Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Bite Me

Oil on Canvas

This painting was done from a photo my friend gave me.  She knew I love painting animals and that I wouldn't be able to resist painting this mother and baby.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Challenge

Oil on Canvas

This was a fun painting challenge from one of our Art Visions Gallery members.  She thought it would be fun to have a painting challenge every so often to get us out of our comfort zone.  Since I do not do still life paintings I was a bit intimidated, but found that I really had a fun time with this subject.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Snow Day

Snow Day
10"x8" Oil on Canvas

This time of year always seems to come around much too quickly.  But as the year ends I want to thank everyone for your encouragement and support of my artwork.  It has been another fun year painting and learning.

Warmest wishes for a peaceful and joyous Christmas and all the best in the New Year.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Catcher

Oil on Canvas

This is a little painting I did for my granddaughter.  She loves softball and really enjoys being the catcher.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Yard Boss and His Ladies

"Yard Boss and His Ladies"
8"x16" Oil on Canvas

The shadows on the snow was what caught my eye for this painting.  It always is so interesting to me to see all the colors that are reflected in snow; yet we always think of snow as being white.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Winter Morning

"Winter Morning"
8"x16" Oil on Canvas

While this is not a specific farm from my childhood, it is so typical of the landscape of my youth.  I still love a morning walk in a fresh blanket of snow.  Snow scenes are one of my favorite subjects to paint.

Saturday, September 23, 2017


Oil on Archival Board

This is a painting of my granddaughter and a dear friend and fellow artist teaching her to kayak.  This was a fun painting with all the vibrant colors of the kayaks.  And, this is the end of my water series.  I'm thinking snow for my next series, I just love painting snow.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Lynchburg Art Festival.  I really appreciate everyone who stopped by.  Hope to see everyone again next year.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

First Cast

Oil on Canvas

This is my third painting in my water series paintings.  I just had to try and capture the light and reflections of the fall colors.  It was a really fun painting to paint.  I'm finding a little more time to paint now that school is back in session.  I'm not very disciplined in the summer to set aside time each day to paint.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Lynchburg Art Festival

It's almost time again for the Lynchburg Art Festival.  Saturday, September 9 from 10am to 4pm at EC Glass High School in Lynchburg.  This is always a fun event with lots of original art in all mediums, sizes and prices.  I will be in Space # 50, please stop in and say hi.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Room For One More

Oil on Canvas

Bar Harbor, Maine, one of my favorite vacation spots.  This is a site that you can see at the end of the day when the lobster fishermen come into the town pier.  I love watching them, you are sure the dock cannot accommodate another boat, but in comes another one and they just nose that boat in between two other boats and tie it up

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Storm Clouds Over Owasco Lake

 Oil on Archival Board

Owasco Lake (one of the Fingers Lakes in NY State) is an area I have always loved.  My family and I vacationed there this summer and even though the weather was cool and sometimes rainy, it was a wonderful getaway.  This is a little painting I did on one of those stormy days.  It was mostly done with a palette knife

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Autumn Afternoon

Oil on Canvas

This is a scene that can be seen on most any little trip here is the Southwest Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains or Upstate New York, where I am from.  I just love passing by them and the farmers at work in the fields.

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Old Goat

Oil on Archival Board

This old goat was just so sad looking I had to paint him.  He was a fun animal to paint, but happier looking animals are a bit more fun!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Life's A Beach

7"x5" Oil on Canvas

It's that time of year for walks on the beach, and summer fun and this little girls says it all for me.  She was such fun to paint.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Just Chillin

Oil on Archival Board

This little guy with his feet in the water tub was just too cute not to paint :-)  It really was a fun little painting.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Art on the Green - Lexington, VA

Art Show on Saturday April 29 10AM - 4PM downtown Lexington, VA at Hopkins Green.  This is a great place to pick up some great original artwork.  I will be at Pod #2, Panel C; please stop by and say hi.  This is always a fun event with lots of artwork. Lexington is a beautiful little historic town.

Friday, April 21, 2017

My Happy Place

Oil on Canvas

This is a painting of my granddaughter,  Hannah from a photo taken several years ago.  We spent many hours at the swing in the back yard and the dress she is wearing was a flower girl dress that brought Hannah many hours of fun starting with Halloween and lasting many years.  Lots of fond memories and lots of fun to paint.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Morning Light

Oil on Aluminum Panel

This was a first for me, painting on aluminum.  A friend gave me the panel to see how I liked painting on it; I decided to use a palette knife thinking the paint would adhere better on such a smooth surface.  I loved doing it, the paint adhered very well.  Since the weather is now more springlike, this will be the last of winter paintings for a while.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Yes, I'm Looking at You!

