Sunday, October 31, 2010

Flying High Downhill Skier

Title: Flying High Downhill Skier
Size: 16 x 20
Medium: oil on stretched canvas
Available for purchase!
"The person who says it can't be done should not interrupt the person doing it."--Chinese proverb
Winter is on the way and this painting makes a wonderful gift for the lover of the slopes. With powder flying and the wind swirling, the skier soars! I love to paint action and movement! Rather than focusing on minute details I generate movement and energy with repetitive drags and swipes of color, layering them in different directions, developing interesting textures and rich luminous colors. He does seem to fly doesn't he?

Friday, October 29, 2010

Water Lily Reflections

I love this water lily pond painting! It's still wet, but in a week or so it will be dry enough to ship. I don't know if you can find him, but there is a frog in this pond...mid right section. There is a lot of paint and fantastic broken color and texture from at least 5 layers of oil. It's even more fun to look at, and touch, in person.
Large oil on stretched canvas: 24 x 30
Halloween is on it's way and I'm feeling a chill in the air. I love this time of year, anywhere we live in the country it's a greats time of year! I bought 3 large cosco bags of candy....I hope we get some trick or treaters so I don't have to eat it all!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Colors of Rain

Title: Reflections of Rain
Size: 18 x 18
Medium: oil on canvas
Here are a couple rain paintings and yes....inspired by the Vegas thunder storms we've had lately! Lots of rich thick palette knife paint in cheerful bold colors. I've been adding teal to my paintings and love how it pops against the reds and golds.
Both paintings are brand new and available for purchase!

Title: Colors of Rain
Size: 12 x 16
Medium: oil on canvas
"The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life." --William Faulkner

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Horse Racing

Title: The Race
Size 12 x 16 in oil
The derby in full color and impressionistic, motion and power. I hope you hear the thunder of the hooves!
The race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet. --Damon Runyon

Here are a couple of brand new horse paintings.
This one is 9 x 12 and full of extra thick paint and pure energy!
Available for purchase!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sunset in Paradise

Title: Sunset in Paradise
Size: 20 x 24
Medium: oil on stretched canvas
Here's another brand new painting that's still wet! One of my favorite tropical inspired paintings from memories of my childhood and youth. I actually lived in American Samoa for a couple years when I was a teenager, where I learned to scuba dive.
I dove at least 3 days a week while living there. I've been diving all over the world since...Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, Honduras and the Caribean, to name a few, and all of those places sort of merge in my mind.
So many beautiful beaches and spectacular oceans. Now, when I want to travel back to a beach, I just paint it and in doing so revisit for the time it takes to complete. This painting took awhile, and has several layers of paint, which I let dry imbetween so it glows with luminous glazes of color. I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Large Commission for Bevy

30 x 40 finished commission....lots of broken color and many layers of thick paint in this large cityscape. I hope it is enjoyed for many years to come!

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."--Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is another one of my favorite large (24 x 30) landscape paintings. I plan on painting a few more of these sunset scenes in different sizes because I love all the color!

Click to enlarge the images and see some more detail. Lots of lovely color and rich texture in this painting which is available for purchase on Etsy now.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Aspen Fall Sonata

Title: Aspen Fall Sonata
Medium: 0il
Size: 20 x 24
available for purchase!
One of my favorite landscapes....a path into a colorful forest. There is something provoking about a path. Lots of color and extra thick palette knife effects on this one! I hope you enjoy!
"If people speak ill of you, live so that no one will believe them." --Plato

Monday, October 18, 2010

Italy Vineyard

Here is a finished commission. A lovely Italy vineyard inspiration for a collector. I can't wait for her to receive it!
I love painting vineyards in the fall! Lots of lovely broken color and painterly textures here.

Title: Italy Vineyard in Morning Light
Size: 24 x 30
This painting is available for purchase and is already in someone's treasury you should check out here:

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Powerful Three

Title: The Powerful Three
Size: 16 x 20
Medium: oil on stretched canvas
"Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads." -- Henry David Thoreau
This oil is extra extra thick as I got carried away with loading up my knife. I think there are at least 5 layers of paint on this so it has great texture and movement. If you like the computer image of this painting, you will love it in person!
It is actually raining today here in Vegas.....spectacular!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Ethereal Poppies

Title: Ethereal Poppies
Size: 20 X 24
Medium: oil on stretched canvas
available for purchase...check out my Etsy store!
" I will prepare and someday my chance will come." --Abraham Lincoln
I love this painting! I had a great week painting and have to say that these are some of my favorites lately. I am a big believer in hard work and dedication pays off and always preach this to our kids. I think when kids have parents that work hard and love well they grow up to be alright. No matter what the task, if a person is committed to doing it well, with proper drive and determination, I believe success is inevitable.
A little luck never hurts either.....
Thanks for checking in and have a great weekend!

Friday, October 15, 2010


Our house in Virginia was built in the 1950's and I believe this beautiful old Hydrangea bush was planted then. It is wonderful to watch the blooms turn from pink to a lovely greenish blue, which is my favorite. I love the texture and fullness of this flower, so much fun to arrange and paint.

Title: Hydrangeas
Size: 20 x 24
Medium: oil on stretched canvas
available for me to pay by check or paypal
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."---Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is one of my favorite still life paintings in's spontaneous but alive with movement and texture! I hope you enjoy it as well!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Paris Flowers

Title: Paris Flowers
Medium: oil on stretched canvas
Size: 20 x 24
Available at KR Designs Gallery, Fort Meyers FL
I love to paint Paris! Inspired by my last trip to Paris, this painting is rich and thickly textured and glows with the romance of this city at night! I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed painting it.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Title: Autumn Color
Size: 20 x 24
Medium: oil on stretched canvas
"Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen."--Leonardo Da Vinci
I paint almost every day and loose myself in time. Today I painted from 7am until 5pm and I didn't intend to paint so long at all. Before I know it the day is gone and I actually have to force myself to break. I guess I like my job! This is one of the reasons I need a dog....Maggie tells me when it's time to go for a run and time for a snack!!!
I've been painting thick and textured fall scenes lately...I just love rich colors. And since I've been selling all my favorite paintings lately, my walls are looking empty and I need to fill them with my forever rotating gallery of works! I hope this painting makes you smile!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Rain Dance

Happy twosome of new off the eisle!

Title: Fall Whisper
Size: 20 x 24
Medium: oil on stretched canvas

Title: Rain Dance in Red
Size: 12 x 16
Medium: oil on stretched canvas
This painting is Sold
"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary." --Pablo Picasso
I hope you enjoy these and my goal as always is just to bring a smile....
Thanks for all the kind emails and feedback....I promise to get going on all my commissions and paint at least 6 hours a day everyday this week!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Wine and Roses

Sized 30 x 40....this is a large commissioned cityscape I'm painting for a collector. It's been a work in progress for awhile now! You can click to enlarge. I have several others in the works I'll post as I get them finished!

Title: Wine and Roses
Size: 16 x 20
Medium: oil on stretched canvas

This painting is available for purchase on Etsy or at City Lights Gallery, Las Vegas
I have many frames in black or gold that go well with this one so don't hesitate to ask.

We had a juried show at the gallery where this painting is exhibited and last night at the reception.... it won an award!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Spring Mama Bird

Title: Spring Mama Bird
Size: 16 x 20
Medium: oil on stretched canvas
"Every artist dips his brush into his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures." --Henry Ward Beecher
About this painting:
This painting has great color harmony and extra thick texture. The various textural grey tones makes a great background color for the creamy colored flowers and red and blue bird. The analogous, more neutral colors set up the intense colors very well, making them glow, thus creating a sense of mood and drama.
I hope you enjoy this bit of Spring!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Autumn Sunset Glow

Title: Autumn Sunset Glow
Size: 24 x 30
Medium: oil on stretched canvas
available for purchase by check or paypal but won't be dry until about 10/10/10
I painted this one from my imagination, as I often do. I've seen so many gorgeous skies in my life and, I see these beautiful images in my head all the time. This is one of the reasons I think, I have to paint unclutter my mind.
Today I went on antibiotics and am starting to feel alive again. Yesterday I just slept most of the day and got worse and worse. Once or twice a year my kids come home with little colds and I get it and get sick as a recovery in site until I start antibiotics. Thanks god for those 5 little pills. Some how in my foggy, feverish haze, I managed to paint this grand landscape and I like how I paint when I have a fever! I love the pops of cad red against the warm greens and golden sunset skies......makes me smile. I hope you enjoy it as well!
"There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds." --G. K. Chesterton

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New Orleans French Quarter Jazz

Title: New Orleans French Quarter Jazz
Size: 20 x 24
Medium: oil on stretched canvas
I was in a New Orleans mood for sure when I painted this one. It glows with cadmium reds and yellows and I was heavy handed with the oils. I mix my own black with combinations of Alizarin Crimson, winsor green and pthalo blue. Transparent colors are great to work with. It's one of my favorite New Orleans paintings to date! It's my intention that the viewer interpret the scene, fill in the blanks and invent an imaginary story line for this scene.....I hope it speaks to you.
"Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and trevail." --Theodore Drieser

Monday, October 4, 2010

Venice Moonlight

Title: Venice Moonlight
Size: 16 x 20
Medium: oil on stretched canvas
"The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery." ---Francis Bacon
I absolutely love Italy and am thinking about going again, maybe next year. If you have never been to Venice, it must be on your bucket list. It is the most mysterious and magical city I have ever seen. The canals are mesmerizing and beautiful, and the fact that the whole city is literally floating in the lagoon is really unbelievable. I have to paint my favorite memories in order to relive here is a favorite in oils that will last for hundreds of the city itself!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Aspen Autumn Splendor

Beautiful sky here in the desert! I have to paint some Vegas sky scenes soon. Anything this beautiful calls to me to paint it!!! Can't wait.

Title: Aspen Autumn Splendor
Size: 20 x 24
Medium: oil on stretched canvas
I hope you get a chance to see this one up close, it has some great broken color and amazing textures. This new group of landscapes I have been working on have many layers of oil so they are truly glowing with color!
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."--Scott Adams
This one is good because it is so true. If often think some of my favorite works were produced by happy accidents. I often love starting with a complete abstract work and then paint it into something wonderful. I love making lemonaid from a juicy lemon! All you need is a little sugar! Thanks for checking in!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Rainy Romance

Title: Rainy Romance
Size: 12 x 16
Medium: oil on stretched canvas
"There is no remedy for love but to love more." -- Henry David Thoreeau
I want to thank you all once again for all the great feedback and nice emails you send. It means more than I can say to know my hard work has been meaningful to you, and I appreciate the wonderful comments!
I'm talking to my daughter right now about "patience" so it's on my mind. Since we are a military family and move every couple years, it is getting hard on our highschool daughters. Having a best friend is important to girls, and finding that special person can be tough! We've only been here in Vegas a few months and we really miss our best friends from Virginia!
If you have a special person in your life hold on to him and treasure him or her!
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