Saturday, March 1, 2014

Paperswell: Flowers/Ladies/Art

It was a real treat to get my copy of Paperswell a couple of weeks ago. A very talented designer by the name of Kelle McCarter contacted me last year, inviting me to be a part of the latest issue of her magazine. I was thrilled. You can see a preview here and order your own copy by clicking on the link above. The magazine has a spread on each artist, and features beautiful designers of stationery, and illustrators as well. All proceeds go to the Golden Retrievers of the Rockies fund! You can't go wrong with that :)

Kelle has also written a lovely piece on me on her blog. Check it out here.

To learn more about Kelle, please click here.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Threshold (Anemones)

Revisiting a project from several years ago, I found this drawing and painting to be such a struggle to create today. I hate when art-making is a struggle. I feel like I'm at the threshold between old and new (what I've done and what I'm not sure of). I'm feeling insecure about it. Frustrating and challenging. I just wanted to put this idea down. It's been milling around in my head for weeks. But my vision and reality have become two different things. Maybe that's a good thing? This is what came out. I'm not sure yet what I think, because they are me and not me at the same time. I know that I am impatient and rusty. But I was thinking of my old friend Klimt a little bit. And a new guy came into my head today, Odilon Redon. Not someone I ever look to. But I don't have control over that. When I draw, it's something else that moves the brush and pen...this much I do know. I'm feeling like those fragile anemones.

Venus and Adonis (the origin of the red anemone)

Anemones (the death and rebirth of Adonis)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Tilly (or Matilda) came into my life on November 13, 1998. She was a Toroise Shell Calico (Tortie) kitten that locked eyes with me in her cage (she actually hypnotized me), and has been the love of my life ever since. But her life took some twist and turns as she had to stay with my sister for several years. But that just gave her double the love. Just last week, Tilly was diagnosed with nasal cancer that has eaten through her bone, slowly invading her brain, and pushing on her eye.

In a million years, I never thought this was the way Tilly would end her days...she is a fiesty cat, full of piss and vinegar and won't give up easily. Neither will I. That's why I started this fundraising campaign for her. In return for your donation (however small or big), you will receive a beautiful piece of art that you can remember me and her by. Maybe you have always wanted to buy original art, or would like to add to your collection. Well, here is your incentive.

Tilly and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


Winter Watermelon, made of cashmere
Verdura, merino wool
Stones and Snow, made of handspun wool from Isreal and Vermont

Persian Garden

Rhapsody in Pink and Grey, wool blends with handpainted silk

Sunday, April 28, 2013



My trip to India (and then onwards to Bhutan), took me into a foreign yet familiar place: the continent of Asia, where I was born a few countries away in Iran. I hadn't been on this continent in 35 years. What I experienced in India was the kindness of strangers, yet people I felt quite close to me in culture. We drove from Delhi to Agra and on the way saw life passing by, the daily lives of people I saw out of a window for a split second and then gone. Poverty, color, chaos, textures, fantastic textiles and faces...

The Taj Mahal took my breath away. I could have sat there and watched it for hours continuously change in the light. One of my most dear memories is drawing and painting this wondrous, romantic monument from the gardens behind it.  

Jaipur gave me so much in the way of inspiration. I tried to capture its countryside and citylife.  The elephants however were the things that stayed with me the most. Their gorgeously-painted faces, their expressive eyes, and stately walk.

There is so much grandeur side by side with humility in India. I feel that is the best way I could describe it. It taught me so much. The people, mainly, and their attitude towards life.

Pink Taj

Hindu women

Cow amidst the chaos, Pink City
Reluctant Camels
Blue Taj
Taj Mahal
The Street
Sacred Gav

Ladies in the Taj Garden

Out my window
Rabari goatkeeper
Elephants of India
Mahuts on Painted Elephants
Night Garden, Taj Mahal
Taj at Sunset

Elephants on parade, Jaipur

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A new blog comes forth

Today I spotted two fashionable men on the train. I sneaked a photo of one. The other...well, I told this white lie that I had a blog about men's clothing, yada yada, and could I take a photo of his cool ensemble. He was quite dashing, Irish I think, and a good sport. He let me take a couple pics. And then.................he asked what the name of my blog was.

Yikes. Now what? Now, I had to make a blog. So I did. Today. It's called stylish men make me drool.
Check it out. Become a subscriber. Enjoy.

And if you are the Irishmen (or Englishmen?) checking it out: thanks for the inspiration to start the blog. Sometimes white lies pay off. Hope you're not cross :)