Wednesday, December 22, 2010


36" X 48" oil on canvas

Abstract art has never been a comfortable genre for me, but I occasionally attempt to create a painting that is not based in reality, using shapes and colors from my head. In this case the idea of this particular composition came to me as a form of coping with my reality of dealing with a chronic illness, it's limitations and pain.

From the concept that all conditioned things are arising and passing away, the shapes in the center represent conditional things which exist in my life, and how they become smaller as they rise, until at some point off the canvas they no longer exist. The verticle line on the right is any constant, possibly universal inergy, and the frame around it all suggests my "self". But you can see that at the top, at the higher level, the conditioned things begin to escape the framework of "self".

The piece needs some refining, and I don't know if I will keep it or paint over it. Maybe it will arise and pass on...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Self Portrait

18" x 24" Pencil on paper

This self portrait was cropped from a larger photograph of me at sunset with the Tasman Sea in the background. The exact location is the grounds of the Coastal Palms Apartment in Motueka, New Zealand. After arriving there we went out back to explore our surroundings. It was somewhat cloudy, and the tide was out, but it was still a beautiful view, and I was happy to be near the ocean.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Waving Goodnight to the Sun

10" x 10" oil on wood panel $150

This was an experiment in both palette knife and color, on a wood panel I had used twice and wiped/sanded leaving a nice ochre underpainting.

The image was spontaneous, and unplanned. Inspired by the tranquility of sunsets, and a love for the ocean, but living in a land-locked area near the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, I envision it to depict a place that could incorporate all three.

The water in the forground was done with my favorite palette knife, using Phthalo Turquoise, Peppermint Green, and Soft Mixing White. The mountains in the mid-ground were also done with the pallete knife, but with Phthalo Turquoise, Cadmium Lemon, and Alizarin Crimson. The sunset was created with a large bristle brush and Cadmium Lemon, and Alizarin Crimson.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Divine Feminine and Think Pink

Last night was the opening reception for both the Divine Feminine juried show and the Think Pink benefit show at The Wooden Cow Gallery in Albuquerque, NM. Along with several other New Mexican artists, I was honored to have 3 of my pieces selected to be in Divine Feminine.

Artists contributed pieces to the Think Pink benefit, and all procedes from the sales of these items will be donated to The UNM Cancer Center.

Also featured this month is the work of Regina Portscheller. Regina is a mixed media artist from Albuquerque, specializing in three-dimensional mixed media art in the forms of mosaics, collages, art journaling, and functional pieces.

Shows continue to run through October 30th - Check The Wooden Cow website for hours of operation.

Monday, September 20, 2010


Oil on canvas 7 1/2" x 9 1/2" $150

Ambivalence is experienced as psychologically unpleasant when the positive and negative aspects of a subject are both present in a person's mind at the same time. This state can lead to avoidance or procrastination, or to deliberate attempts to resolve the ambivalence. When the situation does not require a decision to be made, people experience less discomfort even when feeling ambivalent.

I have experienced my share of ambivalent feelings in many areas of my life, and because I am a "take action" kind of person, this can create some angst. I am learning that decisions are not always necessary, and that some things eventually take care of themselves if we practice patience.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


This 5" X 7" etching was done using a digitally filtered digital image as a reference. It was a lot of fun to capture all the contrasts and contour lines present in the manipulated photo. Thanks Micki~

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Calla Lilli

24" x 48" Oil on canvas

Now this is complete. How do I know? Because I signed it. I decided a long time ago that once a piece is signed it is officially finished. Actually I did a little detail work on the center, and a few other small areas, and then I signed it.

An interesting thing happened at the art museum. I saw a piece by Arthur Dove titled Naples Yellow Morning. Beside it was the curator's description of it, and a little tidbit. It said that he often included the color Naples Yellow because it caused whatever was painted with it to recede into the background. Eureka! I had been struggling to create depth in the center of my flower, and I felt the yellow was not standing out from its background, but was instead looking flat with it. I had used Naples Yellow. Now I know two things: Why I was drawn so strongly to the museum that day, and when NOT to use Naples Yellow!

You can see a larger version and photos of the details at my EBSQ website - Once there just click on the portfolio tab.

This piece was created with love for my sister Darlene, and was based on a reference photograph by Jan Prchal.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Calla Lilli

I've been working on this oil painting for several weeks now, based on a reference photo taken by Jan Prchal. It is relatively large (tall) 24" x 48". I still have some detail work to do, and there will be a burgundy/plum background. The finished piece will be for my sister.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ivan and the Red Rod

Pastel on paper - 9" X 11" $100

This piece was inspired by a picture I saw on Facebook, taken by a friend of a friend. As I was flipping through the photo memories of her recent camping trip at Coyote Creek, I was captivated by two pictures of her son Ivan in this tall grass with this red fishing rod. I especially love the composition of this one, and felt compelled to paint it. I was still drinking my morning coffee, so I took out my pastel pencils and spent the next couple of hours transported somewhere between my kitchen and this tall grass.

