Friday, February 28, 2020

good hair

I seem to jump all over the place with my subject matter but it all has one thing in common.  I paint things I love.  I think it shows in your paintings whether you have feelings for your subject matter. I was one of those little girls who always wanted a horse.  I never had one of my own but was fortunate to ride with friends some along the way.
this horse is painted on a 24 x 30 x 2" linen canvas.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

carry me through

How's about a little color?  I have been keeping tulips around through this gloomy winter.  The colors are a definite pick me up.  This is painted on a 16 x 20" linen canvas.

I will be in Knoxville, Tennessee March 6-8 at ArtXtravaganza.  It is held at the Webb School gymnasium.  I would love to see you if you are in the area!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020


Painting something warm and of another season was my answer to many rainy and gloomy days we have had in February.  We could all use a good dose of sunshine.  This is painted on an 11 x14" canvas.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

garden party

I just returned from a get away to the North Carolina mountains with my Mom and sister.  Western North Carolina has been a huge part of my life.  I grew up vacationing there and my parents owned a home at Lake Junaluska, NC for twenty five years.  I feel like it is in my blood and I am happiest when I am in the mountains.  We even got a snow while there.
I took some new work to a gallery I am in in North Wilkesboro, NC.  Taupe gallery has incredible artists. Jim and Steve are the owners and they are the best!  It is a gem in a small town.  Many of their artists sell more out of this small town gallery than the big city galleries they are in.
Check them out if you are in the Charlotte, Boone, Linville, NC area.
This haughty, white hen is painted on a 6 x 8" canvas.  I will be in Knoxville, TN March 6-8 for Artxtravaganza at the Webb School.  I would love to see you if you are in the area!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sister golden hair

I painted this piece  entirely with palette knives. It felt good to push paint around and let the figures develop. It is painted on a 12 x 24” canvas.
 I am taking a few days off to travel with my mom and sister to a gallery I am in in North Carolina. Taupe gallery is in North Wilkesboro. It is a great gallery and worth a trip if you are in the area.

Friday, February 14, 2020

lemon drop

There is just something about lemons.  I love the sunny, yellow color.  I never seem to tire of painting them.  This is painted on a 20 x 24" canvas.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020


This was my demonstration painting for day two of my last workshop. It is painted on a 12 x 16” canvas. Teaching two times in close succession has kept my work a little fresher.  You remind yourself of what is important in painting when you are trying to pass information on to others. I will probably schedule another workshop for this summer. I have really enjoyed meeting and working with new people to experience the joy of painting. 

Monday, February 10, 2020

Flower power

Hoping this painting brightens your day. I painted it before my students arrived for my workshop last Friday. I tried to say a lot with a little. This is painted on a 6 x 8” canvas. 

Sunday, February 9, 2020

how deep is your love

This is the demo I did the first day of my workshop.  It is painted on a 12 x 12 x 2" canvas. The first day we  did still life set ups and focused on composition, minimal and loose brushwork, and fresh color.  Among many other things.  I had a great group with many different levels of experience.  Participants are pictured below with some of their  pieces.  My studio is lonely today.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

after the storm

I painted this for a patron of mine from Texas. This is painted on an 8 x 10" canvas. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

got to give it up

Thank you to Marvin Gaye for this title. You have got to give it up to keep from overworking a piece. I am not sure what he meant by that lyric {dancing :) } but it spoke to me after I kept touching parts of this painting up. Just stop!  This is painted on an 18 x 24" linen canvas.

I am teaching a two day workshop this Friday and Saturday.  Always helpful for me to remind myself of the things that are important to pass on to others.  I always learn new things from the students too!  A fun time for all.

Saturday, February 1, 2020


I love painting radishes but have not figured out how to keep the leaves from wilting. They look so pretty in the produce section but as soon as I get them in my studio they start to get sad., This is painted on a 12 x 12” canvas.