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100 Santa Fe Etchers


Once upon a time, I made etchings with the Santa Fe Etching Club. This occurred on a weekly basis when I lived in Santa Fe from 1994-2000. And now, I’ve been included in the recently published book, 100 Santa Fe Etchers.

I received my copy this week and as I flipped through the pages, I became distinctly aware that I am in a book with some of the most amazing artists working in Santa Fe. What an HONOR!! Even Jon proclaimed: “You’re in a book with Bill Mauldin!” Yes, that would be the Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist and creator of the characters Willie and Joe, Bill Mauldin.

And as I turned the pages, I began to proclaim, “I’m in a book with —

And then of course, there are the artists who made my life in Santa Fe a lot of fun because of their friendships with me. I am certainly honored to be in a book with my friends. Artists like:

  • Norma Evans, to whom I owe much with my move and transition to the Bay Area; she was my connection;
  • William Gonzales, whose work was recently published in a book of this same series;
  • Brian Bari Long, who introduced me to the Etching Club;
  • Elizabeth Cook, whose framed print is at the center of our living room; I love her work!;
  • Jo Basistse/Eli Levin, who is at the heart of the Etching Club;
  • and of course, Dr. Bob Bell, who has been supporting the club since 1980, and without whom the book would not exist.

And there are other artists in the book who I never met but whose work makes me want to pick up etching again. Wow! I’m almost embarrassed to be in a book with them, they’re so good!

Needless to say, you need to take a look at this book for yourself. You can purchase your own copy by contacting Argos Gallery in Santa Fe. The book is $30 plus shipping.


Graduate School, Santa Fe Etchers, & Motorcycles

Let the Fun Begin at The Multimedia Graduate Program at CSU East Bay!

I’ve spent the entire weekend doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Ok, that’s not exactly true; I’ve been sitting on the couch watching movies – and, yes, I did take the dogs out for their hikes. But the point is, I did very little work, as I am anticipating that life will become very busy with the start of graduate school this week. I am very excited!

The classes I am taking this quarter include Principles of Digital Multimedia, Business Basics in Multimedia (I can share a lesson or two in this class), Animation for the Web, and a weekly forum of guest lecturers and speakers from private industry. It all starts Tuesday! Woo hoo!

100 Santa Fe Etchers

I’ve also learned that I will be a part of a book that will feature the printmakers of the Santa Fe Etching Club of which I am a member (once a member, always a member!). I was very active in the club when I lived in Santa Fe; I wrote a bit about my experiences in a previous post. I am very excited and honored to be included in the book, which is due to come out in December.

The print that was chosen for the book is called Prayer. Here it is below:

Jon’s Track Days

Ok, this last paragraph is really all about Jon and the fun he’s been having at his track days. It’s an addictive hobby for him, and based on the photos, he sure looks like he’s having a great time!
Photo by Gotbluemilk.com

If you haven’t already, check out the recent photos taken by gotbluemilk.com, of my honey riding really fast around Thunderhill Race Track in Willows, CA.


The Universe will give you exactly what you want (and/or need)

I am a true believer of this statement: the universe/life/the almighty/whatever you want to call it, has given me exactly what I’ve asked for and what I’ve needed. The consequences are another matter. This brings me to the two points I want to make in this post:

  1. Be specific about what you want.
  2. Be careful what you ask for, because you will get it.

Know exactly what you want.

I’ve struggled with this since I moved to the Bay Area in 2000. It’s a long time to struggle, and the irony of this situation is that I was not always this vague.

Santa Fe Etching Club 1994 Many (many!) years ago, as a fresh-faced college graduate with an environmental studies and art degree, I decided that I would pursue a career as an artist. So, I determined I needed to work for an artist and learn as much as I could from that person.

I packed my belongings in my backpack, bought a one-way plane ticket to Santa Fe, NM and headed west to immerse myself in the art world, surround myself with artists, and live like an artist.

(There I am in 1994, with the Santa Fe Etching Club in what used to be Jo Basiste/Eli Levin’s porch off his studio on Camino Don Miguel near Canyon Road. Jo sold the home/studio he built and lived in for decades for a really large sum of money – a very large sum – several years ago. I’m the fresh-faced, recent college grad in the overalls, trying to be an artist. Hah! More on the club below.)

I was telling the universe: I want to be an artist. I was not vague about my desires.

The universe provided. Somehow, events occurred, providence intervened, and for six years, I found myself doing exactly what I set out to do.

Sculpture by Star Liana YorkI found work as an assistant to Star Liana York, a prominent sculptor in the southwest. She showed me that not only was it possible to not starve as an artist, but that one could truly LIVE a good life as an artist. (That’s one of her sculptures on the right, and my first Star Liana York work of art!)

She introduced me to other successful artists, each one having found and having made their own paths.

And through the American Women Artists, a non-profit organization that Star was a founding member of, and for which I also worked in the years I lived in Santa Fe, I met some incredible women.

I worked closely and became friends with these women, including Sherrie McGraw, Joan Potter, and Donna Howell-Sickles. I learned from them, traveled to Italy with them, and in general, had a blast!

Santa Fe Etching Club in 2000Through another act of Providence, I found the Santa Fe Etching Club and printed for six years with Jo Basiste (Eli Levin), Elizabeth Cook Romero, William Gonzales, Joe Becker, and Norma Evans. These artists were just as passionate about their work.

