Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Bit Cold Out There! --- Sold

"Etowah River Valley"
16" x 6"
Oil on Linen Canvas Panel

This and one other of my Plien air pieces were just accepted in the “First Annual Southeastern Regional Plein Air Exhibit” which will be on display in The Gallery at Paper Mill Village, Marietta, GA.

The opening reception will be held on Friday, February 5th, from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm. The show will hang until Friday, February 26th.

Monday, December 14, 2009


8" x 10"
Oil on Canvas Panel
This is my painting of; I have no idea, done as part of the DSFDF end of year challenge. What a great Blog for artist to participate in. I have been teaching for the last couple of years and I have recommended to my students they participate in the Different Strokes for different folks Challenges. I think it is a wonderful learning tool no matter what stage you are as an artist. Not to mention how it has grown my artist family, it is so great to have other artist to compare to, bat ideas off of or just help keep you motivated to struggle through an occasional artist block. My Thanks again to Karin Jurick for her efforts on this blog!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Lady and Maxx --- Sold

"Lady and Maxx"
Oil on Canvas
30" x 40"
It’s funny how commissions can sometimes open doors.

Thanks to Bobbe Gillis Gallery in Atlanta I recently had the privilege of doing several large commission pieces that are now hanging in the Executive offices of The Delta Community Credit Union. This first one led me to find my new friends Palm Glades Lovely Lady and Palm Glades Mad Maxx.

Knowing nothing about Bird hunting myself I had the good fortune of finding Lane Hodges and his amazing German Shorthair Pointers. I am now in love with the breed. Both dogs having great accomplishments in field trials and are also amazing hunting/pet companions. Lady, not even a year old, took 2 first places at the GSP Club of South Georgia just a couple weeks ago, giving her a total of 3 first place and 1 third place ribbons in field trials. Go Lady!

It was wonderful having Lane’s expertise to authenticate the painting at every step. Lesson learned: when you know nothing about your subject matter it pays to associate yourself with someone who does. This will only be the first of many paintings of these amazing animals. I plan to be in the field with them next weekend; never thought I would be saying that!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

A Bit Busy --- Sold

"Little Jessie"
16" x 12"
Oil on Canvas

I have been fortunate to have been very busy the last few months, doing shows, teaching workshops and working on a surplus of Commissions! Life is Good!! I wanted to share one of my latest commissions that I just delivered. It is a mate to an earlier painting that was published by Greenwich Workshops.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Great Weekend for an Outdoor Show!!!

These are a few shots I found of what the Atlanta area looked like this weekend, not a pretty sight!
A bit wet for me! I was blown away by the amount of artist that stuck it out and endured the weather. I am not sure how many of us would had we known just how bad it was going to get. I still managed to make some sales and won first place in the painting category. Thanks to the coordinators for all their hard work, and all of you crazy patrons that made your way out to Roswell this weekend, it was quite a show in more ways than one!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Morning in the Middle of the Afternoon - Sold

Cool Morning Mist
24” x 8”
Oil on Canvas

Early morning is my favorite time to be painting down by the water. So much so even though this was painted in the evening on the last day of the Paint Out, my imagination took me right back to the view I had seen the morning before.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Jackson Hole Plein Air Workshop

9" x 12
Studies from the Teton National Forest

It has been a while since I have posted due to illness but I just got back from a week long Plein Air workshop with Bill Davidson in Jackson Hole, WY.
I wanted to share a few of my studies from the trip.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

“Low Tide Stroll”

40" x 10"

Oil on Canvas

My favorite time to walk on the beach, early morning before the tide starts to roll back in. The air is crisp and the breeze warm blowing off the water. One of the best parts of painting is the places it takes you!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

For the Love of Animals --- Sold

Oil on Canvas
30" x 15"
Just another busy day at a show in South Carolina or so I thought. As I’m busily talking with I am not sure how many people, I did not realized someone had not only come in my booth, chatted, checked out my animal paintings, made the decision to have me do a commission for her but walked the two miles back home to get the photo and returned before it could register with me she really liked my work!!

