Saturday, February 22, 2014

"The Fisherman"

"The Fisherman" is my abstract way of expressing a fisherman from SpringMaid Pier at Myrtle Beach. He was a mysterious man who really never looked up from putting his hook on his line during a fishing experience. The pier is located at the SpringMaid Watermedia Resort where I take a lot of my classes.

Saturday, November 2, 2013


" Awakening" is a 32x40' framed and matted. Won 1st. place award in mixed media this month at the Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC)art show. It can be seen at the "Little Gallery" at Bridgwater Plaza, SML

Saturday, October 12, 2013

"Gentle Power"

"Gentle Power" best describes my understanding of horses. To be such a large powerful animal and be so gentle is amazing to me. To watch these powerful animals work with children with autism, suffering with cancer or other limitations is incredible. It is hard to capture the feelings in words, but this painting is an attempt to capture it in a painting, my love of horses.

" In Pursuit of Happiness"

"In Pursuit of Happiness" was part of a reception last night at Goose Creek Gallery in Bedford. Husband, Dave, was very pleased to be able to hang the piece due to the unusual presentation. The collage of the photo from a beach trip in which we were enjoying horses running on the beach, was added to the travel theme. The collaged map of the Santa Fe area along with eastern horses signify the distance between me and my grandchildren and my personal pursuit of happiness..

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

"The Village"

The Village, (16x20) has been an ongoing project with encaustics and copper. An artist friend suggested pieces of collage for value changes and then I added the copper pieces later. I love working on city scenes and find it challenging to try it in encaustics. Sold

Touch of Copper

I have fun playing with copper pieces as part of the design in my encaustics. I am not sure if I am finished with this one but like it so far. It is easy to get carried away with the embellishments. The 16x20" size is a good one for me to experiment with. Sold

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

"Lake Scene"

"Lake Scene" was inspired by a boat ride on Smith Mountain Lake, Sunday afternoon with some friends. I used some water soluble oil paints that I have had a while and was afraid they had dried up. They are fine after a couple of years of being idle. I had fun playing around with this painting today and hopefully will take some time to try some more. Painting over an old acrylic canvas was pretty empowering for a change of pace.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

"Myrtle Beach Horses"

Watercolor Batik is fun to play with. This painting was a photo I took at Springmaid beach. While taking a class there last fall, hundreds of horses were running unexpectedly on the beach outside our class rooms. I left the classroom with my camera to capture the moment. Later at home, I ran the photo off on my printer onto rice paper, on which I later used pen & ink, watercolor, & wax to finish it off.

"Peggy's Cove"

This watercolor batik is from the lighthouse at Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia. Dave & I have a lot of stories from this drive but one stands out in my mind. He was taking photos from the distance when he got too close to the edge of the rocks and started slipping towards the rough ocean waves breaking on those rocks. Our hands met just in time to pull him to safety. The lighthouse is now a post office in this most beautiful spot.

"Tree of Life"

Watercolor on rice paper with pen and ink. Trees are always very meaningful to me as I struggle to express the feelings of being connected with our earth through my art. I never am satisfied with my trees but continue to try in different ways to capture the energy.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


The Iris has been painted everyway imaginable, but I like this effect for something different.

" Daiseys"

Watercolor Batik can be used on anything. This sketch got carried away with the glazing after the technique was used and created some muddy passes. I think I like them better without the glaze.

"Carolina Steeple"

Making numerous trips to the Carolina coast to visit family and take classes at Springmaid, we pass some pretty historic churches. This steeple was among them on our last trip. I am having fun with some quick ink sketches on rice paper. I see them as watercolor batik because after I sketch, I cover them with hot wax, wrinkle them up, paint some more, then iron them out. I have a series of these that I painted for the local sidewalk art show.


Sometimes I can see a little village atop the range. It reminds me of the long roads around New Mexico heading across the "High Road from Santa Fe.

Monday, April 22, 2013

"Earth Day"

My husband, Dave, has the honor (well deserved) to be a guest artist / potter for the 13th. Annual Open Studios tour this coming weekend in Roanoke. He will show and sell his beautiful raku pottery in the 202 Market Square Gallery with Diane Patton. He enjoys firing his pottery almost as much as talking with interested people about how he does his raku. The map for the tour is on

The Dress

This is the other assemblage not yet completed from the "Outside the Box" workshop this past weekend. Nancy Stark is a very generous teacher as well as a wonderful artist. The dress is the Santa Fe photo that I have used several ways in my paintings. This time I used a photo transfer technique for the box which worked okay but lost the details. I may decide to go back in and paint some with watercolor & ink.

