If where we find ourselves right now is not a lesson in how small this world is and how inextricably connected we are to each other, I do not know what is. 🌎❤️
📎📎 📎 Hi friends! How’s everyone doing? What’s most in your mind during this weird time? 📎📎📎 (this from my sketchbook, circa 2016).
May we all take personal responsibility to be safe, so that we can keep everyone safe, especially the most vulnerable. This is everyone’s problem now. Your actions matter. Wash your hands, stay home if you are sick, clean and disinfect, keep social distance, avoid unnecessary travel. We’re in this together. Hope everyone is doing okay out there. ❤️
True story: several years ago I made this piece of art as a fundraiser for my friend Betsy, who was battling cancer. Betsy is the sister of one of my closest friends from college, Katie. Betsy was first diagnosed with cancer back when we were all in school in the 80’s. She’s fought different forms of cancer her whole life. She is a single mom now and needed a lot of financial and emotional support during her last diagnosis. Through the sale of this print, I raised $5000 for Betsy. Years later, I am happy to report Betsy is currently cancer free. She’s doing great. We are all so relieved. I had no idea when I made this piece honoring Betsy back in 2017 that I would get my own cancer diagnosis a few years later. I am lucky. My prognosis, unlike Betsy’s, was always good. I was never facing death. My treatment was relatively easy and short compared to what most people go through. But this experience over the past three months has changed me forever. Never again will I take my health for granted. Never again will I skip a medical test aimed at early detection. Never again will I take for granted the indescribable amount of love and support of my wife Clay, my family, my employee Amy, my friends and from complete strangers, including many of you. I continue to be in awe of the health care workers from doctors to nurses to radiologists and technicians, who, from the beginning of this journey, have been so kind and attentive to both me and my wife. Never will I stop fighting for access to healthcare. Today I had my last zap of radiation. I nearly cried when I left the hospital because I had grown so fond of Slavik, Kevin and Judy, whose smiling faces greeted me at radiology every weekday for several weeks. We got to know each other. One morning the second week they proclaimed, “We found out you are a famous artist!” Many interesting conversations ensued. They loved all my different sneakers. I still have weeks of recovery ahead. But I’m heading down the other side of the hill now. And soon all of this will be a distant memory. But I’ll never be the same. I’ve never felt so held. Love is an amazing force. Thank you. ❤️🙏🏼
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a QUILT! My SHOW UP quilt pattern, a collaboration with designer @huntersds is available in both my shops! Paper piecing, designed for intermediate level quilters • link to my shop in my profile! ❤️
Since I was a little girl, I have been a ball of energy and enthusiasm. Once when I was home for the summer after my freshman year in college, I became very lethargic. My mom was concerned because it was so totally out of character for me to just lie around. So she took me to the doctor. Turned out my thyroid was low. Even in my laziest, beer drinking days of college in the late 80’s, I “power walked” a long loop every day that traversed a steep hill near campus as a way to move my body. For years, I trained and swam competitively. Now my passion is endurance cycling. My energy is part of my identity, and it is part of the cycle that keeps me moving, which helps me stay mentally and physically healthy, to push myself in athletics, and undergirds my ability to do ALL THE THINGS in my life and work (it might even be part of the cause of my burnout over the past few years). As many of you know, I’m in my final week of radiation therapy for breast cancer. And for this period of a few weeks I am zapped of energy (a side effect of the treatment for many people). I am zapped of my ability to climb hills in my bike, or walk very far without feeling like I have to sit down or even to paint. I realized yesterday I have zero patience for not having energy. I feel frustrated. And I say this not because I think this is special or because I need you to feel sorry for me. I’ll be done with treatment Friday and within a couple weeks I’ll feel better and soon be back to normal. Also, I am acutely aware that people suffer far more than this every day and have far worse cancer treatments. I say this because this short, very temporary experience is teaching me about how hard it is for me to allow what is. And that awareness has gotten me reflecting on a whole host of other things. It’s also making me extremely grateful that my treatment is short (originally it was supposed to be two more weeks!) and that I live with this level of energy in the first place. Thanks to everyone cheering me on via DMs & messages. I’m almost at the finish line!! Haha, of course I use a race analogy. 😂 Hope everyone has a good Tuesday.
True story: a little over three years ago I drew this image in my sketchbook after I got home from the Women’s March in Portland on January 21, 2017. I was filled that day with a combination of rage and hope and I was bursting with enthusiasm. And SO MUCH has transpired for women in the last three years — some of it ugly, and some of it awe-inspiringly beautiful and history-making. Today we must re-commit ourselves to continue to build on the great work civil rights, social justice, women's rights and environmental leaders and activists. We must continue to raise our voices. We must continue to use our votes, dollars, talents, rage and passion to stand up and work for inclusion, care for our planet, public education, affordable healthcare, choice, the rights and safety of every marginalized group, freedom of the press, and an accountable government. As white women, we must continue to educate ourselves about racism and privilege and confront personally and collectively our own role in perpetuating white supremacy. We must continue to engage in activism, organizing, policy-shaping and fundraising. Together our work for progress is more powerful than any of us could ever imagine. HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY. Onward! ⚡️⚡️
Horsing around with more horse drawings this week!! This one *might* become a screen printed poster in the next couple months. PS: In case you didn’t see my post in stories, my Portland shop (which I normally sit in on Fridays) will be CLOSED today. I’m feeling really exhausted from radiation treatments and need to rest. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes folks who were gonna visit today. Hope everyone has a solid weekend! ❤️
Fantasy super market signs (2018) 💙 print in shop. Hope everyone has an excellent Thursday.
I DID A THING WITH @beautycounter!! AND I finally get to share it with you. These three-limited edition, seven-year-anniversary-celebration tubes are released today! PS: These paper lipstick tubes reduce their environmental impact by 83% per tube. The tubes are made with FSC-certified paper—meaning it comes from responsibly managed forests. Head to beautycounter.com to purchase before they are sold out. Super fun project & working with the folks at @beautycounter was an amazing experience. Swipe to see more images! 🖤💄👄⚡️
The good, the bad, the annoying but necessary: I’m here for it. Hope everyone has a good Tuesday! And thank you to everyone who made a donation to my fundraiser yesterday. You made my day. (PS: Print in shop, link in profile 💙).