back to nature · weekend getaway

Leaving Las Vegas-for a day

Summer is almost here, and with it comes an air of spontaneity! I find that there is nothing like a spur of the moment day trip to brighten your spirits and gain some much-needed inspiration.

There’s an oasis less than an hour from the Las Vegas city center, where lush trees cover the sides of soaring mountains and crystalline water reflects the warm sun. I’m fortunate enough to live a stone’s throw from this beauty, and I try to take a trip to Mount Charleston at least twice a year. The valley of the Spring Mountains is perfect for biking, hiking, some rock climbing, and camping. During the snowy months, you can ski at Lee Canyon down powdery slopes of brilliant white.

Each time, I’m enchanted by the mini hikes and the views. I’ve been there several times since I arrived in Las Vegas in 1993, and have since made it a tradition to stop at the Hotel first to see what changes have occurred. I always walk around the property and enjoy the sights, watching the high peaks and cedar trees as they reach toward the sky. 

Along with the views, there is a large outdoor patio seating area and a small bridge walkway to the front entrance. I have spent a lot of time just at the outside entrance, where a small and tranquil pond houses many birds and ducks. Inside the hotel is a large round lobby; to the left is the snack shop, stairs to other floors, restrooms, and the bar around the corner. After that comes the registration desk, and the restaurant entrance opens for lunch or dinner during the summer. Then the grand fireplace, where a cozy fire burns all year. 

The grand tour finishes as you return back to the entrance. You’re greeted by a taxidermy standing bear to remind you that you’re not in Vegas! Here you are surrounded by wood, varying taxidermy, and intricate antler chandeliers. In the middle of all of it is seating for anyone. The space is open to the public, to view, relax, or kick back and watch one of the large screen TVs.

About 20 minutes up the road is the lodge. It’s open 24 hours a day, serving unique food and drinks. I was told years ago they were known for their famous Mt. Charleston coffee, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. They serve over 12 different coffee drinks–all with alcohol and all delicious! With the lodge perched on the mountainside, you can walk around and explore most of it or sit down to enjoy your coffee. I always sit outside to soak up the full experience. 

After the lodge, I usually drive up the mountain and find a place to pull over and go for a moderate hike. Regardless of where you decide to stop off, the view is spectacular. As you eventually descend the mountain, your path can branch off into residential areas–like small cul-de-sacs or steep driveways–that are often private dead ends. Or for further exploration, you can head over to Lee Canyon, which is about 20 minutes to the north. It is open to the public all year. It’s packed during ski season, but it seems to be all yours in the vibrant summer. Lastly, you can head back to the desert mirage known as Las Vegas.

If you find this trip as inspiring as I did, check out some of my new work available now on my Etsy and my website! I love pulling enthusiasm from the brilliant places I visit and putting it into my creative work. You can find vivid, colorful, and warm paintings and bookmarks in my shop, ready to celebrate the summer heat. 

Congratulations to [INSERT GIVEAWAY WINNER HERE] for winning the May giveaway! June is here with a brand new giveaway on my Facebook page and a chance to win big. Just like or comment on the monthly giveaway post to enter. A winner will be chosen on June 30th at 3pm PST live on my page, so tune in and see if you’re the lucky one!

Keep up with The Healing Tree Studio by signing up for my Artist Insights Newsletter! You can receive a 15% discount with your sign up, and you’ll feel great knowing that you’re supporting organizations like One Tree Planted and a wonderful small business, ZeetaBody. It’s always an honor to work with these incredible groups.

Take the opportunity to “get away” for a while, whether you go for a walk around the block, drive a few hours, or fly across the world. Adventure is out there and waiting!

artists · Artwork · Facebook giveaway · getting focused · Life · Spirituality

I am fucosed

How do you find your focus? Do you center yourself through meditation, manifestation, or wishing thinking? Do you outline your goals to make them achievable actions? What allows you to pinpoint your thinking, and keep track of your conscious mind? 

Recently, I came across a post on social media about being focused. It stated, “Your life becomes what you focus on.” Seems simple enough, right? But I feel that there is more to it–that finding what we focus on requires deeply personal understanding and connection. As I considered my own approach to finding focus, I realized that my morning routine was how I began the day. This meant centering myself with my thoughts and my focus. I became more aware of what my first thought was and how to change it, if I felt that I needed to. 

This realization meant that in order to feel more focused overall, I had to start with becoming aware of what I was focusing on throughout my day. In the process, I have become more conscious of repetitive and intrusive thoughts that distract my focus.  Creating a morning focus journal has been a valuable step in my process. I’ve made it my goal to use this throughout the day, writing down what I’m focusing on to keep track of my thoughts. This way I’ll have a handmade reminder and training manual to keep me focused on the moment at hand, and most importantly, what I want to create.

