Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New Paintings and Open Studio Alert

Greetings!  I have just put these two paintings into my shop, one is new and one you might have seen before:

"Camellias" Acrylic on 6 x 6 inch wood panel.

"Opal Whiteley" Acrylic on 10 x 10 inch wood panel.

Available here.  I also recently finished this painting, but am waiting to decide if I want to put it in a frame first as it is on canvas only 3/4 inch deep.  I will share it here in the meantime:

"Two Shells" Acrylic on 10 x 10 inch canvas.
I have more shell paintings coming up, will share those soon.

Tomorrow night is Open Studios down at Mission Mill Museum (1313 Mill St SE in Salem, Oregon), where I have my studio.  Along with gallery receptions (they are opening a new gallery down there I think this week), artist demos, and much more it will be a fun evening.  It goes from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 8.  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Paintings: Abstracts!

Last month, I played with the idea of approaching abstracts much in the same way I approach portraits.  A simple form that fills the space in a beautiful way. 

"Opening" Acrylic on 8 x 10 inch wood panel.

"Unfolding" Acrylic on 10 x 10 inch wood panel.

This one I placed in an reversed wood panel to create a frame:

And a few little ones:

"Inward Flow" Acrylic on 3 x 5 inch wood panel.

"At Rest" Acrylic on 4 x 4 inch wood panel.

"Wrapping Yellow" Acrylic on 3 x 5 inch wood panel.

You can find all of these in my shop.

Coming soon, more pieces with the same ideas but this time paintings of things in nature...

Monday, March 9, 2015

Eco Icon at Compass Gallery

"Opal Whiteley"  Acrylic on 10 x 10 inch wood panel.

This little painting is on display in the "Eco Icon" show at the Compass Gallery until the end of March in Salem, Oregon.  The gallery asked for pieces inspired by nature, environment, or people who are or who we might consider environmentalists.  I painted Opal Whiteley who grew up in Oregon, wrote and lectured about nature, and became famous for a diary she allegedly wrote as a child that was particularly mature for her age at the time.  She also claimed to be the daughter of a prince, but was raised by a family in Oregon.  A fascinating woman you can read more about her here.

A reception for the show will be the same night as the night of Open Studios of which my studio is a part, this Thursday, from 5 - 7 p.m.  The gallery is on the first floor of the building, the studios on the second.  There will be other activities and an artist demo so it should be another fun night.  Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend this time due to a family event, but I have visited the show and I recommend checking it out.  Lots of fun pieces, environmentally inspired, all 10 x 10 inches.

Some more information:

(I am so honored to have my piece be one of the paintings on the card for the show!  I think the colors look more true to the piece on the postcard than in the photograph I took.  A slight change of light can make all the difference.)

Monday, February 23, 2015


I will have a few paintings up in this show in Salem, Oregon, starting today.  It is a quick show, stop in if you can it should be fun.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

New Paintings and Open Studio

I just added these two paintings to my shop:

"Fetching" is acrylic on a 9 x 12 inch wood panel and you can find it here.

"Emma" is oil on a 6 x 6 inch panel and you can find it here.

Also, tonight (Thursday, 2/12) is Open Studios where I have my studio and there is a lot going on not only at the studios but also the gallery and other shops below.  From 5 to 7 p.m. at Willamette Heritage Center 1313 Mill St SE in Salem, Oregon.

I will be in my studio, hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

New Things

I felt it was time to shake things up a bit and make some new and different things.  I am exploring for the next couple of months, or so, abstracts of one sort or another on panel or paper or wherever inspiration takes me.

This time to experiment brought about a moving of furniture and decor in my studio.

(Quite grey outside, excuse the darkness.)

(Mapping the Garden paintings, two more to go.)

(Acrylic skin naturally adhered to the window.  Must make more of these.  Thanks to Corrine Loomis Dietz for the idea.)

I am sketching in paint in a journal.  Playing and finding ideas for paintings.

I also have a new new Instagram account.  Still learning how to use it, but I am getting there.

I still have some people paintings to post here, hope to do that soon.  Followed shortly by a few abstracts.

Thank you all for your visits, messages, purchases, and interest.  They are all truly appreciated.