Resolution in action

New Artwork

A few resolutions came to my mind on New Year’s Eve, including: get stronger (physically); show others love more often (compassion & kindness); be grateful and act. (The gratitude I have for those I’ve surrounded myself with is too much for words; I can only say thank you for your love and patience.)

I can’t just continue to think about “what if”s and make up excuses, I need to act. This need for action is mostly regarding my lack of creating new artwork and finding that escape I’ve always enjoyed. Today I will act and show some recent action of my creative strides.

Here is the beginning of a series of artwork that’s been on my mind since 2011. It involves landscapes, surrealism, traveling and the importance of light and color against darkness. My goal is to create enough pieces to have a show – one day, when I’m ready (if not by this year, then 2017 for sure). Anywhere, too, a cafe or online or other means, time will tell. It’s coming along nicely, but I have many more to come. Stay tuned.


LandEscape1 – acrylic and ink on 6′ X 6′ canvas

Words to act on – my InspiRenaetion:

“To Escape the past, one must let go;

To Escape the present, one must look around her and find Love;

To Escape the future, one must not worry, but accept what is to come.”  -Me (1/8/16)


Rethinking our waste


One challenge I’ve had for myself in the past year was to reduce my food waste. This forced me to pay attention to what I had in the fridge, eat leftovers quicker and eat what I buy and only buy what I know I’ll eat. Yes, this is still a work in progress and I’m no where close to being perfect about it. Yet, I think it’s a good challenge for everyone in California and in the US, especially with statistics mentioned in this NPR article:

It’s Time To Get Serious About Reducing Food Waste, Feds Say

1/3 of all food produced in the US ends up not even consumed! I wonder how much water that wastes in the end, California. Things to consider.

I think more cities need to collect food waste and turn it into a renewable nutrient-dense soil amendment, aka COMPOST! We might need more infrastructure and facilities to support this, but I think it’s worth paying tax dollars to reduce methane and turn our waste into something productive. Recology‬ is doing great things with the 3-bin system (ie. in SF, Marin county). The green bin shouldn’t be just for yard waste, like it is in San Jose, there are more items that can be composted. The 3 Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) need one more friend: Let’s Rethink our wasteful ways.

If more cities mandate waste management to be on our minds, like how they do in San Francisco’s homes and restaurants, then our culture will shift and we might be able to reduce that ridiculous statistic mentioned above. Composting, giving to Food Banks, being mindful of what you’re buying when shopping – these are a few things we can all work on individually until all garbage services provide that 3rd “Compostables” bin. As for public gatherings/events, how can we reduce such large amounts of waste? I am amazed at the efforts of Green Mary; she is an amazing female with a great attitude and passion for zero waste at events. I was able to work a few shifts for her greening team this past year and really enjoyed the mission and message that the company was all about. It was a super dirty job, involving sorting waste at public events in SF, but really gave me perspective on how our society has such wasteful habits. “Out of sight out of mind”, eh? It’s easy to fall back on that idea, but I challenge any one reading this to look at the contents of your waste before you throw away and stop to think: Can I recycle this? Can I compost this? Can I reuse this? Did I need to get this in the first place? Let’s all rethink our wasteful habits and make a solid effort to reduce our collective contributions to the landfills.

That being said, I’d like to share something I’ve been learning about: how great worms are! I’ve been really interested in vermicompost this past year, and although it’s slimy and grimy, waste can be pretty beautiful. The castings (or poo) they produce from indulging in my food scraps create nutrient-dense soil amendments. I intend to harvest the rich compost for the first time this weekend. Hope it goes well and all my worms don’t wiggle away.

Here are a few signs I painted earlier in the summer for Our City Forest’s Community Nursery during my term as an AmeriCorps member. I was trying to get the compost area in shape and turn it productive, but it can be challenging (and exhausting) for many reasons that I won’t digress into. Enjoy my artwork and I hope it inspires someone to do their own research into different ways you can compost at home or work.



A needed vacation


This quote below was read aloud at a work meeting earlier this year by a lovely man named Sulaiman; thank you for sharing these words worth reflecting on. Gallery to follow features my 3 days up in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains.


John Muir on Hiking

“Hiking – I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not hike! Do you know the origin of that word ‘saunter?’ It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they would reply, “A la sainte terre,’ ‘To the Holy Land.’ And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not ‘hike’ through them.”

~ John Muir, quoted by Albert Palmer in A Parable of Sauntering

Truly, I sauntered through the mountains in Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe last weekend; I was in constant awe of the greatness that surrounded me. I hope this inspires you to appreciate the nature around you more, if you don’t already; maybe don’t take just take a walk or a hike outside, but saunter about with your head held high. Remember to breathe it all in and exhale a bit of gratitude for all living things.

I can never get enough of this place! Thank you to my sauntering companion, Christian, for making the 4 mile trek (2750′ elevation gain) from the base camp at Squaw Valley up to over 8200′ at the top where we found High Camp. We took the Shirley Lake trail to the Solitude trail, for those of you who know this area well.

Have a lovely weekend 🙂

Hello again world.


Welcome to my new and improved artistic portfolio.

I made myself a real website: 🙂

I’ve been incognito from WordPress this past year, hope ya missed me. I have been working as an Americorps member at a nonprofit in San Jose called Our City Forest. My year of service ends in August, so I’m searching around and applying for new jobs in the environmental field. I am hoping to find work in and around the Bay Area, or I have the option of staying at Our City Forest for another year. Time will tell…but now I must wait patiently.

renaescrabbleMy favorite Scrabble hand I got a few months ago.
renae modellingI modeled for a portrait class during the month of June at University Art in San Jose. It was my first time being on the other side of the canvas. I think I enjoy being able to create art more than being the subject of art. Alas, it was a cool experience and I made some extra cash! I enjoyed listening to the teacher, Linda Harris, interact with the students and see them all improve over the 5 week class.

I have a mini container and straw bale garden at my place. These are my favorite buds, eggplant + jalapeno 🙂

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