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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!

Artwork · Halloween · trees

Happy Halloween

One of my Ink drawings gone awry.

Happy Halloween! The above photo is one of my Ink drawings over acrylic. It is a favorite tree of mine. Then I had an idea to add some gloss to it. As you can see, it didn’t go so well. So I just made it into a Halloween picture. I now share it every year, instead of making a new one, because things like that never occur to me until the day before.

One would think I should capitalize on this day of the year with my barren trees that look dead, but I have never thought of them as dead. Ever. Many years ago, when I was showing off my tree art to someone, that is exactly what they said. “Um, they look dead” Honestly, up until that point, it never occurred to me they looked any other way but expressive. I love everything about trees. Mostly how they have the audacity to grow anywhere they please. For example…

Here is my interpretation of Audacity.

And there you have it. I have managed to turn my Halloween post into something else. Maybe I should title this with “Happy Audacity Day.”

Whatever kind of day you celebrate, make it a fun and safe one. For me, I will be hibernating in my studio above the garage, where my roommate will be having her annual party. This will include inviting anyone who wants candy, alcohol, white chicken chili, and alcohol. And opening up the garage door, setting up tables and chairs, passing out candy -in her traditional witch costume- and “adult” Jell-O shots to anyone who looks like they need it.

Until next time,

Enjoy The Art Of The Tree

Bookmarks · Life · Spirituality

A guy walks into a bar…

It was December 10th, 2018. I was excited to meet a new friend at a local bar and grill for a couple of drinks. We both knew one of the ladies that worked there. She was a food server who had worked at the bar for about 12 years. I met JC, the server, a few months back. JC owned a commercial building where she invited me to do an art show with a fellow artist. It was very successful. I sold a few pieces and met some great folks. This, in fact, is where I met my new friend Samantha-Sam for short. Sam was there to collect on some gaming bets she had placed the week before. Monday’s were a day the football betters came in. I walk in and find a place at the bar towards the back. It is a fairly large bar, a two story with a false second floor, so it was completely open on the inside. It was rectangular in shape, with the actual bar in the middle with booth seating against the walls, except for the back wall. The entrance to the kitchen and office areas are located there.

Both JC and Sam owned some of my artwork. Some of my largest pieces too. I was in a good mood and ready for a drink. After saying Hi and giving hugs, I place my order for my first drink, vodka tonic with lemon. It went down smooth. Sam and I chatted for a bit and caught up on her drama. I just sat there listening and ordered another drink. It wasn’t long after that that Sam had to go. She didn’t win any of her bets and needed to attend to her dog, birds, and a hamster.

I stayed planted in my seat and ordered some bar food and another drink. JC was very good at multi-tasking. It was busy in the bar, but she could stop for a chat and continue serving food and drinks without skipping a beat. Me, I am content sitting by myself as I have always enjoyed people watching. We are a predictable but fascinating species.

I did not work the next day so I could indulge as I pleased. So I did. Another vodka tonic with lemon please. JC worked the 3-11pm shift. It was about 10pm so I decide to stay and have drinks with JC after her shift. I was drinking water and had some food, I was good to go.

JC finished her shift, did her paperwork, her tip outs, and sat down beside me, and ordered her drink. She is a charming person. Always keeps busy with her commercial building that she has her side business in, a floral and gift shop. She helps a lot of her customers that have become friends over the years.

One thing about Vegas-if you have never been to local places- is that 99% of every bar is a gaming bar. Meaning the actual bar area has video/multi-game machines. If it is busy, you have to gamble to sit at the bar or risk being asked to move so someone can gamble on that particular machine. Otherwise, if it’s not busy, you can sit in front of a machine. Only the corners of the bar do not have a machine. I tend to sit at the corner a lot.

JC and I move down a couple of seats to have one of her favorite machines to gamble on. It’s time for another drink, and the new relief bartender is here, JC introduces me to her. “Jeffrey this Maddy, Maddy, this is my friend, the artist, Jeffrey.” We say hello to each other, and I order another drink and some water. The bar is fairly empty, just about a handful of people hanging around. Maddy walks away to make my drink, and JC gives a little back story. Maddy is in her mid 40’s and has been working at this bar for about 5 or 6 years. She lost her son 3 years before an accidental drug overdose. He was 18 years old. JC nor myself have any children. I told JC that that must be the hardest thing to ever go through, to lose a child, especially so young.

