Thursday, December 17, 2009

no torch bezel

These two bracelets are samples of one of three classes which I will be teaching in Columbus, Ohio for Artiscape-an artist's gathering. The retreat is being held on April 16 - 18, 2010. I will also be teaching a drawing class and a collage class. Plus, I will have a vendors booth where you can stop by and view/purchase other pieces of jewelry. Hope to see you there. More information can be found here then click Artiscape on the left.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

collage workshop


December 12, 2009
Rainbow Stained Glass
Prescott Valley, Arizona

Hot colored wax, shimmering foils, images, bits of text, ephemera, and layers of transparent glazes are what make these mini collages fabulous. Small enough (3x3.5) to display on tiny spaces, adorn an altered journal cover, or as an artful hanging ornament. The first part of the class will be dedicated to the basics of painting with hot colored wax. I will show you how you can paint a landscape in 60 seconds and how to make monoprints of your work. The second part of the class will be dedicated to designing three or more mini collages using the monoprints. I will furnish the wax, the thermal tools and paper. Other samples of my work will be available for inspiration. Please join us for a day of fun and artful explorations.
For questions and information, Contact Rebecca or Cory

Monday, November 02, 2009

new class

NEW CLASS soon to be available. Learn to assemble a STATEMENT NECKLACE using all the treasures you have collected and then some. Emphasis on design and the different ways to attach the components. This sample photo is just one of many designs to be inspired by. Each will be original ....each will be fabulous. Contact if you would like to be part of the class. Limited seating, register early.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

new collages

Title: Deer Crossing
This 5x5 collage is available for purchase

Title: Seasonal Color
This 5x5 collage is available for purchase

Saturday, October 10, 2009

in memory of mario

Many years ago before I became a painter, I was a hairstylist. I had a friend, teacher, mentor, and trainer named Mario Olivarez. He was an innovative award winning stylist who mentored many. I was one of the lucky ones who did not mind getting pushed into entering hair styling and haircutting competitions. Because of him I won seventy some awards competing throughout the country and made the USA Hairstyling Team Competition. Much later, before he passed, he gave me a little bag filled with turquoise. I recently made this necklace in his honor. Thank you Mario for believing in me...we all miss you.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

recycle reuse redesign

No....I did not do a painting of jeans. But, for almost three months, as I stayed home with a horrible cough, bug, who knows...I would look at the pile of jeans thinking I must get rid of them. Then I would think of my mother who could create anything from nothing, say to me, "use them to make something". So, with scissors in hand, I started cutting them up... along with scraps of painted canvas, buttons, thread, and who knows what. I started to create what is now a new line of Western Chic accessories, hand bags and jewelry that include denim and hand painted canvas. These are being well received....let's see what happens. Let's see how long my muse sticks around. You can view a few of these addictive items here on my Etsy Gallery....enjoy, feedback is always appreciated.

Saturday, September 05, 2009


Sorry...have not been around for a while. Been fighting a "bad bug" for almost two months. I was able to work on some small collages and am trying to get my teaching samples out .
I will be teaching at After Midnight Art Ranch in October.
and Fort Collins CO. in November. For more information contact
The collage pictured here will be leaving for Norway soon to be part of a collaborative journal.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

the empty nest

Size: 7 x 11
Mixed media

Lately, empty nests have become a big part of my work. This piece is very textural with many layers of color.

Monday, July 13, 2009

the first blossoms

Size 5 x 5 Collage
Just returned from teaching in Fort Collins, Co. This little collage is one of the workshop demo pieces.
It includes acrylics, handmade papers, texturizing, and stenciling.
The painting is ready for purchase. Contact for more information.
The next workshop in Fort Collins will be the first weekend of November 2009. Everyone is invited.
Click here to view another demo piece, and here for updates on the workshops.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Figs in Mixed Media

Even if you don't like figs, I think you might like the ones I just painted in Mixed Media. You can see the painting at

