Magic Turtles Swim in Time's River
Magic Turtles Swim in Time's River

This is an 8 x 10 acrylic painting on panel depicting a magical turtle swimming through water rife with minnows and stupefying possibilities.

Cat in the Garden
Cat in the Garden

A watercolor painting of a cat in a garden of fanciful flowers.  I suppose this depicts a flower garden I'd like to have but, in fact, mine has more than its fair share of weeds.  Therein lies the beauty of art!  I can create my own world!

Painted on 140# Arches watercolor paper, this work measures 13 x 20 inches, is unframed and unmatted.

You may have a print of this if you'd like, professionally printed.  See "Information" section for further details.

Crows and Power Poles
Crows and Power Poles

I like painting crows.  They provide a nice contrast in their blackness and size.  I also like power poles and telephone poles owing to their looking like strokes of a thick black pencil against the sky.  Here, I've combined the two, acrylic paint on canvas board.  

16 x 20

Available

$300

Three Bees
Three Bees

Bumblebees always add a certain elan to pictures of flowers.  To me they're like super models though not very tall and rather stout, but they dress snappily and, unlike super models, they can fly!

This is a little 6 x 6 acrylic on canvas painting.

Available.

$52

Moon Over Idaho
Moon Over Idaho

This painting is a small canvas (6 x 6) of night loveliness.  The crescent moon, the gentle hills, a little stream, some curvaceous clouds - I guess I don't need to describe it as the picture is right here!  An imaginary place that I go to when I can't sleep.  There used to be sheep to count, but I believe they've moved onto a different pasture.  

Available.

$52

Magic
Magic

Painted to the prompt of "magic" for a Montana art fest, I've included the state bird (meadowlarks), trout, and sweet pea flowers.

16 x 20 inches

Sold

Available as a giclee.  Contact me for details.

Himmler Sleeps in My Closet
Himmler Sleeps in My Closet

There are times the boxes on my closet shelf configure themselves into faces. I can see this best when I’m tired and not wearing my glasses. In this watercolor painting, it’s Himmler who lies up there amidst the dusty boxes. (I really need to clean that closet, but I’m too busy painting). When I painted this it reminded me of being very young again, fearful of the monsters that lurk in the dark, but here I’ve given Himmler a bow tie to make him look foolish. Art has its many purposes and one of them is we can look at things from another slant,

Watercolor on 300# Arches paper. 22 x 14 unframed, unmatted.

Available. $350

Chicago El
Chicago El

Flying by the buildings at rush hour on the El was a visual (and visceral) thrill for me.  People lived in apartments so close to the tracks that I could read the labels on the shampoo bottles that stood in the windows.  This is my take on riding the El - done in acrylic on canvas panel, 16 x 20.

Available.

Cages
Cages

It occurred to me as I painted this that we, too, live in cages.  The only difference being we choose our cages.   Here, the bird looks out of both, his and ours, onto sand dunes and sun, done in acrylic on canvas.

20 x 16.  

Available.

Drowse
Drowse

Spring light, cut tulips, a drowsing cat.  This acrylic is painted in part from a still life assembled in my office.  I've resurrected Puddy-Pi, the cat, long gone these many years, and added the cheeky bumblebee.    

16 x 20 on canvas panel.

Available.

$300

There Are Lots of Fish in The Sea
There Are Lots of Fish in The Sea

My mother didn't give me much direction when I was young, but she did tell me about the plentitude of fish in the sea many times, referring to my penchant for liking unsuitable boys.  Finally, I've put her words of wisdom (which I now understand to be true) onto canvas.

Acrylic on canvas panel

11 x 14 

Available

State of the Nation
State of the Nation

My depiction of our current regime and their attitude toward women, health, education (among other things).  This image came to me after pondering what would happen when I lost the ability to afford insurance.

Acrylic on 16 x 20 canvas panel

Available

View From My Kitchen
View From My Kitchen

I live in a hemmed-in neighborhood - houses on all sides.  I spend a lot of time gazing out my kitchen window at the rental properties behind us.  Many, many families have come and gone over the years, but I never tire of painting the tableau of naked people in the windows, dogs and cats by the dozens, piles of belongings stacked against the walls, kids of all ages and races.  The whole scenario fascinates me and here I've recorded one small piece of it for posterity.  Acrylic on panel.

16 x 20

Available.

Three Clouds
Three Clouds

A quiet fall day, the only moving things in the landscape are a few crows, three clouds.  The tree is nearly leafless, lending it's copper leaves to color the ground.  Nature is magnificent, subtle, and stark.

8 x 10 x 3/4 canvas

Acrylic

$100

Split Rails and Finch
Split Rails and Finch

I was sitting under the pear trees drinking coffee one morning, just having gotten the tomatoes planted.  This little finch arrived to check out the garden.  The weathered split rail fence was the perfect backdrop to set off his brilliant scarlet feathers.   Watercolor on 140# Canson paper, 9 x 12 inches.  

Available

Unframed

$125

Life Mapped
Life Mapped

A depiction of the strategic way I've gotten through life.  I had a plan and I followed it (here, there, and everywhere).  I went in circles, encountered dead ends, flew off into the great unknown, returned no wiser.  This is what life looked like for me, though much simplified, the colors brightened, the abysses removed.  MIxed media on paper.

