Saturday, May 30, 2015

Crazy Chicks
This collage/mixed media painting was inspired by the love of good friends. The painting was especially inspired by the idea that there is always an outspoken crazy girl in the group. Whimsy in an artwork is one of the most enduring elements. I find that art that contains whimsy tends to be the work I will remember over many other aspects. Jeff Koons, and his balloon dog series is one of the simplest ideas yet the sculptures are loved throughout the world. This collage is the first in a series I will be creating. This work is sold. Thank you for viewing my blog.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

There is something so enjoyable about the shape and color of pears. I have given pear assignments to my drawing classes many times and always love the unique results and concepts created by the students. In this painting I particularly enjoyed working with the mixed media/collage approach. I really wanted to give this painting a modernist,retro feel and I enjoyed giving the composition a touch of texture with the variety of materials applied. My teaching certainly has influenced  my work. I have been teaching color drawing and composition. Teaching has made me think more about how to create a successful compostion but always keeping in mind that the most important aspect of any work is the inspiration behind that work. This was simply an exercise in complements and design. Thanks for viewing my blog. this painting is for sale and is already framed. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this piece.

Sunday, May 17, 2015


This mixed media painting is one of the first in a new series that I am beginning. These mixed media paintings often begin with scrapes of paper or pictures that represent different experiences or memories in everyday life. The paintings are built up with layers of paint and texture which represent the layers and planes of existence which we all experience in our everyday life. I am excited to embark on this new series and share more of my thoughts about this series and the ideas behind the concepts. This painting is sold but there will be many more in this series. Please continue to follow me. Thanks for viewing my blog!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Okay, I really had fun doing the rooster. It was a commission for a Christmas present. I am realizing how much I enjoy doing birds and animals. Never thought it was something I excelled it. The rhythmic flow of feathers or fur whichever the case may be and the play of light upon the subject are fascinating. I am working with colored pencils for the first time and the idea of mixed media drawings are really calling my name. I'm very excited The Edom Gallery will be exhibiting some of my work and having a book signing during April In Edom Arts Fair. I'm going to get busy on that! Stay tuned to view the colored pencil portrait I'm working on.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

I'm painting a rooster!

It has never been something I thought I would paint but a rooster was commissioned for me to paint so here goes... I started out with a black canvas, covered the drawn in rooster with frisket and began to add the background with palette knife and a series of muted greens and yellow ochres.
 I am pleased with the background so far and excited to paint the rooster. The background will have to dry for a day before I work on the subject. Fortunately, it's acrylic paint so it will only take a day. Check back in a day or so to see the completed painting of "Rowdy  the Rooster". Thanks for viewing my blog.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Hello Cybernet World,
I am back to blogging. This is my first addition in  quite awhile. I hope you enjoy Spring Harvest, a 24x36 watercolor, on  strathmore 140lb. watercolor paper, stretched and framed at Dutch Art Gallery, Pursuit of the Southwest, Winter Show.  The opening is December 6, 2014 please come and visit and view all the great art!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Bernie and Booger's Hurricane Adventure

Bernie and Booger's Hurricane Adventure
Page 18- 9x12 on watercolor board
On this page Booger assures Bernie that their house will not flood because it is so much higher than the street. We know that isn't going to end well....!
These pages of flooding, blowing wind, and night rain have presented quite a challenge. I am pretty happy with this page, just a few more tweaks and I think it will be fine. I will post some other night scenes this week. Trying to print this soon. Thanks for viewing my blog!