Monday, December 2, 2013

Day's End

Day's End

I know my blog has been a little quiet the past several months, but my paintbrush has been busy!  This is a small 16 x 20 work I painted this summer based on Good Hart, Michigan.   The old boat resting on the rickety staircase and the rocks on the railing are a reminder of the day's activities.  Hope you like it.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pieces of CAW (Creative Arts of Women)

Small Works in the Riffe Center Lobby

I recently joined a local arts group of creative women (CAW) who are a source of inspiration and feedback for my own artistic endeavors.  Pieces of CAW is an exhibition that will feature artwork 10" or smaller in the Riffe Center Lobby in Columbus from March 1 - 31. My oil painting, Asphalt and Lime, measures 6 inches by 8 inches.  I loved the pop of color against the gray background.  Hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, February 2, 2013



I created this painting specifically for our bedroom, using the green and plum color of our area rug and the themes of leaves and nature in the bed linens.  The frog was modeled from a little green pillow with gold frogs on it that sits on our bed.  When it came time to title it I was at a loss until suddenly "Evensong" came to mind - it means "Evening Prayer" in Anglican churches.  The soft cheeping and thrum of frogs as dusk turns to night is very much nature's prayer to my ears, and seemed the right name for a painting that I will fall asleep under.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Visit my Exhibition at the McConnell Arts Center!

This past year, my paintings have focused on my response to journeys both near and far. Twenty-one of these works are currently on display at the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center in Worthington, Ohio from January 10 - February 24, 2013. The exhibition is entitled There and Back Again: Reflections on the Journey. A reception will be held February 7th from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. Hope to see you there!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Let It Be


This painting evolved from several images I took on a recent trip to the BVIs. The brain coral and seaweed were scattered on the ocean floor and washed upon the beach; the pelican was hidden along the shoreline near the Bitter End, Virgin Gorda.  I meshed the images together into a cohesive whole as I revisited the memories in the process of painting.  I remember thinking how patient the pelican had to be to survive - sitting still and silent until an unsuspecting fish darted his way.  Life couldn't be forced - he had to "let it be" and react to events as they unfolded.  Reminded me of the song by the Beatles...

Wednesday, October 31, 2012



Hurricane Sandy brought high winds and rain to most of the east coast and midwest, and I tried to capture that feeling in this oil painting, Windswept.  It is simple but I hope it captures the direction and force of the wind.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Mixed Signals

Mixed Signals

This scene is in the Castro District of San Francisco, a neighborhood with strong LGBT ties.  When I toured the area in February, 2012, the newspaper headlines were about the California courts ruling that Proposition 8's ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional.  My painting plays on the mixed signals     of the legislatures and courts in LGBT civil rights: stop/go, no left turn, yield..... If you look closely, you will see the newspaper headlines under the painting.