15 x 22

$300 

Fish
Fish

The water obscures the fish, shifting and reflecting back the light in its peerless way.  It's no wonder fish gather in the watery depths, the most beautiful of substances, water is.    

16 x 20

Acrylic on panel,  unframed

Available.

$300

Humpty Dumpty Stood in a Box
Humpty Dumpty Stood in a Box

Humpty Dumpty had a sly fox.  Humpty was so pleased with his first portrait with his chicken, he asked that another be done, showing him enjoying his favorite box.  He asked me to point out that he has not fallen once in many years.

Watercolor

8 x 10

Sold - available as a giclee.  See Information.

Tortoise as Mammal
Tortoise as Mammal

This is a mixed media piece (pen and ink and watercolor) on paper. I once was asked if turtles were mammals.  "If they were mammals, how would they feed their young?" I replied.  This painting depicts how that might happen.

11 x 15.5

Available

$225

Radishes
Radishes

One should not only nurture your tender peaches, but your common root vegetables as well.  They all serve their purposes and should not be given short shrift simply because of a lack of sweetness or a bitter tang.

Acrylic on canvas panel, unframed.

16 x 20

$400

Available.  

Dream of Big Fish and Lost Shoes
Dream of Big Fish and Lost Shoes

I have recurrent dreams.  Some of them about big fish and flying and lost shoes.  Some of them about strangely happy people.

It is my hope that as you wander through my website, you see something that makes you smile, makes you wonder, takes you back to your childhood (or the childhood you would have liked to have).

I appreciate you stopping by.  I would love to see your comments.

Feeding the Birds
Feeding the Birds

We feed the birds in little caged containers that swing from the branches.  We refill and refill with a tasty selection of seeds.  The birds arrive, mostly house finches, rarely more exotic diners like gold finches and warblers.  We're a pedestrian diner, attracting the working class birds that live around the corner. They're sloppy eaters, tossing their food to the ground where the tidier juncos (if it's winter) are happy to clean up.  Here's an alternate take on feeding the birds.  

Colored pencil on paper.

23 x 17

Available.

$400 unframed.

Ennui
Ennui

If you've ever been young, you might remember the feeling of waiting for your life to begin, how boring things seemed, and how slowly time moved.  This is how I picture it, in watercolors.

17 x 15 inches

Available.

$350

Dive
Dive

This painting came to me as my youngest daughter got ready to go off into the world and dive into her life.  She was moving to California with no thought as to what dangers lurked out there.  I couldn't stop her, for that's what I did when I was her age.  I painted my worry and thus contained it.  

Watercolor.  11 x 14 on paper, unframed.

Available.

$350

Heavy Seas and Blossoms
Heavy Seas and Blossoms

The voyage of the Owl and the Pussycat is well documented.  In this painting I'm bringing to light the unknown travels of the Crow and the Dung Beetles.  They had rough seas and the boat was small.  They jettisoned their cargo of flowers to save themselves. The crew of a passing trawler came upon the little boat and wrote about it in the ship's journal.  Here, to the best of my abilities, I've provided the only recorded picture of this long ago voyage.  It's been said they washed up on an island where, to this day, their great, great grandchildren flourish.

16 x 20 acrylic on canvas, unframed.

Available.  $350

A Cacophony of Crows and a Cat
A Cacophony of Crows and a Cat

I painted this watercolor  for the "C" page of my upcoming alphabet book.

The crows are bloviating, the cat remains unimpressed.

15 x 17 

Sold

Winter Bird
Winter Bird

One of a series of "winter" cards.  This is done in colored pencil on tinted paper.  Approximately 9 x 10 inches.

Available.

$125

Crows Roosting
Crows Roosting

Our neighbors have a lovely birch tree that attracts flocks of crows. The contrasts between the white branches and the black birds is stunning.  Throw in the city lights, the moon, the gold leaves and it had to be painted.  This is a watercolor on Yupo paper, a synthetic paper that lends itself to some cool effects.  The original is sold, but limited edition prints are available.  

Luck of the Draw
Luck of the Draw

We're all dealt a hand in life.  Some of us draw aces, some of us the two of clubs.  This acrylic on panel depicts the seemingly randomness of our lots in life.  

An 11 x 14 on canvas panel.

Available.

$200

Be Prepared for Hedgehogs and Tigers
Be Prepared for Hedgehogs and Tigers

This watercolor came into being the year my daughter spent in England.  She was experiencing life in a different country, by herself, away from the watchful eye of her mother.  A lot of symbolism here: The tiger symbolizes danger, the umbrella protection, and the flying hedgehogs?  That's up to you.

20 x 16 inches

Available

$400

Gears
Gears

I so love symbolism and metaphor, it's featured in many of my paintings.  In this one, the gears represent the forces beneath our notice that keep the world going,  the planet turning, the sun rising, plants growing.  The Ferris wheel is essentially a man-made gear, one we can ride on and pretend we're in control.  This is a mixed media piece on paper - acrylic, watercolor, ink.

