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People who take my workshops know my secret weapon, my wife, Arduina. It’s not just her technical knowledge it’s her warmth and hospitality. Those who visit us in our home know she’s the life of our parties. I mean who uses giant animal pool floats as lawn furniture?

When I first met her she was pursuing her MFA at and managing the digital labs of Maine Media Workshops. I’d never worked with someone as quick, smart, and knowledgeable. But that’s not why I married her. I fell in love with her because of her huge heart and her contagious enthusiasm. She’s the light of my life! She wants to share a little of that light with you now.

Her images are so whimsical you might think they’re staged rather than autobiographical. With or without a camera, she gives herself permission to play. On second glance, you’ll see they’re not unmindful of the sober undercurrents that run through our days. Her favorite quote is Milton’s “The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.” You don’t have to guess which she chooses.

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  • Beautiful work!

    Thanks for sharing it!!

    M&M

  • Keith A Kleinick

    The quote so speaks of what one finds in interaction with Ardie as both a person and an artist.
    The 2 of you are an inspiration

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