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.
|Fields of Wild Sunshine is a heavily layered piece. I started with the wild red stems. I was creating a piece of deep reds and yellow. As it developed I felt it calling for rich blue to play off of the deep yellows. It also needed more movement and shape. After adding the wild flowers I felt the piece come together. Most of the time I plan my pieces out at the beginning but this one decided to bring me along in stages - as wild flowers do.|
Fields of Wild Sunshine is a 20"x20" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick stretcher bars and painted edges. It will be available soon at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $435.00 | 218-547-3729
This little hummingbird is searching the garden of whimsical blooms for nectar. He's a funny little bird - meant to make you feel light and joyful...even if he looks rather serious.
Modern Scandinavian Garden - Lil Hummer is a watercolor painting on 140 lb. cold press paper. Size is 9" x 8" - professionally framed and matted with conservation glass. Painting is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $118.00 | 218-547-3729
This beautiful grasshopper was perched on a pillar at our house last summer. I thought he had a nice energy about him. Grasshoppers and Dragonflies have a similar energy - their summer sounds are something I think a lot of us look forward to. When I read that grasshoppers are a symbol of good luck - it made sense.
Positive Vibrations is a 6"x18" brushed acrylic ink painting on 140 lb. cold press paper. It is professionally framed and available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $175.00 | 218-547-3729
As you probably know by now - bittersweet is one of my favorite painting subjects. The branches alone provide inspiration - then add the vivid berries and their delicate dancing leaves and they provide the perfect subject. For this painting - my largest bittersweet painting yet - I picked my models very carefully. Unwrapping the branches from their tree host - I tried to collect the grapevine intertwined with the bittersweet. I included a photo of my models above.
This painting needs to be viewed in person to appreciate the subtle warm glow in the background. I couldn't capture it with a photo.
Bittersweet Braided Branches is a 12" x 36" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with cross braces and painted edges. This piece can hang horizontal or vertical. Stretcher bars are 1/5" thick. Painting is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $545.00 | 218-547-3729
|This painting is inspired by a local resident who I often see walking - off in thought - with her headphones on. She is a wife and mother of 3, a working professional with many interests including sewing. I see her - often dressed in layers - carrying her hand sewn bag. She is tall and always neatly put together. I often find myself wondering what she thinks about on her walks. She always has a nautical feel about her. I picture her most at home by the water, wearing her stylish oversized glasses and hand made accessories. I have been wanting to paint her for years and finally - I came up with the right scene to place her in.|
Lakeside Refresh is a 14" x 17" brushed ink painting on 140 lb arches cold press watercolor paper. I will have it professionally framed in a grey-blue barn wood frame and available soon at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN. Cards and prints to follow. 218-547-3729.
|For this latest painting - I pictured warm tones - a day where the sun warms your face and hair - a light breeze keeps you from getting too hot. I picture a content tone and inspired thoughts. When I picture these things I picture these colors.|
This piece is not going to appeal to everyone but some will feel it like I do and it will warm their eyes and fill their thoughts with summer breezes, evenings on the lake or a mind clearing walk....at least I hope it will. Sometimes we need a piece that relaxes our minds and brings us to a clearer space. This pieces will be at home surrounded by open windows, candles, wine and music.
Warmth is a 30" x 40 acrylic painting on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick stretcher bars, painted edges and cross braces. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $675.00 | 218-547-3729
I was struck by the nouveau swirl one evening while sitting at the dinner table - admiring a bouquet of flowers. My lilies were a few days old and starting to get the exaggerated swirl ...the way lilies do. I pictured some of my favorite art nouveau pieces and was inspired to sketch a small section of the lilies. The watercolor paper I had on hand was an odd size. I do enjoy an odd sized piece.
After sketching this piece I imagined tiger lily coloring...even though the lilies which inspired the piece were stargazers. Using FW Inks - I mixed my warm grays, bright oranges and greens to complete the nouveau piece in an arts and crafts - woodblock sort of feel.
Tigereye Nouveau is a 4"x11" brushed ink painting on 140 lb. cold press paper. It is professionally framed and matted to a final size of 6.5"x13.5" and available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $175.00. | 218-547-3729