Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Out To Sea

Out To Sea
oil on panel

Sometimes you just want to push something over.
Help it move a little bit.
Or a lot.

Life is not something that holds still.
It is constantly moving. 
Everyday I try to move forward.
Sometimes we get stuck. 
We hold ourselves back.
That is when I decided
it's time to put this image together.
Out To Sea.
Time to move ahead.

I start out with a quick sketch.
Then I figure out how to set it.
You will also notice that I changed the "J" block into a "U".

Detail from Out To Sea
Detail from Out To Sea
 Out To Sea
oil on panel

Out To Sea
will be showing at
Elliott Fouts Gallery
The Still Life
September 5th - October 1st, 2015
Sacramento, CA


Monday, August 31, 2015

IGOR 10th Annual International Juried Exhibition

 Weight of Ideas
oil on panel 
has been selected to be in the
International Guild of Realism's
10th Annual International Juried Exhibition.
Hosted by
Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA
August 18th to September 18th, 2015
Here is the link to view the entire show.
The International Guild of Realism was founded in 2002 by a group of renowned realist artists. It now represents the work of over 370 members from over 35 countries. IGOR prides itself in selecting today's finest realist artists through a jury committee. In addition to recognizing these artists, the organization seeks out exhibition opportunities, provides their members with professional assistance, and connects these artists with collectors. Along with holding annual exhibitions, IGOR organizes museum tours throughout the country to showcase their members' work.
Weight of Ideas can be seen featured in
American Art Collector 
September 2015 Issue 119 

I was able to attend the artists reception on
Friday, August 28th.
It was an amazing event. 
Principle Gallery were fabulous hosts!
Thank you Principle Gallery
 and to IGOR for all they do 
to put on such a great event.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Artists Magazine 32nd Annual Artist Competition

I am honored to have
Weight of Ideas
selected as a Finalist in
The Artists Magazine
32nd Annual Artist Competition
Still Life / Interior Category

The Weight of Ideas
oil on panel
24" x 24"

Link to original blog post about

Monday, July 6, 2015

International 2014/2015 ARC Salon Results

Art Renewal Center 
has announced the winners and finalists in their
2014/2015 International Salon.

I am very honored to announce my paintings
The Weight of Ideas
has been selected as Finalists 
in the Still Life category.

To view all the finalists and award winners
to each category please visit the
Art Renewal Center Salon Page:

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Anchored and Adrift

I have been thinking a lot about thoughts
and where our ideas come from. 
What do they mean?
Are they anchored to any one experience?
Do our thoughts drift along and we choose
to land them
at a unique place of our choice?

19.75" x 11.75"
oil on panel

Anchored is about feeling
the flow of imagination and choosing
that right idea to anchor too. 

detail from Anchored

As creative people, 
we get so many ideas. 
How do we select that special one
and commit to it fully?
Anchor our self to it.

detail from Anchored

16" x 12"
oil on panel

Our thoughts can quietly drift along.
If we leave them untethered
where will they lead us?

detail of Adrift

Anchored and Adrift
will be showing at
William Baczek Fine Art
Annual Still Life Exhibition
February 4 - March 14, 2015
36 Main Street
Northampton, MA

Thursday, January 22, 2015


36" x 18"
oil on panel

The Wonderful Wizard of OZ is a children's novel written by L.Frank Baum. It was originally published on May 17, 1900.

The story chronicles the adventures of Dorothy Gale in the Land of Oz. In 1902 it was adapted for a Broadway musical. In 1939 the popular film adaption made history.

 Many people don't realize Baum went on to write thirteen additional Oz books. After Baum's death in 1919, Ruth Plumly Thompson continued the series until 1939. List of books.

When my daughter was 4 years old I began collecting the books. I was drawn to both the stories and to how beautifully designed they were with illustrations by John R. Neill. 
 Inside pages of Tik-Tok of Oz by John R. Neill.

It became a night time routine for my husband to read a chapter or two from these books to our daughter at bedtime. Over the years they have read all the ones we have. She loves these books, and I hope she will always remember her Dad reading them to her. A few times I listened in, he had a grand time with voices of the different characters. I still have more to collect, but I love a good hunt. 

John R. Neill illustration from Dorothy and the Wizard of OZ.

The stack of four books in my painting have been sitting in a corner of my studio for a few years, pretty much as they appear here. The graphics on their spines are full of wonderful character designs. 
Finally, I had to create a stage for them and share my own adventure in the Land of Oz. 

Here are a few details from my painting Oz:

The green monkeys and green flamingos 
are Cracker Jack premiums from the 1950's to 1970's.

will be showing at
William Baczek Fine Arts
Annual Still Life Exhibition
February 4-March 14, 2015
Opening reception
Saturday, February 7, 5:00-7:00pm
36 Main Street
Northampton, MA

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Small Works

12" x 9"
oil on panel

Detail of Pinned.

6" x 12"
oil on panel

Detail of V15.

9" x 12"
oil on panel

Detail of Wedge.

Principle Gallery
Small Works Show
Opening Reception
December 6th, 2014
1:00pm - 4:00 pm
Alexandria, VA

Article in Fine Art Connoisseur
about the show: