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Fall Home Show in Roanoke

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This past weekend, I exhibited some of my work at the 19th annual Fall Home Show in Roanoke, VA. The show took place on Saturday from 10-6PM and Sunday from 12-5PM. This was the first time I’ve ever done a show like this so it was definitely a learning experience.

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There was a decent amount of visitors (the event wasn’t free) and several people took my business card, but I made no sales. I sort of expected this. My main goal was to get more people to see my work and my name and if I sold something then that was a bonus. It was also a chance for me to see how the non-artist community reacted to my work. Several people had nice things to say, and others not so much (no one said anything rude to my face, just loud enough to where I could hear them…).

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Anyway, I’m happy that I got this opportunity to show my work in Roanoke and talk to new people. And if any of you happen to be reading this, thanks for coming out! :]


June + July Inspiration

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1. Maria Lassnig’s paintings–especially the ones with pink

“I was tired of pretending for the sake of others that I would survive. I became preoccupied with the burdens that sick people bear on behalf of those around them who are well.”

2. Interviews with Gregg Bordowitz

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3. Pepto Bismol pink


4. Pinky Bass’ embroidered photographs


5. Sugar

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6. Joseph Grigely’s Conversation pieces

Links: 1a/1b/2/3/4/5/6


Museum Visit: The Art Institute of Chicago


About two weeks ago, I was finally able to go to the huge art museum that’s literally next door to the school I’m going to. As a student, I get in for free and I’m definitely going to make it a point to go at least 5 times next summer.

DSC_2390Anyway, on my first visit, I only had two hours to spend there so I headed straight for the impressionism paintings. Let me preface this by saying that looking at art often makes me pretty emotional. This particular experience was different for me. I’ve been to a couple big art museums and seen my fair share of great art, but at this point in my life a lot of things are going on: I have a couple years of art school and art appreciation under my belt, I’m completely immersed in an intense MFA program, basically breathing and sleeping in my art, plus I have a massive headache and my feet hurt. I suddenly found myself surrounded by paintings by Monet, Van Gogh, and Cezanne, paintings which I’d only ever seen in books and on the internet and I just felt like crying. Contemporary art is generally more conceptual than formal and I found out that I have a special place in my heart for those pieces of art (especially the impressionist paintings) that just depict people and landscapes and still lifes.


Don’t get me wrong, I also felt weepy in the modern wing. As I looked at all these pieces of art that I’ve studied over the years (and then some), I found myself reflecting on my own journey as an artist and dreaming about my future and wondering if my work would ever be in a museum like this one. It also made me wish that I lived closer to a museum like this one so I could visit more often. If you are able to go to an art museum of any kind, then do it! Looking at pictures in books or online just doesn’t compare.

I didn’t have my camera on my first visit so I don’t have pictures from that day, but I bought a few postcards of some of my favorite pieces:


There is also a Magritte exhibit right now, so I’m definitely going to see that before I leave. Thanks for reading!



SAIC Studio Space

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I went to the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art and saw a piece of art by Felix Gonzalez-Torres–it was a stack of these sheets of paper and the intention was for visitors to take a sheet with them in an act of “letting go.”


Can’t have blank walls…

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This space has filled up a little since the photo was taken…

DSC_2063A blank wall ready to display some work!


Portfolio Research

As part of my research for my portfolio about diabetes (and also for my own sake), I took a free online class through Coursera about diabetes. The official title was Diabetes: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Opportunities. It was a five-week class offered by The University of California, San Francisco. I finished up the class last week, and found out that I officially “passed” yesterday:

Picture 6I wasn’t sure what to expect out of this class as all the online classes I’ve been taking are art related. The class was recommended for people in the field of diabetes education and management, so I was worried that a lot of the information would go over my head. A lot of it did, but like I said, I passed the class, so I think I understood more than I thought I would. The multiple weekly video lectures were given by various health professionals covering the topics of “epidemiology, diagnosis, nutritional strategies for self-management, the role of insulin in managing diabetes, effects of diabetes on oral/dental health, and current research in the field” (Coursera). The majority of the information was specified towards type 2 diabetes since the lecturers mostly deal with type 2 patients. Nonetheless, I learned a lot about the complications of diabetes as well as the science behind diagnosis, beta cells, insulin, etc. Some of the images in the videos sparked new painting ideas, such as the teeth painting, which is about periodontal disease.

I’m so grateful that I’m able to take these online courses. They are a great resource and I also get to connect with people from all over the world. I’m getting ready to finish up a 10-week online course called Practice Based Research in the Arts and I’ll make sure to share that with you soon because I’ve been really involved with it and have a lot to tell you!

You can click HERE to check out the loads of free online classes that Coursera is offering. Thanks for reading :]


Art Show at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

This past Wednesday, I attended an art show opening at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, Virginia. Six of my paintings are currently on display there until March. The show is sponsored by the school’s Creativity in Health Education Program, “which is dedicated to surrounding the school’s students, faculty, and staff with the arts to expand their social, cultural, and humanistic awareness.” A few months ago, I attended an art show at the school that focused on mental illness and I was impressed with the turnout and with the work.


When I received a notification of their upcoming Fall Exhibition, I was eager to submit some paintings. The environment is actually pretty perfect for the work I submitted as they are all related to diabetes or biology in some way. The opening was beautifully executed and I was able to talk to several people about my work. My boyfriend and some of my family and friends were able to come to the opening as well, which was really nice. I even ran into my 4th grade gifted art teacher, Mr. Saari, and that was definitely a treat, especially since I was able to tell him that I’m a gifted art teacher myself now :]


I’m always very grateful for the opportunity to show my work to people. It’s always nice to receive feedback, especially since I’m not in school anymore. Since the art show is in a school, access is restricted, so if you’d like to see all of the amazing artwork you need to schedule an appointment. You can do this by contacting Rocio Garza Tisdell at 540-526-2571 or rbgarza@carilionclinic.org. If you’re interested in purchasing any of the artwork, you can contact Terri Hergueter at 540-526-2559 or tmhergueter@carilionclinic.org. As always, thanks so much for reading!