17 x 14 inches

Available

$350

Quintet of Quails in a Quince Tree
Quintet of Quails in a Quince Tree

If you guessed this painting might be one of a set of alphabet paintings, you'd be right!  A watercolor on paper.

16 x 20 inches

Available

$325

Nuthatch in a Nest on a Nut
Nuthatch in a Nest on a Nut

Yet another alphabet page.  This one is done in ink and colored pencil on archival 110# paper, unframed.

 I believe that alphabet books are the gateway "drug" to reading and hold an important place in childhood (and are very fun to create)!

9 x 12 inches

Available.

$125

Mother Earth
Mother Earth

A watercolor painted in honor of Earth Day depicting our lovely planet from a distance, the miracle of it all.  This is a watercolor on Arches 140# paper.

Approximately 14 x 20

Available

$350

Buoyant Pumpkins
Buoyant Pumpkins

So joyful was the day, that even the ugly sweater couldn't detract.

Watercolor on Arches #140  paper, unframed.

13 x 16 inches

Available

$300

Frog Princes to Avoid
Frog Princes to Avoid

This watercolor depicts an age-old problem of falling in love with someone unsuitable.  Here, our frog prince is found walking his cockroaches, oblivious to the lovely princess begging for affection.  

8 x 11

Available

$150

Eve
Eve

Eve is here in the garden holding the forbidden apple, little realizing that she's subjecting generations of women to a lifetime of underwire bras.  

Acrylic on panel

8 x 10

Available

$250

Emerging Artist and Cabbages
Emerging Artist and Cabbages

I kept seeing the term "emerging artist" on many art websites and it made me wonder:  Emerging from what?  Obscurity?  Or gardens, doorways, windows . . . so here you go, my first in a series of emerging artists.

Watercolor on Arches #140 paper.

20 x 15

$325

On the Toad it Snoad
On the Toad it Snoad

Winter sometimes comes early in Idaho.  Here, it's caught Toad unaware.  He woke up to snow in the zinnias whereas yesterday he was happily enjoying the garden.  Watercolor on Arches #140 paper.

16 x 20

Sold

Available in giclee.

Fleeing Van Gogh
Fleeing Van Gogh

A mixed media on paper depicting creatures running and flying over a Van Gogh-esque landscape.  After this was completed, I was pondering what they might be fleeing from and it could only be one person - Van Gogh!

14.5 x 12 inches

Available

$225

Buzz
Buzz

A bee, an ear.  Can you feel the tickle?

Watercolor on 140# Arches paper.

12 x 16 inches

Available

$175

Enigma of Elephants
Enigma of Elephants

Yes, another page from my future alphabet book.  Eggs, elephants, a visual puzzle (enigma).  Here, the elephants have been pressed into service to deliver giant eggs.  To whom, we don't know.  But I suspect there will be a giant custard involved.  Or an omelet.  A watercolor on Arches #140 paper, unframed.

14 x 21 inches

Available

$400

Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Vowel
Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Vowel

Humpty Dumpty had a great fowl.  And so goes the saga of Humpty. He wishes you to know he's more than a fall off a wall.  He has a life, he has friends.  He's not just a victim of gravity.  This is a watercolor portrait commissioned by Humpty of him and his chicken, Fiona.

8 x 10 inches 

Sold - available as a giclee.  See Information.

Humpty Dumpty Sat in a Tree
Humpty Dumpty Sat in a Tree

Humpty Dumpty had a large bee.  Simple as that!  He gets around, you know.  He's not afraid of falling!  Or of being stung!  

Watercolor on Arches 140# paper.

8 x 10

Available

$125

Flora and Melon
Flora and Melon

This image depicts Flora Dora enjoying her favorite food.  Flora Dora is my "spirit animal" who has been kind enough to live with me for almost 25 years.  She is featured in many of my paintings.

This is a mixed media piece, a watercolor digitally altered and hence is available only in a giclee.  

Available. 

See Information section regarding pricing, timelines, etc.

Humpty Dumpty Stood in the Snow
Humpty Dumpty Stood in the Snow

Humpty Dumpty had a large crow.  Here we see Humpty has ventured out during winter!  Someone afraid of falling would not do that.  He loves snow, though is not so fond of slush.

Watercolor on Arches 140# paper.

8 x 10

Available

$125

Three Pigeons
Three Pigeons

An approximately 11 x 14 pastel on paper immortalizing three of the city's most attractive pigeons.  This painting is sold, but if you'd like, a giclee could be had.  See the Information Section.

11 x 14

Sold

What Lurks Beneath
What Lurks Beneath

This watercolor is rife with symbolism.  The bed, in which most of us are conceived, born, and die, represents life.  Here a teen sits on the edge of her life, her quilt still in nursery colors, a high heeled shoe vies for her attention with a school book.  She wants to grow up fast!  She's not aware of being pulled away from innocence.

Watercolor on paper

29 x 21.5 inches

Available

$450

Swimming to Grace
Swimming to Grace

I believe that we all arrive where we need to be in life despite detours and dead ends.  Like salmon returning to their spawning grounds, we too are pulled along, sometimes against very strong currents, unbeknownst as to why or where we'll end up.    This watercolor depicts that journey.