It’s possible that I’m over-simplifying this process–there are endless avenues to explore as we seek the best way to center our minds. But in a time of restlessness and unease, I find it beneficial to clear my head and balance my inner thoughts. Focus is all about understanding what we do and don’t desire. Once you are aware of what you seek from the world and what you want to avoid, it will be much easier to focus on the goals laid out in front of you.

Some people may disagree with this thought process and say that it’s the same thing–that there is no need to examine what you do and don’t want, because you are saying what you’d like to avoid by writing it down. In this case, maybe your focus is fractured by non-specific thoughts: “I don’t not want a black car” vs “I want a white car”. I have witnessed this in too many cases. Back when I was a hair stylist, I’d ask my clients what they were looking for, and 9 out 10 times my client would start with “I don’t want…” The same process happened during my brief time as a Realtor: buyers were so caught up in the thoughts that brought them no joy. By beginning with a negative outlook on our goals and listing the things that displease us, we’re avoiding the key idea behind centering our focus. It’s important to put the energy out into the world that you’d like to receive. 

So let’s shed the negativity intertwined with our desires by writing these thoughts down and manifesting. Today, my words to my journal are: “I want to be focused.” Tell the world what you need, and positive energy will answer. 

My personal focus has manifested in wonderful new art prints, with three new prints created from acrylic abstracts. I’ve imbued these pieces with positivity and added some inspirational quotes to each one. The first features a line from Maya Angelou against a lovely green scene with a simple tree and three soaring birds: “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anyone.” The second print is another acrylic abstract with the words, “Without fear you are free.” For the third print with the words “Today I am grateful for…”, I used a palette knife to create a colorful surface with soft flowers of green and yellow. All three of these pieces are available as 8 x 10 in. prints, pre-matted and backed with a 4-ply hardboard. They’re sealed in a cellophane sleeve for protection and available now on my Etsy and my website! 

May is back with a brand new giveaway on my Facebook page and a chance to win one of the above prints–your choice! Just like or comment on the monthly giveaway post to enter. A winner will be chosen on May 30th at 3pm PST live on my page, so tune in to find out if you’re the lucky winner!

If you sign up for my Artist Insights newsletter today, you’ll stay up to date with everything new happening at The Healing Tree Studio with an added bonus of 20% off my prints and cards! You’ll also be supporting organizations like One Tree Planted and a wonderful small business, ZeetaBody. Partnering with these two fantastic teams brings me so much joy. 

Remember to start your day with thoughts of peace in your mind. There’s so much beauty in the world to be thankful for! 

artists · Artwork · back to nature · Bookmarks · New Items

A Time For Celebrations

If you haven’t already noticed, spring is a time of celebration. With a very Happy Earth Day happening on April 22nd, there is so much to treasure about the natural world and our place among it. From its humble beginnings in 1970 to what has become a global celebration of over 1 billion people and 193 countries, Earth Day is the perfect reminder that we are here to nurture our environment to the best of our ability. 

On this celebratory note, I also want to wish you a Happy Arbor Day, an annual holiday happening on the last Friday of April! Depending on your region, some might celebrate in November and some in May, but the same message is always there regardless of timing: Arbor Day was created to encourage people to plant trees, and in the Healing Tree Studio community that is an invaluable sentiment. 

Of course, we can’t forget about Mother’s Day, a celebration of our dear mothers who, like our bountiful earth, give us life. This year we have dedicated May 9th to share thanks with those who raised us while allowing them guilty pleasures, peace, and relaxation. My mother’s birthday was April 26th. Although Marilyn passed away in 1992, I want to wish her the happiest birthday. Thank you for this gift of life to which I am eternally grateful. 

I’ve been busy making new work to share with all of you, available now on both sites. Whether you’re looking for something portable like one of my bookmarks or a larger unstretched canvas piece ready to hang on your wall, you’ll find something great every time. The bookmarks are created with colored inks in tones of silver, orange, and red, and come in two sizes, 7 inches and 11 inches. My canvas paintings are unstretched pieces done in acrylics and ink that range in size from 8 x 8 inches to a larger piece of 48 inches. Shop online and find the perfect piece for you! thehealingtreestudio.com

I would like to say a warm thank you to everyone who attended the First Annual Art in The Park. While this was my first attempt at an outdoor event, it won’t be my last; just being outside with others was a rejuvenating experience! It was organized by the city of Las Vegas and coincided with a ribbon-cutting of a playground adjacent, where more than 50 vendors of artists, music, and food, drink filled the area. The next one will come in October, so mark your calendars and get ready to come together again! 