Thanks to Rhonda and Ivan for the inspiration, and the great reference photo.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Calla Lilli Study 1

Calla Lilli Study 1 - 6" X 9" 6B pencil on Strathmore paper

This is a first study drawing of a calla lilli from a reference photo taken by Jan Prchal, and may be in preparation for a commissioned larger oil painting.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Hot Seat

Pastel on paper 18" X 24" $200 unframed

Being a cyclist, when I saw this photo I knew I had to paint it. Pastels are a more managable medium for me when I am feeling sick, because I can create while sitting, and it isn't as time consuming as oils. I can start and finish a piece in a couple of days since it doesn't require drying time. I enjoyed this subject and have Pam Langford Fast to thank for her brilliant reference photo.

Spring Fling

Pastel on paper 18" X 24" SOLD

I took the reference photo for this pastel in my backyard. The first roses of the spring are always breathtakingly beautiful, and make great specimen for bouquets, photographs and paintings.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Jilli and friend

The reference photo for this pastel called for me to paint it the minute I saw it. The mother of this beautiful child and I once worked together as audiologists, and have since been separated by time and distance. She always infused love and humor into my day, and for that I thank her with this gift. Thanks Robin 9" x 12" NFS

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Art Show and Opening

Several of my original oil paintings were jury selected to be included in this local Albuquerque art exhibit. Please visit The Wooden Cow Gallery and Art Space from June 4-26 to see "Flower Power". I will be there for the opening on Friday, June 4th!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Makin' Tracks

This is the first rough sketch and underpainting for what will be a red trike. Some of the angles are off, and will be redrawn before I start on the next paint layer.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Horsin' 'Round a Bit

This was inspired by my friend Brenda M., who
wished me well when I was feeling sick yesterday.
I just remembered that she loves horses, so I put
on some Willie, Waylon, Hank, Dolly, Conway, Johnny,
and Charlie, and decided to give one a go!
My heroes have always been cowboys...
Thanks Brenda M.
Pastel on paper 8" x 8" $65

Friday, April 16, 2010

Banana Man

Banana Man 2010 9" x 12" pastel on paper $100

In 2006, Banana Man shared his extensive knowledge as our tour guide on a banana plantation in Jamaica. He had a fun spirit, and entertained as he taught us all how useful the banana plant can be.

The banana plant is a great source of fiber, used to make textiles such as yarn, kimonos, rugs, and paper. In addition to the fruit, the flower and trunk are also edible. The leaves are waterproof and flexible, and can be used as containers, or for cooking. The heart can be used as a vegetable either raw or steamed. Bananas offer many health benefits, such as reduced risk of certain types of cancer and for treatinghigh blood pressure. Eating a banana is a quick way to replenish electrolytes.

Thanks Banana Man!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tulips - Oil on artist's wood panel 12" x 12"

Finished at last! Spring means tulips to me, and with the unpredictable nature of the weather lately I have enjoyed my own private Spring while painting this. To me tulips are a flower of perfection, order, and control. Michael Pollan describes the tulip this way, in the book Tulipa: A Photographer's Botanical by Christopher Baker: "The tulip is all Apollonian clarity and order. It's a linear, left-brained sort of flower, in no way occult, explicit and logical in its formal rules and arrangements (six petals corresponding to six stamens) and conveying all its rationality the only way one could: through the eye. The clear, steely stems hold the flower up in the air for our admiration, positing its lucid, linear form over and above the dubious earth. The blossoms float serenely above the turmoil of nature; even when they expire, they do so with aplomb. Instead of turning to mush, like a spent rose, or a used Kleenex, like peony petals, they cleanly, dryly, and, often simultaneously, shatter." Tulips - oil on 12" x 12" artist's panel SOLD

And, here is the original reference photo taken by Ruthanne Annaloro

Special thanks and acknowledgement to Ruthanne Annaloro for granting me her kind permission to use her fabulous photograph as reference for this piece. Her work may be seen at where she goes by 1bluecanoe.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Tulip - Yellow

One more progression picture....

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Unleashing the reds

Continuing on with the progression photos of this piece, here it is with the addition of reds. I LOVED this section of red. It was like being in flames So much fun to paint these shapes, lines, and curves. Fortunately for me, I stumbled onto some very inspiring music today. I will be sharing that when I post the finished piece.

