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Skyscape, 30 in x 40 in collage on wood panel, May 2024. $1600Contemporary Art
June 3, 2024

The Contemporary Artist at Work

“Sometimes we trudge.” That’s a saying from the world of recovery, but I think all of us can relate. Some days we feel inspired and on top of the world,…
Projections, 20in x 22in collage on paper, 2024Contemporary Art
April 25, 2024

Contemporary Art, Opening Night

It was early Friday night, April 12, the Grand Opening of Sixstar Art Studios in St. Petersburg. I was enjoying talking with the interesting and knowledgable people coming through my…
Cracking the CodeContemporary Art
April 2, 2024

New Contemporary Art in Saint Petersburg

This month I begin working in my new studio at Sixstar Art Studios! I'm excited to be making art alongside Sixstar founder Jason Hackingwerth and fellow artists Michelle Gordon, Kenny…
Holding VigilCollage Artist
February 27, 2024

Holding Vigil

The night of November 12, 2023 I hardly slept. Over the past several months I had become very close to a friend in recovery, who had recently moved from his…
Boxed InAbstract Art
February 5, 2024

The Healing Power of Abstract Art

January 28 was the year anniversary of a lonely evening, and a bad decision that led to me being drugged, assaulted and sexually assaulted while visiting Palm Springs. After I…
It’s the JourneyAbstract Art
January 3, 2024

New Abstract Art, and a Depression Christmas Story from my Mother

Thanks to those who reached out following my mid-December blog on Relapse and Recovery. I’m always grateful to know something I wrote resonated in some way. In these more personal…
RelapseRecovery in Art
December 18, 2023

Relapse and Recovery

This is the most difficult time of year for many, and an especially dangerous one for those who suffer from addiction. For me, it’s the end of a hard year…
Quantum LeapContemporary Artist
December 4, 2023


My therapist recently reminded me that the Merriam-Webster 2023 Word of the Year is Authentic. That’s a good word, as we move into an era of AI and Deep Fakes,…
TwistedCollage ArtMixed Media
November 2, 2023


This month’s blog isn’t much about art. It’s about acceptance. I turn 68 in November. My mother’s mother was only a year older when she died, her death one of…
Two PianosContemporary ArtContemporary ArtistRecovery in Art
October 3, 2023

Contemporary Art and Passion

It’s always an honor to have pieces chosen for special exhibits at Five Deuces Galleria, which just won Best Art Gallery in Tampa Magazine’s Best of the City 2023! And…
In the ArenaCollage ArtRecovery in Art
August 29, 2023

Commissioned Collage Art

I had the pleasure the past few weeks of working on pieces commissioned by friends. They had some specific requests, and that made the creative process even more interesting. It’s…
The Memory PalaceCollage ArtRecovery in Art
July 31, 2023


“I love you,” I said spontaneously and almost without thought, cuddled in bed with someone I had let my guard down with, at his home, watching a movie, feeling safe,…
Blue Moon: From My Balcony 6Collage ArtRecovery in Art
June 29, 2023


"Have you started to realize your freedom yet?" asked a friend recently, wondering how I was adjusting to my mother's death in March. In this month’s blog, I write about…
RainMixed Media
May 31, 2023

Mixed Media, Modern Art

I’ll be playing piano Saturday June 3, 6-9 pm, for grand opening of the new Mixed Media Exhibition at Five Deuces Galleria. I have three pieces in this show, one…
Contemporary Artist
May 15, 2023

A Contemporary Artist, Tearing it Up

One morning last August, I landed my little float plane on the still surface of Lake Thonotosassa, east of Tampa, Florida. Floating over clouds reflected in the glassy waters below,…
Marvis Virginia Reeder SnellCollage Art
April 7, 2023

My Mother and My Art

My mother and I My mother died March 14, at age 99.  The past few weeks have been hectic, with little time for creative work.  She had a remarkable life;…
Slices of FrankfurtContemporary Art
March 7, 2023

UNREAL SURREAL: Contemporary Art

A large and enthusiastic crowd opened the new UNREAL SURREAL show on March 4 at Five Deuces Galleria, in St. Petersburg! UNREAL SURREAL is a terrific collection of works inspired…
Pastel Fountain, 11x14” marker on paper, January 2023Recovery in Art
February 13, 2023

Recovery in Art

I intended this month to write about art therapy, through my own experience uncovering and healing from childhood trauma, and I am. But this blog was delayed because, on January…
Berlin in OctoberContemporary Art
January 3, 2023

Contemporary Art in the New Year

Happy New Year! On Saturday, January 7, from 6-9 pm, I’ll be playing jazz piano and displaying art for opening of the new Big Works Art Exhibit at Five Deuces…
MoritzplatzAbstract Art
November 29, 2022

My Abstract Art

A lot is happening! I exhibited some of my work November 26 at Craft Kafé’s inaugural Tiny Art Market; and I have two pieces in a show opening December 3…
From My Balcony 1Collage Art
November 1, 2022

The Art of Collage

Today, I am launching a new version of  This new website is devoted principally to my visual art, but retains links to performances of my vocal, instrumental and electronic…

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