Guiding Image: A Graffiti Spraying Nun

I love this image of a graffiti spraying nun. My friend Andrea saw it on a birthday card and it made her think of me. It’s the perfect image to hold my intentions for the New Year. This year I aspire to be a creative force for good in the world, and to have a...

Piss, Blood and Vomit

“How’s work?” I asked. “It’s great.” she said. “The director said hi to me on Friday.” I know how rare it is for such an elevated personage to acknowledge a member of the crew. “And the work is interesting....

A Unified Theory of The Arts and Sciences

I’m often puzzled at the divide that is imagined between the arts and sciences. Science and the arts are both fueled by a burning desire to understand and communicate the essence of reality.  The scientific process and the creative process are very similar; an...

Art and Social Activism

I am thinking of how central the arts are to human expression, especially to our most deeply held values and most deeply felt emotions.  This reflection was sparked by examples from citizens in Spain, Greece and Turkey this week, expressing their rage, frustration and...

An Intimate Conversation

The following words are not my own.  They came by email from a dear friend and fellow artist after a long lunch together.  When I read them I felt so seen and known that I could have wept with relief.  I am sharing them here because he so perfectly captured a dilemma...