I had the opportunity to paint this wonderful animal in all of his Glory, and I must say I got rather attached. This amazing dog was homed with someone through Greyhound Crossroads, who turned him back in and was lucky enough to find the perfect loving home where he got to live life to the fullest. He now has these initials after his name: FCh, RE, JC, CGC, TDI, GCADX which I have very little idea what they mean. The CGC is Canine Good Citizen; TDI is probably therapy dog international but I am not sure about the others. JD has learned to read from Flash cards, about 15 words. Things like sit, stay, down, etc. “Really one smart dog.”

She was telling me “Last year he was diagnosed with bone cancer - left front leg. Joanne treated him very aggressively with homeopathy, and natural remedies - and herbs. He's still around. Moves slowly, but still with us.”

The painting is for her and her love of this awesome animal!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Plein Air Discoveries

Fay’s Step
8” x 6”
Oil on Panel

It never ceases to amaze me how much you learn painting from life, and socializing with other artist. Last week for the first time in a while, I went out painting with some friends just for the fun of it. Phil told me about the site I mentioned below PLEIN AIR ARTISTS. The painting above from that adventure.

I was checking out their forum on the site and found a great comment about "Thoughts on Plein air painting" and felt compelled to respond to the comments myself, which is not something I would have done in the past, before my days as a blogger!! Below is my response, if you would like to check out the forum click here.


I have been an artist all of my life but only began painting in 2003, at first I was self taught using books videos whatever I could. In the beginning all I knew was painting from photos but very quickly became restless and felt the need to become more painterly, and to understand how not to be limited by a photo.

My first workshop was in Plien Air, and I very quickly realized what I had been missing and how It would help me grow as an artist. I have continued taking workshops, both Plein Air and Studio as well as drawing classes. I have also learned a great deal by simply painting with friends and sharing ideas.

One of the great things about art is the endless supply of sources to learn, and though William F. Reese is so right about being robbed by using photos too soon, it can be overcome. It can be used when starting out as a way to build that necessary confidence to stick with it, as long as you realize what it takes to move beyond the photo. A few seemingly successful paintings can give you that thirst to want to know more. In my case it made me realize I had some talent and what I didn’t have, I could learn.

Well, I am still learning and even more thirsty than before. I am so grateful to people like yourself that are willing to share information and help point us in directions that may help us learn and grow.

No matter how unconventionally we may get there, its sites like these that help keep us on track. When it comes to learning at least, William is right, anything goes.

Sunday, June 7, 2009


I want to let everyone that has been kind enough to try and leave a comment on my page the last few weeks that I have had a technical difficulty that led to them not being posted. After a recommendation to turn on my Comment moderation, due to typo in my notification e-mail address I was not receiving notice of the comments and they were not being posted. Thanks to someone being persistent and then e-mailing me direct that there was a problem I now have it corrected!

Thanks so much for all of you support and encouraging words.


Friday, June 5, 2009


Oil on Canvas
20" x 10"

Plein Air Study
12” x 10”

I was recently invited to join a site called PLEIN AIR ARTISTS. And though I am still in the exploring stages of it I find it to be a wealth of information. I was blown away when I looked at it this morning and already a piece of my work was listed as one of today’s featured paintings. What a great way to start my day! I thought I would share the info with ya’ll. Hope you enjoy. If any of you join be sure and look me up as a friend!

The painting that was featured was the study I did standing in the middle of a river on a rock so I would be able to get the color right in the above painting. I knew a camera would never capture the vibrant colors that were in front of me.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pam's Garden -Sold

Oil on Canvas
10" x 8"
It’s funny how the more you look at some paintings, the more fond you become of them.
I have said for a while I wanted to loosen up a bit to add more life to my paintings. This is one I did of my neighbor working in her yard, after participating in several of the DSFDF challenges. I have to thank Karin for her blog, because I would say this is pretty loose.

