Greeting cards and holiday cards are now available through my Etsy shop. These graphic black & white snowy pines cards are sold as a pack of 5 blank cards and envelopes perfect for holiday greetings, thank yous, or just a note to say hello. Each pack is $15 each, head on over to my Etsy shop to purchase.

Recently, Gallery MAR came up to the cabin and the studio for a little visit to see what I've been working on for my new show. Opening at the end of November here in Park City, the new show called "Forging Ahead" explores what it is like to step into the unknown, to walk into the fog and say yes to adventure without knowing what lies ahead. Read their blog post to see what other insights they had about my current work and how my experience with nature informs my work.

Puerto Rico needs our help desperately. I'm selling another watercolor with full proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity's Hurricane Maria Disaster Relief Fund. You get a painting and I'll donate the full $85. You can find this watercolor over on my Etsy Shop.
It's snowing here again. Awoke to 2.5 inches and it's coming down good still. The nice thing about snow is that you can go tromping around in it. Sure, you might get a little cold, but you don't get soaked like if it were raining. Honestly, I prefer the snow to rain, because it doesn't keep you inside. Instead it begs you to come out and play, to laugh as you try and catch fat flakes on your tongue, to relish in the crunch underfoot, and enjoy the sweet stillness of the world around you as it snuggles under a blanket of snow. It amazes me that the leaves are still quite green and have barely turned yellow. It seems like a very late fall.

Photo by Claire Wiley/Eclectic Brew Productions
Do you like to paint, draw, write, dance, photograph, make videos, or just be creative? Join me on Saturday September 30th for our first ever Utah Open Lands Creative Meetup in Bonanza Flat. I am hosting this incredible event as a way to celebrate this beautiful, new open space. Whatever your creativity is, we want you to come and use it. Starting at 4pm, we will play and make art until sunset. Please RSVP by emailing - space is limited as we don't want to be huge impact in the land. You'll get directions to the site meetup soon before the date! 
Earlier this summer I worked on a wonderfully large commission, called Sammammish, for a family in Washington State. And now, we get to see it in place above their fireplace in their living room and it looks amazing!!! Thank you for the fantastic picture. My favorite thing is to see paintings go to good homes and this is a great one. Huge thanks to Gallery MAR for this perfect placement and help with the commission.
"Go Forth
38 x 60 in; August 2017
Encaustic + Milk Paint

I've been looking back through my sketchbook and the scenes I captured from our recent roadtrip. On our way to BC we stopped in the Cascades in Washington to go for a hike up to Franklin Falls. The hike was mellow and filled with families exploring the cool, aqua stream and shady forest floor. The base of the falls was a perfect picnic spot and full of people enjoying the refreshing mist as the water tumbled over the rocks. While on location, I was able to get a rough sketch down, but then kept coming back to work on it, adding watercolor next, then more ink lines. I also explored adding figures there at the bottom - the shapes turned out better than I hoped!
Beautiful purple clam shells I found while on the beach yesterday in Vancouver. The wet insides of the shells already seemed like an abstract watercolor to me and I was so intrigued to try and recreate them. I had to get the shells wet again to bring out the shine, but still couldn't quite get down the simple elegance of their unique and inviting interiors. Don't you just want ice cream bowls made to look like these? Nature has so much to teach.

I am so excited to announce my first ever watercolor painting workshop to be held on Saturday, August 26th from 1-6 pm. This workshop is for anyone who wants to get outside to enjoy nature, paint en plein air, learn more about watercolor, or my techniques to capture nature on paper. Read on to find out more about this exciting new class and sign up to come learn with me. I hope you can join!

**This class is currently full. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, please email me at**

Utah wildflowers are looking beautiful right now, so I went on a mission to paint what was in bloom right now. Larkspur and Stickseed have been blooming for a couple of weeks, Wallflowers were next, and just recently the Lomatium, Indian Paintbrush, and the Sticky Geranium started. There are two on the right, I can't identify - one is like a tiny aster that grows low to the ground in rocky soil. The other is tall and straight with small white blooms. Let me know if you know! There were others in bloom beyond these as well, but it was all I had room for.
"Sammamish" is one of my latest encaustic painting - a giant commission for a lovely family. If it looks this good here on the back of my studio, I know it's going to look amazing once the painting is hung in it's new home. Huge thanks to Gallery MAR for making the connection. It is a delight to work with clients who want a special, custom painting for their home.
When a painting is so big you actually have to crawl on top of it to paint on it. Good thing my husband builds such sturdy panels for me. It's summer time up here, which also means it's hot in the studio when the wax is on. Panels this big give off their own heat signature. It's easy to get dehydrated, so I need to drink a lot of water today
"Timp View"
20 x 20 in; June 2017
Encaustic + Milk Paint

Day 72! Almost three quarters of the way through and I am feeling strong with these watercolors. I have been really enjoying this daily meditation as a way to document the landscapes I see in my day to day life. However it will be nice to have that hour of my day back when the project concludes. I plan on creating a book at the end of this project to put all the paintings in one place. Stay tuned and let me know if you're interested in getting a book with all the landscapes!
23 x 23 in; June 2017
Encaustic + Milk Paint