Maddy comes back from making her rounds to check on other patrons, JC and her chat about the evening JC had and mentions she was just telling me about her son. “I miss him, he was too young” Maddy says

I must be in about 5 drinks now. Feeling very good and then the strangest thing starts to happen. I get a powerful feeling of a presence to my left and a voice in my head that keeps saying, “ask her, ask her.” I recall having this happen before but always ignore it and chalk it up to being intoxicated. This time I thought to myself, let me prove that I was drunk or lucky at guessing. Maddy comes back, and I ask her, “Was your son’s name, Ryan?” She did misunderstand me and thought I said, Bryson. The music was loud, but she seemed surprised and said, “Yes,” and I just went with it. I recall feeling there was a “Y” in there somewhere. Maddy left and came back, and I felt I had to go on with this. so I asked her, “Did he have dark hair, and was it swept to the side, hanging in his eyes?” Maddy said, “Yes,” And then she asks, “Are you physic?” I replied, “No, this has never happened to me before, not like this!” I ask a couple more questions, mainly for my benefit, to confirm that this is really happening. “Is he tall and lanky, and does he own a green long-sleeve pull-over?” Without hesitation, she says, “Yes” again. “Is He here? I always felt he was around me. Is he ok?”

At this point, I am totally convinced Bryson is here and communicating through me. I do recall seeing him. It was glimpses of him, with his head down; I never saw his face but definitely knew he was showing himself to me. There was a haze around him. After it was established he was here; he became an orb, a large orb. In fact, it was a double orb. It’s difficult to give a measurement, but I would say about 3 feet in diameter; the brighter smaller orb was inside, still a part of the larger one. I didn’t tell Maddy this, I just wanted her to know he was here and with her.

I answered her with “Well, he has always been around you and he is doing great!” Maddy starts to tear up and says “This makes me happy, I always wanted to know and have tried to talk to him but don’t know how.”

I am getting a vision of him releasing butterflies from his right hand. It’s a repetitive motion. So I ask, “Do butterflies mean anything to you?” She looks at me, then JC, and back to me and says, ” I have them tattooed on my back. JC, did I ever show you?” JC says, “No.” I told her I didn’t know what it meant but that he was insistent that I mention it.

Maddy makes her rounds to the other guest in the bar again. It is pretty quiet between JC and myself; she is busy trying to strike it rich on her machine. And I am talking all this in and thinking how intense it is. Maddy comes back. I tell her that Bryson loves to hear her talk to him, and he wants her to continue. I remember stressing this point a lot. He showed me a 24/7 sign, and so I said he loves, loves to listen to you, so please just say everything you can out loud.

At this point, Maddy walks around the bar and gives me a hug, we both are tearing up, and she is very grateful this has taken place. She mentions again how much she wishes she could talk to him and that she believes people can communicate with the other side. Maddy walks back around to the other side of the bar, wiping tears from her eyes. I look at JC and say, “Holy Fuck! I don’t know where this came from.” and take a sip of a beverage.

I look at my phone, and it is now 4:30 in the morning. I think to myself, I have got to go home. But there is something else coming through. When Maddy comes back, I tell her, “He is showing me a board game, something literally made out of wood, something you unfold, does thing mean anything to you?” she responds with, “I was teaching him Cribbage before he passed away.” I said, “Well, it meant a lot to him, and he really enjoyed it.” She says, “Thank you.”

On a final note, I tell her he is fading away from me and that he wants her to remember to always talk to him and to know for a fact that he is always with her, literally above her right shoulder. I look at JC and tell her I must go home now. I hug and tell them both goodbye.

The next day I wake up and feel very energized and well aware of what took place. I immediately call my friend Kathy, who is intuitive and talks to the other side all the time. It was refreshing to get this out of my head and explain what happened. She is fully supportive and gave me some insight and asked, “How do I feel?”

It has been almost two years since that event took place. A couple of other things have happened, but nothing as deliberate and surreal as that. I continue to meditate in a quiet, peaceful, and relax state. I discovered a site called GAIA.com. I will link so you can check it out for yourself. I have the app on my phone and refer to it often. It’s a spiritual NetFlix, if you will. There is a monthly charge if you subscribe. Anyway, that is my go-to for anything current and relevant to my spiritual journey.

Until next time, cheers! And Enjoy The Art Of the Tree.