In the Garden

This painting was created for the Briar Hills Garden Club's "Outdoor Living Spaces Tour & Reception." Our event takes place on Thursday, May 14th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Start the evening strolling through beautiful gardens and be inspired to create an inviting outside retreat of your own. We conclude with a reception on the historical grounds of the former "Sunrise Museum" featuring  hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and silent auction ( where you can bid on this charming painting or other fabulous works from area artists).

Tickets are $20.00 and proceeds benefit the new CAMC Cancer Center outdoor space. I have tickets, email me back of you'd like to purchase any or contact

What I'm Reading - Mr. Mac and Me

I find listening to a story while painting a great combination. Sometimes it gets quite isolating working on a piece for hours and days. A good listen keeps the momentum going. Currently I'm listening to "Mr. Mac and Me" by Esther Freud

Having long admired the the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, I was eager to listen to this. Although fictional, it is a compellingly told story of an unlikely friendship. Taking place in a Homefront community during the First World War. I highly recommend this to those of you who enjoy historical fiction as well as art history. The narration is superb, transporting one to the Suffolk coast and leaving you with more insight on the life of this this brilliant artist.

Collecting Silhouettes

I collect Silhouettes. My collection began with one of my father as a young boy, then they started popping up in various antique and junk stores and, a collection was born. My favorite is the one of our daughter, made during a bible school activity when she was around four years old. Although, most are antiques, they still look contemporary in their graphic simplicity. Here is a fun project to try from my cyber friend, Ashley Hacksaw...

The Visitor

Upon hearing a loud "thump" on my dressing room window, I looked out to find this little guy knocked out. He was so still that I thought he was a goner. I realized that he was a Cedar Waxwing and I had never seen one up close - he was SO beautiful. I was inspired to do this little painting as a remembrance and as I started sketching, he began to awaken and slowly sat up in a daze and moments later, flew off. I'm grateful to have fully embraced the moment.

One Size Fits All...

Snow might be in the forecast, but when I gaze at my painting of these colorful sandals, I am instantly transported to my favorite place... the BEACH! These sandals are the quintessential footwear of many chic resort towns along the coast.
And these paintings are sure to set the mood of a room to one of sunshine and relaxation. Let's go on vacation! One size fits all.

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