"The Collective"
20 x 30 in; June 2017
Encaustic + Milk Paint

Last week, Gale Straub of the She Explores Podcast interviewed me about my art and how I'm doing everything I can to save Bonanza Flats. I listen to the She Explores Podcast on the regular and really enjoy the stories of women getting out in nature, building companies, learning about themselves and how the outdoors is such an integral part of their lives. The outdoors is critical for my life as is my backyard, Bonanza Flats. I really loved how Gale took my hour long ramblings from the interview and turned it into a succinct and compelling story - heck even I was impressed with myself after she spun her magic. I'm super excited to share my story about how I'm saving land with art. Give it a listen and please, donate to save Bonanza Flat. Subscribe to the She Explores Podcast via iTunes, Google Play or Stitcher, or listen directly from the website
Last weekend we went camping in the City of Rocks, Idaho. It is one of my favorite places in the world. I am secretly torn between telling you about this magical place and not, because part of me wants to keep it like this forever and not let it get popular. But I also want to share this sketchbook painting of it with you, so now it's too late and you already know about it. If you go, tell 'em I sent you.

I did this painting over the course of two mornings. I made myself get out of the cozy confines of our camper bed, crawl over my dreamy sleepy husband, forsake my morning tea, to go sit on a hard rock for an hour and a half to draw and then paint. Oh the sacrifices we make to be artists! No but seriously, my butt really hurt afterwards, because I was sitting funny for a while on a hard rock.

Here's the pen drawing after day 1 of my session. When I started, I thought, oh I'll get this done in a day, no problem! Nope. When you have to draw that many rocks, you should expect it to take awhile. And I didn't even draw all the rocks.

Please note: This drawing is not at all accurate and should not be used in any shape or form as a route finding map or guide to clime rocks. Rock climbing is inherently dangerous, just fyi. It's also super fun.

And here's the view without my drawing mucking it up. Isn't it glorious?!?!?

I am thrilled to announce my latest collaboration in an effort to save Bonanza Flat. I've teamed up with Salt Lake-based gear company Prival to make these beautiful (super soft!) organic cotton tshirts featuring my own design. Working with Prival co-founder Tony Pavlantos and screen-printer extraordinare Nick Jones, we converted my artwork into beautiful cause-based tshirts. Tony had the vision, I created the artwork, and Nick turned it into a one-of-a-kind shirt. In fact each shirt is a piece of art in itself, because each screen print is totally unique. 

All the profits and my commission for the shirt are all being donated to help buy Bonanza Flat through June 14th! These organic tshirts are $35 each and are available in unisex and women's sizes through Prival's website.

The original artwork

The artwork transformed into a screen.

Picking colors

The first pull. Because we are using multiple colors, each pull creates a truly unique shirt. 
Each one is a piece of art.

Men's & Unisex

Ladies sizes too!

More info from Prival
The campaign to “Save Bonanza Flats” has been running for over six months now, and has displayed impressive support from the public. As the June 15th deadline approaches, we feel urged to put forth all possible efforts to make a final push toward the land purchase goal. In collaboration with local artists Bridgette Meinhold and Nick Jones, Prival Concepts is launching a USA-made, organic cotton t-shirt to benefit Bonanza Flats. The shirt features a beautiful image of aspen trees changing colors through the seasons in front of a sea of pines. Starting from a sketch to a watercolor painting in Bridgette Meinhold’s notebook, her artwork was then translated to a t-shirt image by screen printer Nick Jones. 

Each shirt features a unique palette of colors, as they are screen printed individually by hand. The inks used are water-based, making them more environmentally friendly than traditional inks. Even the screens themselves are more sustainable than the standard, as they feature aluminum frames and organic silk screens that can be recycled and composted at the end of their respective lives. To complement the eco-conscious screening process, we have sourced t-shirts that are made of organic cotton and made in the U.S.A.
Prival will donate all profits from the shirts, until June 15th, to the Bonanza Flats effort. In addition, Bridgette Meinhold has agreed to donate all of her artist commission proceeds until June 15th. We truly believe in the importance of public lands, and hope to make an impact with this collaboration.

Images courtesy of Prival and Mark Long
I am half way through my 100 Imagined Landscapes. Thank you all so much for the support and encouragement. At this point it feels like a natural extension of me to paint every day. My life didn't use to be like this. I used to only paint when I was inspired or had "something" to paint or create. And now I paint as though it were an extension of understanding. Seriously though, I love how my brain is working right now.
As a reminder, all of these watercolors are for sale through my Etsy shop. Watercolors are $40 each with all the proceeds going to help save Bonanza Flat.

"Profound Stillness"
35 x 19 in; May 2017
Encaustic + Milk Paint

Big thanks again to Diane West Art for an amazing show and Gallery Walk in Durango on May 12th. We drove out 10 new paintings for the show after snowmobiling them from the cabin and we were greeted by a lovely crowd out enjoying a perfect Durango evening. If you are in SW Colorado this summer, please stop by the gallery to see the new paintings for yourself in person.

My new show at Diane West Art opens in Durango, CO. We're having a reception during Gallery Walk from 5-8 and Matt and I will be there. Please stop by and say hi! I brought 10 new encaustic paintings with me and they were all snowmobiled out from our cabin and studio in Park City (we still have 4 feet of snow on the ground). This painting is called "On the Horizon" and is a 24x40 inches. For more info contact Diane West Art.