Sunday, December 21, 2008

Down Time

Despite my best intentions, I'm afraid a higher power had other plans for my Christmas season this year. After dislocating my shoulder about two weeks ago, I have been rehabilitating and am slowly coming back to life. Fortunately, it was not my "painting arm," but my other arm/hand is feeling the effects of the added stress. I have been painting a bit and am looking forward to posting again. I have some exciting new things in the works, and look forward to getting back to "normal." In the meantime, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Pet Portrait 2

This is the result of a brief encounter with a neighbor walking his dog past our house. He watched curiously as I loaded paintings into my vehicle for a trip to the gallery and finally asked where I got them. When I told him I painted them, he seemed a bit stunned that this was going on in the neighborhood. I invited him in to my small studio, and assured him that nothing clandestine was going on. He then asked if I do pet portraits. When I said I've done a few, he replied, "Alice would sh--!" Really... So here's to you, Alice! Please don't...

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Family Memories

This was done at the request of a dear lady who admired a previous painting I had done. She wanted a keepsake of her happy memory with her parents. I hesitated at first since it was being done from an older photograph, but was honored that she appreciated my work. Mona is a loving person with strength and courage. I hope I captured her spirit in this painting!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Pet Portraits

If you've ever owned a pet, you know how attached you can become to it. As a pet lover, I have decided it's time to do more of those beloved creatures. This is "Al," painted posthumously for a dear friend. Al was her pride and joy. When it comes to painting pets, I believe it's important to capture the "little things" that make them unique and special. Stay tuned for more....

Monday, June 23, 2008

Welcome to my blog

For as long as I can recall, I have been fascinated by the human face and form. I find it amazing that every individual on earth is unique. We are all formed by the same Creator, yet we are as distinct as every variety of flower that blossoms.

I have been fortunate to study with well-known portrait artists such as Margaret Carter Baumgartner, Judith Carducci, and Everett Raymond Kinstler. I am honored to know Ken Marsden as my mentor and friend, whose brilliant watercolors, wonderful teaching style, and entertaining conversation have inspired me to continue to paint. I have been blessed to have a loving, supportive husband who has enabled me to pursue my passion. I am moved by the works of Bouguereau, Cassatt, Renior, Sargent, and Velazquez.

My ultimate goal is to create a work of art that will stand the test of time. I want to produce a legacy in oils that will be honored for hundreds of years, and for that purpose I use the highest quality materials available.