In my story, Sketches from the Heart of a Texas Artist, my protagonist and adventuress, Mona Lamar, travels from Texas through the Caribbean as she runs from her shadow of despair and learns about herself and her life purpose.  

This page is dedicated to captivating imagery and prose inspired by the vast Texas landscape...  the endless waters of the Caribbean... her Creole lover... and the rich, spiritual culture in New Orleans, where she uncovers the answers that she's been searching for.  

I invite you to dive in and connect with this mosaic of ideas as you find yourself in this creative journey.  

Mona's spirit exists universally within our hearts and the truths she shares will stand the test of time... Welcome to this glimpse inside the heart of a Texas Artist.

Sketches from the Heart of a Texas Artist
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The sketchbook - An Inspired Journal
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Sketches from the Heart of a Texas Artist - The Sketchbook, is a short story about an artist in search of self-actualization. Mona Lamar is a jewelry designer and Dallas Design District gallery owner, whose passion and lustful vulnerability grows with so much fervor that she is pulled by the forces of nature to overcome her fears in pursuit of self actualization. Mona accepts her Hero’s Journey with passion and doesn’t look back. As she’s chased by her dark shadow of despair, she hijacks a boat, sails through the Caribbean, falls in love, becomes entranced by an enchanted priestess, and receives instructions to return to her place of birth, New Orleans, to understand and accept her ultimate truths. This book leaves hundreds of blank pages for you to sketch and journal as you accept your Hero's Journey.

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 He possessed a gentle magic that vibrated through the island breeze.  He took my hand and led me into a new world where all that existed was our energy, guided by a sea of waves and tides and endlessness.  He taught me to surrender and asked me to trust him. In return, he held me high above the Caribbean where rays of golden sun fused with soft blue sky and ignited my soul.

He possessed a gentle magic that vibrated through the island breeze.

He took my hand and led me into a new world where all that existed was our energy, guided by a sea of waves and tides and endlessness.

He taught me to surrender and asked me to trust him. In return, he held me high above the Caribbean where rays of golden sun fused with soft blue sky and ignited my soul.

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 Papa on the Beach

Papa on the Beach

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 Gulf Hurricane

Gulf Hurricane

 Map of Austin

Map of Austin

 Howling at the Moon  12" x 16"  salt scrubbed watercolor on paper

Howling at the Moon

12" x 16"

salt scrubbed watercolor on paper

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 I heart Pancho

I heart Pancho

 The Vibrant Caribbean - If I cannot be somewhere physically, then I'll write about it and illustrate it and breathe it in and meditate on it until I find myself there... this new saltscrubbed water color illustrates the vibrant energy of the Caribbean Sea and its surrounding islands. If you look at it long enough, you can start to feel the warm, trade wind breeze blowing through your hair, smell the salty scents from the easterly wind, and hear the sounds of the waves as they slowly tumble upon one another.

The Vibrant Caribbean - If I cannot be somewhere physically, then I'll write about it and illustrate it and breathe it in and meditate on it until I find myself there... this new saltscrubbed water color illustrates the vibrant energy of the Caribbean Sea and its surrounding islands. If you look at it long enough, you can start to feel the warm, trade wind breeze blowing through your hair, smell the salty scents from the easterly wind, and hear the sounds of the waves as they slowly tumble upon one another.

 Your Passport is Available  Here

Your Passport is Available Here

 New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

 Every little thing is gonna be alright   Click Here  to see more

Every little thing is gonna be alright

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 Tribal Vibrations: From the Mayan Connection  "Time stood still as we sat before the waterfall. The water pounded against the rocky mountainside. Not a whisper was spoken as the deafening sounds of the water crashed into the rippling pool that rested at it’s feet."  Coral, Jade, Sandcast, Glass Beads, Brass   Click Here for More

Tribal Vibrations: From the Mayan Connection

"Time stood still as we sat before the waterfall. The water pounded against the rocky mountainside. Not a whisper was spoken as the deafening sounds of the water crashed into the rippling pool that rested at it’s feet."

Coral, Jade, Sandcast, Glass Beads, Brass

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 "The waves crashed upon the deck in buckets. The piercing rain stabbed my skin and ricocheted back into the tempest. I squeezed my eyes shut. I couldn’t watch what was happening. I had done all I knew how to do. The waves carelessly tossed the boat around the raging waters, throwing it up and batting it side to side as if it was an unwanted toy that would soon be disregarded and forgotten about. I opened my eyes for a moment for a reality check that I was alone in this storm and quickly closed them again. I just couldn’t bear to watch. I felt as if this was my final moment in this universe and I would soon surrender my life back to the place from which I came."  Pearls, Coral, Goldfill     Click Here for More

"The waves crashed upon the deck in buckets. The piercing rain stabbed my skin and ricocheted back into the tempest. I squeezed my eyes shut. I couldn’t watch what was happening. I had done all I knew how to do. The waves carelessly tossed the boat around the raging waters, throwing it up and batting it side to side as if it was an unwanted toy that would soon be disregarded and forgotten about. I opened my eyes for a moment for a reality check that I was alone in this storm and quickly closed them again. I just couldn’t bear to watch. I felt as if this was my final moment in this universe and I would soon surrender my life back to the place from which I came."

Pearls, Coral, Goldfill

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 The Corner of Decatur and Conti  saltscrubbed watercolor on paper

The Corner of Decatur and Conti

saltscrubbed watercolor on paper

 Inspired by Enchanted Rock in the Texas Hill Country,  click here to purchase

Inspired by Enchanted Rock in the Texas Hill Country, click here to purchase

 Love Affair Between Georgia O'Keeffe and Alexander McQueen  acrylic on canvas  48" x 36"

Love Affair Between Georgia O'Keeffe and Alexander McQueen

acrylic on canvas

48" x 36"

 Shipwrecked  Coral and Pearls

Shipwrecked

Coral and Pearls

 San Pedro, Belize  Saltscrubbed Watercolor

San Pedro, Belize

Saltscrubbed Watercolor

 Three Little Birds  Saltscrubbed Watercolor

Three Little Birds

Saltscrubbed Watercolor