Monday, May 25, 2015

Island Creek Farm Bouquet

8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board

This is part of a beautiful bouquet from our community supported agriculture farm.  Not only was it beautiful to look at and paint, but it smelled so fresh and herbal.  It was a surprise to see what kinds of flowers I would get along with my vegetables.  Can't wait until my next pick up!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Catching Up

8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board
Another beach scene...Appropriate for Memorial Day weekend, I think.  This woman was power walking along the shore with her dog who got distracted easily.  The dog would get pretty far behind and then have to race to catch up.  It was really cute to watch.  A beautiful, fun day at the ocean.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend, Everyone!  As always, thanks for checking in on my blog and for your encouraging messages.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Noon at Emerald Isle


12 x 24 Oil on Archival Board

Empty beach, sand, sun, beautiful beach houses, waves crashing, seagulls talking....Ahhhh!  Truly a moment of Zen.  Summer at its finest.  I really find that when I have a passion for a subject, the painting seems to flow.  I'm pretty sure I've said this before, but it's so true, for me at least.  When I was painting this, I really felt like I was placing actual sand on my painting surface rather than paint, and I could feel the softness of the clouds...It's definitely Zen.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

End of the Day, Emerald Isle

5 x 7 Oil On Archival Board

Looking back from the water towards a beautiful sunset at Emerald Isle...What could be better?!  Wouldn't you like to own one of those beach houses and visit on a whim?  I know I would.  Since it was mid week, most of the houses were empty, but I'm pretty sure as it gets closer to summer they are occupied all the time.  I'm enjoying painting these studies.  They seem to flow and I think it's because the memories are fresh in my mind.  Ever since I began painting, I notice that I automatically try to memorize scenes that interest me.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sandpiper on the Run

5 x 7 Oil on Archival Board
There were lots of sandpipers on the almost deserted beach at Emerald Isle, NC, last week and they were having a great time darting around.  This particular bird, though, had too much coffee that morning because he was pretty much just a blur.  He would go one way, and then run the other in a manic attempt to catch his breakfast, I guess.  This is a personal favorite....for now...until I paint again :-)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Mother's Day Flowers

9 x 12 Oil on Gessobord
 Happy Mother's Day, Everyone!  These flowers are pretty much guaranteed not to wilt.  If you would like to purchase them for your mother, or for you (that seems to be how I roll...), just click on the link below.  This would be a gift that keeps on giving :-)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Spencer Tracy, The Cat

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

So this is Spencer Tracy in a basket.  That is not something I thought I would ever say :-)  This was one of two commissions I was fortunate to be asked to paint.  I should refer to this as "Big Eyes," because those eyes are truly amazing.  They were a challenge.  I needed to get that glow and am pretty happy with the outcome.  With every painting I learn something new.  How lucky I feel!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Reading the Posting


8 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

I've been doing a lot of commissions lately and felt the need to paint this man once again; something totally different.  I painted him a while ago and have always loved his "Charlie Chaplin" look...  Really a silhouette.   It's always good to change things up every now and then.  Now I go back to the commissions with a new passion.  I really love doing them :-)   I consider this little painting a warm up.  Actually, each painting is a warm up to what's next...Right?!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Huddleston Chickens


8 x 10 Oil On Archival Board

On our way to see a small Community Supported Agriculture farm (CSA) in Huddleston, VA, we passed this wonderful barn.  It was a perfect rural scene complete with roaming chickens.  The scene actually spoke to me.  I could picture the painting that I was going to do.  That doesn't happen much.  No planning, no sketching...Just got right at it.  We joined the CSA, by the way.  We're looking forward to getting fresh organic vegetables, and in our little way helping to support the young family that works so hard to produce the finest vegetables, fruit, and flowers.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tallulah and the Lilacs

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

This is Tallulah (our Sproodle) checking out my first lilacs of the season.  I'm not sure if she was just enjoying the smell or planning on eating them...Either way, she was really interested in them.  This painting isn't as blue as it appears here.  Not sure why this color thing happened, but the background is much more subtle.  I will try to take another photo of it and re-post at some point.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bradley, Older and Wiser

8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

Here is Bradley as he is now...older and so much wiser.  His coloring appears to have changed from his puppy stage...But then again so has mine :-)  Simply put, he is the cutest!  Thank you once again to Bradley's family for this opportunity.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Bradley at One Year

8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

This is one of two commissioned pieces I was asked to do to depict Bradley as a young pup and as an older, more mature dog.  That face and the tilt of his head says it all.  It doesn't get much cuter than that!  Thanks to Bradley's family for the opportunity to paint him.  I really enjoyed it :-)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Old Gardening Shed

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

A weathered gardening shed that would not have been very interesting to me if not for the beautiful flowers in the foreground.  A departure from the commissions that I have been doing and really enjoyable to paint!  Now, back to the commissions for a bit.

