Detailed patterns in glass and silver come alive through the puzzle of imagery mirrored, reflecting a world just outside the painting's edge. The paintings draw the viewer in, closer still to soak in the details of reflected droplets on a peach. Then the eye travels beyond, skyward, reflected blue in the sea of rose tints.
Late Day Sun
Silver is a primary focus in many of my still life paintings. Detailed patterns in silver come alive through the puzzle of imagery mirrored, reflecting a world just outside the painting's edge. The paintings draw the viewer in, closer still to soak in the details of reflected droplets on a peach. Then the eye travels beyond, skyward, reflected blue in the sea of rose tints.
Hydrangeas in Glass Pitcher
More vintage fabrics set off the hydrangeas and pears.
French Lilacs and Berries
A hedonist setting. The french lilacs were cut from a neighbor's tremendous lilac bushes (with permission, of course!) Butterfly embroidered satin drape is not from my vintage fabrics collection.
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Feeling a call to nature by combining the aspects of my indoor settings to the great outdoors. This set up occurred naturally as well - a bit of wind lifted the ribbon onto a branch frozen in ice. The sky, a brilliant blue, is reflected in the ice.
Pink and Blue Hydrangeas
A banner year for hydrangeas, producing intense colors. More vintage fabric to offset the brilliant hues and reflective silver.
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Tulips from Holland, care of my husband, Dave. The brilliant hues couldn't pass without honoring them in watercolor.
Pink Tulips and Grape Hyacinth
Both flowers grown in my garden - the tulip bulbs came directly from Amsterdam during my husband's business trip there years ago. Combined with my grandmother Gladys's berry spoon.
Shining silver reflects the sky and surroundings as the creamy peony petals soak in the sunlight.
Marigolds and Oranges
Black Tulips (That Are Actually Deep Dark Red)
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The pom pom flowers of a cherry tree in my hometown are always spectacular. The branch stems that are so much a part of the lovely bounty each spring are showcased in the glass vas.e
English Tea and Lilacs
China found at an estate sale make a perfect setting for French Lilacs and blackberries.
Small bouquet of Hydrangea just fits in the glass goblet.
Pear and Figs
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Tulips in Glass
Freshly cut glossy pink tulips and hyacinth tumbled together in a glass vase.
Red Parrot Tulips
A yearly delight in my garden. These rich red beauties never fail to bring breathtaking color to spring's doorstep.
Animals speak to us with their eyes. So much can be read about our pets through their expressions. Steady, attentive gaze, lowered lids, and softened ears tell us that our pet is content in our presence. A turn of the head, relaxed muzzle, perked whiskers - these, and more, are 'tells' of personality.
But it is in the eyes where I find the guidance for the painting to reveal that one individual, unique being.
Pricing starts at $80 for a small 6x6 portrait. Please contact me for additional pricing and specifications.
With each portrait, I donate 15% of my commission to an animal charity of your choosing.
Hazelnut Caught in the Act
That look when she's caught red-handed on the couch (or bed)
How can anyone resist a big old dog that can drape herself over the sofa like this girl? She lost one of her great long limbs to bone cancer, and her prognosis at the time of the painting was not good. This portrait was a gift to immortalize the gentle soul that embodied this beautiful creature. She passed away shortly after this painting was presented to her family.
An abused boy who found unconditional and unlimited love in his foster home family. Sadly, due to poor health, Cupid did not live long enough to share his sweetness with a forever family - but his time with his foster mom helped restore his faith in humanity and the kindness humans can bring. He passed over the rainbow bridge knowing he was greatly loved, and that makes all the difference in the world.
Dixie's owner, Ron, told me she was a truly exceptional cat, and his great love for her was evident in her gaze. I liked this pose because it looks like how I envisioned her as she sat in contentment in the presence of the man she was devoted to. Everything I needed to know about her was in that gaze. I can almost hear her purring.....
Hope and Karma. Two great buddies.
A local horse farm brings the sheltered horses to the field in the morning to stretch their legs. There's such beauty in the musculature of their limbs and the fluid flow of their manes and tails.
Caught this boy grazing in his field one day when I happened by....
Small paintings are jewels.
Hazel's Regal Pose
A study of my girl.
Montana is Taylor's home and it suits him. He's cow dog with brilliant markings, gorgeous eyes.
Taylor is a blue heeler with ears and eyes that speak to his keen attention. Simply a beautiful dog. His owner's husband took one look at Taylor and suggested he's a cookie stealer. He does look like he has a bit of mischief in his personality.
A gentle, sweet-tempered horse used for helping horse lovers with physical disabilities.
Brie and Bella
Great Pyrenees sisters, Brie and Bella. Nothing like a challenge of white dogs for my watercolors! These two girls' reference photo was taken as a longshot with most of the details fuzzed out. Being detail-oriented, I needed to take a number of shots to get more details of the girls faces - eye color, expressions, etc are so key in creating my portraits. And then the white fur!
A lot of wiry fur going on here, but tucked inside are the jewel brown eyes.
This sweet thing was fostered from a sad hoarding situation and is currently settling into her forever home. She's shy and has a hard time trusting humans, but she knows she's finally loved and safe.
When I first met Moose, I was visiting his family to talk about painting another cat. Moose planted himself in front of my camera and provided me with so many opportunities to photograph his handsome features that I knew he'd make a great subject! Playful, lovable, curious, adorable, stunning - this pose shows Moose in all his glory!
