Monday, June 13, 2016

Striped Green

9" x 9" oil

Fabric, ugh!  Striped fabric, double ugh!
Ok, those were my feelings for many years when confronted with painting fabric. But as I continue to learn and grow, I understand that fabric is nothing more or less than color, value, temperature, and shape albeit with many variations of each.
Now painting fabric is still a challenge, but I consider it only a mini ugh.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Dancer

8" x 10" oil on linen board

This is a subject I have painted before. This one was painted for a show next month in Newport Beach, CA and I am very happy with the results.

If you are in the area, consider attending the Newport Beach Art Exhibition on Saturday, June 18!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Spring Roses

10" x 8" oil on board

This piece was painted in my class today. I had brought roses from home that were particularly beautiful this year.  Since nobody else wanted to paint them, I decided to not let them go to waste. I'm happy to have a forever image of these beauties.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016


8" x 8" oil on board

Painting portraits is one of my favorite things to paint. The dreds were particularly fun to carve out!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

All Stars

8" x 10" oil on board

Having painted these fun shoes before, my challenge is how to paint laces and grommets without describing EVERY detail.  I'm happy with the results but will keep pushing. Thanks for having a look.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Ribbons And Bows

8" x 8" oil on board

I have done this painting once before. There is such intimacy that comes with painting a face. This painting is much more of a likeness, the other was a bit looser.  I like them both for different reasons.

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Friday, November 6, 2015


30" x 30" oil on canvas

A recent trip to Ireland provided the reference for this photo. The Irish were always kind and generous with their help no matter that they were moving through their busy day.

Friday, October 30, 2015


12" x 9" oil on board

This image was one that included cattle and another cowboy from Paint My Photo.  Editing it down to just the horse and rider made the story about how they work together stronger for me.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Heading Home

12" x 9" oil

The reference for this piece had all the elements that excite me to paint...a child, an animal and rim lighting. Trifecta!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Artist Appreciation Month!

14" x 11" oil on board

On behalf of Artist Appreciation Month this August, I'm celebrating by sharing some of the artists who have inspired me.

The list is long.
As a retired children's art teacher, art/paintings have always been an interest for me.  I started painting as a hobby as my children were moving on and away from the nest. It was soon after that I realized that I wanted to paint more than "pretty pictures".  I wanted to express my interest in people and their surroundings as my primary focus.  I happened upon a solo show by local artist Cynthia Grilli.  In the show, "La Familia", she exhibited paintings of her extended Italian family that spoke to me and my feelings about family. Fortunately for me she taught figure drawing and painting in my area.  Through years of study with Cynthia, I learned how to draw the figure, to use oil paints in a variety of ways, and how to express a narrative.  I connected with her subject and style of painting that still resonates with me today. I will always consider Cynthia as my primary mentor for my art.

Historically my artistic influences are Sargeant, Fechin, Bongart, the Russian Impressionists, Sorolla...I could go on and on.

Workshops with Kim English, Carolyn Anderson, Tom Balderas have influenced my more recent work for subject, color, and brushstrokes. Thank you to the many, many artist friends in my life both real and virtually who continue to inspire me daily.  We live in an exciting time for visual arts who with the click of a button can see art worldwide!

Abstracted figurative is my next horizon.

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