Oil and Marble



Cézanne Portraits in DC

You've reached my OLD WEBSITE. For the latest, please visit Have you ever heard the quote, "What others say about you says more about them than you"? I couldn't stop thinking about that quote as I walked through the current... Continue Reading →


Top 10 Art Exhibits in 2018

To prepare for my year, I've combed magazines, art blogs, museum websites, and friends' brains searching for the best art exhibits of 2018. Here's my list for the top 10 must see exhibits of this coming year. May it inspire... Continue Reading →

7 Reasons to Visit Cezanne’s Studio

Are you planning a trip to Southern France and trying to decide whether a trip to Cezanne's studio in Aix-en-Provence is worth your time? This past week, I took a pilgrimage to the atelier and if you're an artist, an admirer... Continue Reading →

10 Reasons to Visit the Phillips Collection

When you visit DC, your "to do" list is long: Capitol, White House, Supreme Court. The Vietnam, Jefferson, and Lincoln Memorials. The Washington Monument. Seventeen Smithsonian museums. Not to mention the zoo. The Phillips Collection might not make your initial list, but... Continue Reading →

10 Artists Plagued by Self-Doubt: Lessons from the National Gallery of Art

It's so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas. -- Paul Cezanne I've never had writer's block, but ever since my debut novel Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo has come out (and... Continue Reading →

Art For Labor Day

Need a little inspiration for your vacation this Labor Day? Here are my favorite "take some time off and relax" paintings paired with a few of my favorite quotes Happy Labor Day everyone! "Almost everything will work again if you... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Stolen Works of Art (Life Lesson: Just because it’s missing doesn’t mean it’s gone)

My husband and I are cleaning out our condo -- getting rid of boxes and boxes of junk. (We did not read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up but still got the message: Only keep things that spark joy). As we've... Continue Reading →

Hear the Painting; See the Music

Ever wondered what a Van Gogh sounds like? Wouldn't it be different from a Vermeer? What about a Picasso? Or a Raphael? When I wrote my bestselling art-historical novel, Oil and Marble, I certainly wondered what masterpieces sounded like to the... Continue Reading →

Art for Earth Day

Today is Earth Day! So here are just a few of my favorite nature-inspired paintings to help you celebrate--and encourage you to take care of our planet.

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