Bold Impressions

Muskrat Studio Projects

Visual Arts Projects, The Poetry Project, Fine Antiques

Hi I am Barbara Pease. Muskrat Studio is my home and my studio, situated in rural, peaceful EcoVillage. I experiment with metaphors in design. I play with contrasts in mood and experience. I am an artist, a poet and a collector. This website tells my story, and shows samples of my work. To see my portfolio click on the "Portfolio Gallery" tab above or just click here. If you hover over the gallery tab you will see a drop down menu. This year I am participating in the Greater Ithaca Art Trail showing photography and digital art and giving visitors a tour of my studio where they may learn more about my process. If you select the Greater Ithaca Art Trail link you may return to this page with your browser back button.

Fine Arts

During the decades of my working life, art was my hobby. I created many types of art. I am retired and my current work includes digital art and photography. My experience and education in painting, drawing and sculpture influences me, whether I am framing a shot, creating digital art, or using my earlier work in a digital re-working of the original piece to create something entirely new. My technical background supports my camera work, digital editing and my printing.  Please feel free to browse the gallery page.

I devote much more time to reading and writing poetry than I did during my working years. If you are interested, follow me on Twitter @muskratchatter and on my blog at

I enjoy different types of poetry including haiku, an ancient Japanese form, ideally suited for twitter. I have a few examples of that work at the bottom of this page.

As muskratdeals on eBay

I collect antique photography, scientific instruments, lanterns, paper and modern glass art. From time to time I trade parts of my collections. If you would like to see what is up for auction, just click on the eBay button right below this paragraph. It magically appears when auctions are running. Reload this page each time you come, so you won't miss that button.

Portfolio Samples

Bold Symmetry
Cayuga Mallards
Lost In Thought

Explore this site and come back to visit us again. Material is updated regularly.     - Barbara Pease

When you see the eBay button under muskratdeals above, I am having an auction. Just click on the eBay button if you are interested. If you have any questions click on the blue button to the right

Zen and the Artist

I now have time to work full time as a digital artist, and a photographer, as well as a poet. That makes me very happy. When I was working and supporting a family, I told people, "I have some fun hobbies." I secretly longed to work full time as a creative person, but I didn't want to impoverish my family during the time it would take to establish myself. As a retired senior scientist, I can now devote much more time to what grew over the years into an avocation.

I try to weave work and play together and have fun doing my work. I find I must believe in myself and not give myself a hard time, if the fun part is going to happen. I experiment, playing around with many different things to discover and create. I am an artist. My projects are an experiment. I constantly seek new directions in my work. Am I offering something new? Where is my artistic "voice" today? I do plan my designs, yet leave room for serendipidy. I research materials, study books and even price what I will use. I like to have a feel for the medium before I begin. I am also willing to discover as I proceed with a project. Once prepared, I let my work unfold in the moment as some great Zen experiment in mindfulness. It is a joy to watch the process. Later I find hidden treasures I had no idea were there. I find mystery in creativity.


Going Home

We deserve happiness. We deserve love. It is our heritage. We will find love and joy in our own hearts, in going home to God. God will lead us there. Let us laugh, love, live and learn. In our lively dance may we walk with God entirely present in each moment. Let us do what we love doing and be content knowing all will be restored.

Poems from My Blog

Snow Spring
Wind Song
Our Land
Some of my most popular short poems

Popular Posts


Summer Lightning

Popular Haiku

Here are three of my poems people on my Twitter feed really enjoyed..

a wind's soft rushing /
a gentle rain touches me /
silence descending

a thin reed captures /
in its solitary grace /
winter sun's bleak stare

a wind sweeps through stones /
striding through fallen branches /
my own wild cry soars


Get in Touch

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