(Here’s the club in 2000 before I left, inside Jo’s studio with the ancient press. The club was a bit smaller from the 1994 group.)

We met every week to make prints, eat dessert, and tell dirty jokes in Jo’s studio. It was a wonder we got any work done. I learned just as much from them about the reality of making art and making a living.

(I’ve promised them a website for years now and I will get it up — I’ve even registered the domains! The club really deserves a website considering it’s one of the longest running art clubs in Santa Fe, or Jo claims it is.)

After six years of living and loving life in Santa Fe, I decided I needed to leave. I learned as much as I could from the people and the place and it was time to move on.

(Santa Fe is also a very small town and when I lived there, it had a population of 60,000. It became almost funny – ha ha – running into the same ex-boyfriends over and over again in the grocery store…)

But I digress. I left Santa Fe because it was time to learn some new lessons. This leads me to my second point.

Be careful what you ask for – because you will get it.

I had so much fun in New Mexico. The people, the land, the nostalgia can sometimes distract me from what I need to do in California. (I asked for some new lessons – and apparently, I’m getting them!)

My packed Toyota heading to CaliforniaThe decision to move was not a difficult one. I was excited about the prospect of change and the new adventure.

The place to move to was somewhat random – I had spent one weekend in San Francisco the previous year. I liked what I saw and I knew of an old college friend who lived there. He and his wife seemed to like it.

However, they warned me that the rental market was a tough one (and in 2000, it really was tough). That didn’t faze me and even though I had my dog, I had an overwhelming confidence that everything was going to work out just fine.

One month before I scheduled myself to leave Santa Fe, I still had no apartment lined up in the Bay Area nor did I have a job. Still I was not worried. I truly felt that it would all work out – and sitting here remembering all this and writing about it now, I wonder where that confidence came from? I deeply felt and understood that the universe would provide. After my experiences in Santa Fe, I had no reason to doubt that.

Two weeks before leaving New Mexico, my etching buddy Norma told me of her wonderful friend Julie who had an apartment in the Oakland hills that would be vacant, and was I interested? “Oh”, she said to me, “and Julie boards dogs for a living”. I smiled. Once again, the universe gave me exactly what I wanted.

Even the job that I had when I first came to the Bay Area was exactly what I needed to make my transition. It did not work out but it was what I NEEDED at the time. Providence was still there.

So, I arrived in the Bay Area, and the universe provided. But…

Was I not prepared for the consequences of receiving these gifts from the universe?

Was I careless with my request? Was I vague? Am I still?

By the look and feel of it, the answers to the questions above are yes.

I have exactly what I want and what I need, but I am struggling with the consequences of these gifts.

Ahh, it’s 2 AM, and I must sleep now. Then off to Tahoe I go with my wonderful husband and very good friends. These are the gifts I do not struggle with.

But I promise to continue sorting through these thoughts. Because I must know exactly what I want so that the universe can provide accordingly.


New Mexico: A Winter Wonderland in the Land of Enchantment

Jon, dogs, and me in a New Mexico winter wonderland

Jon and I spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s visiting with friends in one of my most favorite places in the world: New Mexico.

Jon & Jeff in the ArroyoOur trip served multiple purposes. We wanted to remind ourselves what the piece of property we bought looked like, considering it had been over a year since we last saw the land.

We were pleasantly surprised to realize that it was more beautiful than we remember. We even love the arroyo that goes through the property. Jeff would say to Jon as we walked through the arroyo: “Think trials course!” Big grins all around!

Secondly, since we stayed with Star and Jeff, it made sense to get some web work done. I worked quite a bit, ok a lot, with Jeff tweaking his website.

Jeff is launching a marketing campaign to promote his new pieces of beautiful necklaces. We wanted to be sure the site showcased this new work. I think we succeeded, though the site is still lacking photos of the other pieces he created for the series. (*Cough cough* Jeff, get to it!)

Our property in Abiquiu, NM

Additionally, there was networking (of the human kind) to be done. I’m hopeful I’ve picked up one or two more clients during my visit to Santa Fe.

I also wanted to catch up with friends, one of whom I had not seen since leaving Santa Fe in 2000. Of course, he’s also an artist and is now creating quite a bit of sculpture. Gotta give James Marshall a little plug here: visit his site when you get a chance and view some of his ceramic pieces.

I managed to see Norma and Robert, and Julie, who was my first contact in Oakland. Julie was vacationing in Santa Fe and staying with Norma and Robert. I had not seen Julie in about a year — I had to go to Santa Fe to see my Oakland neighbor!

Lastly but certainly not least, was the FUN to be had in all this, especially with the snowstorm that blew in the days near the end of our trip. The dogs, especially Siwa, were in heaven. Not only was Siwa on a horse ranch with fresh poop to roll in on a daily basis, BUT, she hit a double wammy when the snowstorm fell all around her.

Snow is truly Siwa’s favorite, even better than horse poop. We’re grateful the storm hit at the end of the trip, giving Siwa time to soak in the snow and soak out the horse poop before being confined in a car with us for 18 hours.

Siwa soaking in the snow

More photos from our trip can be found here.