Launched My Story!

Launched My Story!

My story begins in 2013 when Tom was diagnosed with ALS.


Here, you will find posts about ALS Clinics, in-home caregiving, grieving, how art helps me heal, and finding the faith and courage to open my heart again –  to live and love again.

I know that grief is a solo journey that is different for each one of us.  I truly hope you enjoy browsing this site and that it helps you in some small way.

Peace & Love,


Activate Your Living Spirit


Visit to England, June 2018

England trip, June 2018 – Colchester, London, Wells, the Cotswolds and Cardiff, Wales.  We visited several museums, saw the Monet Exhibition at the National Gallery, and was able to get in a few outdoor watercolor sketches along the way. Such a treat to live in a moist and moderate climate for 2 weeks.  A fabulous trip and I’ve come home with new, wonderful memories and a great photo stash for future painting ideas too!

Click here to view more of my sketches from England…





bird visitor while painting





Oil Sketch of Toddy

Quick sketch in oil of Toddy, our ginger menace, loverboy. I ended up making a simple wooden frame and decorated it in a circus-esque design, perfect for this boy.  It now hangs next to other pet portraits we LOVE.


Oil sketch of Toddy, 6x6 inches on panel

Oil sketch of Toddy, 6×6 inches on panel

“Ginger Boy” Cat Portrait (donation for SFAMF)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR December 17, 2017(see invitation below)  Everyone’s invited!

Every year, the Santa Fe Artists’ Medical Fund organizes a Holiday Party and Silent Auction to raise additional resources for the Permanent Fund. More than 200 local artists donate artwork that are 6″ x 6″.  The funds that are raised are disbursed throughout the year to professional artists in Santa Fe with medical needs.

This year, my donation is a casein painting of Toddy, our “Ginger Boy” cat!


Toddy, Ginger Boy



A Portrait of Two Sisters

Meet Caroline and Claire. They live in Minneapolis and their grandmother commissioned this portrait for the family.

Beautiful girls, smart, creative and bi-lingual (they speak French!). So, it was a joy to create a picture of them.

Here are the reasons I love painting portraits:  I feel as if they are keeping me company in the studio, haha, and because of the joy it will bring the family for generations to come.

Caroline and Claire portrait

Playing with Paint and My Imagination

Hello Everyone and I wish you a prosperous and healthy 2016!

There are times when I must breakaway from classical portraiture and just play so here are a few pictures done completely freestyle from my imagination. The practice is perfect for experimenting with new techniques and ideas (and for using up old paint not often used, too).

Angel procession Abstract flowers Love felt but unseen



Angel of Faith, by K. Maniscalco

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