Sometimes it's such a challenge to leave areas of white on the paper. These WildFlowers are examples of how I used back lighting to create a point of interest and left large areas of paper without paint. I used neutrals and texture to enhance the diffused atmospheric quality of the still lifes. Using Queen Anne's Lace, hydrangeas, lotus pods and forget me knots -- the meanings of these flowers all come together in a Sanctuary of Understanding.
Sanctuary of Understanding - SOLD
Wildflowers that last
Sunflowers at dusk
Early evening sunflowers
Limelight hydrangeas II - SOLD
Limelight Hydrangeas - SOLD
As I drive down the road I sometimes wonder what kind of stories lie inside the walls of each structure I pass. Is it a house of bliss or a house of despair? What makes up the framework? How is their foundation? I wonder if there is any truth to the belief that a house can carry the energy of the people that once lived there. Each element in a landscape has a story to tell, an old building, an abandoned barn, a fallen gate or a broken window.
Barnstead, the place where one lives
Venice Canal house
Twin Palms at the Marina
We were on vacation in the Berkshires during a blizzard. The next day everything looked so amazing -- white and serene. There was a stillness in the air. I had been living in California for so long that I had forgotten what it felt like to actually experience real weather. That night was a full moon. I took photos and and did reference sketches and over the next several months came up with these studies.
Day Light Wood
Meditation Journey - SOLD
Blue Night Cloud - SOLD
When you go out into the woods and you look at the trees, you see all kinds of trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn't get enough light, and so leans in one way, or it never had the chance to grow tall and flourish. You appreciate the tree just the way it is. The minute you get near people, you lose all that. And you're constantly saying 'you're too this, or I'm too that.' That judgemental mind comes in. And so when I paint, I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.
Little Big Oak
Wood Found - SOLD
What we hold close
Wood Lost - SOLD
It Finds You
Take me to the sea. The sea holds many memories for me. I grew up in a small seaside town. Even with all its turbulent energy somehow the sea makes me feel quiet and reflective. This is how awe-inspiring the natural world can be. The sea can change so rapidly with the change of the wind or weather. It's wonderful to go to the water and see it look different everyday. This is how it speaks to to me. As I was gathering my inspirations, notes, sketches and thoughts for my seascape series, my head and heart were filled with these bold, bright, crisp, powerful, and majestic images.
At the Lake House
Take me to the sea
The sea anchors my soul
Gray Day Cloud
Santa Monica South
When I was a child my Mom had a flower garden; I remember it being my most treasured place on the planet. Other than coloring, I only wanted to be there. Her garden was surrounded by a small patch of raspberries and a giant weeping willow tree. That's where we had our swing. My brothers would entertain themselves in the sandbox just beyond the tree, but I had that flower garden all to myself. There was no sharing. My Mom said I was the only one she trusted enough to be alone in her garden, because she knew I loved it as much as she did. I remember looking for her approval as she smiled at me from the kitchen window. I smiled back and thought of how lovely it was to be blissing out among the blossoms and the bees.
Lavender - SOLD
Blue Hydrangeas - NFS
Lilacs - NFS
Poppy - SOLD
Abstract art works in cultural appreciation as we strive to learn, grow and share our worlds. These moments of our present will soon become our past memories.
Dark vs Light and the line where they meet
25" x 35" Watercolor and gouache on paper
Ceremony of the Storm
Our current politics of conflict 35" x 29" Watercolor and gouache on paper
Climb Fly Soar
The ladders that take us upward 29" x 35" Watercolor and gouache on paper