Desert Scenes Near Phoenix Arizona

Muskrat Studio Projects

Visual Arts Projects, The Poetry Project, Fine Antiques

Hi, I am Barbara Pease. Muskrat Studio is my creative haven and my home. It is here I work. It is where I live. I am an artist, a poet and a collector. From time to time I sell off parts of my collections on eBay as muskratdeals. I am currently engaged in digital art, photography and poetry. I publish haiku and micropoetry on Twitter as muskratchatter and on my blog, also as muskratchatter. This website tells my story, and shows samples of my work. To see my portfolio just click on the "Portfolio Gallery" tab above or just click here. If you hover over the gallery tab you will see the 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

Art was my hobby during my working years. I created wall sculpture, sketches, mixed media, photography and acrylic paintings during that time. Now I am retired and at present I am engaged in digital art and photography. Please feel free to browse the gallery page.

For times when my studio is open you may consult the Art Trail Events Calendar. Just click the back button on your browser to return.

I write micropoetry, haiku, short poems, and essays. Now that I am retired 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

Old Chair And Bones
Digital Waves

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 visual artist and a poet, 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.

My projects are an experiment. I constantly seek new directions in my work. Where is my artistic "voice" today? I do plan my designs. I research materials, study books and even price what I will use. Are my concepts unique? Are they within budget? Am I offering something new? I like to understand the medium I plan to use before I begin. 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 elements 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

Just click "Get in Touch". It will take you to the contact tab above.