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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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Flying High

11" x 14" oil on board

This little guy stole my heart, his exuberance is evident!
I painted him with a huge new egbert brush (think long filbert). Though is was fun to let the paint fly, I was able to carve the light with it as well.  I will be experimenting with this brush again soon.

Sunday, July 19, 2015


10" x 10" oil on board

I started this piece as a demo for a Chemer's Gallery event on Friday night.  I was unable to focus enough to come up with anything I liked so I scraped it and tried it again today...happy now!

Saturday, July 4, 2015


12" x 9" oil on board

I was drawn to painting this little girl not only because of her expression but because I wanted to push skin tones in the shadows as well as brushwork.  Mission accomplished!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Her Girl

10" x 8" oil on linen panel

I love painting portraits particularly when they fall off the brush.  I wanted to keep going on it but decided that at least in this case, less is more.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Rainy Day Drive

11" x 14" oil on board

Edit, edit, edit!  The reference for this painting was filled with lots of details on both sides of the street but I wanted the painting to be about the rainy day feel of the scene so lots of editing had to take place.  I'm happy with the results.

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