this is a site to share new works as I finish them including paintings, illustrations, hand formed and shaped necklaces. ...and maybe I'll share a story or two about how they came about.
I was trying to channel my Grandmother with this scene. I thought about her moving from Arizona to Minnesota in her late 20s. She went from being an independent newspaper woman to living in the quiet north woods with her new husband and his Norwegian family. I thought about how she would have gone from business attire to flannel, wool and work boots. I imagine she loved the view and took to the challenge like a trooper. She must have had thoughts of home dancing in her head as she worked at the resort and adjusted to Minnesota living. This is a piece about daydreams and hard work and being content at the end of the day.
Early Morning Yard Work is a brushed acrylic ink painting on 140 lb. hot press paper. It is professionally framed to a final size of 13"x18.75". Note: Mat color is deep blue - it appears lavender in this photo. Price $215.00 | 218-547-3729
How can you not love a tulip. They symbolize hope, heartiness, playfulness, and have so much personality. I enjoyed painting this trio of orange with one yellow tulip.
Tulip Trio is a brushed acrylic ink painting. It is framed to a final size of 12.5"x6.75" and is available at Peculiar Painter for $125.00 | 218-547-3729
Spring time, warm weather and the sweet scent of lily of the valley were surrounding me as I painted this piece. The curved leaves, rich green and sweet lily bells played off each other in this linear piece. I wanted it to feel crisp and polished.
Lily of the Valley Season is a brushed acrylic ink painting on hot press 187 lb. paper. It is professionally framed to a final size of 13.5" x 12.25" and available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN | 218-547-3729
I have had requests to paint kayakers over the years but I didn't have kayakers around me to find inspiration from. Then, this spring, my brother and his family invested in a fleet of kayaks - one per family member. They filled the bay with colorful boats and paddle rhythm. Alas - I have a lot of kayaking inspiration!
Calming Waters is is a 5"x7" brushed ink painting on 350 lb. hot press paper. It is framed to a final size of 8"x10" with conservation glass. This pieces is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN | 218-547-3729
Songbird Setting is a piece I painted with a textile translation in mind. I wanted the painting to be striking on it's own but be uniform enough to translate well into a woven textile. The movement of the grasses against the still songbird is meant to feel peaceful.
I converted the artwork into a vector illustration and sent the files to Sweden to be woven. I am pleased to say the woven table runners will be at Peculiar Painter late this spring.
Songbird Setting - the original painting - is a brushed acrylic ink painting on 140 lb. hot press paper. It is professionally framed and matted with conservation glass to a final size of 18"x29". This piece is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN | 218-547-3729
Woven textiles at 14"x32" and available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN. for $38.00 each
As I spend more time at home I feel like I should be accomplishing more. I feel like I should contribute more. Anxiety keeps me from getting a good night of rest. What calms me is nature and fresh air. I put on my jacket and wander outside and balance is restored. I take a deep breath and tell myself to enjoy this time at home because schedules will be restored and Covid 19 will pass and I will miss my peace at home with no set schedule and more time to paint. So Look Up and enjoy nature and time and try not to think about the things we think are falling apart.
Funny, when I reflect on the times in my past when I was at a crossroads, I have always gone for a walk and painted a tree. This tree is titled: Look Up. It is a brushed acrylic ink painting on 140 lb. cold press paper. Painted area is 7"x16" - full paper with border is 10"x18". This original is professional framed to a final size of 14"x23". It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $420.00 | 218-547-3729
I have a lot of respect for the sailors who can read the wind and guide their boat to where they want to go. I am NOT a sailor but have been on several very memorable sailboat adventures. This is a skill I admire. This painting was inspired by a couple I could tell were well practice at reading the wind and sailing together. Imagine the early August sunshine and ease of sailors in their element dancing across the clear blue lake.
Essence of Summer is a 36"x36" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick painted edges and cross braces. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $1,950.00 | 218-547-3729