" Meli & Sophia "

This is a work in progress from a workshop this past weekend in Bedford. Nancy Stark taught us some techniques for assembling found objects- "Outside the Box". I am working on how to incooperate the techniques into my other works of art and having fun.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Turquoise Reflections

I am so proud that Turquoise Reflections, 32"x40", framed and matted, was accepted into the Olin Gallery at Roanoke College for the 2013 Biennial Juried Exhibition. The reception will be on March 15th. at the gallery. Sold

The Cliffs

Gerald Brommer gave such an excellent demo using collage with cities on cliffs that I had to try one. This one just makes me want to do more...My trip to Greece is postponed but I am still looking forward to seeing the real cities on the cliffs.

Springmaid Model

This collage is a good memory from my class a year ago with Mary Whyte. I took the week long class at Springmaid Watermedia Resort in Myrtle Beach last November. I ran across the class painting I did from the live model and decided to see what it would look like dressed up in a collage. I love collage in that you can re-address old paintings this way.

Purple Lace

Purple Lace is a small 12"x12" collage using heavy paper, cheese cloth, & lace. It reminds me of a piece of an old antique building.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Peggy's Cove

One of our road trips ended up in Nova Scotia at this light house on Peggy's Cove. It is now a post office for that community. The rocks are awesome, which had us climbing all over the place. I had to help Dave back to safety at one point, but the experience was unforgetable.


On a sunlite day among the aspens in Colorado..a horse is tied behind her but her dog is snuggled up on her lap while she reads...

New Colt #2

I wanted to see how my sketch of Jim's new colt would look with collage.

New Colt

I was excited to meet Jim's new colt on one of our visits to his ranch in Colorado. The new born seemed so comfortable snuggling up with Jim for my photo. A recent class with Alex Powers encouraged me to do more sketching, which I love.

Big Brother's Violin

Little sister had watched her brother play the violin for a long time and was not supposed to handle it without permission.
Christmas morning when everyone was busy, she picked it up and started playing it. I was amazed at how well she played at 5 years old.

Hotel Roanoke

I recently took a class from Gerald Brommer, a world class collage teacher. I am doing a series of collages/ watercolors of which this is the first. Sold

Friday, July 6, 2012

"Protection", 32x40",  is a result of an experimental painting using pours of inks, watercolors, and acrylics. I am working on improving my line work to define my compositions and add more contrast. The fish just appeared and nestled up to the top edge a little close. This resulted in having to frame it "floating" - meaning the mat could not cover the edges. All edges are seen and the mat is around the outside. It won the Blue Ribbon, 1st. place award for Mixed Media at the recent Westlake Library Juried Show at Smith Mountain Lake. Sold

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sidewalk Art Show Award

Roanoke's 54th. Annual Sidewalk Art Show was this past weekend, which we participated in for the first time. We had great feedback and sales, saw a lot of old friends. Best of all, I recieved one of 15 awards given out for 112 artists. My "body of works" recieved the Mixed Media Award which is the greatest honor I could ever wish for..We also recieved several invites from Galleries and for Featured Artists spots. Dave presented my art in the most professional way and continues to be my best supporter. His pottery also recieved great reviews.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

This is an oil painting of a popular church in Salem Va. It measures 16" x 20" and is  displayed in an illusion frame. It was displayed in the Salem Museum show in June.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


"Dust", 24x31" is another pouring that had a mind of it's own. Picasso said that "art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life". I don't usually like to use stamps or collage since the watercolor & inks are so interesting without the additions, but I love this stamp. I probably got a little carried away because I love the quote and ended up stamping this painting in numerous places. Therefore, "Dust" is it's name.

"Walking Tall"

"Walking Tall", 14x18",  is a small pouring that just happened. I love the process of watching the different colors of ink run together on a white sheet of paper...after it dries, the work begins in trying to pull together the composition & design needed to create a piece of art. A man appeared in this pour that I couldn't get rid of or work around. He looks a little like Elvis, so I let him stay. This reminded me how much fun it is to paint.

