Sunday, October 2, 2016

Portrait of a Boy

10" x 10" oil on board

Painted from a black and white photo, is was fun to be inventive with the color. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


12" x 9" oil on linen panel

The reference for this painting was an image posted by my children's kindergarten teacher on Facebook. The image shows an intimate moment between a mother and child. Thank you for the the use of your beautiful photo Rebecca!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Color Study Challenge

10" x 8" oil on paper

This was a quick study done in class with my students.

Since I consider myself to be a perennial student of painting, I am always looking for ways to expand and challenge the way I paint and teach.  I recently read a post about doing paintings using only complimentary colors andwhite and black. So today in class I spread out objects with only violets and yellows. I challenged those who were interested to play with only those colors in paint to create a harmonious painting. 

To my delight and with varying degrees of confidence, four of them chose to participate! I love their willingness to challenge themselves regardless of the results. I think we all learned something even if it's that sometimes the teacher's ideas can be hard, even for the teacher!

I love all my students, they are the best!!

Saturday, August 20, 2016


10" x 8" oil on linen

On the cusp of his teenage years, this 8th grader was excited to have me paint his portrait.  I'm excited for him to see it!

Sunday, July 3, 2016


12" x 12" oil on canvas

I started this painting as a demo at the Cannery Paints art show last weekend, finished it in my studio this week, and sold yesterday...yay!
This painting will have a new home in Illinois very soon.

Thanks for having a look!

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.

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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