When Life gives you Lemons



Life has a sneaky way of teaching lessons.  Not all of them are peachy, however, there is always a lesson to be learned. Sometimes it feels like being kicked while you are down, or so I suppose (I have never been kicked, so I am just taking the popularity of this phrase as an indication of it’s supposed validity). But the most important thing is that you get up, dust yourself off, pick up the remains of your hubris and refocus.

Bad things will happen. Murphy said it best… “Anything that can go wrong, will” and that is okay! If nothing ever went awry how would we gauge when we are on track? How would we learn to appreciate the great?

It literally just dawned on me that something was off in my life, keeping me out of the flow in which I wanted to be- and all along I was pandering to it. Though I thought that I did a damned good job plastering over my stress with an over-exuberance of jolly… all smiles and margaritas. Today, it hit me. I was drowning my subconscious on something that was not benefiting me in any way. If it doesn’t suit you, do buy it. Simple as that.

I am stoked at the moment to be released from the burdens I allowed to weigh me down. Freer and lighter than ever I have a new lease on life, appreciation for the little that I do have and a sunny outlook for the days ahead. So, as you look into a storm just know that there is a lining of silver, no matter how faint. Focus on that – and as always, the storm will pass. What is most important is that you remember the storm, learn from the storm and always pack a pair of rain boots to dance is its wake! You may even see a rainbow.



Desfruta La Vida!


I hope you are having a fantastic day!

Today, feel empowered to do, achieve and be whatever it is that you’d like. This day is one of a kind. Seize it! Grab it by the horns or the cojones, whichever you’d prefer … just make today yours.


Take off your coat and go to it…


My father often recited this poem for my sisters an I when we were young and it has since been a staple in our lives, a constant reminder that anything is possible, just take off your coat and go to it…

It Couldn’t Be Done

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done

      But he with a chuckle replied

That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one

      Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.

So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin

      On his face. If he worried he hid it.

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

      That couldn’t be done, and he did it!

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;

      At least no one ever has done it;”

But he took off his coat and he took off his hat

      And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.

With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,

      Without any doubting or quiddit,

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

      That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,

      There are thousands to prophesy failure,

There are thousands to point out to you one by one,

      The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,

      Just take off your coat and go to it;

Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing

      That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

                                                          – Edgar A. Guest

Thank you dad, for always being a crazy inspiration, a go-getter and one of the most unique people anyone has ever met.


Recent Projects

Modoc is a dog and not just any dog.  He is a dog named after an elephant, and not just any elephant.

He is named in tribute of “The Greatest Elephant that Ever Lived” according to author Ralph Helfer.  Modoc’s size is also a tribute to this great elephant, but his size is something to which he is not privy.

Here is my rendition of the gentlest giant that I know, as a birthday present to another gentle giant.  Happy Birthday, Dad!



Recent Projects

I once met a dog, a Labrador through and through but with the intellect of a seasoned old man and the flirtatiousness of a collegiate jock.

His name is Champ and he lives up to it.  When you lock with Champ’s gaze, he has you and your heart soon follows.  Meet Champ, and love him, as I do!

Jimmy and Jen I hope you two approve the rendition of your Champ… through my eyes.


Space Cadet

Recent Projects

Have you ever felt like you were floating… disconnected from it all, out of whack, not in orbit.  I have!

My mother has a term for it, she calls it being a “Space Cadet”. I never thought that fit, those guys are one echelon under a Rocket Scientist, and that, ladies and gentlemen, I am not!

This painting was born out of that incoherent suspension from reality. It’s a bumpy one out there so hold on to your tushies… and just enjoy the ride.

FloatingFloating – 20″ x 24″

Wakan Tanka

Recent Projects

“Wakan Tanka” was the supreme creator, “The Great Everything” to the Lakota people.

The buffalo was a emblem of just that; he symbolized all of life.  Alone, this animal was able to provide the Lakota with shelter and clothing from its hide as well as ample sustenance for their tribe.  The buffalo became a symbol of abundance and in return became a figure of their gratitude.  

Wakan Tanka

Wakan Tanka – 20″ x 30″