What fun this one was to paint!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Old Home Place -- Sold

"The Old Home Place"
36" x 18"
Oil On Canvas

Some paintings are just so much fun to paint that you hate to finish them. I really enjoy working on paintings that take me somewhere, ones that bring back fond childhood memories about people and places. Not just the house it’s self but the way the light falls through the tress and hit’s the side of the house, almost inviting you to step up on the porch and sit a while.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

To Dance or not to Dance -- Sold

" The Depot"
48" x 24"
Oil on Canvas

Its funny how looking back can sometimes make you move forward. I have been so busy painting, learning, teaching and showing my art that sometimes you forget to breathe.

This is not one of my most recent paintings, it’s been on loan to a friend and I just got it back a few weeks ago. I had it with me at the show in Greenville; I was a bit surprised at the attention it received.

I painted this as an attempt to begin thinking outside the box. Something to push me to the next step as a painter. Well guess what, it worked. Having it in front of me again has reminded me to “Step it up”

So wish me luck, there is never any telling where this feeling can take you!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Watching Over You - Sold

“Watching Over You”
Oil on Canvas
11” x 14”

Well the last show for a bit is coming up this weekend! I am headed to Artisphere in Greenville, SC. I have been told it’s a great show but it’s my first time, so heres to crossing my fingers!!! If the quality of work is any indication it should be wonderful, I am really looking forward to checking out some of these artist. They have a link to most of them on their webpage and several are very impressive!

This is one of my latest paintings and I will say it was a blast to paint! I had already began it before I saw Karin’s Challenge on DSFDF but it makes me sorry I did not have time to participate in the last one!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ready for Flight -- Sold

“Ready for Flight”
8” x 6”
Oil on Linen Panel

Not a lot of extra time these days for writing. I am pretty much spending all my time painting! Thought I would share one of my newest. This is an old Stearman that was sitting up at the Cartersville airport as it was being preflighted. This plane was in amazing condition, would have loved to have gone for a ride.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Druid Hills Artist Market

16" x 12"
Oil on Canvas

This one is yet un-named as I have been painting pretty much every day for weeks getting ready for Three upcoming shows. The first is in Druid Hills in Atlanta in conjunction with the tour of Homes. Both the tour and the Artist Market are wonderful events I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in. I am hoping to get a booth sitter so I can go on the tour myself!
The show is April 17th and 18th and there is more information about it under Shows and Events on my new Web Site.

Friday, March 20, 2009

What a Week in Utah! -- Sold

"Lickety Split"
Oil on Linen
30" x 15"
And I just thought we were going Skiing!!!

What started out to be a week to ski Brighton and Solitude ended up landing me my first Gallery out West. On the off chance I might have an opportunity, I painted “ Lickety Split” on flat linen, rolled it up and stuck it in my suite case with the hope it would not be coming back home with me.

My wish came true and it is currently being framed to hang in Mountain Trails Gallery in Park City Utah. I will also be shipping several other works out there this week!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

"On Display"

"On Display"
6" x 8"
Oil on Gator Board

This is what I came up with from this week’s Different Strokes from Different folks challenge. As everyone seems to have said, when I first saw the photo I thought,,,, maybe not so much! But once I started playing around with it I had an absolute blast. What fun it was to work with such bright colors and be so loose with my brush strokes. Bravo Karin, I think this has turned out to be one of the best yet!!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

2009 Oil Painters of America- National Juried Exhibition

Time to Myself
30" x 15"
Oil on Canvas
2009 Oil Painters of America- National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Sage Creek Gallery in Santa Fe, NM

Well, it started out a rather normal morning; I had my coffee and was checking e-mails. I saw what I thought was the usual show date announcement e-mail from Juried Art Services until I realized in the subject line it had the word “Acceptance”…… I had all but forgotten today was the announcement day for Oil Painters of America.
Then of course all that could be heard was a loud,,,,YYYEEEEESSSSSSSS!

I also managed to get the beginning of my new web page up yesterday, so it is definably shaping up to be a very nice day!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Spring Forward

"Three Cheifs"
24" x 12"
Oil on Canvas

March 20, 2009 is the date for the opening reception of the “Spring Forward” show at Bobbie Gillis Gallery in Atlanta. This exhibition will feature the artwork of all 30 of their extremely talented artists, with artwork ranging in styles from contemporary to traditional.