Watercolor on paper

17 x 14.5

Available

$325

Poppies
Poppies

Poppies cheer immoderately, they dare you to be glum.  They pull out all stops with their flamboyant color and energetic growth.  This patch begged to be painted and I couldn't turn them down.  A watercolor on paper.

16 x 20

Available

$400

 

Open Your Hearts
Open Your Hearts

This is a framed acrylic painting, but done in an unusual way.  The size of the painting is 8 x 10.  It is framed in a 10 x 12 inch repurposed frame.  The painting's edge rises above the frame 1/2 inch and is painted in black and white squares.  The frame is a collaged with the following poem (and varnished): 

Open your hearts, knock a hole in the fence.

Call to the dogs, invite the cats.

Serve them bits of butter and little bowls of gravy.

For this, and a pat on the head, you'll have the finest of friends,

such lovely, loyal friends!  Available, $125

Peace
Peace

This 14 x 11 watercolor painting was a gift for a former marine, my daughter's boyfriend.  The marine motto is inscribed around the edge of the guitar.  I've included the dove of peace,  crows for life magic, pink flowers for love. 

Sold

A print may be had, please see "Information."

Sacred and Profane
Sacred and Profane

This pen and ink was created for a contest with the above title as prompt.  Here, I've depicted what I think of as sacred, Nature and all her small miracles; and the profane is symbolized by the billboards promoting profit and excess.  It's drawn on archival 110 pound paper, 9 x 12 inches. 

Available

$200

Dream Machine
Dream Machine

Here's my take on how dreams work depicted in pen and ink on paper.  Approximately 9 x 12.  The original is not sepia toned.

Available

$100

Garden I
Garden I

A pen and ink pointillism drawing on archival 9 x 12 inch paper.  The actual drawing is not sepia toned, but rather black and white.  I had just gotten a new Rotring pen and some lovely smooth paper.  I spent several hours working on this.  Time flew by. 

9 x 12 inches

Available

$100

Uncle Wendell's Two Little Beefs
Uncle Wendell's Two Little Beefs

Meet Uncle Wendell.  I have no real uncles, so I created one.  He's eccentric and would fit right in at the dinner table with my real relatives.  Also the fact that he has "beefs," makes me think he and I have the same ancestors.  My family is notoriously prickly about a lot of stuff.  This painting has sold, but if you would like a print of him to hang amid your family portraits, limited edition giclees are available.  See "Information."

Sold

UncleWendell Dreams of Nuns
UncleWendell Dreams of Nuns

Uncle Wendell is my imaginary uncle.  Here's a watercolor painting of a dream he told me about.  His dreams are almost wilder than my own.   On Arches #140 paper.

19 x 15

Available

$350

Uncle Wendell's Cash Crop
Uncle Wendell's Cash Crop

Uncle Wendell supports himself raising brooms.  He had a good crop this year and plans to take a vacation and see the sights.  He's fond of hayfields,  small hills and train travel.  I hope he sends me a postcard. 

Watercolor on Arches 140# paper

Available

11 x 14

$200

Moths
Moths

This painting is about textures.  The canvas was painted in colors, covered with a flat black chalk paint, scraped to achieve furrows and lines and to reveal the color underneath, and then the moths appeared!

20 x 20 x 1.5

Available.

350

Left Brain, Right Brain
Left Brain, Right Brain

I read the book on how each side of the brain supposedly works. The left brain is logic, the right brain is imagination.  In this painting I depict both sides.  The right side shows a fantasy woman, a mechanical bird; the left a realistic woman and real birds.  The cage contains both, just as our brains contain both ways of looking at things.  This is a watercolor on 140# Arches paper.  

16 x 20

$325

Available

Idaho Eclipsed
Idaho Eclipsed

Here we have Idaho - the mountains, the streams, the trout, the sun blotted out by the moon.  Idaho is the place to be to get a good view of the eclipse in August.  Be there.  Or buy this painting.

Acrylic on panel

16 x 20

Available

$300

Someone's Home
Someone's Home

I saw this trailer one spring day and was smitten by the whimsy of it (and the shadows), the embellishment with wrought iron railings, askew; the particle board shed, the shear geometry of it.  So I painted it.  The person in the shed may or may not have been there, too.  

Acrylic on panel.

20 x 16

Available

$350

Circus with Butterflies
Circus with Butterflies

I so love elephants and circus posters.  Here I created my own in mixed media.  This is a 28 x 18 painting on 140# Arches watercolor paper.  I wanted to juxtapose the large graceful elephants and giant butterflies, a contrast in gravity, one might say.

28 x 18 on paper

Available

$400

Scherzo
Scherzo

I find that music and painting are intrinsically tied, sound and light taken in by eyes and ears. This is a picture of what a scherzo sounds like (to me). The notes curve around vintage sheet music, a bird lends it’s own sound. It’s a mixed media collage, paper, watercolor and ink.

Finally Spring
Finally Spring

This is a watercolor painting on Arches 140# paper of the cheerful tulips who live across the street and wave to me every day. I enjoyed them so much I put them on paper. I could hear them clapping their approval. On Arches 140# paper.