Show at Larkin Arts

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Larkin Arts is a space in downtown Harrisonburg, VA that offers supplies, classes, studios, and gallery space for small art shows. It is owned and run by three super talented individuals: Lynda Bostrom, Valerie Smith, and Scott Whitten. They opened this wonderful place in September of 2012 and seem to be doing an awesome job of getting involved in the community and giving artists the means to create and showcase their work.

As an art student at James Madison University, which is also located in Harrisonburg, I heard about this new place that was opening. I figured they would be taking applications for art shows in their space and I was right. I immediately applied for a spot and patiently waited. In early March, I received an email from Lynda saying that I had been one of the two artists selected for a show in August. I was so excited!


I had already decided that I wanted the show to be about my diabetes again. I received a lot of great feedback at my first art show, which was also about diabetes, and I wanted to expand this body of work and share it with more people.

I set up the show the day before the opening and my mom came with me to help out. Set-up went super smoothly, thanks to Lynda who is totally a gallery expert. For this show, I was paired with local artist Michael Houghs, who displayed an awesome series of metal sculptures. We agreed that the combination of his sculptures and my colorful paintings worked really well!

michaelhoughPhoto by Katie Schmid of Larkin Arts

The 3-hour opening reception took place on Friday August 2nd and it totally exceeded my expectations. My parents and younger brother were able to come to Harrisonburg with me for the event, which was great. Several people came through to check out the art and I was able to talk to many of them about my work. I heard all kinds of stories and was blown away by how people responded to my own story and my work. I was even able to talk to some young kids about the paintings, which forced me to think about how I can effectively get my message across to a child.




Here are some of the comments people left in my comment book:

“What an amazing and powerful presentation. So eye-opening into the world of being diabetic. My heart goes out to every (especially young) person who struggles with the day to day challenges.”

“You have touched my heart—thank you.”

“This is an amazing show. I love when an artist truly puts something of themselves into the art and you have given yourself completely to your art, I love it. You’re amazing, keep it going.” 

“I feel that nobody truly understands what it is like living with this disease! I feel that I have a spiritual sister of some sort as I gaze upon your work. It is awe-inspiring! Please, keep doing what you’re doing—giving others like us hope and kinship of sorts! Thank you for your work. It was and is truly a blessing!”

“I live with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia pain. I’m working to express visually how that feels—thanks for this!”

“Meaningful work. The world needs this.”

“Really cool! Love your brushstrokes, color, and subject matter.”

“Saw your work today. Awesome. No one realizes what diabetes does to a person—my husband has it—my mom had it. Your paintings are awesome. Get the word out—people can identify with these feelings.”

“I commend you for sharing this part of your life through your beautiful artwork! It’s a unique perspective that blesses us all!”

“I love walking into the exhibit and then making my way over to your intro and realizing your pictures tell a story. Absolutely stunning and heartbreaking.”

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I am so so thankful for the opportunity that Larkin Arts gave me to share my work with more people. I met some really great people and came out of the experience with ideas on how to take this message further. A huge thank you to everyone who was able to come to the opening and to all the kind people who helped me out :]

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Announcements: August Art Show and Etsy Shop Opening!

Hey guys! I have two exciting things to talk about. I mentioned both of these things in my last post, and as promised, I’m here to give you more info.

First of all, I finally opened my Etsy shop! I spent many, many hours working on things to make it as “official” as possible. I listed several items that I’ve had done for months now, but I also created a collection of pieces just for the opening (The Dragonfruit Collection if you want to check it out). I also came up with a logo design and hand-printed it onto tags for the clothing. My sisters and I even modeled the clothes, which was really fun :] Right now I just have clothing (and one tote bag) for sale, but I’ll be putting up small drawings and paintings in the near future.

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You can check out all the excitement HERE

My second announcement is that I’m having an art show in August in downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia. My work will be displayed in Larkin Arts for the whole month of August. Larkin Arts is a really cute school/store/gallery/studio that just opened last year. I’m so  excited to show my work there. The opening reception will take place on Friday August 2nd from 5-8pm and the work will be on display until Tuesday September 3rd. The gallery hours are 11am-7pm Mon-Sat (they’re closed on Sundays).

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The work that I’ll be showing is once again a collection of dress pieces that reflect my life with Type 1 Diabetes. Some of the pieces were included in my last show, but I’ve also been working on new things since then. If you’re in the area, I hope you can make it! I’ll be there for the duration of the opening reception.

Bonus announcement: I’m going to be in another magazine! More info on that later :] Have a great day!




For the past 4 months, I was blessed to have the opportunity to display six of my paintings in Duo, a clothing store in downtown Harrisonburg. Duo offers a very stylish selection of clothes, bags, jewelry, shoes, and so on and they also buy gently used clothing. They participate in the First Friday events downtown and try to have new artwork each time. They love having student artwork. I was asked to be the artist for November last year and gladly accepted the offer. I ended up leaving my art up for the months of December, January, and February as well because First Fridays die down a little during the winter months. I felt super fortunate to have my art up longer because that just means more chances for people to see it. A huge thanks to Sam and everyone else at Duo!

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