ha – LAY – lah

It means “night” in Hebrew, but I got it out of a Star Trek: TNG fanfic novel.

I’m an Artist, Artisan, & Dilettante Extraordinaire – In addition to painting, drawing, and doodling, I do fabric and fiber art, knit, crochet, sew, spin, etc., etc.

I work in a variety of media, including watercolor, acrylic, ink, and occasionally even crayon, as well as digital. I doodle a lot and enjoy learning new techniques and seeing where they take me.

I also sing, and sometimes I cook. And I’m a wife and mom.

I am currently learning to draw people – one of those basic art skills, that I kind of skipped over because… well, it’s hard. But there are more and more characters running around in my brain, demanding that I draw them and give them an existence outside of my head (who can blame them?) And they’re getting loud, so I’m going to try.

I’m also trying to educate myself about fan art, and whether and how it is subject to copyright and intellectual property laws. I have a painting that I realised too late was not based on an original idea. It falls solidly under the category of fan art, however, and I am trying to find out if I can list it as such, without stepping on anybody’s toes.

Artist’s Statement

I refused to make any kind of “statement” with my art for a long time.

I like to paint pretty things. I have a lot to say about the state of the world – as anyone who knows me will attest! – but none of it ever seemed to want to come through my paintbrush. So I stuck to painting pretty things, and for a while that was my way of resisting. There is still beauty in the world, in the simplest, littlest things – and too often it gets overlooked.

I am both Jude and Lucy in Across The Universe. I want to take to the streets, rage at the machine, and work for change; and I also want to hide in my studio and create things that add beauty to the world.

Then I started painting naked women.

So… I am currently exploring the boundaries of what I am willing to say, publicly, that I find beautiful.

Also there’s some stuff in the newer paintings about self-harm and body positivity and bisexuality.

But it’s still naked women.