Dec 8, 2007


10" x 8", oils and charcoal pencil

This is a portrait I finished today of my Grandpa. He founded a fruit orchard seventy-five years ago or so and to this day works his land. He is the strongest man I know! This picture is how I will always remember him - dirty jeans and a shovel in his hand. This painting is a gift for my mother for Christmas.

Nov 14, 2007


38" x 32" oils
I went to Carthage a few years ago and snapped a photo, then a year later started this painting. You can see in the above photographs the process. Every brick was carefully drawn to size, including the cracks, and it shows in the final painting. I started this painting in one state, moved to a new state, and finished it there. That was interesting. The first thing I painted was the well's dark side, and the last things I painted were the little reflective leaves at the top.

Nov 10, 2007

It's Painting Cats and Dogs!

From the Top:
C is for Cat 2.75" x 3" sold
Cozy Kittie 6" x 7" soldDog and Dots 6" x 6" contact me for a price
Nightly Nap 6" x 8" soldSage Dog 4" x 4"  sold

All of these pieces are mounted on 3/4" birch and ready to hang with a sawtooth hanger already installed. I first drew the picture with pen and ink, watercolored it, then mounted it with a collage of scrapbook paper, ribbon, and/or embellishments onto the birch. The sides are painted a coordinating color. They are really cute and the perfect addition to any animal-lover's collection! E-mail me if you'd like one:

Sep 29, 2007

Catharsis Series

Slash sold

Red sold


Words To Forget sold

Hansa sold

not for sale

Again and Again
All are 24" x 20", oils
available through the artist

There are many people in the world who think God is dead, but I am not one of them. He got me through a hard time, and these paintings were the end product.

Sep 9, 2007

Newport, Oregon: Kite Flying @ Dusk

12" x 14 1/2" oil on birch panel


I was in Oregon for a while. In the evening I snapped this photo of a family flying a kite; it was so windy - I mean, blow-your-clothes-right-off windy. I was surprised the little boy holding the kite didn't disappear.

I am glad I didn't paint the line between the kite and the boy holding the kite. For some reason, the painting works better with the line being implied.

After Friedrich III: A Figure Considering the Tide

24" x 34" oil on linen

Caspar David Friedrich was a German painter who did large, melancholy scenes, sometimes with a teeny figure in the foreground. He was my inspiration behind this abstract piece.

Koi and Crocus

24" x 17 1/2", oils

I painted this outside on a bright, sunny day. I wanted to set my easel up outdoors to paint such a botanical piece. It was a lot of fun. I used the oils in a very washy, wet way and so the painting has many interesting "watermarks" in the paint strokes.

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