Magic Turtles Swim in Time's River
Cat in the Garden
Crows and Power Poles
Three Bees
Moon Over Idaho
Magic
Himmler Sleeps in My Closet
Chicago El
Cages
Drowse
There Are Lots of Fish in The Sea
State of the Nation
View From My Kitchen
Three Clouds
Split Rails and Finch
Life Mapped
Fish
Humpty Dumpty Stood in a Box
Tortoise as Mammal
Radishes
Dream of Big Fish and Lost Shoes
Feeding the Birds
Ennui
Dive
Heavy Seas and Blossoms
A Cacophony of Crows and a Cat
Winter Bird
Crows Roosting
Luck of the Draw
Be Prepared for Hedgehogs and Tigers
Gears
Quintet of Quails in a Quince Tree
Nuthatch in a Nest on a Nut
Mother Earth
Buoyant Pumpkins
Frog Princes to Avoid
Eve
Emerging Artist and Cabbages
On the Toad it Snoad
Fleeing Van Gogh
Buzz
Enigma of Elephants
Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Vowel
Humpty Dumpty Sat in a Tree
Flora and Melon
Humpty Dumpty Stood in the Snow
Three Pigeons
What Lurks Beneath
Swimming to Grace
Poppies
Open Your Hearts
Peace
Sacred and Profane
Dream Machine
Garden I
Uncle Wendell's Two Little Beefs
UncleWendell Dreams of Nuns
Uncle Wendell's Cash Crop
Moths
Left Brain, Right Brain
Idaho Eclipsed
Someone's Home
Circus with Butterflies
Scherzo
Finally Spring
Magic Turtles Swim in Time's River

This is an 8 x 10 acrylic painting on panel depicting a magical turtle swimming through water rife with minnows and stupefying possibilities.

Cat in the Garden

A watercolor painting of a cat in a garden of fanciful flowers.  I suppose this depicts a flower garden I'd like to have but, in fact, mine has more than its fair share of weeds.  Therein lies the beauty of art!  I can create my own world!

Painted on 140# Arches watercolor paper, this work measures 13 x 20 inches, is unframed and unmatted.

You may have a print of this if you'd like, professionally printed.  See "Information" section for further details.

Crows and Power Poles

I like painting crows.  They provide a nice contrast in their blackness and size.  I also like power poles and telephone poles owing to their looking like strokes of a thick black pencil against the sky.  Here, I've combined the two, acrylic paint on canvas board.  

16 x 20

Available

$300

Three Bees

Bumblebees always add a certain elan to pictures of flowers.  To me they're like super models though not very tall and rather stout, but they dress snappily and, unlike super models, they can fly!

This is a little 6 x 6 acrylic on canvas painting.

Available.

$52

Moon Over Idaho

This painting is a small canvas (6 x 6) of night loveliness.  The crescent moon, the gentle hills, a little stream, some curvaceous clouds - I guess I don't need to describe it as the picture is right here!  An imaginary place that I go to when I can't sleep.  There used to be sheep to count, but I believe they've moved onto a different pasture.  

Available.

$52

Magic

Painted to the prompt of "magic" for a Montana art fest, I've included the state bird (meadowlarks), trout, and sweet pea flowers.

16 x 20 inches

Sold

Available as a giclee.  Contact me for details.

Himmler Sleeps in My Closet

There are times the boxes on my closet shelf configure themselves into faces. I can see this best when I’m tired and not wearing my glasses. In this watercolor painting, it’s Himmler who lies up there amidst the dusty boxes. (I really need to clean that closet, but I’m too busy painting). When I painted this it reminded me of being very young again, fearful of the monsters that lurk in the dark, but here I’ve given Himmler a bow tie to make him look foolish. Art has its many purposes and one of them is we can look at things from another slant,

Watercolor on 300# Arches paper. 22 x 14 unframed, unmatted.

Available. $350

Chicago El

Flying by the buildings at rush hour on the El was a visual (and visceral) thrill for me.  People lived in apartments so close to the tracks that I could read the labels on the shampoo bottles that stood in the windows.  This is my take on riding the El - done in acrylic on canvas panel, 16 x 20.

Available.

Cages

It occurred to me as I painted this that we, too, live in cages.  The only difference being we choose our cages.   Here, the bird looks out of both, his and ours, onto sand dunes and sun, done in acrylic on canvas.

20 x 16.  

Available.

Drowse

Spring light, cut tulips, a drowsing cat.  This acrylic is painted in part from a still life assembled in my office.  I've resurrected Puddy-Pi, the cat, long gone these many years, and added the cheeky bumblebee.    

16 x 20 on canvas panel.

Available.

$300

There Are Lots of Fish in The Sea

My mother didn't give me much direction when I was young, but she did tell me about the plentitude of fish in the sea many times, referring to my penchant for liking unsuitable boys.  Finally, I've put her words of wisdom (which I now understand to be true) onto canvas.

Acrylic on canvas panel

11 x 14 

Available

State of the Nation

My depiction of our current regime and their attitude toward women, health, education (among other things).  This image came to me after pondering what would happen when I lost the ability to afford insurance.

