Monday, December 14, 2015

Monday, December 7, 2015


4 feet tall x 5 feet wide, oil and cold wax on 1.75 inch cradled hardboard.

My first huge painting, it was wondeful working large, only a little awkward to move around considering it's wider than I am tall.

Come walk into my woods.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Work in Progress

On the 4th of July weekend while camping and kayaking on Lake Huron with friends and family drove right by this abandoned home.   Still working on values and color decided to put in the birds at the end of the painting session yesterday, now waiting for this layer dry before I go on.  

Painting these abandoned houses has turned into a great adventure for me.  Not really searching for them just keeping my eyes open. 

In 2005-2008 when the housing market went upside down so many people walked away from their homes this maybe the aftermath. To date I have photographed 11 different homes.

After telling my husband about stopping at these houses he suggested that I carry boots and my gun when I travel and be  more prepared approaching these places.   Most of these houses are hidden in tall grass that's creepy to walk through and wearing tall boots does offer some comfort from snakes and other things.  Sometimes they are in a remote location and that is part of the challenge.

 This will be the 3rd painting in the abandoned home series, would like to hear your comments about this subject and what effect this disaster caused on you or someone you know.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Tire Swing

Echoes of another time, waiting for redemption. 

 Nestled in the backyard of an abandoned house, located along a well traveled road.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Up in The Clouds

24 x 30 original oil painting on hardboard.   

Cool crisp clean air, heavenly.  Visit the clouds it's a wonderful experience.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Crazy weather all over the country, storms, fires and floods this week.  

Watching the clouds draw attention to the sky,  scary, threatening, and exciting.  

11 x 14 original oil painting available to purchase.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Project Pop Up

Just to give you an idea of the summer long exhibit in Lansing, the art was made into prints.  Hat with Lace my oil painitng of  my granddaughter is part of the exhibit.   The reflections come from the windows and lights on behind them.  

10 artist were selected and this only shows 6 of us.  

The gallery has projects planned for every Wednesday to have some art fun.  Check out their website for more information.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

White Peonies and Red Beauty in Exhibition

Shape and Shadow 
Juried Still Life Exhibition

Exhibit May 8, 2015 to June 19, 2015

Mount Dora Center for the Arts
138 E. 5th Ave.
Mount Dora, FL 32757

Both paintings were shipped to this event.  If anyone is in the area and goes to the show I would love to hear from you.  Painting still life's is one of my passions and sad that I won't be able to attend.  

Monday, April 6, 2015

Milkweed Pods Burnt Umber Layer

 My mail box sits among the milk weeds and after cutting a few and playing with them this is my composition.   Some people spray paint them and use them in floral displays, mine are just laying around with my rocks and other interesting items.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Taking Root


8.5 x 11.5 cold wax oil painting on  Arches 100% pure cotton oil paper.  

Here the painting appears flat and cold; in life it is very organic and alive.  Photography can only do so much.  This piece would be suited for matting and framing.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

First Lily


Spring time pure and white full of fragrance and sunshine.  This was painted last year and never posted not sure how it got missed.   Crocus ,Daffodil, Tulips and Lily, start the season for me. Hyacinth's use to have some they have disappeared...hmmm need to plant some.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Lost Memories


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11 x 14 original oil painting.  Drove by this abandoned farm house the window trim caught my eye.  On my way back home that day stopped to walk around.  The snow was really deep it was very cold and my boots were at home so not much walking was done.  Would have liked to get up close and peeked in the windows and may do that this summer if my travels take me that way again.

Sunday, March 8, 2015


I am participating in a survey.

As participation mandates, it was necessary for me to establish a route consisting of 10 wetland area's.   

Within 5 square miles of my house my travels took me to Gregory State Game Area, Brighton Recreation Area, and Pinckney Recreation Area. 

My Last stop......



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Workshop in Asheville NC

These three paintings were created 
while attending a workshop with 

Mark Bettis in his studio gallery.

This painting was created on paper.  

My attraction to this technique of using oil with cold wax was brewing for almost three years.......decided to head down to NC to get some hands on experience.  I loved it.

WORK IN PROGRESS also started on this road trip.

Thinking of going back and forth creating paintings using these techniques.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Work In Progress

The values of the painting have been established.  The color fields are still being developed throughout the lower half of the painting.   The final process to complete this painting will be developing the center of interest and moving you through the painting using contrasting edges and values.

Work In Progress

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

White Peonies

Just completed a 20 x 16 original oil on hardboard.  A still life looks good with any decor and never goes out of style.  

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Scattered Trees


A new painting using a new technique.  I have been messing around with cold wax oils for over a year and I'm very excited with the results of this painting and all ready have others started.

My favorite place, in the woods, come into my world.