Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Open Studios

Just a quick note to share that there will be an Open Studios event tomorrow night, Thursday the 9th, at the studios from 5-7 pm.  Several studios, including mine, will be open plus there will be a reception downstairs in the Compass Gallery Cooperative with the featured artist Bonnie Hull.  In addition, there will be an extra Open Studios event later in the month running at the same time as Magic at the Mill (a beautiful holiday light show and activities).  Will let you know more details about that event soon.

The Art Studios at Mission Mill are located at 1313 Mill St in Salem, Oregon.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

New Edition Print of "A man with strong eyes"!

I am excited to announce there is a new, limited edition print of "A man with strong eyes" now available through either my shop or at Sebastian Foster.  The new print is a larger size than the previous at 11 x 14 inches, on 100% cotton rag paper with a gorgeous matte finish.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A few more collages...

Here are a few more of the collages that are currently at the Salem Art Association's Artmarket:

"Wave Hello"

"Screen Door"

"Fuzzy Pink"

"On the top of the world, Bernice"

"Strong Foundation"

Friday, November 6, 2015



Something new!  A few of the new collages I dropped off at Salem Art Association for their annual Artmarket.  The show will start today, November 6th, and will run until January.  

The vintage photographs in these are all photocopies, I've not used the originals in the collages.  All are permanently mounted on mat board, either 8 x 10 or 9 x 12 inches.  I have rarely worked with collage (and still have much to learn), but for some reason it is just clicking for me right now.  Plus, I have so many vintage photographs to draw from for these, as you can imagine.  I will share some more of them next week.

"Behind and Through"




Thursday, October 29, 2015

Painting My Daughter

My poor daughter, with all the faces I paint people often say to her, "There must be a lot of paintings of you at home."  In fact, no there aren't.  I've been so busy all this time painting to put things in my shop, in galleries, and as commissions that frankly I have done very few personal paintings.  I decided it was about time she should have one (Acrylic, 9 x 12 inches).

Monday, October 19, 2015

Shop Update

"Storm Brewing"
I'm very pleased to announce a shop update.  The painting above, "Storm Brewing" 16 x 20 inches, and the one below, "Midafternoon at Barlow Hill" 12 x 12 inches, are now available in my shop.

"Midafternoon at Barlow Hill"

And I'm very excited to offer prints of both paintings plus the two following paintings:


"Elsie" was sold soon after it was finished, and I was very happy that her owners let me borrow her to make prints.  "Elsie", "Lois", and "Midafternoon at Barlow Hill" are now available as limited edition prints and are each 12 x 12 inches (image size is about 11 x 11 inches).  "Storm Brewing" is also a limited edition print and is 18 x 22 inches (image size is about 16 x 20 inches).  I am also considering another edition at a smaller size in the near future for "Storm Brewing", perhaps 8 x 10 inches.  I plan to make more prints available using future paintings, so more to come!  I don't currently make the prints myself, so I will have to slowly add these to my shop as I am able.

Finally, these two little portraits are now available in my shop as well:


"Ella Bell"
Currently, I am working on a new grid paintings (a lady from the 1940's) and a new one of the lady in the top painting ("Storm Brewing") also set, coincidentally, in the outdoors with a stormy sky.  Didn't even realize that stormy sky connection until just now...  Also, several mixed media pieces in the works.   My studio at Mission Mill is a mess of papers while I put those together.  More on those soon.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Back to Work!

School started about two weeks ago, for my daughter, and just as I was getting back to business as usual we caught our first colds of the school year.  Having recovered, mostly, I am ready to get back to more hours in the studio and even catching back up on things like this blog (hello blog).  Last week, I went up north to have some paintings scanned for prints.  This, I hope, will be the start of more prints of future paintings and I can't wait to share those with you hopefully within the next couple of weeks.