Monday, April 6, 2015

CHAIR-ITY - "Lap Dance"

Well....It's Done!  Here's my painted chair for the "Chair-ity" event for art education in Bedford, VA.  I delivered it on Saturday and it is called "Lap Dance."  The figure is Modigliani's "Count Weilhorski" and because of his straight-laced, kind of Puritan look, I thought he'd make a good "seat."  Each participant picked out an unpainted chair and used their artistic flair to decorate it.  I've seen a number of them now, and they are all so wonderful and different.  That's the great thing about this event.  So many artists...So many different perspectives; and of course, the charity itself!  I was a little intimidated at the start, but once I got into it I loved it!  I will let you know the date of the auction as soon as it's finalized.  It is in May, and will be a wonderful event.

I have to thank my wonderful friends, Jim and Gloria Chandler for their help with the process.  I made my plan and sketched out the Count, and Jim used his carpentry tools to cut him out for me so I could paint him.  I so appreciate the time they both took and the fact that they let me leave sawdust on their living room floor. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Funny Bunny

8 x 8 Oil On Gessobord

Oh, the humiliation!!  They sit me down, put these ears on me as if I don't have big enough ones as is, and say "smile."  Well, this is about as happy as I get under these circumstances. 

Happy Easter everyone, and thanks so much for all your interest in my artwork!  You make it all the more worthwhile!

Monday, March 30, 2015


8 x 10 Oil on Gessobord

"Say, What??  Did someone mention steak?"  That's why I'm thinking that Hercules' ear is up :-)  What a great face....and those eyes.  I loved painting the structure of the face.  This is my most recent commission.  I'm working on another one, and I have to say that these dogs work wonders for me while I'm painting.  I get into that Zen place.  Again, thank you to Hercules' humans for giving me the opportunity to paint such a wonderful, powerful companion.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

First Blooms

6 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

Isn't it funny how each Spring we get so excited about the first blooms we see?!  It's like we haven't seen Spring before.  That's why I like the change of seasons so much.  We forget how wonderful each season is until the following one is upon us.  This painting was done with left over paints on my palette, so very limited and lots of mixing.  Happy Spring! 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

Watch what you say, because I'm pretty sure Roxie can hear you no matter where you are :-)  What an adorable dog Roxie is.  He's another commission and I thank his owners for the opportunity to paint him.  So cute and a joy to do! 

Friday, March 20, 2015


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

What fun I had with this commission!  How can you not smile at a bloodhound's face??  The position was a little odd, but according to Lucy's owners, this is a common trait.  They all apparently sit this way...And those sad eyes and gaping mouth.  Sadly, Lucy passed away recently.  She did live a long, happy life.   A dog's life is way too short :-(

Monday, March 16, 2015

Smith Mountain Lake View

16 x 20 Oil on Gessobord

This is a larger format than I usually paint, and I must admit that I enjoyed doing a "big" painting.  I attacked it with large brushes and lots of paint.  It shows up a little darker here than it really is, but hopefully you can get the idea.  The lovely woman who contacted me asked me to paint the view from her lake house. This is one of two commissioned pieces. It's actually hard to see the detail here.  I might try to take some detail photos of it and post them.  One of the best things about painting commissions is that I meet really great people!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Opening of Olin Gallery Show on Friday


This piece is called "In the Spotlight, Washington Square Park."  It will be one of the many paintings to see at the opening of the Olin Gallery 2015 Biennial Juried Exhibition at Roanoke College on Friday, March 13th.  The Juror's talk and reception is at 6:00 PM.  If you are in the area, please stop by and say hello.  After seeing the list of accepted artists, it should be a great show!!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

February Went to the Dogs

Well, February came and went...Mostly to the dogs.  Here is a sample of some of the commissions that I completed.  I'm pleased to say, everyone was happy with them.  Me, too :-) 

I'm currently working on another dog commission, and have begun a large project which I will share soon.  It is taking a lot of my time right now, and I'm actually thinking about it day and night.  I wake up in the middle of the night with a great idea for it, but forget it by the time I get up in the morning.  I will have to keep a pencil and paper by the bed....Of course, I'll bet some of those wonderful thoughts will look pretty dumb in the light of day.  I'm so thankful to be able to dwell on painting methods, even in the middle of the night.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Beautiful Cooper