My art tent set up for the event

The incredible Dr. SunWolf once said, “The paradox of gifts: I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received.” Today I give you the gift of celebration; take some time to think about all the reasons you have to spread joy, tree-friends!  

Artwork · back to nature · Bookmarks · cabin retreat · Facebook giveaway · Life · New Items · note cards · trees · Utah · weekend getaway

Friendships and Trees

The world around us holds a web of connection, each of us tied together in ways we might never notice as we go about the steady pace of our daily lives. But if you take the time to look closer and reach out to those around you, you’d be surprised to see how many people there are in your community who appreciate the wide and beautiful universe like you do. 

I found one of these unseen connections just down the street from me in my friend Bethany. Our friendship began over Facebook where I shared my artwork in a group called I LOVE TREES; there we connected over art and nature, and Bethany purchased one of my pieces. Online conversations led to our first meeting at a coffee shop, where we shared our love for trees and creativity. I was happy to find a kindred spirit in Bethany and she was eager to support my art and improve her own technique. Over time, we’ve created together, building on her technique and sharing a deep love for nature in our work. 

This connection manifested as a weekend getaway for the two of us and Bethany’s partner to their cabin in Utah, just a few hours outside of Vegas. Here, we were surrounded by other distant cabins but isolated in the middle of nature, where vivid light outlined the mountains, backed the lush trees, and sparkled against the water. Our days there were endlessly inspiring. 


Back in the studio, I’m doing some new artwork for 8 x 10 prints, ready for framing. The new artwork will feature trees in a new myriad of colors with some including leaf details and printed quotes. Printed on 110 lb cardstock, these pieces will have a backing and be sealed in a plastic sleeve, prepared to arrive safely in your hands and look stunning on your walls.

There are only two days left until the live art fair happening on April 17th that I’ll be participating in, located at Bruce Trent Park (8851 Vegas Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89128). The fair is open from 10am to 4pm, so stop by and check it out for some gorgeous handmade artwork!  

This month, my Facebook page giveaway prize is a set of cards in my new six-color watercolor trees series, and you can like or comment on the monthly giveaway post to enter. Stop by for a live announcement on my page on April 30th at 6pm, and find out if you’re the winner! 


In the words of Shakespeare, “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” I believe in this idea; that together, connected by our invisible threads of thought and surrounded by the commonality of nature, we each have something special that becomes more beautiful when shared.

Artwork · Bookmarks · Facebook giveaway · New Items · note cards

Better Late Than Never

No more fooling around, everyone–the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and the breezes are warm and refreshing! I’m leaning into brighter days and admiring the growth all around me. Now is the perfect time to make peace with change and embrace what the universe has in store for you, as green shoots push past the dirt and the sun warms overhead. Take time to ponder; what’s something great that spring holds for you?

Maybe it holds an opportunity to get back out into the world. For my Las Vegas locals, there is a live art fair happening on April 17th that I’ll be participating in, located at Bruce Trent Park (8851 Vegas Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89128). The fair is open from 10am to 4pm, so it’s the perfect time to get out of the house and be surrounded by art and nature with over 50 different participants. I’d love to see you there! 

If you’re unable to stop by the live art fair, check out new notecards in my shop instead. I’ve created a vibrant and eye-catching set of six, depicting simple and colorful trees with matching borders. With the use of watercolor and ink these make a gorgeous card to send to anyone you love, whether you’re wishing them a Happy Birthday, hoping they get well soon, or simply saying thank you! 

Let’s celebrate Janet S for winning my March prize of Canvas Bookmark. A brand new prize will be shared on my Facebook page, and you can like or comment on the monthly giveaway post to enter. The winner will be chosen on April 30th at 6pm live on my page, so make sure you stop by and join us to find out if you’re the lucky one!

Starting with March, I’ve begun to send out newsletter updates to those signed up for my Artist Insights. By signing up, you can stay up to date with my new creations, artist events like festivals and sales, and a few special moments happening in my world. Better yet–you’ll also get a 15% discount for my shop that you can spend on any artwork. Join now on my website to keep up with exclusive tidbits from The Healing Tree Studio world. 

C.S. Lewis said, “There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” Look toward the budding trees and slide your windows open. Let’s welcome in the winds of change!