In addition to painting, I am exploring mixed media pieces (above).  I'm using photocopies of my many vintage photographs and combining them with various collaged papers and some painting.  Very fun to exploring new media while still tying into my other work.  More to come!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

End of Summer and Open Studios

Tomorrow is the first day back to school for my daughter and I should be getting back to more regular posts here.  Many things coming up to share.  While I didn't make much time to blog this summer, I have been busy creating.  Will share more over the coming weeks.

This Thursday evening, September 10, from 5 to 7 p.m., we will be having Open Studios at the group of studios of which I am a part (1313 Mill St Salem, Oregon).  There will be new gallery shows, demos, and more.  I should have some of my summer work on display (detail of one painting above and below).  More soon...

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

In the Studio

It has been a very busy summer here (hence the quiet blog), though I have been carefully carving out time to work.  These two pieces above I recently finished (and are awaiting varnish) are of Galadria.  I have an idea to make a series of paintings with a particular person in mind.  So far I have two ladies.  Both are inspired by actual Edwardian ladies, but are completely formed from my imagination beyond that initial inspiration.  I am curious to find their stories and see where they will take my work.  For now, I am enjoying sparse landscapes and a limited palette.  Also, I couldn't resist adding in a woodland companion or two.

We are having an early Open Studios this month.  This Thursday, August 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at 1313 Mill St in Salem, Oregon.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Open Studios

Open Studios tonight plus many other fun things to do at 1313 Mill Street in Salem, Oregon, from 5 to 7 p.m.  I will be in my studio with several pieces in progress (new things and ideas, plus going back to some old ideas as well...can't wait to share here...soon).

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Mapping the Garden and Open Studios

"Mapping the Garden: Southwest Corner"
I have recently finished the final Mapping the Garden painting, this time the southwest corner.  Since I have been following the seasons through this series I only had winter left to paint.  We had no snow this winter, so I used a photograph I took maybe a couple of years ago.  I suspect that it was late winter, due to the crocus blooming, but it was too sweet a shot to be too picky about such a detail.

Here is a (sadly poorly lit) shot of the four paintings together:

Very pleased with how they turned out and I learned so much in this project.  In the next couple of days, Bonnie Hull (amazing artist and friend) and I will be hanging our pieces from this joint project at our studios.  There is an Open Studio night this Thursday from 5 to 7 pm, Willamette Heritage 1313 Mill St SE Salem, Oregon.  Hope to see you there.

Next post coming soon, my new project...  Revisiting some ideas from the past and combining them with what I've explored lately (plus, playing with some new materials).  I'm excited to share with you my progress.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Studio Update

I have been moving things around at the studio lately.  I've something new in mind for my work, and I'm transitioning things in anticipation of that work.  More on that the meantime...

I took the big easel back to my home studio and am working off a transportable table easel here (possible sneak peak on the easel there, but it is in progress so who knows...).

These are window clings made from acrylic gel medium, paint, and collage.  Very hard to photograph and get the whole affect.  I made one for each of the windows.

The folders on that shelf, and seen below, are the Hobbit Project folders.  Completely done and filed safely away, down to the last quote.  

(Just so you know, it looks so terribly clean and organized because I took these photos just after Open Studios last Thursday and is still set up from that event.)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New Painting

"Lois" Acrylic on 16 x 16 inch wood panel.
 New painting recently completed, this one is titled "Lois".  She is inspired by a found, vintage photograph.  No name was on the photograph and when I went to title it the name Lois just stuck.

A profile of the painting.

Shown here with a few previous pieces hanging in the hall of the artist studios where I sometimes work.  "Lois" is now in my shop.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Mapping the Garden, Part 3

I have finished the third of four paintings in this series (Mapping the Garden).  This is the Northwest corner:

Northwest Corner (Autumn)
Mapping the Garden is a project I am working with Bonnie Hull in which we are creating a piece of art to represent each corner of our own garden.  I am currently working on the fourth and final corner, hoping to have that finished up in the next week or so.  I ended up painting each corner with a season in mind, perhaps, in part, because it seemed to take me about a season to do each piece.  Here are the other corners:

Northeast Corner (Summer)

Southeast Corner (Spring)

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.)