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Well, to answer that question, you cannot ask a dinosaur right? (I hear they have really strong opinions anyway) I do love the news, especially science in the news. Global warming? Just a theory. Pollution? Makes me sick. Gene therapy? To be handled gently. All of these become a non-issue with the onset of active volcanoes. This one in Iceland is purging debris high into the atmosphere and bringing European air travel to a standstill. With the increase in seismic activity, they expect another fissure to appear to belch even more debris. I have watched most of the disaster movies and marveled at the special effects. This is real life. I am usually a person with a plan B, and I realized if the sun were blocked out by a cloud of volcano dust, baby…there is no plan B. No sun, no life. Period. SOOOOOOOO, as not to be a fatalist, I say make today count. Be nice. Choose to feel good about yourself. And give as many hugs away as possible…they tend to multiply.


OK, I am taking the proverbial plunge, head first, as always.  Hiya! I am the owner of Purple Cloud Studio, an Artist’s dream of a place to work/create. I abide by a “no boundaries” rule.  As a child, I do not recall having coloring books, only blank paper. Beautiful sheets of white that begged for color and creativity to be lavished upon them, and as an accommodating kind of person, I obliged happily.  Somewhere between dolphin dreams and Jacques Cousteau, I probably have always been an Artist with a Scientist’s spirit. (or vice versa) Either way, I use what I have. I love creating beautiful (and sometimes scary) things from my database of information stuffed into my brain from my higher education. I treasure that information so I hold onto it  tenaciously and let it permeate my work at will. When designing jewelry, table ware, or home decor, I like to do my own thing and not follow trends. My work speaks to the individual with their own sense of style and eye for quality…cool is not about fitting in , it is about standing out. (I tell my kids that. Do you own thing.) I see myself as the Johnny Depp of the Art World, no challenge too big or too small, and you can guarantee I will “Michele”  it up!  I hope you enjoy looking at my work and knowing that it was created with joy. See you again soon.



Michele Palenik & Baxter

Michele Palenik & Baxter

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