Facebook giveaway · Meditation · Spirituality · studio space

A time for meditation

Finding peace is more important now than ever, but I’ve found that it’s easier said than done. We’ve all heard about the benefits of meditation, but the idea of stepping away from our daily lives can be intimidating when the possibilities feel so endless. How do we begin? How do we measure the change that it makes on our lives?

I think that I’m the kind of person who can quiet my mind for a bit. But lately, I have struggled with my own meditation. When the results feel unclear, questions arise in my mind: maybe I’m trying too hard to make it a part of my daily routine, or maybe I’m putting too much pressure on myself not to think. Recently, in search of answers to these thoughts, I’ve started rereading a book called “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself” by Dr. Joe Dispenza. It’s more of a path to peace than just an informative book, and within it is a link to a guided meditation. 

I find that guided meditations work very well. Through it I’m beginning to focus on breathing without being distracted by thoughts of the day or anything major on my mind. While it might seem counterintuitive, I’ve discovered that my meditation routine does not include sitting on the floor crossed-legged and in a typical pose. Instead I sit in my desk chair, facing my window with the warm sun upon my face and my headset on. The guide I follow is a water-rising induction-type mediation and is an intense yet relaxing 20 minute session. Dr. Dispenza said that meditation doesn’t have to come from thoughtless relaxation but can also focus on one deep moment of interest. In my case, it would be when I’m drawing, painting, and creating. The realization that I don’t have to follow any trend on “how” to meditate as long as I do it truly opened my mind and my approach to mediation. I’m fortunate enough to work from home and be surrounded by my creativity, where my window looks out on the bright world and my heart is full of gratitude for a beautiful view. I hope that my experience opens the possibilities within mediation for you. With all the instructional “How to” books and approachable videos out there, meditation can take any form if you live in the NOW. Your moment of focus can be anything, whether it’s gardening, reading, taking a bath, or anytime you feel grounded.

The view from my desk

Let’s celebrate this newfound peace and make sure that you enter the giveaway on my Facebook page with a chance to win something special and handmade. Just like or comment on the monthly giveaway post to enter. Tune in on March 31st at 6pm live on my page to see if you’re the lucky winner! 

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has purchased a bookmark from my shop; I’ve made a donation in your honor to One Tree Planted. Let’s stay connected about how we can continue to cherish and improve our community through partnerships like this with my Artist Insights newsletter.

This month, take time to celebrate yourself and your connection to the natural world. Peace is right around the corner! 

Artwork · Birthday Cards · Facebook giveaway · New Items

And the winner is…

Spring has sprung, tree-friends, and warmer breezes are headed our way at last! I hope that wherever you are, green growth is poking through the remnants of winter and brighter days have come to stay. Let’s brush away those fallen leaves and find something brilliant underneath. 

These days, I’m ready to welcome unexpected delights and a future full of endless potential. In a series of unstretched canvas pieces where I’ve explored the relationship between doors, windows, and the outside world, this potential exists as decisions we make along our life path. Through the creation of these tapestries with inks, watercolors, acrylics, and even real tree branches, these symbols of possibility can hang on your wall as a reminder of what wonders your future might hold. As windows give us a glimpse toward opportunity and new doors open to us, it’s important to take a chance once in a while and turn the knob. 

Let’s celebrate a breath of fresh air and wish someone close to you a very Happy Birthday! New birthday cards are now available in my shop, perfect for those spring-born friends and family members. These handmade cards are sure to put a smile on both their face and yours as we welcome the coming season.

I’d love to congratulate Theresa Amy for winning my February prize of a gorgeously framed print from one of my notecard collections. A new giveaway has started on my Facebook page, with a chance to win another special handmade artwork. Just like or comment on the monthly giveaway post to enter. A winner will be chosen on March 31st at 6pm live on my page, so tune in and find out if you’re the lucky one!

Let’s stay connected with my Artist Insights newsletter and build a community that supports beauty in the small things. Stay up to date with how The Healing Tree Studio grows while supporting incredible organizations like One Tree Planted and one of my favorite local Las Vegas companies, ZeetaBody. I’m proud to be partnered with teams like these that focus on giving back to the community and creating products that are good for our bodies. 

It’s another beautiful day out there, forest family. Open the windows and let the bright world in! 

Artwork · Facebook giveaway · New Items · note cards

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day, my tree-loving friends! It’s another beautiful winter day, and it seems Punxsutawney Phil has promised more to follow. While the chill might remain where you are, I hope February has filled you with love and excitement for what is yet to come.