8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

Cooper is a Boykin Spaniel, and probably one of the prettiest ones due to the curl on the top of her head.  I'll bet all the other Boykins wish they had her sense of style :-)  She is a free spirit and so full of energy and life.  She should give lessons on how to live for the moment.  She has gotten older and slower, but she still has that "let's go and play" look in her eyes.  I loved painting her!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Thinking Summer


12 x 24 Oil on Gessobord

This seems like a really long winter, and I felt the need to paint something "summery."  Because the painting was hard to photograph, I included a portion (detail) first and then the complete painting below.  This is the beach in Amagansett, Long Island, NY.  As far as I'm concerned, there isn't a better beach anywhere.  Never too crowded, wide soft sand, no vehicles allowed....


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

It's a Tough Life

5 x 7 Oil on Gessobord

They say that Pit Bulls are dangerous, but it's hard to be threatened by Maddy.  Although she's muscular and strong, she's really a sweet, well trained dog.  When I was visiting recently, she climbed up on the couch next to me and put her head in my lap.  We sat there for a while...until my leg started to lose feeling.  Her head must weigh a few tons.  It was like a bowling ball sitting in your lap.  I'm used to Tallulah who has a light head.  Not to say that she isn't smart :-) 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Rock Artists

8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

I have painted this scene once before in pastel and have always liked it, so I thought I'd paint it again in oils.  This was from my first trip to Monhegan Island, Maine, with a group of artists.  We set up on a rocky beach, finding comfortable rocks to sit on (not easy).  Then the difficult task became what to paint since there was so much beauty around us.  A quick, enjoyable little study... :-) 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Two on a Log

6 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

I couldn't go too far wrong with these two beautiful black Labs pushing a log through the water.  Obviously, this wasn't a recent adventure.  They would need an ice breaker now :-)  This was a recent commission and certainly a wonderful way to spend my painting time.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Hudson with a Face Full of Snow

8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord


This is Hudson, an Australian Shepherd.  He is a northerner, so he is totally happy this winter!  A muzzle full of snow is heaven for him, I suppose.  I do hope all you people in the northeast are coping with the cold and blizzard-like conditions.  Here in Virginia, we are currently at 19 degrees and had 60 MPH winds all night long.  Two days ago, it was almost 70 degrees.  We even had a fly in the house :-)  Perhaps, he knew what was to come and decided to come inside....

Friday, February 13, 2015


6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

What a honor to be able to paint such a beautiful Yellow Lab!  I've been extremely happy to be getting so many commissions lately.  I work diligently to bring life to a piece of work on a two dimensional surface.  It's not always easy, but oh so rewarding.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Good Morning!

8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

This is my favorite cereal bowl.  I use it all the time for my oatmeal and for soup.  I'm not sure which potter created it, but I know it was a craftsman in Virginia.  I've tried to track him/her down, but without much success.  This was one of the paintings that just worked for me, unlike the last post that I struggled with.  Perhaps it was my love of the pottery...or that delicious banana :-) 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Coffee Shop Girl

6 x 8 Oil on Gessobord


You know how some paintings seem to paint themselves.  Well, this one definitely didn't!  It absolutely has to do with my focusing on so many other things right now.  I struggled with it for two days and am finally satisfied....Or I'm forcing myself to be satisfied :-)

On another note, I am honored that my artwork was juried into the 2015 Biennial Juried Exhibition at Olin Hall Galleries in Roanoke, Virginia.  Doug McClemont, who is a writer and curator in NYC, is the juror of the show.  The juror lecture and awards will be March 13th at 6 PM at the Olin Gallery. 

Also in March, I will have the honor, along with fellow artist and friend, Nancy Rae Brown, to be the Featured Artist for the month at Second Helpings Gallery in Roanoke, Virginia.  More on this to come....

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Where the Magic Happens

8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

A scene from one of my favorite restaurants where the magic really does happen :-)  YUMMM!!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Geraniums in an Old Maine Window


6 x 8 Oil On Gessobord

The window here was in a very old house that was in bad shape and needed a lot of repair work done.  The paint was peeling and there were all sorts of paint colors showing through.  The geraniums were a welcome change to an otherwise dreary interior. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Callie and Gabby


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

This is Gabby and Callie dressed in their Christmas finest.  I can't tell you how much I enjoyed doing this commission (OK...I just did!).  I think these are two of the most beautiful Goldens I have seen.  What I enjoyed so much was trying to define two totally different dogs with different personalities, and not just painting twins. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Bluebird Up Close and Personal


6 x 6 Oil On Gessobord

This poor little bird didn't fly south.  Apparently he never listened to what the other birds with more info were saying...Or he made the mistake of listening to the local weather on TV and assumed it was going to be hot and sunny.  Either way, I felt I should have given him a warm scarf and hot chocolate.  He wasn't as blue and red as I painted him, but I thought the bright red/orange might warm him a little :-)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

This is All Mine!

