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Tuesday, October 6, 2009


I have been going through some of my older work as of late to try and put a book together. I am always interested to see the changes in my work. These two paintings are very similar in content but my SAGUARO'S, have started to really evolve. Both are contemporary in style but the second, done in 2003, although it is painted on a textured canvas is not nearly as textured as the first, finished last week 2009. The second was done solely with a brush while the first was executed with both a brush and a palette knife. The first painting shown is clearly more textured and a bit more vibrandt then the second shown. I feel they both have the contemporary feel but the newer piece pushes the envelope just a bit farther.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Daisy and Digby, Our new kittens

Our new kittens enjoying the great outdoors!
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Grateful, grateful, grateful!
I feel so blessed to be working with such great people, especially Susan and Jake. This is a letter that they wrote on the Celebration of Fine Art Blog and I wanted to share it with all of you.
Maybe this will inspire all of you to come visit the show in Jan. 2010. It is really a great experience.
from Celebration of Fine Art by susan
As we get set for our final weekend for the Celebration of Fine Art 2009, we take a moment to reflect on what an amazing year it has been. We are deeply grateful that we have had such a successful year in all respects.
We are grateful to our wonderful artists who brought their best work and their most positive outlook to the 2009 Celebration. Every day they were turning out new works of art and challenging each other to reach new limits of creativity. We are humbled by their great talents and inspired by their creations. We applaud their artistic talents and passion and commitment to what they do! Without them, there would be no show, there would be no energy and there would be no creativity. They are the life force that that drives this show to higher levels every year. We are in awe of them. As you can see from this picture - we’re still having lots of fun around here! We couldn’t get everyone gathered for the picture, but these artists represent our entire collection of artists for 2009 - celebrating another great year!

A gathering of some artists celebrating another great year!
We are grateful to our incredible staff. We have been blessed with an amazing group of people who are part of the greater Celebration of Fine Art Family. We have many staff members who have been with us for 5 years, 8 years, 10 years and even one who has been with us for 18 years! This is a true testament to what this show is all about - relationships. Our team members love being around the creativity of the artists and the warmth of the collectors. These wonderful people make the show hum like a well oiled machine. We are indebted to them. Here is just a small representation of our fabulous staff. We managed to get one from each “department” - cafe, maintenance, office, ticket sales and sales associates!

Representatives of the greatest staff on the planet!
And finally, we are deeply grateful to our amazing collectors. There are no words to describe how grateful we are to our fellow art lovers. Every year we strive to deliver a collection of artists that you will connect with, that you will be inspired by and that you simply can’t resist. Every year you tell us, through words and actions, that we have done just that! But, greater than that, we find ourselves overwhelmed by the deep and abiding relationships that we have developed with so many wonderful people. Our lives have been enriched through the many new friendships that we have fostered. We are humbled by the love and support of our fellow art lovers. We promise to continue to deliver a collection of artists that you will want to be a part of as we move forward.
We look forward to seeing you one more time this year if you can make it over the weekend or in 2010 as we celebrate 20 years of bringing art lovers and artists together.
with gratitude and joy,

Susan and Jake Potje

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


I am having so much fun with this guy. He is a Tennessee Walker. His gaits are a bit different for me, but they are easy to get used to. He is very smooth to ride, the main reason I bought him. I think he may even play soccer, although we haven't tried that yet. We are going to let him get settled in for now

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


We had to say goodbye to our family dog, Chloe, last week. She had been ill for over two months and finally we had to say goodbye. She was a great dog and we will miss her.

Monday, August 24, 2009


I have a story to tell. My husband and I were hard at work at about 10:30pm and my daughter runs in and says she heard a herd of horses run down the street. Of course we didn't think it was true, but something about the way she insisted made us go outside and look. We could not see anything, we have very little street lights where we live. We looked in one direction then another and nothing. All of a sudden we heard it, we turned around and there they were, about 8 horses running our way. We were standing directly in front of them in the middle of the street. My husband, Adam, started yelling and waving his arms and the horses turned into a neighbors yard. I went to wake them and get their gate open to contain the horses. It was too late the horses turned and ran across the street to another yard. These neighbors have a beautiful park like yard with no horses of their own. The horses were running through their grass, tearing it up. They were so good about it, they were out there trying to help catch them. By now we had quite a few neighbors up, and holding handfuls of halters, trying to catch them or should I say round them up. It was all very surreal, especially when the police showed up. One of the police officer's had some experience with horses and started helping the other said he would watch the street. The horses were so scared they took flight again. They ended up in the middle of an intersection in front of a Walmart. My husband was in hot pursuit. Some of the cars stopped and barricaded the horses for us. Adam looked for the dominant horse, the alfa and got a halter on her. The rest slowly started to follow him and this mare. We got them back to the original house Adam had turned them into, because they had a big corral they could all fit in.
some of the other people helping got halters or ropes on the rest of them and led them in. This was such a bizarre experience, I just had to share it with you. By the end of the night the owners of the animals showed up and took them all home. We finally made it in the house about 1am in the morning. What a night. I have to tell you we have the most wonderful neighborhood. The people here do not think twice about helping out whenever they need it, they all jump in and gladly. I don't think you find that as much as you use to.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Gymkhana Fun

Look at this, Cody (The Horse) is sleeping. He was supposed to be a speed demon gymkhana horse, oh well he is happy sleeping in between events. I think I was too. It was early in the morning.

Chairs, Chairs and More Chairs!

My New Chair Collage!
I just love computers, I have so much fun putting these together. I haven't exactly figured out what to do with them yet, but I thought I would share.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

Last Day of the Celebration

Check out Diane Olsen, she is the artist that was living directly across from me at the Celebration of Fine Art. She is looking exhausted but with a smile on her face. I think she posed.

Thursday, April 9, 2009


This little gem of a dog belongs to one of my neighbors at the Celebration of Fine Arts. She is all decked out with pearls and a fabulous outfit.

Brand New Clients

These are three of my brand new clients, with their new painting "Purple Pears II" they commissioned this piece and it looks terrific in their new home. Max is a bit blurred, he is young and could not sit still, but trust me he is a beautiful chocolate lab.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Celebration 1-31-09

Hi Everyone! Look at the help I found today. They are very talented girls. You may be seeing them at the CFA in the upcoming years.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Celebration of Fine Art

Hello Everyone,
It is so great to be back at the Celebration. There are many of the same fabulous artist's there. It's fun to be all together again. There are also some really talented new artist's to see. All of the work is better than ever. I have some new work available, mostly my southwestern work. My studio is great. Come and see, you will not be disappointed!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


This is Lacy and Jesse, my son. Lacy is a brand new addition to our family. She seems to be really sweet. I hear she is pretty fast at the Gymkhana's also. We will soon see. Right now she is settling in and making herself at home.

Western Territory 36x48

Western Territory 36x48
Just finished at the show

Rollande and Talula

Going Home

Going Home
Proud owners of Garden Blooms

Artist's Share Expertise with Students

Artist's Share Expertise with Students
Cristine sharing her skills

Green House in progress.

Diane in her studio

Diane in her studio
Garden Blooms in progress



Brand New!

Brand New!

Growing with Pride in its new home!

Growing with Pride in its new home!
My new collector's share this photo with me.