Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Kür

The Kür
Mixed Media on Paper
15" x 22"

This is the explanation from Wikipedia

Freestyle to music, sometimes known as the Musical Kür or simply Kür is a form of dressage competition where the horses paces ate set to music create a "dance". Movements and figures are choreographed to meet the technical requirements of the particular level with carefully chosen music that highlights the horse/rider combination.

When it is inspired, it is pure magic.
This New Year I hope you are inspired to dance!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Musical Freestyle

Musical Freestyle
Mixed Media on Paper
22" x 15"

There is something truly magical about the Musical Freestyle. In a brilliant performance the horse and rider seem to be carried away by the music, as if the music itself directed the horses footfalls.

This painting offers you a glimpse into the magic.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

In the Frame

"In the Frame"
Oil on Canvas
34" x 34"

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I look forward to hearing from you.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Cantering Chestnut

Cantering Chestnut
Oil on Cradled Artist Board
12" x 16" x 2"

This painting is ready to go to a new home. Painted on cradled artist board and ready to hang on your wall.This painting is ready to go to a new home.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Horse of a Different Color

One of the things I love about printmaking is that I can make lots of variations with the same basic image. It is so exciting to experiment with different media and colors of ink and maker. Adding marks here and removing them there.

I had an intaglio print that I embellished with watercolor, ink, and various papers. I then mounted the on either Rives BFK or Somerset paper that was torn to approximately 11" x 15". The print sizes are all about 5.5" x 10.5" and mounted on a torn sheet of decorative paper that is roughly 11" x 13". All prints are $165.00 each.

Sometime the differences are small, and the prints have the same mood or feel. Other times they are huge. 

Here are some of the results.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Horses Bathed in Violet Light

Amethyst Light I
Mixed Media 
24" x 30"

Amethyst Light II
Mixed Media 
24" x 30"

These are two would be a lovely addition to any room. They were beautifully framed by Hidden Light the Framing Department and are ready to hang. The frames are predominately silver with a warm wash that goes with gold leaf beautifully.

The painting were created with graphite, ink, watercolor, asian papers, and 23 karat gold leaf on 300 lb Saunders Waterford Watercolour paper.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Changing Horses in Mid Stream

Image Size
11" x 11" 
15" x 22" Stonehenge

This is an intaglio print I created last fall. Black ink on a pale limestone paper.

Embellished Intaglio
12" x 12"

The one above is one of the intaglio prints I embellished blue watercolor,silver ink, 23 karat gold leaf, and chiyogami paper. The one below has been embellished with blue watercolor, silver ink, 23 karat gold leaf, and an asian silk screened paper.

I love the possibilities for variations I can achive with these.

It should be noted the first image was photographed by Tom Alexander, the other pictures I took.

Embellished Intaglio
12" x 12"

Friday, August 1, 2014

Sunflowers and Horses

Sunflowers and Chestnuts
Oil on Canvas
20" x 20"

I love the contrast between Sunflowers and the summer sky, and Chestnut or two completes the picture.

Hope you are enjoying the summer as much as I am.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Horses, Horses, Horses!….and little girls.

I had a fabulous time up at The Event at Rebecca Farm, in Kalispell, Montana. Beautiful horses, horse people, dogs, and lots of little girls.

An eleven or twelve year old pony clubbed asked me if I had painted all of the artwork displayed in my booth. I told her I had. She very seriously walked into the middle of my booth and with hands on hips surveyed it while nodding. Solemnly she pronounced "Good job" and left.

A girl of about eight came in with two of her siblings. The looked at the paintings and made comments to each other, grabbed a piece of candy and headed out. The eight year turned and came back. "Did you do all of theses?" she asked. I said yes. She stood still for a moment, through her arm up and exclaimed "Fantastic!" and left.

Those two were the cherries on top of my ice cream sundae of a trip.

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Untitled Intaglio Print
11" x 11"
on 15" x 22" Stonehenge
Edition of Ten

An Intaglio printed on a warm stone colored sheet of Stonehenge. The print is hand pulled with the use of an etching press from an incised zinc plate.

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Oil on Canvas
34" x 34"

I finished this painting earlier this week and had Tom Alexander photograph it for me. He does  beautiful work and I am able to see the painting square inch by square inch it I wish.

There is something bittersweet about finishing a painting. You are ending your involvement with it as an artist, as a creator. The new relationship with it is hard to describe. There is a good deal of satisfaction in gazing at the finished work and a bit of pride, but there is also a edge of sadness, of longing to be involved in the process of painting and creating. 

