Welcome to my little slice of heaven. The latest release of The Art of Daily Cultivation is now in softcover. Don’t you love a gluten-free colorful cake? How about bunny butts? If so, check out the 7 {squared} series. Also you can Subscribe to connect with the new releases. Would you love to paint and write with us in Tuscany, June 12-16? Check it out here.

Narrative Painting in Cortona, Italy Retreat June 12-16.

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Interested in joining a special group of like minded folks to paint/write your stories while experiencing the food, culture, history  of Tuscany in a lovely renovated Italian farmhouse with panoramic views? No you do not have to be an experienced writer or painter. You just need to want to relax, have fun and enjoy discovering your narrative voice in how you uniquely see Italy.

Come check it out. 

My Article in Mabel Mag


Mabel Magazine Issue #2

“Wings Grown From Dirt” Travel narration through San Francisco and the southwest. The A-story (the one I told myself) and the B-story (what actually happened) is out there for you to read. Order your copy today.

Cakes of Color is Available!


Cakes of Color Signed Edition Available Now!

“Cakes of Color” combines art with nutritious, rustic gourmet recipes. Each cake is illustrated with its own color story and meaning. Green Tea, Cranberry Spice, Vermont Maple, Chocolate with Salted Caramel and more. Buy Now!

Bodacious Bunny Butts


The Limited Signed Edition is Available to Order Now!

Have you ever wondered if rabbits are good pets? Do they have personality? Are they litter box trainable? Are they affectionate. This book is all about that. 7 rabbit personalities, illustrated and narrated by our very own, disapproving Joe. Oh joy! To the store … 

7 {squared} titles are here! Working on book 3 now. Cakes of Color and Bunny Butts is ready to order. Coffee is next. These books are small and like to fly.

  • Seeing the results of your happiness project (including the fact that it has made you happy) helped me get moving and experimenting. I'm taking you as a role model for re-defining parts of the services I offer in my business and also for re-arranging how I use my personal time and energy.

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    Deborah Gavrin Frangquist

    Career Coach
  • I really love the excerpts you chose and the way you wove them into this piece. I love how the words seem to create the foundation, the earth in this picture, and put people into it, while your colors create the sky, the air, the light. This has a lovely earthy quality, like Cheryl Strayed's prose.

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    WM Rine

    A Big Star {to me} -- On Love and Forgiveness
  • It’s gorgeous, Niya. Just so lovely. I am honored to be included.

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    Cheryl Strayed

    Author of`` WILD``, contributor to ``The Art of Daily Cultivation``
  • LOVED your book – and your beautiful visual interpretation!

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    Ellisa Valo

    Avid Reader and Follower of 365 Painting Stories
  • Your daily dose of artistic musings are not only fun for the senses but they also help me to stay centered on the idea of creating, creating, creating.

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    Daily Reader of 365 Story Paintings
  • Love your story cards and your new book preview -- you are extraordinary! I want that book.

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