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

man's credit score dips

Size: 11 x 14
Mixed Media Collage
This piece was started as a collage demonstration during the March workshop session in Fort Collins, Colorado. Life got in the way and it went into the incubation bin. This week it came back to life. I treated part of the surface with paint, added more collage, stenciling, scaffito, and a few swipes of metallic wax. It will now be available for purchase here. The next Create With Moxie Workshop session in Fort Collins will be July 10 thru 12, 2009. Registration is now open. Contact for workshop information.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

texas gold

Mixed Media Necklace
This item is available for purchase by contacting .
As some of you already know, I suffered the loss of my granddaughter Nicole three months ago. and if that were not enough I lost the lease to my studio a week later. I have not had the energy to look for a new space or even to post on my blogs as often as I would like...I know you will understand. I am working on my jewelry line and a few small art projects from my in home studio. I will keep you posted on the new works and give you information on up coming workshops on this site and on . Items for sale can also be found on .
The necklace on this post has an element from a charm exchange and a piece of sea glass embraced with fantasy film.

Friday, April 03, 2009

watercolor portrait

This is a sample of what I do with left over demo pieces. The demonstration was about reverse printing, collage and over spraying. Months later, I used the demo piece to teach a beginner watercolor portrait class. I love the marks where the reverse printing became part of her hair, some will see the marks on her face as mistakes...I see them as creative opportunities. I will be teaching these techniques this fall in Fort Collins , Colorado. Check this site and here also for workshop information.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

art jewelry trunk show

If you are going to be in the Denver area March 11 thru 15, you may want to make a side trip to Fort Collins to attend a fabulous Art Jewelry Trunk Show presented by Cory Celaya and sponsored by The Creative Underground at At Timeless Creations. Cory uses skills from all areas of her art studies to create unique handcrafted art jewelry. New and recycled materials, combined with miniature art pieces and married metals make each piece a one of a kind work of art. Stop by The Creative Underground at Timeless Creations 1636 S. College Ave. Fort Collins, Co. 80525. Hours: 10 -6 Monday thru Saturday. You can see more of Cory's art jewelry designs at

Sunday, February 22, 2009

cigar box shrine auction

An auction to benefit the street children of Oaxaca will open online March1, 2009. Please visit Create With Moxie for information and view photos of the shrines. Please join a wonderful artist and friend, Rebecca Brooks in her effort to help the street children of Qaxaca.

Monday, February 16, 2009

star fish

A bit of eye candy for those of you that like jewelry. I have been busy creating a line of jewelry for an upcoming Trunk Show in Fort Collins, Colorado. Some will soon be featured on my Etsy gallery. Visit the gallery here.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Congratulations to the winner of OWOH 2009 event.
The winner is KATHY...the artchic from Colorado.
Please email me your address so I can send you the necklace.
Kathy has till Feb. 15 to respond before another number is drawn.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

new mixed media workshop series

Students of all levels are invited to attend a NEW CREATE WITH MOXIE MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOP SERIES starting in March 2009 in Fort Collins, Colorado. Cory will also be teaching a BEAD AND FIBER NECKLACE class along with a TRUNK SHOWING of her jewelry designs. More information here and here.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

one world one heart 2009 giveaway

Hosted by Lisa Swifka. Visit the event blog here. This year I will give away two items, one on this blog and the other can bee seen here. Anyone with an active blog can enter to win this mixed media necklace. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post along with your email address so I can contact you if you win. The event runs from Jan 19 thru Feb 12, 2009. I will pick a winner on Feb 12 at ten pm Arizona moutant standard time. Good luck to all persons leaving a comment. Click here to see more of my jewlery designs.

NOTE: I lost eight posts but I was able to enter your names in the drawing. You may click on comments to see the names listed.


Sunday, January 04, 2009


Look for the ONE WORLD ONE HEART 2009 giveaway. Check this this blog and my other blog to see what items I will be giving away. Details will be posted on or after January 19, 2009.

natures alter

Size: 22 x 30
This is a demo painting of a wet pour using watercolor, ink, and collage this time.
This and other methods will be taught at the Fort Collins, Colorado workshops beginning in March 2009.
For workshop information contact