This misty morning view near the Etowah Indian Mounds in Cartersville GA, is one of three of my new works and well as several existing pieces they will have on display at this event. Please stop by the Gallery during the reception or the month that follows.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Masterworks in Miniature

"Cool Water"
8" x 10"
oil on Linen

I was invited to participate in Master Works in Miniature,
held annually at Gallery One, Mentor OH. This is one of the paintings I am sending. I found out that they have used it on the brochure to promote the show! I can’t wait to see it!

Now in its 18th big year, Masterworks features paintings by some of my favorite artist, so it is quite an honor to participate! The show will run from March 6to March 21. All work will be available through submitting ‘intent-to-purchase’ forms. Such “intents” can be filed in person at Gallery One where all of the works will be on exhibit until Saturday, March 21. Intents can be filed by mail or over the web at where the entire collection can be viewed once the show opens. Winners of purchase rights will be drawn at the close of the event.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Sophie found a home!

“Finding Sophie”
Oil on Canvas
24” x 18”

Well it’s funny how some paintings are harder to let go of than others. This one is a good example. I painted her about a year ago and she has spent most of that time gracing the wall of the front show room in my parents Jewelry store. Everyone there, especially my sister, had become rather attached. But it seems our dear Sophie has found her destiny. She is moving to the country in New York, where she will hang over the mantel in a wonderful rustic country home, which belongs to two very dear people! I believe first stopping in Ft Lauderdale!! That Cow has gotten to travel more than I have so far this year!!

One of the best reasons for doing shows is getting the opportunity to meet your patrons. I have been very fortunate to encounter so many wonderful people that help me keep my perspective on my work fresh!!
Thank You!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Workshop at Elder Ridge Studios

Elder Ridge Studios - Wow! What a fantastic concept.

A beautiful home in the North Georgia mountains with a studio for artists to learn and share ideas. Anita Elder, the owner of this delightfully pleasant studio, was a most gracious host to me and my students just this past weekend as I offered instruction in intermediate oil painting.

After an intense day of study on Friday, we ended with a wine and cheese party that night. Raring to go Saturday morning, we began again and spent many wonderful hours creating some amazing quality work. Our breaks were as creative as our class, as we gathered round the table to discuss artisitic techniques and chow down on Anita's delicious vegetable beef soup.

The whole experience was such a success, as we were wrapping up, Anita and I immediately 'inked in' our next event - May 21-23. The class will be a plein air workshop painting in several private locations across the North Georgia mountains.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Wild Intent

14" x 10"
Oil on Canvas

This was one of the new paintings I finished up to take to the boat show with me. It’s always wonderful when someone happens along that has a story that they associate with one of my paintings. This woman had just seen her first bobcat in the wild and was thrilled to see the painting.
This was a blast to paint, I truly love painting wildlife!

Monday, January 19, 2009

The Strand Theater

40" x 30"

Oil on Canvas

On January 10th, I had the honor of attending the Grand Opening VIP Cocktail Party & Dinner at the Strand Theater in Marietta, Georgia where I was recognized for my donation of this painting to the Friends of the Strand. I have to say, the real honor is that my painting is now hanging in the main lobby of the theater.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Atlanta Boat Show

I am excited to announce that I will be exhibiting my work at this years Atlanta Boat Show

January 14-18, 2009
Georgia World Congress Center
Booth # 259
285 Andrew Young International Blvd, NW

(Hall "C") Atlanta, GA 30313
Wed-Fri (Jan 14-16) 11am - 9pm

Sat (Jan 17) 10am - 9pm

Sun (Jan 18) 10am - 6pm

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Dinner Time

10 x 8"
Oil on Linen Panel

I just love Cows! They have some strange calming effect that makes them so much fun to paint!
My family went over to Berry College one evening and caught the light at that magic time of day! My Mom and I got quite a few wonderful shots of cows, deer and geese not to mention the unbelievable landscapes there.

This painting and several others are available at Frameworks Gallery