Monday, December 17, 2018


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I found the reference photo for this cute pup on the MorgueFile. His expression reminded me so much of our Labrador Retriever that died last year. He seems to be asking for something with those eyes, don't you think?

This piece is painted on a red toned gessoed board.


Sunday, December 16, 2018


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The inspiration for this painting came from my daughter's cat, who I sometimes get to catsit.  When he comes to our house,  he roams from room to room,  telling everyone his troubles.  Once he settles down, he peers out the window and daydreams and sleeps the day away.

This painting is painted on gessoboard that was toned in red.


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

...and Justice For All

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The inspiration for this painting came from an evening out with my husband. We were sitting on the patio of a restaurant as the sun was setting. As I turned around to look at the sun, I saw it glinting off a courthouse and the sun was peeking under some clouds. I caught a quick photo and the rest is history. Painted on a reddish toned board, you can see some of the red peeking through.  The diagonal  power line helps direct your eye to the focal point,  the courthouse tower.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Mother and Child

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I spotted this cow and calf during a painting event in the midwest.  They were a sweet pair and the calf was definitely being sheltered by its mother.  It was a moment I wanted to capture.  I painted this on a wood grained panel that had been treated with a clear gesso.  I loved the look of the wood grain and decided to leave a portion of the painting unfinished to save some of the beautiful background.
I liked this look and may try to do this again in other paintings.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Her Favorite Earring

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Here is another cow, this one a dairy cow, wearing her favorite earring.  I painted this on a board that was gessoed clear, allowing the wood grain to show through around the edges.  The painting is cradled and then framed with a stunning black floater frame, adding dimensionality to the work.

Friday, November 30, 2018

When In Italy

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On a trip this summer to Italy, I had the great fortune to be able to paint with a great instructor, Joe Lombardo, from Columbus, OH. We painted in the Tuscan region of Italy and each day was very inspiring. One of the days was spent at a Ceramics school where we painted on site. At the end of the session, we were treated to a traditional Italian cocktail, the Aperol Spritz. Comprised of prosecco, Aperol (a bitter orange/rhubarb liquor) and soda water, it was the perfect ending to the session. It's a very pretty drink and a great subject for this painting.


Thursday, November 29, 2018


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During a recent plein air event, I was able to take lots of photos from the ranching communities where we were painting.  Since I was raised on a farm,  I have a very strong connection to farm animals,  and this cow caught my attention.  She was calmly munching grass and I caught her staring at me when I approached with my camera.  Great memories of farm life came flooding back.  I painted this on a gessoed panel toned with violet and you can see some of it peeking through.
This is reposted from a previous post earlier in the year for the benefit of new readers and a new website.