Springtime in Santa Fe

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When you wander the side streets of Santa Fe, you turn a corner and find images like this. I painted this scene from a photo I took a year ago. The newly opened leaves, the delicate April air and the soft breezes were enchanting. Perhaps going from sea level to an altitude of 7,100 caused that reaction, but I prefer to think it was because I was in New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment.

Goodreads Giveaway

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There will be a Goodreads Giveaway of 100 Kindle copies of Refugee of the Heart beginning April 26 and ending May 8, 2018.

This historical novel combines romance with intrigue to create a tale of love, loss and survival in early twentieth-century China. Japanese forces wreak havoc in Shanghai, and World War II looms on the horizon. When war ravages Asia, the lead characters are caught in the crossfire.

Chinatown – San Francisco

fullsizeoutput_b06Walking through San Francisco’s Chinatown is like stepping into a different world. A good friend allowed me to work from her photo, Rainy Day in Chinatown (janeluriephotography.wordpress.com). The deeper I worked into the painting, the more I appreciated what a unique moment she had captured. When I asked her about it, she said she has returned to that location many times and never seen anything again that approaches what she captured that day.

Gestation Period

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I decided to post an unfinished painting to show the birth process of a piece. I never know quite how long it will take to finish a painting. My photographer friend Jane Lurie has allowed me to work from her photo, A Rainy Day in Chinatown. You can see this beautiful photo of San Francisco on her blog: janeluriephotography.wordpress.com.

Refugee of the Heart

During the four years I spent in Hong Kong, I met individuals who inspired me to write this historical novel. 

My book combines romance with intrigue to create a compelling tale of love and loss in early twentieth-century China. War will ravage Asia, and Wei-chen and Hui-lan could be caught in the cross fire.

 

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