March 17, 2020

My husband and I worshiped this Sunday morning via live stream church service on my iPad.  When schools, businesses, restaurants, professional sports and CHURCH buildings temporarily close their doors in the name of safety, it's time to re-evaluate some plans.

As proact...

February 18, 2020

Having taught for 15+ years, I have recognized how the artwork of colored pencil artists has become more sophisticated over time, which was never more evident than during the 2019 end-of-year Drawn Together Show.

I realize that BTS artists are pushing themselves out of...

January 12, 2020

But it's not too late to jump in!

Dust off that colored pencil box and let's enjoy creating art!

Instruction is thorough, conversation is lively and the coffee is hot. 

In these  gray days of winter, let your time at Beech Tree Studio brighten your week!

August 30, 2019

The Big Valley theme song kept running through my head as my husband and I gazed across the magnificent landscape of the Tetons on a recent vacation to Yellowstone National Park, a bucket list trip for me.  It's one of those places you must experience for yourself to f...

August 1, 2019

Part of the beauty of working on Duralar is how vibrant the colors appear.  There's not much wiggle room for blending your colored pencils, but there is opportunity to enhance colors by working on the back of this transparent surface in order to pop up the color on the...

July 11, 2019

Those of you who have been in the studio with me over the past year may have heard me mention once or twice or hundred times that I am a new “GrAndie”.  Because our two- soon to be three- grandchildren do not live around the corner from us, our calendar has become a "f...

June 17, 2019

As a member of the Elmhurst Art Guild, Debra earned a Third Place Award with her colored pencil drawing.  Way to go, Debra!!

May 21, 2019

Congratulations to Johanna Rebman who was juried into the West Chicago Outdoor Show! Twenty-one inspiring works of art that convey the universal language of Love, is the featured outdoor exhibit in downtown West Chicago from May through September 2019.

May 8, 2019

I'm delighted to be an exhibiting artist, along with BTS artist Lisa Youngdahl,  in the annual  garment-related juried show at Batavia's Water Street Studios.  This year's theme- "Transparency". 

I would love to share this unusual creative experience...

April 5, 2019

BEST OF SHOW!!!! Congratulations to BTS instructor Anne Bernstein for winning the highest honor at her first show ever! See Anne's colored pencil work at the Alliance of Fine Art show at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook through April 27. Way to go, Anne!!

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