
Be apart of the 28th Placer Artist Studio Tour by being a sponsor! Sponsorships (placerartiststour.org)
A lot will be going on in these next few months, so check back often. I will try and keep you informed as the information is passed along. Save the date for November 12,13 and 14th, right in time for some Christmas shopping.
My Studio, my sanctuary, my circus
Fat Cat Crafts Studio welcomes you! This is my space to create art with multiple mediums for painting, sewing, and paper crafts. Why Fat Cat? Let me explain
This is our fat cat Shelby, our inspiration for my art logo. She is our oldest cat, in her retirement years, and has been with us since she was a few months old. She has assisted me with my degree in Sociology, loves laying on fabric and of course has to be the center of attention. She is my baby, my companion and the reason we’ll need to take out a loan so she has plenty of cat treats.
In 2019, I opened a store front to sell craft supplies in our community called Lynnwood Crafts. I didn’t have the foggiest idea of what I wanted as a logo. I approached my artistic husband for some ideas, this is what he came up with. Shelby was doing her normal passive aggressive “ignoring your existence” routine to Steve, so he drew her protest. He showed me his drawing, and simultaneously, we stated “Fat Cat Crafts”, which was then added to the drawing. Of course, she has her treats by her side.
Fat Cat Crafts logo was born! Lynnwood Crafts had permanently closed in 2020 but the art was still alive. Through troubling times, art and crafts were the mediums of comfort and expression. As a developing artist, a larger space was needed. Fat Cat Crafts studios was upgraded to our downstairs area included a private deck. We added cabinets and a craft island, which has added more obstacles for our cats (including Shelby) to run about and create chaos. We wouldn’t have it any other way. I may be painting the art, but it is a family affair. It takes this whole household to inspire art, inspire love and inspire chaos as only fat cats can ensue.