Monday, April 14, 2014

New Heights

New Heights
24" x 12"
oil on panel

Setting goals. Going new places. 
Learning new skills. Being brave. Taking a first step.
Take a breath.
Reaching for new heights.

All these phrases inspired my new painting
New Heights.

detail from painting

The vintage wind up mechanical rabbit
 in this painting is Skippy The Jumping Rabbit
made by Mikuni in Japan
between 1950-1960.

The cloth dressmakers measuring tape is from the 1950's. 
The case is made from bakelite. Bakelite is one of the first 
plastics made from synthetic components.

New Heights
is showing at
Elliot Fouts Gallery
Sacramento, CA

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Monkey On Your Back

Monkey On Your Back
18" x 24"
oil on panel

Growing up I heard the phrase, " I  have a monkey on my back." Or " Do you have a monkey on your back?" To me it meant feeling the stress and burden of the world. 

Upon researching it's meaning for this post I learned it is a term that became popular in the 1800's to describe someone who was in a bad mood or bothered by something that would not go away.
By the late 1940's, it became a reference to having an addiction or having a mortgage.

The monkey toy in this painting is Bobby the Monkey a tin cyclist made by the K. Arnold & Co in Nurnberg, Germany. On the toy it says "made in U.S. zone Germany". This monkey was made between 1948 and 1952.

The largest character in the painting is Timmy Turtle #150, a musical pull toy made by Fisher Price between 1953 and 1955.
Monkey On Your Back 
will be showing at
Principle Gallery
20th Anniversary Invitational
Friday, April 25th, 2014
208 King Street
Alexandria, VA
  Monkey On Your Back
18" x 24"
oil on panel



Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year!

May you find something that expresses who you truly are,
as only you can.
Find something to bring a little magic to your everyday.

I hope to continue to surprise myself as I imagine, 
and draw, and paint, and create.
 It will be a year of continued growth, discoveries. and expression.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me, inspired me, 
given me shows for my work,
 and  who have loved my work enough 
to have it grace your walls.
Thank you.

Welcome 2014!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Elliott Fouts Gallery 15th Anniversary Show

Elliott Fouts Gallery
15th Anniversary Show

Featuring Christopher Stott, John Carl Claes, Alvin Richard,
Gale Hart, Susan Hoehn, Craig Stephens, Bryan Mark Taylor,
Anthony Montanino, Joe Santos, Kathy O'Leary, 
Deborah Bonuccelli, Vito Antonio Ferrante, 
Teresa N. Fischer, Sandy Delehanty, Samantha Buller,
Gary Pruner, Philippe Gandiol, Susan Shoger, 
Kathrine Lemke Waste, Kenny Mencher, Terry Pappas, 
Judy Nunes, Manuel Nunes, Gregory Kondos, and Tim White.

Second Saturday reception
January 11th, 2014
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Elliott Fouts Gallery
1831 P. Street
Sacramento, CA

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


20" x 20"
oil on panel

Inspiration can come from many areas. 
I knew I wanted to paint a marvelous carrot. 
I had been thinking about the orange colors 
leaning to the reds, and the wonderful
playful greenery for a while. 
But what did I want to do with it?
What did I want to do to take it to the next level?

My inspiration:

 The Great Wave Off Kanagawa
by Katsushika Hokusai

Born in 1760, Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese artist 
in the Edo Period. His life's work is an amazing study 
of design, line, and composition. Here is a link to his 
known works: Katsushika Hokusai
His woodblock print seen above
"The Great Wave Off Kanagawa"
was an inspiration for Carrot-O.

Those that know me well, know that I love the 
puzzle of figuring out how to set up my compositions
once I have sketched them out.
Next I will show you how I set up this painting.
Sooooo. . .
If you do not want the magic spoiled
I would not go further here.

I used wire to get the cut carrot 
in the circular shape I was looking for. 
I was able to move and slide the
carrots to get just the right spacing.

 Then everything was tied up,
 even the greenery was tied and stitched
to get it in the shape I was looking for.
I was really looking for the greenery to create a wave.

Wonder what a carrot looks like 
after it has sat around the studio a bit. . .
nice and shriveled.

Finished painting. . .
20" x 20"
oil on panel

 Detail from painting.
Detail from painting.

will be showing at
Elliot Fouts Gallery
15th Anniversary Show
January 4th- February 6th, 2014
Sacramento, CA

Friday, November 22, 2013

Small Works, Principle Gallery

Proud Mama
11" x 14" 
oil on panel

Henny Penny
14" x 11"
oil on panel

Circus Dog
16" x 12"
oil on panel

Principle Gallery 
Small Work Show 
December 7th, 2013.

I am honored to be featured among 
Michael Lynn Adoms, Jorge Alberto, Rett Ashby,
Mia Bergeron, Candice Bohannon, Ryan Brown, Casey Childs,
Scott Conary, Elizabeth Floyd, Kelli Folsom,
Felicia Forte, Douglas Fryer, Greg Gandy,
Lisa Gloria, Tanya Harsch, Tara Keefe, Jeremy Mann,
Brian Martin, Lisa Noonis, Larry Preston, Cindy Procious,
Paula Rubino, Robert Stark, and Terry Strickland.

For for information visit
208 King Street
Alexandria, VA

Henny Penny

Henny Penny
14" x 11"
oil on panel

Children love chickens. 
They are puffy soft when they are chicks, 
and very humorous when they are grown up.
For a while we lived next door to some chickens.
 I will never forget when our daughter, 
who was maybe 1 1/2 years of age
discovered that chickens, well, that they poop.
For some reason she couldn't believe it.
That was her favorite funny line for a few years, 
guaranteed to get a belly laugh out of her.

I started to think about pull toys. 
They were created for small children
so they could  walk their little animal friends. 
Then I wondered. . .
Would people walk real chickens on leashes? 
That is the next step to the pull toy.
Walking the real thing right. . .

Yes, yes there are people who walk chickens on a leash.
Pictured above is a chicken from Sydney, Australia who is walked. 
This chicken also looks simular to my Henny Penny.

I also found an article at Blue Egg Blue Egg 
that tells you how to train
your chicken and what kind of harness to use. 

The toy featured in my painting is the
1958 Fisher Price Cackling Hen No. 120.
When you pull her along her wings flap and she cackles. 
Mine is missing her pull string.

I really like the idea of painting these toys as a portrait.
The same way one would paint a portrait of a person, 
cropped to the shoulders, trying to capture their personality. 
In the case of these toys, showing their wear and tear and age.

oil on linen

One other time I painted a toy portrait 
in this way. Above is Moo from 2011.

Henny Penny
14" x 11"
oil on panel

Henny Penny  

Henny Penny
will be showing at
Principle Gallery
Small Works Show
Opening December 7th, 2013
208 King Street
Alexandria, VA