"High Road"

"High Road" is a small 16x16" watermedia piece that reminds me of the High Road to Taos in New Mexico. The colors and the feelings of that Southwestern area are so unique. I feel so at home there even though I have never lived in that area. I think it is due to my native American heritage and my love of the people and their values. This painting was part of the Signature 9 Gallery for the month of March. Sold


"Rememberance" is the Santa Fe dress I painted once before in watercolor- only this time it is done as an encaustic painting on a wooden 12x12 cradle board.The wax layers give it a totally different look and feel. This was one of the paintings at "The Little Gallery" here at Smith Mountain Lake.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Grainery Show

My husband, Dave's pottery was on display at the Grainery in Rocky Mount for our featured artist show for the month of Feb. 2012. The RAKU pottery along with the abstract paintings made for a really nice show. We are pretty proud of our joint efforts.


"Anasazi", 32x40", is one of my award winning abstracts that I refer to as my best painting so far. It was recently retired / donated to my minister for his new office.

Gentle Touch

"Gentle Touch" won first place in mixed media at the "Best Pick" show that the Bald Knob art group holds each year. This painting measures 20"x24" matted and framed. Sold


"Beyond", 20x24" matted and framed is quiet a conversation piece. Viewers are so creative in discribing what this piece is expressing. 


"Contrast"  is 32"x40" matted and framed. The effect is a little softer, but the contrast is appealing. 


 "Strength" is another 32x40" abstract painting on BK Reeves paper. Acrylic and tech inks are used along with watercolors to achieve the bold colors. I am working on getting the color combinations and expanding my palette.

Secret Garden

"Secret Garden" is 32"x40" matted and framed. I really like the "Monet" feel that I got in this pouring.


"Awakening" measures 32"x40" matted and framed. Sorry for the off center photo.  

Monday, October 31, 2011

"Lost and Found" ( encaustic)

This encaustic sold at our show last week at the Grainery gallery in Rocky Mount. It is 24x36", abstract encaustic on a wood panel. I am hoping to stir the interest in encaustic paintings through showing my pieces. They are all so different and beautiful as well as long lasting. When I want more shine, I buff my encaustics with panty hose to refresh them. This one was fun to create.

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Potter (collage)

I got this idea from a pottery show we participated in with the Blue Ridge Pottery Guild a while ago. A fellow potter came in dressed in her "Eastern" outfit to sell her somewhat oriental pottery at her assigned booth. Her attitude is very calm and "Zen like" which I wanted to capture in this painting. I don't usually collage but do think this background worked well with my painted figure. She loved it and bought it on the spot.
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Monday, October 3, 2011

"Rhythm" ( encaustic)

This encaustic painting was done on a panel of wood 24X36" large.  It is one of my largest and favorite encaustics so far. I am not sure it is finished yet but the good thing about wax is that it is easily reworked. It is priced at $525.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

"Entry" ( encaustic)

"Entry" , 8x10",  is a good example of  "wax doing it's own thing". I use oil paints to create the images and colors after priming the board with beeswax mixed with damar.  I love giving up the control and patiently waiting to see what will happen within the layers of wax. Mixing oil paints with wax is sensitive because the linseed oil will keep the wax from hardening. You must dry out the oil on a paper towel to drain out the oil over night before using it on the wax. I have done encaustics on paper and canvas,  but prefer using it on a cradle board for security.  I will continue to learn and practice this wonderful process. This is at "The Little Gallery", Smith Mountain Lake. Priced at $90.

"Red Rock Canyon" (encaustic)

"Red Rock Canyon" is a good example of how the Southwestern landscape does influence how I express myself in my artwork. I have fun watching the wax flow and then painting on the wax once it cools. I am leaning towards abstraction of realistic images in my imagination. I have lots of photos but most images that show up in my art work are in my head, rather than photos.

"Copper Canyon" (encaustic)

With "Copper Canyon", I wanted to see what it would look like to layer in some pieces of copper in what looked like a canyon. The wax again does it's thing and I try and make something of it. This painting sold at the "The Little Gallery", Smith Mountain Lake.

"Arches" ( encaustic)

"Arches" National Park in Utah is one of our favorite places to hike and watch our daughter and son-in- law rock climb. Actually the wax on this painting went it's own way and created this beautiful design that reminded me of the place we love. "The Little Gallery" at Smith Mountain Lake has this painting on a 12x12" cradle board  priced at $120.