Life With Art

Explore the purposes of art, get familiar with the genius artists that shine throughout history and get lost in the beauty of your aesthetic. There is nothing more powerful that art to transmit multiple emotions in a single statement, to catalyze political issues, to bring depth to a day and to illuminate the mystical in tangible terms. Art-obsessed me has learned a tremendous amount about myself and life from art. Sharing my art obsessions, hopefully you will find your artistic expression, a bit of inspiration or the key to unlock the aesthetic potential of your life!

trine panum

Where art is concerned, you really can’t get too color savvy for me.  Lay on coats of saturated bright and every cell in my vicinity turns to light.  Today’s art’spiration is a fundamentally gorgeous hyper-hued collection of works from Trine Panum.  Get ready to feel the vibration of rainbows! Continue Reading…

lester monzon

Hustle And Flow. That’s what Lester Monzon creates in my eyes.

Ariana Huffington’s quote about hustle and flow says it all to me:

“Life is a dance between making it happen and letting it happen.”

Lester Monzon’s art is to me what all of life is- a structured grid of rules and rhythms that requires improvization and faith in the seemingly unstructured web of color, light, ideas and energy to bring it to life.

And this art… and its ideas of hustle & flows superimposed by me… are the visual inspiration of the day to make all of the dance of life really come to life! Continue Reading…

kristine moran


Kristine Moran  paints color and universes of building ideas masterfully.

I see her work and I feel taller, smile brighter, and my eyes open to take everything in on one giant expanse of canvas.

This is art magic.  And I am thrilled to share some of my voluminous,rich, deep, passionate favorites with you today. It’s art in my most favorite way… all expression, all very big expression!  Continue Reading…



James Welling

(James Welling) 

Art will make your life better.  For almost two decades- actually for as long as I could actually see art on my own as a small child- I have been certain that art could reorganize the cells in my body, realign my mood and change my presence on the planet.  That’s been my truth. In the last 10 years I have grown convinced that art can both mirror our lives and move us to new spaces in health, happiness and well-being.

If you work with me, chances art I will have you buying art, making art or somehow melting your life with art in ways that you never could have expected, because for most of us, art is a decoration until it is selected, created and curated to become an extension of ourselves.

Science is catching up with me (!) and my deepest feelings about the curative nature of aesthetics in ways that are exciting.  While there is no conclusive formula as to how to use art as a tool for healing bodies, minds and lives, the positive results of studies in hospitals and health care environments are overwhelmingly positive.

I literally can’t wait to run to the museum (*LACMA, my fave!) this afternoon after all this splashy art greatness.  Continue Reading…

michelle blade

Art that lifts life to a different plane… that is noteworthy, valuable, promising and riveting.  That is the stuff I want to share with you endlessly, and today’s art ‘spiration is rainbow washes of balance, hope, humor and a need to transcend.  I love Michelle Blade’s art, and I hope you love it, too.

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oil paintings at home


Gorgeous oils… monumental landscapes, impressive portraits, tablescapes, florals… I am always a fan of incredible art, but these particularly vintage paintings really strike a chord of “home” with me.  My Nana’s house was full of somewhat creepy, giant oil paintings that left an impression on me, along with her dusty violet  bunches of acrylic grapes and way too many metal-laced glass candy bowls (is that possible, too much candy?) that strangely feel like home to me, still, to this day.

Big oils bring an enduring history to spaces, creating a past/present juxtaposition that is totally exciting and stylishly memorable.   This is inspiration that will have you shopping the local flea markets this week for your own walls!   Continue Reading…

art on walls


The clever and the textured, the lovely and sculptural, the fresh and the surprising… your walls are a blank canvas for creation!  Forget what you thought you “had to do” with art and find your new way. You don’t need to only hang art at eye level.  Sculpture can fit on your walls.  You can mix in plants and defy the boundaries of your space to create an art experience that is wholly personal and stunning! Continue Reading…

sandrine merrien

Fields of color and threads of ideas all in volume and blush and sunshine and clouds… the stuff that makes Sandrine Merrien’s painting the art ‘spiration of the day!

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