Monday, June 19, 2017


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board  

One of my 10 pieces painted for "Art of the Resistance," a show coming up this weekend beginning with a poetry slam Friday night and art shows on Saturday and Sunday. If you are in the Bedford, VA area, please stop by and say hello.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Calm and Peaceful

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

Mid week in summer here at the lake is usually quiet, calm, and peaceful. I always enjoy seeing the sailboats, kayaks and canoes go drifting by. Not many sounds, just an occasional muffled voice from across the lake somewhere or a bird singing. I hope this painting expresses that feeling of peace to you all. Happy Monday!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Directional Pull

6 x 12 Oil on Archival Board

Early morning fisherman hoping for a catch. Nothing but the bird chirping and the every so slight waves lapping. Morning at it's best!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Easter Island in Manhattan

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

If you ever get to NYC, the lobby of the Grand Hyatt hotel is definitely a destination. We stayed there recently and I have to say, I really didn't want to leave. Just sitting there near "Awilda" and "Chloe", two huge sculptures created by Jaume Plensa, is quite wonderful. While researching these pieces, I came across Jaume Plensa's quote: "Awilda and Chloe" are metaphors for the diversity and similarity of all people…(they) pay homage to anonymous people in motion." I'm not sure whether this is Awilda or Chloe, and I certainly saw lots of anonymous people in motion!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017

Picasso and the Women

12 x 9 Oil on Archival Board  

A woman at MOMA studying "Les Demoiselles d' Avignon". It was originally titled "The Brothel of Avignon" according to research. Picasso painted this large piece in 1907, during his Cubism period, depicting 5 nude prostitutes from a brothel on Avinyo Street in Barcelona. The faces of the women were inspired by Iberian sculpture and African masks. This was an interesting painting to try to capture. I learned a lot about Cubism and the shapes and jagged lines involved.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Man at Work

10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

This painting seemed to flow from my brush. It's very exciting to see something that you immediately feel will make a good painting. Those seem to be the ones that work. I'm really happy with this one! This man was such a good sport to allow me to paint him.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Gentle Giant

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board  

I met this dog when I was on my way to the post office. He stopped everyone in their tracks. What a beautiful Newfoundland he was, scarf and all. He deserved a portrait for sure.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board  

I posted an oil sketch of Matthew (a man who was putting in our new tile) a while ago, and finally got around to doing his portrait. He has such an interesting face and was kind enough to allow me to paint him, beard and all. He told me his wife was making him shave it off….

Monday, April 17, 2017


9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board


Meet Gonzo, a Golden Doodle, who has been trained impeccably by Lesleigh Cook.  Sometimes you  meet a dog, and they look at you and you fall in love instantly.  That's how I feel about Gonzo.  He has a look that is hard to describe.  I tried to capture it here.  Very serious, ready for action, yet playful as well.  He is a therapy dog and whatever family was fortunate enough to get him should feel very blessed.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Girl in an Easter Bonnet

 8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board 


What a better way to say "Happy Easter" than to paint an adorable child in a very large hat?! When I paint a portrait, after sketching in the shape of the face I work on the eyes. If I can nail that part of the face, I feel like the painting has become alive. This is beautiful Ellery Ann. HAPPY EASTER/PASSOVER EVERYONE!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Less is More

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

From my Saturday painting session at the Old Jail Hill Art Space at Goose Creek Studio, here is a quick study of Matthew. I rarely do oil sketches, but I loved the process…and I didn't have to lug all my tubes of paint. Only black and white. A revelation!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Pug - Commission

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board 


Want a biscuit? Want a belly rub? Want to play? Not sure what that look is, but whatever, it definitely gets your attention. A real cutie for sure.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Morning, After the Rain

6 x 12 Oil on Archival Board


Lots of rain recently and some beautiful clouds to try to capture.  I was able to catch this scene just as the sun was beginning to come through those clouds.  Painted plain air and really fast to try to nail down what I was seeing before it disappeared, which it did in an instant!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Elegance - Commission

12 x 9 Oil on Archival Board


I was asked to do two portraits of this beautiful woman in different poses.  This one was my favorite.  A challenge, but what fun to do!  She looks so much like Lady Di, doesn't she?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board


Just look at that attentive face! Ready for anything. Dogs definitely do have personalities, and even from a photograph, you can usually see their "inner self" shining through. At least I can when I'm painting them. Lucy was such fun to do. A beautiful dog. Someone once asked me how I got dogs to sit for a painting session….I still smile when I think of that!!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Aquarium Fascination

10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board  

First visit to the aquarium, and total fascination.  The lighting was a challenge as well as the skin tones under those lights.  I love to take on these issues to see if I can pull them off and give them life.  I'm pretty satisfied here.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Doggie Day Care

6 x 12 Oil on Archival Board


A quick little painting from a photo by artist extraordinaire Pat Dougherty of her adorable Mo and Mo's daycare buddies at rest time. We used to have rest time at a camp I went to, but we didn't get cushy beds…

Thursday, March 16, 2017

"Jax" - A Commission

12 x 12 Oil on Archival Board


I've been so lucky to have the opportunity to paint these wonderful animals. Jax has such a soulful face..and that shiny, chocolate coat. A big thank you to Jax's family :=) 

Friday, March 10, 2017

"Here's Looking at You!"

