I’ve spent my career as an artist bringing ordinary and not-so-ordinary people to life in my illustrations and portrait commissions. I have decades of experience designing greeting cards, childrens’ books, giftware, and limited edition prints. In one of the high points of my career, Hillary Rodham Clinton displayed my portrait of her daughter in the White House. In a note to me she wrote, “I have your Chelsea drawing – my angel- in my private study where I see it every day. It captures her spirit!” Another professional peak was in 2000 when Oprah Winfrey purchased the painting I did of her as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. I was even more thrilled when she featured it on her “Favorite Things Show” later that year.
In 2012 I decided to heed marketing advice and create a blog to help build a following for my art. When I introduced my blog, “Commonplace Grace,” I had no idea I could write or how much I would love the process. To my delight my work was noticed by Arianna Huffington and through her my blog was a regular feature in the Huffington Post until 2018. Today on my blog I’m focusing on a series I call the, “Porch Light Profiles.” In it I am writing about people who live by their inner light and how that impacts the world.
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