Acrylic on 16 x 20 canvas panel

Available

View From My Kitchen

I live in a hemmed-in neighborhood - houses on all sides.  I spend a lot of time gazing out my kitchen window at the rental properties behind us.  Many, many families have come and gone over the years, but I never tire of painting the tableau of naked people in the windows, dogs and cats by the dozens, piles of belongings stacked against the walls, kids of all ages and races.  The whole scenario fascinates me and here I've recorded one small piece of it for posterity.  Acrylic on panel.

16 x 20

Available.

Three Clouds

A quiet fall day, the only moving things in the landscape are a few crows, three clouds.  The tree is nearly leafless, lending it's copper leaves to color the ground.  Nature is magnificent, subtle, and stark.

8 x 10 x 3/4 canvas

Acrylic

$100

Split Rails and Finch

I was sitting under the pear trees drinking coffee one morning, just having gotten the tomatoes planted.  This little finch arrived to check out the garden.  The weathered split rail fence was the perfect backdrop to set off his brilliant scarlet feathers.   Watercolor on 140# Canson paper, 9 x 12 inches.  

Available

Unframed

$125

Life Mapped

A depiction of the strategic way I've gotten through life.  I had a plan and I followed it (here, there, and everywhere).  I went in circles, encountered dead ends, flew off into the great unknown, returned no wiser.  This is what life looked like for me, though much simplified, the colors brightened, the abysses removed.  MIxed media on paper.

15 x 22

$300 

Fish

The water obscures the fish, shifting and reflecting back the light in its peerless way.  It's no wonder fish gather in the watery depths, the most beautiful of substances, water is.    

16 x 20

Acrylic on panel,  unframed

Available.

$300

Humpty Dumpty Stood in a Box

Humpty Dumpty had a sly fox.  Humpty was so pleased with his first portrait with his chicken, he asked that another be done, showing him enjoying his favorite box.  He asked me to point out that he has not fallen once in many years.

Watercolor

8 x 10

Sold - available as a giclee.  See Information.

Tortoise as Mammal

This is a mixed media piece (pen and ink and watercolor) on paper. I once was asked if turtles were mammals.  "If they were mammals, how would they feed their young?" I replied.  This painting depicts how that might happen.

11 x 15.5

Available

$225

Radishes

One should not only nurture your tender peaches, but your common root vegetables as well.  They all serve their purposes and should not be given short shrift simply because of a lack of sweetness or a bitter tang.

Acrylic on canvas panel, unframed.

16 x 20

$400

Available.  

Dream of Big Fish and Lost Shoes

I have recurrent dreams.  Some of them about big fish and flying and lost shoes.  Some of them about strangely happy people.

It is my hope that as you wander through my website, you see something that makes you smile, makes you wonder, takes you back to your childhood (or the childhood you would have liked to have).

I appreciate you stopping by.  I would love to see your comments.

Feeding the Birds

We feed the birds in little caged containers that swing from the branches.  We refill and refill with a tasty selection of seeds.  The birds arrive, mostly house finches, rarely more exotic diners like gold finches and warblers.  We're a pedestrian diner, attracting the working class birds that live around the corner. They're sloppy eaters, tossing their food to the ground where the tidier juncos (if it's winter) are happy to clean up.  Here's an alternate take on feeding the birds.  

Colored pencil on paper.

23 x 17

Available.

$400 unframed.

Ennui

If you've ever been young, you might remember the feeling of waiting for your life to begin, how boring things seemed, and how slowly time moved.  This is how I picture it, in watercolors.

17 x 15 inches

Available.

$350

Dive

This painting came to me as my youngest daughter got ready to go off into the world and dive into her life.  She was moving to California with no thought as to what dangers lurked out there.  I couldn't stop her, for that's what I did when I was her age.  I painted my worry and thus contained it.  

Watercolor.  11 x 14 on paper, unframed.

Available.

$350

Heavy Seas and Blossoms

The voyage of the Owl and the Pussycat is well documented.  In this painting I'm bringing to light the unknown travels of the Crow and the Dung Beetles.  They had rough seas and the boat was small.  They jettisoned their cargo of flowers to save themselves. The crew of a passing trawler came upon the little boat and wrote about it in the ship's journal.  Here, to the best of my abilities, I've provided the only recorded picture of this long ago voyage.  It's been said they washed up on an island where, to this day, their great, great grandchildren flourish.

16 x 20 acrylic on canvas, unframed.

Available.  $350

A Cacophony of Crows and a Cat

I painted this watercolor  for the "C" page of my upcoming alphabet book.

The crows are bloviating, the cat remains unimpressed.

15 x 17 

Sold

Winter Bird

One of a series of "winter" cards.  This is done in colored pencil on tinted paper.  Approximately 9 x 10 inches.

Available.

$125

Crows Roosting

Our neighbors have a lovely birch tree that attracts flocks of crows. The contrasts between the white branches and the black birds is stunning.  Throw in the city lights, the moon, the gold leaves and it had to be painted.  This is a watercolor on Yupo paper, a synthetic paper that lends itself to some cool effects.  The original is sold, but limited edition prints are available.  