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board


This is a companion piece to go with Tallulah's "tongue" painting. She complained about me posting the other one, so I did one that has more dignity :-) Hope she's satisfied!!

Monday, March 6, 2017

YUM…Good Peanut Butter!

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

When I go to paint with my Saturday artist friends at Goose Creek Studio and Custom Framing, I try to think of fun projects so that when visitors come to see us they have something a little different to see.  Tallulah makes this easy!  Here's one I worked on this past Saturday.  I got the benefit of input for that weird underside of her tongue from the fabulous artists who join me in the studio.  One would think a tongue wouldn't be difficult.  Well…This one was, and here it is in all it's glory :-)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

A Puzzle of Dachshunds

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board


This painting was a study in what goes where.  Which ear belongs to which dog…Which paw belongs to which dog…and so on.  It took a while, but was worth it for me in the long run.  Two beautiful Long Haired Dachshunds painted at Goose Creek Studio and Custom Framing with my painting buds….Come by on Saturdays, if you are in the Bedford, VA area and see us.

Friday, February 24, 2017


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board


This is another commission from Christmas. A very happy dog with a great smile! I'm smiling, too, because we are experiencing Spring in late February. In the 70's again today and all the trees and flowers are blooming. Sneeze, Sneeze….

Monday, February 20, 2017

Milo Bear

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board


Another commission done and shipped!  I get such joy painting these faces :-)
Happy Monday!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

BEE Mine

5 x 7 Oil on Archival Board



A little bee to sweeten your day :-)  Painted with my artsy friends at Goose Creek Studio last Saturday. Come by each Saturday and browse the fabulous artwork that Goose Creek has to offer and stop upstairs at Old Jail Hill Art Space to say hello and see us painting.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Brooklyn's Bath Time

9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board


Here is Brooklyn who totally enjoys life under all circumstances, whether it be dry or wet.  That's how I intend to live my life…minus the tennis ball.  She is a dog you fall in love with as soon as you see her.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Black and White

8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board


"Waste Not..Want Not," a saying my mother used to use.  Well, I guess it's finally caught up with me.  Using up the paint on my palette from another painting and keeping it simple, this is the result.  I wanted to get the large black cow coming out at the viewer.  Just a quick, sketchy, fun one!  Now back to the commissions….

Monday, January 30, 2017



12 x 12 Oil on Archival Board

Slowly but surely I'm getting the Christmas commissions loaded on for you to see along with my new paintings.  It has sure been busy around here, and I'm certainly not complaining.  One of the best things about being an artist is the great community of support and the opportunity to meet so many terrific like-minded people.  Here's Sherbert!  Such a kind, lovable face.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Just Plain Nosey

8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board

The third in what seems to have become a small series of cow paintings.  Who knew cows could be so friendly?!  What this cow was really interested in was not my scintillating conversation, but the bread that was being fed to them.  I was told that the bread is "cow cocaine"….What a great day this was!!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Cow with Highlights

8 x 8 Oil onArchival Board

Mooooving along on this Sunday, a beautiful Scottish Highlander cow with the sun hitting that gorgeous auburn fur.  (Do cows have "fur"? …Not sure, being a City girl).   Loved painting this one.  If interested in purchasing, just email me :-)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Presidential Look-Alike

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board  

I was lucky enough to get to photograph a friend's Scottish Highlander cows recently.  This particular cow turned towards me and scowled, and I instantly saw something familiar :-)  Beady eyes, that scowl, the comb over, a mouth full of hay, orange color…Well, you get the idea!  I don't usually put anything political out there, but this was too good to pass up…and very timely :-(

Monday, January 16, 2017

Fitzhugh and Jazzy

9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board


Here's another Christmas commission to post.  I must say, I was really lucky to have so many adorable dogs, cats, and horses to paint this year.  I am so thankful to have the opportunity to get to know, through paint, these animals.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January Tulips

9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

A good friend brought these beautiful red tulips to me for Christmas.  I am not really comfortable painting flowers, but they were so lovely I had to try.  I'm not sure why flowers intimidate me, but I approached this subject as I've been doing lately with everything.. as just shapes.  The name of certain objects seems to get in the way of just expressing what I see and feel.  This still life was done at my kitchen table using my little Gorilla box…on a cold, gray, snowy day.  

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Balloon Artist

12 x 9 Oil on Archival Board

The word "Artist" has many connotations.  We are all artists in one way or another, I think.  The definition of "Artist" is "..a person who practices any of the various creative arts...A person skilled at a particular task or occupation."  So here's to the colorful, air-filled art of balloons!  A quick study on a snowy, icy, single digit day to use up paint on my palette :-) 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


12 x 9 Oil on Archival Board

Another Christmas commission, and one that I loved painting.  The beautiful colors and expressive eyes got to me with every brush stroke.  It was commissioned with love for the client's daughter.  I hope this portrait will bring wonderful memories to its owner.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas Commission

9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

Here's an adorable puppy face to take you into the new year.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas, 2016

8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board

Last year, one of our neighbors hired this horse and carriage to take their grandchildren for a ride right before Christmas.  It was a sight to see when they came down our street, and most of the neighbors came out to gawk.  Naturally it was a photo op for me, and I decided to paint it this year for my Christmas card adding a few things...Like snow...and runners on the sleigh. 

I wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!  One can only hope and pray that this coming year will bring peace to us, all over this precious planet of ours.  I want to thank you for looking at my artwork throughout the year.  I definitely feel blessed! 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Bedford Vista

8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board

On my many trips to Bedford, I pass such beautiful countryside.  This is one of the farms I drove by recently and decided to stop and take some pictures, taking my life in my hands as traffic whizzed by.   I wish there was a place to park and do some plein air painting.  I could probably drive up and ask permission, but I'm not that brave....yet :-)

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Christmas in Florida

9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

A scene from Winter Park, Florida right after Thanksgiving.  A very musical sidewalk "Santa". 

I hope you are all finished shopping and decorating, and have now moved on to cleaning and preparing your Christmas menus.  Whew!  Busy time.  I'm finally finished with all the wonderful commissions I was asked to do and am in the process of mailing and delivering :-)

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Joy of Music

6 x 12 Oil on Archival Board

Music and art combined to make a very special summer day not too long ago.  Artists Pat Dougherty and Megan Davies displayed their African paintings at the Africa House in Lynchburg.  On a beautiful Sunday a group of singers performed and I snapped photos like crazy.  I finally got around to painting one during a break from the Christmas commissions I am furiously completing. The joy of the music was so evident in their faces, and that was what I was trying to convey in this study. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Bella - Commission

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

Bella is the second commission that I am able to post because she went home with her family already.  How can anyone resist this old, wise face and her red and white Christmas collar?!  A big thank you to Bella's family for the opportunity to paint her.  

Monday, November 28, 2016


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

An adorable commission...One with very large ears and a mask like a bandit.  Blossom is the first commission I'm able to post because she was given at Thanksgiving with a companion painting.  I have one more I'm able to post and for the rest I have to wait until after Christmas.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now on to Christmas!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Pumpkin Heaven

10 x 8 Oil on Arches Paper for Oils

Pumpkins galore for your Thanksgiving pie! 


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Bedford Farmland

8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

I've been busily doing Holiday commissions and haven't been able to post any of them until after Christmas gift giving, so meanwhile here's an older painting that I have always loved.  Our Fall has been less than spectacular this year, but is still always my favorite season. 

This has been a wonderful commission season so far this year, and I am so thankful!  I've got 9 paintings drying and one on the easel.  If you'd like me to paint a commission of your animals, landscapes, etc., please get them to me by Thanksgiving.

Have a great weekend, Everyone!!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Early Morning Plein Air Study

12 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

Our house faces the west so usually we get wonderful sunsets over lake and don't see much of the sunrise colors.  One morning last week though, we had a spectacular, colorful early sky.  As soon as I raised the blinds, I rushed to get my little compact easel and tried to capture it in paint.  The colors are so fleeting that I was thrilled I was able to get it so quickly.  It was gone in an instant...

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


8 x 6 Oil on Archival Board


This is what happens when a certain master photographer isn't able to come and sit for us during our painting session!  Having nothing else to paint and being programmed to paint his portrait, I was happy to have his Facebook photo to use as reference.  Thank you, Jean, for allowing me to use it.  He might be there next time, so I will hopefully have another chance.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Sea of Dreams

9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

Sometimes when I go into my studio to paint and don't have a definite idea of what I'm going to start, I look through my photos and see what appeals to me at that particular time.  I think I've said it before, but if I don't have a real interest in the subject, the outcome is not as good as I'd like it to be.  This little painting is an example.  I like it now a lot, but it took me a while to get into the process.  I wasn't sure where I was going with it, kept changing it, and finally decided to leave it as is and look at it again later.  When I did, I was happy with it.  I've discovered over the years that, for me, I have to have a real passion for the subject and can see the painting even before I put the first stroke on the canvas.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Albert Teske Farm, Circa 1900

6 x 9 Oil on Archival Board


This certainly is a departure for me!  My Daughter-In-Law was here and brought this photo of her family's farm.  As soon as I saw it, I wanted to try painting it.  It is much more involved with lots more people, machines, and structures so I broke it down.  My plan is to do it in sections, but this was my first attempt at it.  Now that it's done, I'm going to tackle the rest.  I don't do machines and have no idea what I'm painting, so I just painted shapes.  I actually did that with the people as well.  It was extremely hard to see their faces.  I just wanted to get their "essence".   

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Better Than the Library

6 x 9 Oil on Archival Board

My son and Daughter-in-Law are visiting from Singapore this week, so I didn't have much time to paint.  A very good reason to take a break!  This was a very quick one I did while they were out.  A really limited palette.  This woman was reading on her float right off her dock.  She had it tied on a long rope so the wake from the passing boats didn't send her out into the middle of the lake.  When I snapped her photo I told her she was going to become a painting.  She said "Oh No!" but did smile.  I read that as permission to proceed :-)