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Desert Honeysuckle ©Daniel Sroka

two views of desert honeysuckle

October 20, 2010 in About my arttopics:

I picked up this desert honeysuckle while I was the artist in residence at the Miraval Arizona Resort. I’ve been trying to photograph all summer, yet it kept evading me. Finally today, I think I found it. The challenge was, it was trying to show…  read more


prayer - an abstraction of texas ebony

prayer – an abstraction of texas ebony

October 12, 2010 in About my arttopics:

This is an abstraction of the seed pod from a texas ebony tree found on the grounds of the Miraval Resort. It evokes the classic image of two hands held in prayer. This is from my Miraval Collection — art inspired by the plants and…  read more


Abstract of a desert marigold

desert marigolds

September 20, 2010 in About my arttopics:

  Even though they have been yielding great results, I decided I needed a break from working with mesquite seed pods. So I turned towards this desert marigold I collected on one of my many walks on the grounds of Miraval. When I found it,…  read more


Abstract of a mesquite seed pod from Miraval

another perspective on a mesquite seed pod

September 16, 2010 in About my arttopics:

All week I have continued to explore that wonderfully curly mesquite seed pod I found at the Miraval Resort. Just when I think I have done all I can with it, it reveals new depths and personality. This is from my Miraval Collection — art inspired…  read more


Abstract of a mesquite seed pod

abstract of a mesquite seed pod

August 25, 2010 in About my arttopics:

This is a photograph of a mesquite seed pod I found on the grounds of the Miraval Resort during my artist-in-residence there this summer. The mesquite trees are about all the shade you get in the heat of the desert, and the crunching of the…  read more


Mindfulness and my artistic process

July 22, 2010 in About my arttopics:,

I have always felt that my work has a strong affinity to resorts and spas, especially ones that place so much focus on your emotional well-being. While I was at the Miraval Arizona Resort for my artist-in-residence, I discovered that they shared an even deeper…  read more


home from Miraval

July 16, 2010 in About my arttopics:,

I returned home last Saturday from my week-long artist-in-residence program at the Miraval Arizona Resort. It was quite the trip, and something I am still processing, so you aren’t going to get any deep thoughts from my time in the desert, at least not yet!…  read more


All of my equipment packed up and ready to go.

getting ready for my artist in residence

July 01, 2010 in Art as a professiontopics:,

Next week I’ll be heading off to Tucson, to be part of the Miraval Resort’s artist-in-residence program. The past few weeks have been a scramble, a rush of planning and preparation. It’s always surprising how much work goes into participating in an event like this!…  read more


artist in residence

June 02, 2010 in Newstopics:

News Flash: I’ll be spending a week this summer (from July 6 – 9) being the artist-in-residence in the very swanky Miraval Resort in Tucson! My art has been displayed at the Resort for over a year now, and Miraval just introduced this program to…  read more


a visit to my photographs

March 04, 2010 in Art as a professiontopics:,

My aunt and uncle had the opportunity to visit the Miraval Resort in Tucson, where I have a number of photographs installed in the lobby of their spa. Since I live across the country, I haven’t had the chance to see it in person, so…  read more