Luck of the Draw

We're all dealt a hand in life.  Some of us draw aces, some of us the two of clubs.  This acrylic on panel depicts the seemingly randomness of our lots in life.  

An 11 x 14 on canvas panel.

Available.

$200

Be Prepared for Hedgehogs and Tigers

This watercolor came into being the year my daughter spent in England.  She was experiencing life in a different country, by herself, away from the watchful eye of her mother.  A lot of symbolism here: The tiger symbolizes danger, the umbrella protection, and the flying hedgehogs?  That's up to you.

20 x 16 inches

Available

$400

Gears

I so love symbolism and metaphor, it's featured in many of my paintings.  In this one, the gears represent the forces beneath our notice that keep the world going,  the planet turning, the sun rising, plants growing.  The Ferris wheel is essentially a man-made gear, one we can ride on and pretend we're in control.  This is a mixed media piece on paper - acrylic, watercolor, ink.

17 x 14 inches

Available

$350

Quintet of Quails in a Quince Tree

If you guessed this painting might be one of a set of alphabet paintings, you'd be right!  A watercolor on paper.

16 x 20 inches

Available

$325

Nuthatch in a Nest on a Nut

Yet another alphabet page.  This one is done in ink and colored pencil on archival 110# paper, unframed.

 I believe that alphabet books are the gateway "drug" to reading and hold an important place in childhood (and are very fun to create)!

9 x 12 inches

Available.

$125

Mother Earth

A watercolor painted in honor of Earth Day depicting our lovely planet from a distance, the miracle of it all.  This is a watercolor on Arches 140# paper.

Approximately 14 x 20

Available

$350

Buoyant Pumpkins

So joyful was the day, that even the ugly sweater couldn't detract.

Watercolor on Arches #140  paper, unframed.

13 x 16 inches

Available

$300

Frog Princes to Avoid

This watercolor depicts an age-old problem of falling in love with someone unsuitable.  Here, our frog prince is found walking his cockroaches, oblivious to the lovely princess begging for affection.  

8 x 11

Available

$150

Eve

Eve is here in the garden holding the forbidden apple, little realizing that she's subjecting generations of women to a lifetime of underwire bras.  

Acrylic on panel

8 x 10

Available

$250

Emerging Artist and Cabbages

I kept seeing the term "emerging artist" on many art websites and it made me wonder:  Emerging from what?  Obscurity?  Or gardens, doorways, windows . . . so here you go, my first in a series of emerging artists.

Watercolor on Arches #140 paper.

20 x 15

$325

On the Toad it Snoad

Winter sometimes comes early in Idaho.  Here, it's caught Toad unaware.  He woke up to snow in the zinnias whereas yesterday he was happily enjoying the garden.  Watercolor on Arches #140 paper.

16 x 20

Sold

Available in giclee.

Fleeing Van Gogh

A mixed media on paper depicting creatures running and flying over a Van Gogh-esque landscape.  After this was completed, I was pondering what they might be fleeing from and it could only be one person - Van Gogh!

14.5 x 12 inches

Available

$225

Buzz

A bee, an ear.  Can you feel the tickle?

Watercolor on 140# Arches paper.

12 x 16 inches

Available

$175

Enigma of Elephants

Yes, another page from my future alphabet book.  Eggs, elephants, a visual puzzle (enigma).  Here, the elephants have been pressed into service to deliver giant eggs.  To whom, we don't know.  But I suspect there will be a giant custard involved.  Or an omelet.  A watercolor on Arches #140 paper, unframed.

14 x 21 inches

Available

$400

Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Vowel

Humpty Dumpty had a great fowl.  And so goes the saga of Humpty. He wishes you to know he's more than a fall off a wall.  He has a life, he has friends.  He's not just a victim of gravity.  This is a watercolor portrait commissioned by Humpty of him and his chicken, Fiona.

8 x 10 inches 

Sold - available as a giclee.  See Information.

Humpty Dumpty Sat in a Tree

Humpty Dumpty had a large bee.  Simple as that!  He gets around, you know.  He's not afraid of falling!  Or of being stung!  

Watercolor on Arches 140# paper.

8 x 10

Available

$125

Flora and Melon

This image depicts Flora Dora enjoying her favorite food.  Flora Dora is my "spirit animal" who has been kind enough to live with me for almost 25 years.  She is featured in many of my paintings.

This is a mixed media piece, a watercolor digitally altered and hence is available only in a giclee.  

Available. 

See Information section regarding pricing, timelines, etc.

Humpty Dumpty Stood in the Snow

Humpty Dumpty had a large crow.  Here we see Humpty has ventured out during winter!  Someone afraid of falling would not do that.  He loves snow, though is not so fond of slush.

Watercolor on Arches 140# paper.

8 x 10

Available

$125

Three Pigeons

An approximately 11 x 14 pastel on paper immortalizing three of the city's most attractive pigeons.  This painting is sold, but if you'd like, a giclee could be had.  See the Information Section.

11 x 14

Sold

What Lurks Beneath

This watercolor is rife with symbolism.  The bed, in which most of us are conceived, born, and die, represents life.  Here a teen sits on the edge of her life, her quilt still in nursery colors, a high heeled shoe vies for her attention with a school book.  She wants to grow up fast!  She's not aware of being pulled away from innocence.