Firstly, I want to congratulate Dana M and Peggy K for winning my first giveaway. I’m so thrilled to gift them with a set of laminated bookmarks and a set of notecards. If you want to participate in the next giveaway for a chance to win a framed print or another secret item, head over to my Facebook and like or comment on the monthly giveaway post to enter. A winner will be chosen on February 28th at 6pm live on my page, so tune in and find out if you’re the lucky winner! 

If you’re still looking for a way to show someone you love just how grateful you are to have them in your life, new Thank You notecards are now available in my shop. Now you can keep in touch with friends and family with a special handmade card, and let them know how thankful you are for their presence. 

If you’d rather treat yourself and brighten your space with a unique piece, new canvas paintings are also available for purchase. When you purchase from Etsy or my website, you’ll get 20% off your order and receive an original artwork. With a limited palette and textural layers, these abstract works are ready to hang and bring life to any room. Invite the serene image of the watcher of the forest into your world, and embrace the symbolization of what we do to protect our trees. 

Here at The Healing Tree Studio, staying connected to my community and giving back to it means the world to me. If you’d like to keep up with announcements in my Artist Insights newsletter, you’ll receive a 15% discount for any item at any amount, and know that with any bookmark purchase you make the fantastic organization One Tree Planted will plant one tree. Follow along with my shop updates and be a part of the community that focuses on giving back to the natural world!

As Maya Angelou once said, “This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” I hope this wonderful new day brings you nothing but joy. Until next time, forest friends! 

artists · Artwork · Bookmarks · New Items · trees

Moving Forward in the new year

Welcome back, Tree-lovers. It’s a new era in the universe of The Healing Tree Studio. 2020 has come and gone and love is in the air!

December and January provided me with a sort of creative hibernation, and I’ve spent this time honing my skills and creating new pieces from the heart. Customizable and personalized bookmarks are here just in time for you to share some love with that special Valentine of yours. The growing heart design embraces a sensation of care, while warm and joyful colors bring light to the pages of your book. Add your initials to make this piece even more memorable, or customize it with a gorgeous tassel. 

These bookmarks are available on Etsy and my website, and better yet can be purchased on sale for $19.99 from $24.99. Whether you celebrate Cupid’s day or not, these bookmarks make the perfect gift to spread some joy with someone you love! (Or maybe even a treasured purchase to nurture self-love.) 

As we move forward into the new year and seek the things that bring us joy, I want to announce an exciting event. Beginning in January, I’ll be hosting monthly giveaways on my Facebook. Each month I’ll give a different item away, including a set of six notecards, a laminated bookmark set, a canvas bookmark, and many more surprise items to come. A live announcement of the giveaway winner will be on the last Sunday of each month at 6 pm PST, so please stop by and join us for a chance to win a work of art. 

If you’re as excited as I am about the new work coming to The Healing Tree Studio, you can keep up with announcements in my Artist Insights newsletter and receive a 15% discount for any item, at any amount. 

Maybe, wherever you are in the world, the trees past your window have lost their leaves and stand empty against the blue of the sky. Or maybe they’re full and green and lively, with birds nesting among the branches and leaves dancing in the wind. Maybe, like me, you look at these trees and reflect on how bright the world is and how wonderful it is to celebrate those you love and treasure. Here in my studio, the inspiring energy of creation has kicked into gear and it’s time for growth and discovery. Thank you for joining me on this journey and I hope you’ll stick around for the ride!

Bookmarks · greeting cards · Laminated bookmarks

Something New

Greetings, Tree people! It has been a busy November. Creating new items and shipping orders. This will be my first online Holiday selling all of my new creations. And it’s proving to be successful. So let’s dive right in.

Opening my Etsy/website shop with handmade canvas bookmarks, I had no idea the direction it would lead to. I have researched plenty of shops and reading the owner’s process on their successes. They all seem to have one thing in common, most of them started with one idea, and it has grown in a different direction. As with many artists, at least with me anyway, I find that creativity breeds creativity. I am always looking to grow, expand, and create. This reminds me of a favorite quote -“You don’t have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great.” -William James.

Single Christmas card printed on 110 lb. cardstock. Created from an original watercolor design. These cards are 5 x 7 inches and have 3 optional bookmarks perforated and easily detached—a knotted twine for the tassels. The retail price is $4.99. discount for multiples.


Below are the new bookmark designs. A collection of 5 laminated bookmarks, each one from an original watercolor design. Heat laminate with cord tassels. Each bookmark measures 2 x 7 inches and retail for $10.99

These are the new items at The Healing Tree Studio. You can view everything at The http://thehealingtreestudio.com or My Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHealingTreeStudio

Until next time, Enjoy The Art of The Tree!