The Blank Canvas


Artists and writers have faced the blank canvas / the blank page and chronicled so much about the experience. In 2014, taking my first film class, I made a short student film to address the mood on a dark and rainy day on Maui. My partner, artist Shane Robinson, indulged me and played the part of the brooding artist. Read more

Baring Witness in Santa Fe photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Women Baring Witness 2003

Baring Witness in Santa Fe photo by Jennifer Esperanza


I’ve been a “peace nik” since my high school days, when I canvassed my Republican neighborhood in protest of the Vietnam War. (Results: Fail. I don’t think I changed a single mind.)

Years later, my activism and my performance art instincts came together when a friend of mine, Carolyn Lee, organized a naked “peace in” in Santa Fe, NM. (Photo by Jennifer Esperanza.) Read more

Abstract Photography from Maui

Kalo Kiss by Roxanne Darling - photograph

“Kalo Kiss”


Here are a few of the abstract photographs I took when re-learning how to use a DSLR camera. I first learned film photography in college (1974!) and fell in love with the ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) photos my partner was creating back in 2014-2016. Shane moved on to abstract painting and taught me some of the secrets behind this type of abstract photography that is made entirely in camera. No photoshop tricks or digital manipulation here. Read more