Watercolor on paper

29 x 21.5 inches

Available

$450

Swimming to Grace

I believe that we all arrive where we need to be in life despite detours and dead ends.  Like salmon returning to their spawning grounds, we too are pulled along, sometimes against very strong currents, unbeknownst as to why or where we'll end up.    This watercolor depicts that journey.

Watercolor on paper

17 x 14.5

Available

$325

Poppies

Poppies cheer immoderately, they dare you to be glum.  They pull out all stops with their flamboyant color and energetic growth.  This patch begged to be painted and I couldn't turn them down.  A watercolor on paper.

16 x 20

Available

$400

 

Open Your Hearts

This is a framed acrylic painting, but done in an unusual way.  The size of the painting is 8 x 10.  It is framed in a 10 x 12 inch repurposed frame.  The painting's edge rises above the frame 1/2 inch and is painted in black and white squares.  The frame is a collaged with the following poem (and varnished): 

Open your hearts, knock a hole in the fence.

Call to the dogs, invite the cats.

Serve them bits of butter and little bowls of gravy.

For this, and a pat on the head, you'll have the finest of friends,

such lovely, loyal friends!  Available, $125

Peace

This 14 x 11 watercolor painting was a gift for a former marine, my daughter's boyfriend.  The marine motto is inscribed around the edge of the guitar.  I've included the dove of peace,  crows for life magic, pink flowers for love. 

Sold

A print may be had, please see "Information."

Sacred and Profane

This pen and ink was created for a contest with the above title as prompt.  Here, I've depicted what I think of as sacred, Nature and all her small miracles; and the profane is symbolized by the billboards promoting profit and excess.  It's drawn on archival 110 pound paper, 9 x 12 inches. 

Available

$200

Dream Machine

Here's my take on how dreams work depicted in pen and ink on paper.  Approximately 9 x 12.  The original is not sepia toned.

Available

$100

Garden I

A pen and ink pointillism drawing on archival 9 x 12 inch paper.  The actual drawing is not sepia toned, but rather black and white.  I had just gotten a new Rotring pen and some lovely smooth paper.  I spent several hours working on this.  Time flew by. 

9 x 12 inches

Available

$100

Uncle Wendell's Two Little Beefs

Meet Uncle Wendell.  I have no real uncles, so I created one.  He's eccentric and would fit right in at the dinner table with my real relatives.  Also the fact that he has "beefs," makes me think he and I have the same ancestors.  My family is notoriously prickly about a lot of stuff.  This painting has sold, but if you would like a print of him to hang amid your family portraits, limited edition giclees are available.  See "Information."

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UncleWendell Dreams of Nuns

Uncle Wendell is my imaginary uncle.  Here's a watercolor painting of a dream he told me about.  His dreams are almost wilder than my own.   On Arches #140 paper.

19 x 15

Available

$350

Uncle Wendell's Cash Crop

Uncle Wendell supports himself raising brooms.  He had a good crop this year and plans to take a vacation and see the sights.  He's fond of hayfields,  small hills and train travel.  I hope he sends me a postcard. 

Watercolor on Arches 140# paper

Available

11 x 14

$200

Moths

This painting is about textures.  The canvas was painted in colors, covered with a flat black chalk paint, scraped to achieve furrows and lines and to reveal the color underneath, and then the moths appeared!

20 x 20 x 1.5

Available.

350

Left Brain, Right Brain

I read the book on how each side of the brain supposedly works. The left brain is logic, the right brain is imagination.  In this painting I depict both sides.  The right side shows a fantasy woman, a mechanical bird; the left a realistic woman and real birds.  The cage contains both, just as our brains contain both ways of looking at things.  This is a watercolor on 140# Arches paper.  

16 x 20

$325

Available

Idaho Eclipsed

Here we have Idaho - the mountains, the streams, the trout, the sun blotted out by the moon.  Idaho is the place to be to get a good view of the eclipse in August.  Be there.  Or buy this painting.

Acrylic on panel

16 x 20

Available

$300

Someone's Home

I saw this trailer one spring day and was smitten by the whimsy of it (and the shadows), the embellishment with wrought iron railings, askew; the particle board shed, the shear geometry of it.  So I painted it.  The person in the shed may or may not have been there, too.  

Acrylic on panel.

20 x 16

Available

$350

Circus with Butterflies

I so love elephants and circus posters.  Here I created my own in mixed media.  This is a 28 x 18 painting on 140# Arches watercolor paper.  I wanted to juxtapose the large graceful elephants and giant butterflies, a contrast in gravity, one might say.

28 x 18 on paper

Available

$400

Scherzo

I find that music and painting are intrinsically tied, sound and light taken in by eyes and ears. This is a picture of what a scherzo sounds like (to me). The notes curve around vintage sheet music, a bird lends it’s own sound. It’s a mixed media collage, paper, watercolor and ink.

Finally Spring

This is a watercolor painting on Arches 140# paper of the cheerful tulips who live across the street and wave to me every day. I enjoyed them so much I put them on paper. I could hear them clapping their approval. On Arches 140# paper.

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