And so, there is only one cure for this malaise, today I start a new painting.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Untitled Monoprint
11" x 11"
on 15" x 22" Stonehenge

This is an original hand pulled Monoprint. It reminds me of summer here in the high desert. Everything bakes in the sun and then suddenly the rains come. Everything become quite verdant in a matter of hours and we are renewed, refreshed, until next summer.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

New Card

This is the new card! Spring Romp on Fabriano Medioevalis natural white paper, with envelope 8.25" x 6.25". I love this paper, it is made in a factory that has been producing paper since 1264. This paper is hand torn. Makes me long to go to Italy.

                        Here's a better image of Spring Romp

I will have these cards with me at shows for sale at $10.00 each or a package of 6 for $47.50. I am attaching the link.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Mono Serigraphs

Untitled Canter
Mono Serigraph
12" x 9"

I love printmaking. I gives you such a different surface than direct drawing or painting. I am also impatient, and love the immediate  result you have when working on a drawing or painting, no proofing.

Working with silkscreens, watercolor, graphite, and a clear acrylic silkscreen medium I produced this Mono Serigraph. I printed both of these on a piece of Stonehenge that I had toned with watercolor.

Love it when you can combine techniques and media.

Untitled Jumper
Mono Serigraph
15" x 10"

Friday, May 30, 2014

Studio Mayhem

One area of collage materials waiting for divine inspiration.

Oh look, another area of collage materials waiting…..

I would love to blame this on some sort of disorder. I do this because I have an attention deficit disorder. I am dyslexic, so it makes things harder for me to organize. I have whatever……..The truth of the matter is that I allow myself to wander. I wander from painting to painting. I wander from collage to watercolor. I wander from subject to subject, and I like the wandering. My biggest problem, if we want to call it that, is that I am self-indulgent when it comes to the creative process and I LOVE that I am. It leads to some glorious discoveries!

However, every once in awhile I have to clean up the studio. My self-indulgence leads to quite few "blue" verbal out bursts, several bags of garbage, and more than a couple of hours vacuuming, dusting and mopping.

Oh well, at the end of the day I really wouldn't have it any other way.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Studio Time

This is a picture of my studio. It is fairly neat and clean. Well organized and very functional. The skylights provide great light and there is clearly enough room to work on several canvas at the same time.

Over the past several moths I completed the canvases that are visible. As I finished them, I also worked on other pieces of art. While I was working I was creating small areas of disarray. Mind you they were small, but there were several of them. No flat surface has escaped at least one, if not 3 or 4 pile os papers, pencils, tubes of color, etcetera,  etcetera,  etcetera……….

So yesterday in my infinite wisdom I tore everything asunder. Which is why I am sitting here with my cup of coffee delaying the inevitable task of reorganizing, culling, cleaning, and eventually , blessedly, getting back to painting.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Lighting and Living with Artwork.

L'Air du Temps
hanging at
 Hidden Light

L'Air du Temps
photographed at 
Tom Alexander's Studio
40" x 60"
Oil on Canvas

Color is so subjective and reactive. This is the same painting photographed by the same photographer. The top painting was photographed hanging at Hidden Light. The warm wood tones really heat up the color in the painting. Notice how creamy the white of the horse is and how much stronger the yellows and reds appear.

The bottom painting was photographed in the studio and is a very true representation of the original art work. The light in the studio mimics sunlight and allows for the full spectrum of color to be shown.

I love it when someone who has purchased one of my paintings sends me a photograph of it hanging in it's new home. It takes on a different persona, one I feel is a reflection it owners.

Thank you Tom Alexander for always photographing my artwork true to form.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Roses and Violets

Untitled Horse in Roses and Violets
Oil on Canvas
34" x 34"

When I start a painting I have a very general idea of where I am going. No set destination, no completely formed picture in my head. I like it that way, it keeps it interesting for, the not knowing. The discovery of lines, and shapes, and color combinations.

This just such a painting. I knew I wanted the composition to be dynamic, but I had no idea what color this horse would be.

I love a good surprise.

In Search of the Superlative Horse

After months of painting on May 2nd, 2014 "In Search of the Superlative Horse" opened at Hidden Light. Hidden Light is a world renowned photographic studio owned and operated by Corey Allen and Stephen Saunders. They usually do one, maybe two shows a year, so I was excited to have the privilege to show there. It was extra special as I was the first painter the exhibited.

