is an award-winning painter, writer, and teacher with deep roots in California's art history. She is cofounder of the nonprofit Big Sur Arts Initiative, founding member of the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association, and author of Drinking from a Cold Spring, A Little Book of Hope.
What if you could connect with a sense of peace, power, and meaning just by taking ten minutes a day for creativity? What if this became a daily habit? There are profound benefits for every person in crafting work with your hands. It is not solely for professional artists to enjoy the deep pleasures of time spent in art-making practices. These practices bring us into the “now” and ground us in the present. They bring us into direct contact with color, play, and the natural world. They invite us to stop, focus, and respond in a personal, immediate, and joyful way.