The Deaf Dog Who Heard What Matters

Strange that I would start painting again, after falling off into deep discouragement earlier this year, with Henry as my subject. But Henry was truly special. He was completely deaf.  In a household clattering with four active kids, that was a blessing for him. And in a family with special needs kids, his disability endeared…Read more The Deaf Dog Who Heard What Matters

Sheer Gift – the Power of Art

The expectation of spending time with a dear friend and a mission of creativity already promised a portal to magic. Then we stepped inside Jives Coffee Shop in Old Colorado City to the strains of a violin and the glow of warm, golden wood. And I was transported into sheer gift. Nine am on a…Read more Sheer Gift – the Power of Art

Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

Suddenly sprawling at the foot of the Colorado mountains, the Great Sand Dunes are a gateway to a world simplified into sun, sand, and sky. Into texture, lines, and contrast. A portal into a magical, eerie other-world. A space where the barrenness only accentuates my love for those with whom I wander, swelling higher than…Read more Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

Creating a photo essay

This past summer I enjoyed the incredible privilege of taking an on-line class with photographer and blogger Otto von Münchow. My learning curve felt like a ride up a roller coaster hill:  rapid, challenging, thrilling. I shot some of the workshop while in Kenya and then photographed images back in the US to add in, with…Read more Creating a photo essay

From Their Hands to Yours – a Pamba Toto photo essay

As an artist, I am passionate about other creative people, especially those buried in situations where they struggle to have a voice. My involvement with Pamba Toto beats at the core of my heart… For these women buried in Nairobi slums to realize how incredibly talented they are and how much their voice matters, as well as being empowered to provide for the children they love. I count it one of my life’s greatest privileges to stand with these beautiful artisans.

From Their Hands to Yours…
A Pamba Toto photo essay

1 Kibera slum in Nairobi Children in Kibera slum

2 Korogocho slum City dump, managed by “slum lords,” next to and scoured by Korogocho slum residents for a livelihood

3 Mathare Valley slum Child in Mathare Valley slum

5 Korogocho artisan with children An artisan in the Korogocho group, Kumbatia, with her children  

Colleen 01 Tuungane Pamoja work-space and shop in Kibera slum

Colleen 02 Mwangazi artisan group workshop in Huruma slum

Colleen 05 Tuungane Pamoja artisan group at work in Kibera

Colleen 04 Kumbatia artisans at work in Korogocho

Colleen 03 Finished bags hanging in the Tuungane Pamoja workshop in Kibera

Colleen 06 Sanctuary of Hope (SoH) kids, rescued from Nairobi’s slums into a family through Hope’s Promise, making bracelets for Pamba Toto

Colleen 07 Bracelets made by the SoH kids, now available through Pamba Toto

Colleen 08 Kitenge patchwork apron made by Tuungane Pamoja, available through Pamba Toto

Colleen 09 Bag made by Tuungane Pamoja, available through Pamba Toto

Colleen 10 Kitenge patchwork bag made by Tuungane Pamoja, available through Pamba Toto

Our Mission

Transforming lives…

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When the Darkness Comes to Your Town

Last week on Wednesday, my two high school kids and my middle-schooler were on lock-down due to a teenager who shot another youth between the two buildings. Then, my middle-schooler was again on lock-down two days later as a precautionary measure due to rumors that a classmate was planning a shooting at her school. These…Read more When the Darkness Comes to Your Town