Today's pallette

Since I am posting the progressive shots of this piece, I thought I might share the view of my pallette, and paints. I am usually a really messy painter, but since I am working mainly in one color today, it looks tidy.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Tulips - Pink and Yellow

Fourth in the progression of these beautiful spring blooms. Here I have added pink and yellow, and added a light mix of colors at the right to make up the background. I accidentally painted over some of what was to be the yellow petal on the right bottom, and had to correct, but that's the beauty of oils! I have run out of good light and must stop for now.

Tulips - Purples too

This is the third shot in the progression of this piece. Here I added purples, and made a slight correction to the sketch near the top purple tulip.

Tulips - Dark values

Scroll down for the first photo is this progression series.

Take Two - Here is a shot with only the dark values applied. Details will be added to these areas later, as needed.

Tulips - Sketch

I haven't documented my process lately, so I thought I would capture it for this piece - First I selected the image from a collection of reference photos of flowers. Next I cropped the reference photo to a 6" x 6" macro composition on which I want to focus. Here is the sketch, which I have drawn on an 12" x 12" artist's wood panel after coating it with white gesso. Come back to see the values and depth develop as I apply color!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


In keeping with the unexpected theme of the week! Pastel and colored pencil on paper with a water wash 4" x 5" SOLD

Reference photo taken at the Rio Grande Zoo courtesy of Gael Holmes Hofemeier

Monday, March 8, 2010

Snow Bird

My art has gone to the birds lately. Pastel on paper 5" x 7" $50 unframed

Thursday, March 4, 2010


For my friend,who sometimes behaves like a hummingbird, and always brings joy. 9" x 12" Pastel on paper $60 unframed

Monday, March 1, 2010


Was the moon.
Not black,
Like my sighs
Or blue,
Like my child’s eyes.
Was the moon,
And I touched its surface
Caressing its every crack
Like a tombstone
Where a loved one lay.
Was the moon
And the people
To it prayed,
For life, they begged.
For death, we beg.
And we yell
And curse
And scream
And cry
And one night
For the first and last time,
I saw
That it was

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


What can I say? This was named Inspiration for a few reasons. I was inpired to do this piece by my friend Tonya,creating it was a completely inspirational, absorbing, and transformational experience, and lastly I hope it is inspirational to you!

Pastel on Strathmore Medium Paper 14" x 17" $99 unframed

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Little Man

This is a portrait of my friend's little boy Rishi, and is a gift to her. It is based on a reference photo and was done using watercolor pencils and pastel paint. The watercolor pencils are nice because their pencil form provides more accuracy in application than a brush, but with the added versatility of watercolor, the colors can be blended and made more vibrants by brushing over them with water. I used pastel for the face and neck to keep it soft, and for the background for ease of coverage. 9" x 12" Watercolor pencil and pastel on paper

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fire & Ice

The reference photo which inspired this painting was sent to me by my friend. It was originally a picture of an iceberg, so was very much blue/green, with water in the foreground. Encouraged by Tonya, I changed the pallette to mostly reds. Once red, the lines and values of the iceberg took on the look of a mountain to me. Painting rocks and fabric have the same effect on me as painting macro flowers; they pull me in and I become part of the object while painting it. This was a great escape. Thanks Tonya! Oil on wood panel 6" x 8" SOLD

Monday, February 1, 2010

Reflecting On Old Times

A new subject for me, a new surface, and a different way to get the job done. This was a one-session painting, so started and finished today. Although I typically paint on canvas, artists' panel, or vinyl records, this was done on a panel which required a primer before painting. I covered the surface with gesso, and commenced to painting. The straight, thin lines that accent the car window were a great challenge to me, and I didn't take the time to tape anything off. This added the element of freehand detail. I love the original composition and color palette of the reference photo called "Firedome Chrome" taken by Murray Bloom, and I thank him graciously for his permission to use it for this painting. I took the liberty to add a wide border around the image, which in the end gave the effect of peering at the old car through a wooden window. 11" x 14" Oil on wood panel $99

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Dragin' the World

This is an original design for my friend Jeni, who prefers monochrome pieces. It is an abstract made by overlapping geometric shapes, then randomly filling the areas with like shapes, and creating some purposeful negative space. The end result looks to me like a dragon who is carrying the world on his back. It is done in Sharpie on Strathmore 500 series illustration board. 22" x 30" SOLD

Friday, January 15, 2010

Three Young Monks

It was an honor and a pleasure to paint from this reference photograph taken by Orion Knox, whom I had the privilege of meeting at the 12 Buy 12 art show in Austin, Texas last month. He saw these three young monks in the Punakha Monastery in Punakha, Bhutan. I especially loved recreating the light and shapes he captured in the folds of fabric, and I took some liberties with the background by simplifying the lines and adding some reflected colors. Creating this painting was truly a great experience. Thanks Orion!
12" x 12"