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.