6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

This is one of the black Lab puppies from my cousin's kennel,  Her beautiful Labradors and French Bulldogs are a constant inspiration for me, and this particular puppy had the right idea.  He was not about to allow his puppy siblings to take his toy.  If I didn't know better, I'd say he was an only child :-)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Licking the Bowl


6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

Who doesn't like to lick the whipped cream bowl??  I'm pretty sure we all did it.  Whatever was in the bowl seemed to taste much better than the final product.  I think it still does :-)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Soulful Eyes


6 x 6 Oil On Gessobord

This is Manny, one of my cousin's beautiful Labs.  I basically tried to paint Manny with very few strokes...Just the necessities.  At least what I saw as necessities :-)  I'm trying to let go of my need to put every detail in.  Manny was a joy to do.  I hope he likes the portrait and doesn't mind that I played a little with his likeness.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Pismo Beach Walk

7 x 5 Oil on Gessobord

This is another painting that practically painted itself.  I'm not sure why some paintings seem to just flow off the brush, but I'm not complaining :-)  I was going for the action of the water, waves, wind, surf, and of course the movement of the figure and dog.  Another personal favorite!


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Three Beauties

5 x 7 Oil on Gessobord

Three faces, three different personalities, all totally focused on something going on outside.  Painting dogs seems to have a really positive effect.  It's like a mini vacation.  Every stroke brings the subject closer and closer.  It's really a very odd sensation.  I especially love the older Golden on the right.  He just has such a wise look about him, and he seemed to be studying me as I painted :-)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

A Big Smile


6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

Some people might say dogs don't smile, but I know Lula does.  The reference for this painting was taken right after she came in from chasing her ball outside and she was a happy camper.  I seriously think she has the longest tongue ever, although the Vet has assured me that it's a normal length.  So...Here's Tallulah who gets the honor of being my first painting of 2015 :-)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Firing the Pottery

7 x 5 Oil on Gessobord

This is a painting from one of Robert Miller's wonderful photographs.  I chose it because of all those great hot, hot, hot colors, and he was kind enough to allow me to attempt it. I was in heaven splashing around all those cadmium reds, oranges, and yellows, and just brushing on strokes here and there to depict the scene.  Can you feel the heat???

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Cook's Paradise

6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

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For a small painting, I found this difficult.  It might have been caused by taking a little break from painting everyday to do lots of social Holiday things.  I struggled to get back into it, and started to get too picky.  That's when I knew I had to stop and call it finished.  I really like it, so I plan doing a larger version to capture more of this scene, which is the kitchen of my favorite restaurant.

Happy New Year One and All!  See you in 2015!  2015...YIKES!!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Snooze


6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

This is "Brooklyn," who belongs to Tallulah's wonderful groomer/trainer/boarder.  She is a beautiful Golden who absolutely deserves to be painted.  This is what they refer to as a "Dog's Life."

Thank you all who have purchased my paintings this year.  It has been a wonderful year for me, and I really appreciate it.  I am so glad that my paintings have found good homes and hope they bring you all as much joy as I get when I'm painting them. 

 Have a safe and wonderful Holiday!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Snuggle


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

These are the same Labs that I painted in "Patience."  The puppy was really playful in that one, but here there is a really touching closeness between the two.  That snuggle and the mother's look seems to define what we think of as a human kind of love, but I think it exists in the animal world, too.   

Friday, December 12, 2014

Tree Trunk in Snow


6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

Shadows and snow...That's what this little painting is all about.  As I've said so many times before,  winter is a favorite with me.  I know many of you don't share that view.  Especially those of you who are up north right now.  I think the stark beauty of the sun on the snow and the deep dark shadows are really something to behold.  This painting is a new favorite of mine :-) 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Luigi and His Painting

Luigi's family sent this photo of the painting I did for them.  It is always so nice to get feedback after completing a painting, and I especially enjoyed doing this one.  I must say, Luigi looks mighty proud of his portrait :-) 

Monday, December 8, 2014



6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

I'm pretty sure Sherman is smiling, but it's hard to tell with Frenchies.  His face called out for a portrait though; and that look...How can you resist?!