South Dakota. inspired.

This is one of the items in the silent auction at the Billie Sutton Grit for Governor event this Saturday, November 18th, in Burke, South Dakota.  The imagery of road, earth and sky are meant to give a sense of spaciousness like the prairie.  This bag has been sanded, ironed, hammered, painted and sanded again.  I like my work to look a little tattered, worn out and yet, still hanging in there.

I wanted this project to reflect my love of South Dakota and acknowledge the road ahead for the SUTTONforSD team.  This gubernatorial race requires a lot of heart, courage and grit.  I suspect there will be times when everyone is going to be a little tattered…and yet, somehow, still hanging in there.

The road to me is about leaving, coming home, exploring points unknown & so much more.  I never get tired of working with road imagery.  My creative inspiration for this bag came from Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo (who made a lot of her own wardrobe and accessories) and Calamity Jane (who wore a lot of men’s clothing).  These women had a lot of duality and refused to conform to social norms…talk about grit.


Billie Sutton is married to my niece, Kelsea Kenzy Sutton and grew up in my hometown.  He’s currently South Dakota’s State Senate Minority Leader (and the father of my brilliant & hilarious great-nephew, Liam).  This gubernatorial race is one to take notice of, regardless of where you live.  Please take some time to visit their campaign site.  The link is below.

Now, won’t election day 2018 be even more fun now that you’re paying attention to South Dakota Governor’s race? 

Go ahead, share the link, make a donation & really have some skin in the game.


and they call it “puppy love”…


Here is Kalisi, the red/blue heeler mother keeping watch over her pups while my daughter, Willa snuggles them all. These are the puppies of my niece, Kelsea Kenzy Sutton and her husband, Billie Sutton (obviously Game of Thrones fans).  Kalisi’s puppies were a real added bonus of our trip to South Dakota and I hope these images of love tell the story.


They look like polar bears. My daughter Lucy with a pup.


OXYTOCIN is widely dubbed the love hormone, numerous other names have been given to oxytocin recently – hug hormone, cuddle chemical, moral molecule, bliss hormone even since researchers have begun to uncover its effects on behavior, including its role in love, in addition to its female biological functions in reproduction.


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Kalisi & Kalisi (I just simply HAD to do this).