Oil on Panel

This was a fun palette knife painting; the colors in an owl and his eyes made him an irresistible subject.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Talking It Over

Oil on Panel

Since there is an abundance of deer in the community where I live, I decided to try and paint them.  They were so much fun to paint, I  just might try to do another painting of them.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Warmed by the Sun

Oil on Canvas

The warm springlike weather we are having here in Virginia has made me want to paint some springtime paintings.  Although it's not quite time for the baby lambs to be born, it will be very soon.  Since I live close to the Booker T. Washington National Park, I always have to make a trip there to check out the new lambs and get some photos if they are close by.

Monday, February 6, 2017

No School

Oil on Panel

Another painting of my two favorite subjects, animals and snow.  Brings back lots of childhood memories.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Snow Day

Oil on Panel

Two of my favorite things to paint, animals and snow :-)

Monday, January 30, 2017


Thank you to all who came out and supported Smith Mountain Good Neighbors and the arts.  We had a wonderful turnout and sold lots of art.  A very nice donation will be made to the Good Neighbors organization.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Good Visions for SML Good Neighbors

The artists of ArtVisions Gallery and Studios are hosting an exhibit of artworks during the last weekend of January as part of their vision to benefit SML Good Neighbors, Inc. 

Fifty percent of each artwork sold will be donated. Hours are 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, January 28 and 29, plus other hours that weekend by request.  Snow dates are February 4 and 5, 2017.  ArtVisions Gallery is located at 130 Scruggs Road, Suite 215 (By the Chicken), Moneta, VA 24121.  Easy parking is available in the upper level lot. 

Plans were already underway for their one year anniversary of a move from Burnt Chimney to Westlake, when members agreed to share their celebration with Good Neighbors. The show will feature fine art originals, prints, and note cards of fourteen local area members.  Their willingness to participate is in response to what Good Neighbors does for the Smith Mountain Lake community.

ArtVisions is also celebrating its 6th year.  Our members are: Rose Mary Atkins, Linda Atkinson, Whitney Brock, Nancy Rae Brown,  Marie Campbell, Rita Carroll, Julie English, Shelley Koopmann, Lana McCulloch, Lynne Ludovici, Barbara Moody, Jane Schafer, Nancy Stellhorn and Denise Swayne.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Paintings Delivered to Bedford Landings B&B

Today I delivered several paintings to Bedford Landings Bed & Breakfast to be displayed there for the next few months.  If you are out for a nice ride in the country stop in or book a room at this beautiful bed and breakfast.  It is located right on the runway of Smith Mountain Lake Airport.  Check out their blog:


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Base Hit

Oil on Gessobord

Well I can't say my first painting of the year was inspired by the weather here in Virginia since I am snowed in with our first snow of the winter season.  However, there is plenty of time for the snow to inspire me because it usually takes days before our road gets plowed :-(  Anyway, spring training is only a little more than a month away so I am ready for it with a painting!  

Saturday, December 24, 2016

First Snow

Oil on Canvas

Warmest wishes for peace and joy

this Christmas Season

and the coming year!

Thanks to everyone for following my artwork throughout the year.  I appreciate everyone who takes the time to check out my work and for the comments

Saturday, December 3, 2016


Oil on Canvas

Life has kind of got in the way of my painting, but it has been spent making memories with my granddaughter and that is always fun.  Painting this donkey was a fun change of pace.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Listen To Me!

Oil on Canvas

Birds were among some of my very first oil paintings and they still are one of my favorite subjects to paint, and baby birds are at the top of favorite birds:-)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Looking Across Canandaigua Lake

Oil on Archival Board

This is a little painting I did at a plein air painting class taught by Steve Doherty at Canandaigua Lake, NY (one of the Finger Lakes).  This was the first class I had taken doing plein air and I was definitely out of my comfort zone; but was quite pleased with the results of my first plein air painting.  While it is still a very big challenge to me, I do really enjoy being outside painting.   

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Thanks to everyone who came out for the Artisan Studio and Harvest Tour.  We met lots of new people and got to see some friends we hadn't seen in a while.  It was a great success and hope to see some of you again soon.  Remember painting classes and art make great Christmas gifts.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Artisan Studio & Harvest Tour

Mark your calendars for a great studio tour this next weekend, October 15 & 16 10am to 5pm.  Art Visions Gallery is No. 2 on the tour.  Watch the artists at work; lots of new artwork will be displayed as well as some great sale priced artwork.  Artwork is a great one of a kind Christmas gift.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Rainy Day Fun

7"x5" Oil on Canvas

Nothing like a day of playing in the rain and it was almost as much fun painting the child playing in the rain.  Sweet memories!

