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.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Bird Bath???

7"x5" Oil on Panel

This is my neighbor's cat who has become a frequent visitor, which I love since I am no longer a pet owner.  He is so much fun to watch, he always comes for a drink from the bird bath, but this particular day it was frozen solid; but a little ice water did not deter him.   After his drink he checks for bird nests in the potted plants and then goes about his day.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Autumn View from Claytor Farm

8"x16" Oil on Canvas

Claytor Farm in Bedford is one of the most beautiful places in our area and my thanks to the guys at Goose Creek Gallery in Bedford for letting the secret out.  They suggested this place as a really nice location to plein air paint a few years back.  We took their suggestion and my jaw dropped when I saw the views from this old home.  It is well worth the trip to check it out.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Dead Beets

9"x12" Oil on Canvas

It's been a very busy month for art, with art shows, sales and studio tours it has been hard to find time to paint.  This painting was certainly out of my comfort zone, I don't do still life or anything with leaves; but the challenge is done with the final touches put on at the studio tour yesterday.  Today it's back to the studio for the second day or the studio tour.  If you're looking for something to do, come on out, we are open until 5 PM today.  The studio is located at 7005 Booker T. Washington Highway, Wirtz, VA.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Franklin County Artisan Studio & Harvest Tour

This weekend our gallery will be open for the studio tour.   I will be there both Saturday and Sunday along with several other artists painting.  Hope to see everyone there.

Thursday, October 1, 2015


Oil on Canvas

Yes, more pigs; but baby pigs are so darn cute.  I couldn't resist those little curly tails.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wintertime Fun

Oil on Gessobord

I guess I have just about depleted the photos I took of this snowstorm that hit Virginia several years ago, since that little person in the painting is now 11 years old.  But those fun memories are forever with me.   Nothing better than a grandchild snowed in at Grandma's house!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Doggone Cow

Oil on Canvas

Yes, it's another animal.  I'm back to painting animals again.  This one was done with a palette knife and I've really enjoyed doing the animals with the knife.  Stay tuned, there are more animals to come.  They are just so much fun and relaxing after a busy few weeks of preparing for a show.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Lynchburg Art Festival 2015

Thanks to everyone who came out to the festival on Sunday.  It was a beautiful day, the attendance was great and it was nice to see all who stopped by.  It's always good to see old friends and meet new people.  I really appreciate it and hope to see everyone again next year.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Lynchburg Art Festival

This weekend is one of the biggest art festivals in the area.

I will be in space #54.  These are just two of my new works that will be at the festival:

September Afternoon
5"x7" Oil on Canvas

Pretty Woman
10"x10" Oil on Canvas

There is always lots of great art, wonderful people and lots of fun.  The rain date is Sunday the 13th.

Friday, September 4, 2015

This Ain't No Bull

Oil on Canvas

This was such a fun painting to do with a palette knife.  I love texture in paintings but for some reason if I'm not using a palette knife it is so much more difficult for me to achieve, it also helps with getting different color mixes.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Man's Best Friend

8"x8" Oil on Gessobord

I spotted these two while on vacation at Skaneateles Lake, NY this summer.  It was evident that the dog was quite accustomed to enjoying the paddle board.  He was so relaxed and just enjoying the beautiful summer day.  It puts a whole new meaning to being "treated like a dog"! :)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Easy Sailing

12"x16" Oil on Canvas

This is the latest commission that I delivered this week.  Smith Mountain Lake and the Blue Ridge Mountains never fail to provide something to paint.  They look different each day and are always a painting waiting to be painted.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Cupcake Connoisseur

7"x5" Oil on Gessobord

I spotted this little guy at CJ's Coffee Shop at Bridgewater Plaza while I was having lunch on opening day.  When he spotted all those yummy cupcakes he was instantly in love and there was no distracting him from them.  I just can't blame him, he knows a great cupcake when he sees one.  

Hopefully my posts will be more frequent than they have recently.  Summer and vacation time with my family seemed to consume more time than usual; but it was fun and wouldn't have traded it for anything.  We were able to show my granddaughter and her friend one of my favorite places.  Fine View Village on Wellesley Island, NY.  They even had time to swim in the "balmy" waters (65 degrees) of the St. Lawrence River.  

Sunday, July 19, 2015


7"x5" Oil on Gessobord

This is Hershee,  a beautiful Bernese Mountain dog.  This is a commission I was asked to paint, I was given several poses from which to choose and that was the hardest part.  I really wanted to paint them all.   She was so much fun to paint with all that beautiful long hair