Sunday, November 12, 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Mother and Child

Sweet to hear their whispers and laughter.

10x8, oil

Monday, September 25, 2017

Twilight on Osage Creek


12x16, oil

Day is done. The sun is waning, casting its golden glow.  Cattle are heading toward the barn; the birds to roost. The thrum of cicadas provides the musical backdrop to an early fall evening.

Update:  I'm so pleased that this painting won a Merit Award in the 2017 Illinois River Salon under judge Jeff Legg. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Still Life with Pear


What to call this?  I paint light and shadow. Every painting could be called 'light and shadow'. 
Here, this is a pear, a cup, some leaves in light and shadow. The painting says all that I have to say.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Playing Out the Day


Revisiting a subject that I've painted before.
9x12, oil

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Still life painted in north light during a rainstorm.

10x8, oil on panel

It has been raining for days.  We are having historic flooding in our region.  Electricity and phone service comes and goes in the area. Many roads and bridges have been washed out. Yesterday I painted on the covered back porch while it rained.  I had rescued the roses from my garden. It was cold and windy, a raw kind of day, but the light was beautiful.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Pear Study

Pear Color Study, work in progress


Pear Color Study
Oil on Yupo (polypropylene paper)
5.5" x 8.5" 

A recent dog portrait commission

8 x 10, oil on panel
This commission involved composing the painting from several 
photos of the dog as a puppy and the dog when it was an adult. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Into the Light



12x9, oil
Over the months of November and December, I've had the privilege of painting some commissioned pieces and illustrating a book.  Now I'm back at the easel, exploring ideas that have been gathering.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Best in Show in the Illinois River Salon, 2016




I was honored to have my painting chosen "Best in Show"by judge Alejo Benedetti of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  Awards were presented at the Illinois River Salon awards banquet at Crystal Bridges.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Grateful





I woke up this morning feeling grateful. Like most mornings, I woke up and squinted to see the light and shadow patterns in the white oak tree outside my window.  I'm grateful for that dance of light and shadow in the branches and for the ability to see differently.  I'm grateful for the art community that shares knowledge and encourages one another.  I'm grateful for being able to paint. I'm grateful for the lifetime that has led me to this spot.  How long does it take to make a painting? A lifetime of learning, observation and inspiration, followed by a moment of response at the easel.