Friday, September 23, 2016


Oil on Canvas

Another one of my fun-to-paint animals.  It has been a long time and I needed this;  I enjoyed every brush stroke of it :-)

I also want to thank everyone that came out to the Lynchburg Art Festival last weekend.  I appreciated all who stopped by, love to see past attendees and meet new ones.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Lynchburg Art Festival - Saturday, September 17

It's time again for the Lynchburg Art Festival at EC Glass High School in Lynchburg.  It starts at 10 AM and ends at 4 PM.  This year is one of the largest with 142 artists showing their work.  It's one of the nicest shows in the area.  Hope to see you there, love seeing previous attendees and meeting new ones.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Road to the Farm

Oil on Canvas

The Blue Ridge Mountains and the farms that are in the valleys provide a bounty of subject matter to paint.  This one was a challenge with all the spring greens.

Friday, August 26, 2016

View From Cadillac

Oil on Canvas

This is a view from one of my favorite places to vacation, Cadillac Mountain in Bar Harbour, Maine. The views are fantastic, whether from the top of the mountain or from the rocky cliffs that overlook the Atlantic Ocean.

Friday, July 15, 2016


Oil on Canvas

This is LaFox,  a cat I have painted a couple of times before, he is so much fun to paint; the eyes especially; he was so focused on watching the birds.   This one is a commission for a dear friend of mine.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Sonenberg Gardens

Oil on Panel

This is a plein air painting I did at Sonenberg Gardens while at beautiful Canandaigua Lake in New York State.  It was done at a plein air workshop taught by Steven Doherty, editor of Plein Air Magazine.  It was a great workshop and I was totally out of my comfort zone; but I have so wanted to be a plein air painter.  Now I know I have a lot to learn and a long way to go; but it sure was fun.  

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

View From Above (Roanoke River)

Oil on Canvas

This is a painting of the Roanoke River portion of Smith Mountain Lake.  I love to find different views of SML and when I spotted this view while out for a ride one day, I couldn't resist painting it.  This lake has such an irregular shape with many coves; it always surprises me when I find an area that I don't expect to see the lake and there it is.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Drinking Buddies

Oil on Canvas

Being brought up on a farm this is a familiar sight.  Guess it's true you can't take the farm out of the girl:)  But it was fun to paint,  as are most of the animals I do.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Class A Builder

Oil on Canvas

This is a busy time of year for these little blue birds.  Our bird houses are a busy place with nest building and guarding the nest; soon we'll be hearing the sounds of baby birds.

Sunday, April 24, 2016


Oil on Canvas

This is Cassie, a Maine Coon Cat.  She was a commission for a very dear friend of mine.  I did the painting a couple months ago, but because it was a gift I couldn't post it.  I am so thankful for the opportunity to do this painting.  That long fluffy hair and colorful fur was so much fun to paint.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

After the Storm

Oil on Canvas

I can almost feel and smell the freshness of the air after a storm has passed through; the sun always seems so much brighter when part of the sky is still heavy with storm clouds.  I couldn't resist painting this with those wonderful cast shadows of the trees and sun hitting the stone buildings. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Springtime at the River

Oil on Canvas

With all the flowers and trees budding out, it was time to do a spring painting, as well as a "green challenge":)  Greens have always my nemesis.

Friday, March 18, 2016


Oil on Canvas
Another fun animal, giraffe's show so much character and expression; especially those big brown eyes.  They have become one of my favorite animals to paint.  I'm sure Belle won't be the last! :)

Monday, February 29, 2016

Smart Ass

10"x10 Oil on Canvas


Well, my only excuse for not having posted is that life has just got in my way, although I have been painting a commission that I will post later, since it is a gift.  I couldn't resist painting this donkey; I love animals with an attitude.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Last Days of Autumn

12"x12" Oil on Canvas

Even the last days of autumn are beautiful in Virginia.  The day I took this photo was such a gloomy day until you looked at the last of the colors on the trees.  The golds and oranges just glowed against the gray skies.  This is a view of Sharp Top Mountain from the Peaks of Otter Lodge in Bedford.

Friday, January 1, 2016

She's Never on Time

6"x6" Oil on Canvas

Happy New Year everyone; I hope everyone has a healthy and happy 2016.  Whenever I don't know what to paint a bird or other animal becomes the next painting.  They are just a fun and relaxing subject.  

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Cat in the Hat

8"x8" Oil on Canvas

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone from Moneta, VA.  Thank you to all who have visited my blog and all the encouraging comments I have received this past year.  I'll resume posting my art in January.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Is Dinner Ready?

5"x5" Oil on Gessobord

I love to paint the birds that visit my yard, the problem is they don't sit still for long.  If they just stop long enough for a photo I am lucky.