Yesterday, a warm colorful day shifted into a brisk New England October evening. You never know what a chilly weekend with family is going to bring about. As a group of us girls sat and waited for an amazing meal of homemade falafel and numerous cups of hot tea, we scrounged through Marquita’s handmade doll houses and embroidery supplies when we came across a few hunks of old unused clay. From this comforting and hopeful place on Illsey Hill, the spark of numerous dolls as well as the face of “Esperanza” started to take shape.


Last year, I stepped back a bit from the 2D illustration and design you see on this site and started working with textures, objects and sculptures as a vehicle for painting (I’ll show examples of this in future posts) Then, a friend commissioned a 3D portrait from a sonogram photo, further inspiring the craft . Which brings us to last nights creation, inspired by the grace of peacefully imperfect faces.


Later that night, while watching televison, we stopped on PBS, when a commercial came on featuring a familiar face. Esperanza Spalding, Berklee School of Music Graduate Jazz Bassist and Singer, an acquaintance through my late best friend, Artist Raluca Mitrea. I had no idea of Esperanza’s accomplishments over the years or the new found fame and accolades that this familiar face had come to realize. So many fond memories came rushing back from time spent with my dear friend.


Along with the comfort and hopefulness from earlier in the day, came an overwhelming sense of pride, and later, peace that I know Raluca would have been feeling at that moment. This piece, though she (Raluca) might never know it, is in honor of that mutual feeling of peace. I’m in awe with what this tiny face has given me – All too perfectly named “Esperanza” (hope)


Excited to see what the next one brings!


[Raluca Mitrea’s work can be found on for which my shop name is inspired]

One Response

  1. Penny Loop says:

    I love you. This is charming to read…not to mention that I love learning more about you, making me feel more connected to you and your very special life.

    This is wonderful. Have fun…enjoy the new outlet…and post often. Xoxoxo

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