The story behind this beautiful cat is similar to Puffy's. He was adopted into his forever family from the Stratford Cat Project, and lives the life of beloved king!
This is Abby, a very old and very sweet chihuahua whose devoted family commissioned this portrait as a birthday present for her favorite human. I enjoyed poring over the photos that were given to me to create this portrait - Abby as a puppy, as an old girl, and one where she is dwarfed in the lap of her owner, the son of the woman who commissioned this painting.
Sasha and Minque
Combining two different poses together into one portrait was the challenge with "Sasha and Minque". We loved the pose of Minque with her paws crossed, but Sasha wasn't in that photo, so I combined two photos of Sasha - as a kitten looking right at the camera, and a more recent pose that had her eyes cast downward, looking out of the frame. My goal was to mature Sasha's facial features in keeping with how she looks today, paying special attention to her eyes. The depth of color from kittenhood to maturity is striking, plus she needed an older cat's sage and wisdom. Believe it or not, there is a definite difference through the eyes as they mature that involves not only the color of the iris.
Although I didn't get a chance to meet these two gorgeous cats (as the portrait is to be a surprise gift for Christmas), the provided photos allowed me to get a sense of the bond Sasha and Minque share, as well as reference for their glorious beauty.
Hazelnut, Patron Saint of the Stratford Animal Rescue
The family of these two beauties were the winners of the STARS volunteer group and Animal Control Shelter auction this past fall. The challenge was getting the painting created in a week to make it in time for Christmas (long story on the delay!), but the end result captured the sweetness of this duo.
A very shy rescue from a hoarding situation. She doesn't warm up easily to humans, and watches silently with those incredible green eyes from afar. I suspect she has a bit of Maine Coon in her judging from her beautiful coat and the longest whiskers.
One of five beautiful dogs belonging to my friend, Dave. Echo is a very sweet, extremely alert, an incurable counter surfer.
One of five dogs belonging to my friend, Dave, Ruby is the youngest, an energizer bunny, she pesters other pets constantly when not in someone’s lap>
Henry's family won the S.T.A.R.S. raffle for a portrait, with proceeds going to the benefit the Stratford Animal Shelter volunteer program for animal rescues and adoptions.
Another rescue kitten. I never found out his name, but his curiosity and openness comes through in this face.
A study in horses. The handsome black friesian gets nuzzled by the chestnut.
Found this timid boy at a horse rescue organization. His gorgeous blues eyes shared a wariness for humans that breaks your heart. Fortunately, he was rescued and living a warm, sheltered life with plenty of human kindness.
A Pair of Tweets
Look closely and you'll see a wing around his brother. The look over the shoulder suggests a 'mind your business' stance.
Blue Against Blue
Here is Blue again. He is a gorgeous western paint, but the eyes were too fetching to ignore.
Ozzie is an Australian sheepdog belonging to my friend, Dave. There's an incredible amount of information in this pup's face that I wanted to capture, from his gorgeous markings and eye color, to the quiet, contemplative aura his expression suggests. Dave has several dogs and at the time I photographed them for reference shots, Ozzie was the one that sat still and allowed me to take a number of absolutely beautiful studies of his wonderful face. He seems to be studying me....
How hard is it to lose a best friend? Anyone who has shared their life with a pet knows the intense pain of losing these companions. Their lives are way too short in comparison to our own.
Molly was 14 when she left the world. She was an American Staffordshire - an impressive and noble breed. She was a sweet and devoted companion to her family, and very dear to their hearts. A look into those expressive brown eyes reveals a soft-heart and unconditional love for her people. Molly's cocked ear revealed to me a pup who was fully aware of what was going on around her, even as she set her devoted gaze on her human. I love ears like this on a dog; the kind that fold back like velvety folded wings on the dog's head. It's a sign of repose.... and yet, that perked ear indicates nothing's getting by her.
Beautiful, beautiful girl. In loving memory of Molly.
Poppy and Tunie
These two sleek girls are Poppy and Petunia. Fairly new additions to my brother and his wife, Nancy's household.
Indoor girls, Poppy and Toonie enjoy a good life with big windows showcasing birdfeeder activities all day. They also have outdoor cousins that come to the yard and back porch every day. Ron and Nancy care for several feral cats that live in the area - ensuring medical treatment when needed and protective space from the elements.
Sweetie Pie and Ghostwriter
Sweetie Pie and Ghostwriter belong to my friend, Mary Beth. My first subjects as an artist at age four was my grandfather's horse, Trigger. The beautiful, powerful lines and curves of a horse make them one of my all-time favorite living subjects. The sweet bond between mother and son in this painting was captured in a photo Mary Beth's daughter, Tess took of the day-old colt. Eliminating the original photo's busy background, and focusing the painting on the sweet touch of noses, rich chestnut tones in Sweetie's fur and the contrast of bridle hues help make this an especially striking piece.
Donner and Blitzen
Two gorgeous brothers from Florida. I combined poses and separate reference shots to bring these two together in one painting. The trick was to ensure lighting was similar and the luminous quality in their matching pool-green eyes brought them together in a natural pose. Each reference photo displayed a demeanor of peace that emanated from both boys. Their eyes never changed - relaxed, dozy, contented. The painting's palette purposely reflects that soft peace.