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.