These beautiful photographs are by Tom Alexander of the installation. Enjoy!

The event was fantastic and well attended. I could not have been happier with the way my painting look hanging in this space.

These beautiful photographs are by Tom Alexander of the installation. Enjoy!

The show runs through the month of June.

Hidden Light is located at 427 South San Francisco Street, Flagstaff, Arizona 86001 

Monday, May 19, 2014


Collage on Wood
4" x 4" x 2"

Collage on Wood
4" x 4" x 2"

I love making collages! It is part play, part problem solving, and part hide and seek as I search my studio for the perfect image or element. I am always delighted with them and hope you will be too!

These collages are available. if you are interested and would like more information or to purchase, contact me a

Collage on Wood
6" x 6" x 2"

Sunday, May 18, 2014

and the winner is……..

At my opening of "In Search of the Superlative Horse" we had a raffle for this painting. Hidden Light Framing Department did a fabulous job of framing this watercolor. 

…….and the winner is Sara Jansen.

If you haven't seen the show, it will be up through June at Hidden Light, 427 South San Francisco Street, Flagstaff, AZ . Hours 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday, (928) 527-1847

If you are collector from out of town on the weekend call me (928) 460-0065 and I will see if I can arrange a showing.

Friday, May 16, 2014


Artist Proof
Embellished Intaglio 
12" x 12"

I love embellishment. Adding watercolor, gold leaf, ink, graphite, paper, whatever is at hand, and whatever the piece calls for. It is like putting together a puzzle, or figuring out a mystery. I love solving the riddle of creating a piece of art.

This was just such a riddle. I started out with an intaglio on Rives BFK and started adding watercolor and gouache, then ink. The final flourish, 23 karat Italian gold leaf. I am not sure it is really from Italy, but the name is romantic and adds a air of history for me. Image size is 12" x 12" on larger paper.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Space In Between

Garden Variety Friends
34' x 56"

I was recently asked why there is a gap in between these two panels. I answered the question in this way.

It is a diptych, I like working on two or more canvases and feel the gap is time, distance, and connection.

All true, but something else.

I love the way the eye must skip the gap and make the connection to the other side. I like that it breaks up the larger areas and adds a bit more interest. I like that it makes it easier to ship.

….and still, there is something more. Something that hints at what is going on beneath the surface. It whispers about a past history and a future story. About a place that can't be wrecked by the ravages of time. A glimpse at the edge of that eternal field that is just out of sight beyond the horizon.

I may never fully understand why I prefer to use the gap, the space in between, but it some how comforts me to know that there is more.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Monoprint- Indian Summer

Indian Summer
Ink on Stonehenge Paper
22" x 15"

In the Southwest the summer is marked by brilliant greens and dry browns. We have a tenuous  relationship with the vegetation as it can quickly become fuel for a wild flower. This print reminds me of that relationship.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Unframed verses Framed

"Spring Romp"

When I frame a piece I do it to suit the painting and my taste. I do this because I maybe living with this painting in my home for weeks, months, even years before it catches someones heart and they acquire it.

I have never regretted it once.

"Spring Romp"

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Spring Romp

"Spring Romp"
Mixed Media on Paper
with 23 Karat Gold Leaf
22" x 30"
42" x 34"

I LOVE this painting! It doesn't happen often, but every once in awhile I create a painting that I want to keep. I had this painting framed for the show and quite frankly, I'm smitten.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Official Announcement

ArtWalk Opening May 2nd.

L'Air du Temp
40" x 60"
Oil on Canvas

First Friday Art Walk at Hidden Light, May 2nd from 6:00 - 9:00 pm.

Hidden light in located at 427 South San Francisco Street in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Almost Ready

It will not come as a shock to anyone that knows me, that I routinely work up until the last moment of a deadline. So, if you are planning on coming to my opening at Hidden Light on May 2nd, please do not touch the oil paintings as I am still working on this one.

Reception is from 6:00 - 9:00 pm, May 2nd at Hidden Light, 427 S. San Francisco Street, Flagstaff, Arizona

Hope to see you there.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

Each year I have the best intentions for making cards. Sometimes, season after season. This Easter was no exception.

Happy Easter!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Horse Cloth II

"Horse Cloth"
Monoprint, Chine-collé, and Collage 
on Stonehenge Paper
15" x 22"

and since I liked the first result, I made another.