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My love affair began with Indonesia in 1988, after discovering it on a spontaneous side trip while in Australia. It took hold of my heart, and I ended up spending the next six years living and working there, with annual visits back to the United States. In Bali I worked at Udyana University, with a small Non-Government Organization (NGO), on issues of sustainable development and tourism. In 1991, I moved to Yogyakarta, Java in order to pursue my painting, and to study with batik master Victor Sarjono in Indonesia’s batik center. On a visit back to the the United States in 1993, I serendipitously met my future husband, and then moved permanently to Philadelphia in 1994 to create my household. 

In order to keep Indonesia present in my daily life, I have created a lifestyle that allows me to take frequent trips back to the country. These trips, my painting, the teaching and shows – all allow me to keep the spirit of Indonesia current and alive in myself, as well as in others.


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  • The “Day of Silence” in Bali and Blanketing the World

    March 25, 2020 (25 Maret, 1942 Balinese Saka Calendar) People have marveled at the bizarre Balinese holiday I have talked about for years, and am currently, fully immersed in now back home in Philadelphia. New Year’s – also known as Nyepi, the “day of silence,” marks an annual ritual that arrives once every 310 days on their calendar: it is a special holiday that each of the four million Balinese Hindu must follow religiously. For 36 hours the island is on mandatory lockdown, we retreat behind closed doors, all traffic halts, airports are literally closed, everyone is confined to their family home, sounds and lights are kept low, and all of these changes strictly enforced by local authorities. Yes, this sounds harsh, and all-too-familiar to each of us now…....