Painted Ostrich Egg Donation


Acrylic on Ostrich Egg

I painted and donated an Ostrich egg for a fundraiser, Eggstrodinary Evening for Alzheihimer's. It is mirror images, a front and back, of a cell.

The "Eggsstraordinary Evening features ostrich and emu eggs handcrafted and donated by local artists. The eggs will be in a silent auction Friday, April 1st from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Click here for more info about the event: http://www.reporterherald.com/print.asp?ID=31901

My fellow artist friend in Loveland, Billie Colson, wrote a great article talking about an artists' donation. Check it out here: http://www.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011103190317


2011 Mask for FoCo Museum of Contemporary Art

Canada Hopkins' Collage of Drawings

Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art has a fundraiser event every year called Masks. The museum invites Fort Collins community members and artists to embellish ceramic masks. The fundraiser benefits FCMOA's education and exhibition programs. This years festivities will take place April 1st - May 7. Museums website: http://www.fcmoca.org/



Green Goodie Smoothie

A yummy, and healthy, addition to any breakfast. I've been making this for so long I've forgotten where I got the recipe from. Really, I don't even follow a recipe anymore. I just throw a little of this and that with some Spirulina. The green algae is what makes the smoothie, well green, and packs a huge nutritional punch.



  • 1 cup pineapple juice (I use Lakewood's Pure Pineapple Fresh Pressed, expensive but worth it)
  • 1 cup fortified vanilla soymilk or other nondairy milk like coconut milk
  • 10 frozen peach slices
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup cherries or raspberries
  • 2 teaspoons Maple syrup or some sort of sweetner (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon spirulina
  • ice as needed, to chill and thicken


Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend at high speed until smooth, stopping the blender occasionally to move the unblended fruit to the center with a spatula. Strawberry garnish.

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Inspired Art: I Wish

Acrylic on Canvas with Pencil Drawing and Gold Leaf, 24 x 24"

I created this painting as a donation for America Scores of Denver. Artists were asked to create unique pieces inspired by Denver Public School students' poetry. I chose the following poem:

I Wish Poem
I wish my mom didn’t leave me because I miss her.
I wish I could get my mom and dad back together.
I wish I can learn about my mom so that when I see her I know it is her.
I wish I can get all my sadness and drop it in the ocean.
I wish that my mom cared and loved me.
I wish I can know, see and love my mom, but I am not sure what to say.
I love her or I don’t?

Christian F. Age 10,
Newlon Elementary

I was inspired by Christian's courageous use of poetry to express his feelings. In essence it's what I try to do every time my paintbrush touches canvas. My vision was a abstract expressionism painting to convey the poems words. It's hard to imagine any image illustrating the broken heart of this child.

I started by embodying the emotional words, using red, blue, and yellow to suggest heartache, a ocean, and wishing upon a star. I felt like a fraud painting someone else's emotion. It just didn't feel right. To me, it needed the main character, mom. It doesn't sound like he knows what his mom looks like, so I drew a generic female face. It gives the painting a focal point and represents the main character.

Painting is always a process.

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