Monday, April 24, 2017


Many thanks to Ron Bayens for our portrait class last week.  It is a privilege to learn from a masterful portrait artist!  This is my painting underway.  I will let it dry and return for several more layers before completion.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Honey Bunny

Spring is a time of renewal.   As we celebrate this season, we are reminded of the ultimate gift of our salvation.  As I was painting this bunny I looked out of my window and had a special surprise.  I saw a real one in our flowerbed!

Happy Easter!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Family Outing

Family Outing is one of my paintings included in Let There Be Art at the Museum in Columbus, Georgia this week.  The show opened Thursday night with a lovely reception and runs until April 13. Many thanks to the artist selection committee for allowing me to be a participating artist, to Bob Vardamon for his gala design, and to Martha Hicks for her elegant presentation and delicious culinary offerings.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


What a great group we had in our art class yesterday at Auburn United Methodist Church.  We painted apples.  As a child I remember taking an apple to my teachers at school.

We talked about the impact that teachers have on our lives.  I am so thankful for the awesome teachers I have had on my art journey!

Friday, March 24, 2017


George is a laughing gull who resides on St. George's Island waiting for his prey.  I was lucky to hang out with him when I attended the Forgotten Coast Plein Air Event in Apalachicola, Florida.  I rented a house on this beautiful beach with art friends for our week long visit.  We were fortunate to meet and learn from an amazing lineup of artists, not to mention enjoying our down time on the beach with George!

I am excited to share with you that I have been invited to participate in Let There Be Art, a fundraiser for the Columbus Museum!  The show will open with a gala event on Thursday April 6.  Visit for more information.  The show April 7-13 is free and open to the public.

Each participating artist will be creating and donating a unique 10 x 10 painting for the Art for Education Gallery.  These pieces will be displayed in a special exhibit and are for sale at $300 each. The artists have been asked to sign on the back only, so buyers will not know the identity of the artist until after their purchase. George will be my entry for this event.  In addition to this piece, I will have seven other paintings in the show.  I will be posting a few, but I hope you will come to the show to see the beautiful collection from artists across the southeast.

Monday, March 20, 2017


Complimentary colors go well together.  One of my favorite pairings is orange and blue.  It may be that being an Auburn graduate makes me a bit biased!  I loved the contrast in textures with this beautiful orange scarf, the bright shiny cobalt bottle, and organic quality of the tangerine.
Cobalt is available at The Flower Store in Auburn.

Sunday, February 19, 2017


Belle is a four month old Red Golden Retriever.  I was privileged to paint Ellie, another dog in her new family, last year,  They are beloved pets, the subjects of oil dog portraits in their owners' art collection.

Monday, February 6, 2017


I was happy to paint this commission of Loki, a handsome black Labrador Retriever.  He lives in Iowa.  He is a valued guide and hunting companion.  He looks quite proud of his morning's haul!

Thursday, January 19, 2017


Julia is my sweet granddaughter who lives in Mississippi.  She is four years old and always has a smile ready!  We like to paint rocks together when she comes to the lake.

Friday, January 6, 2017


Jake holds a special place in the hearts of his owners.  His "Dad" commissioned me to paint him as a special gift for his "Mom" for Christmas.  Below is my photo reference for this portrait.  This is Jake's begging pose.  Who could resist giving this cutie pie treats!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  I wanted to take this occasion of celebrating our Saviour's birth to thank you loyal followers of my blog for your interest in my work.  Being an artist can be a lonely journey sometimes.  The support of friends and patrons is so important to encourage and enlighten us.  I am looking forward to an exciting year ahead full of artistic challenges.

Please accept my best wishes for peace, health, and joy in 2017!

Saturday, December 10, 2016


I've been wanting to paint a cow for some time now.  I love how they look you right in the eye and pay close attention to visitors.  Please stop by Vignettes on Magnolia in Auburn to see Gertie.  They have a friendly staff and lots of unique ideas for Christmas gifts.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Off Road

When traveling country roads, we often drive by a scene like this one, with an old truck sitting idle.  I like to think about the work life and enjoyment it must have shared with its former owner in past days. There seems to be a special bond between a man and his truck!

This painting will be in the annual Christmas Small Paintings Show at Stonehenge Gallery in Montgomery opening Thursday night, December 1.

Saturday, November 26, 2016


Each holiday season I like to paint a Cardinal.  This is the fourth of my series.  They are my favorite winter birds and are often found in Christmas designs.  We love to watch them feed from our feeders near the lake.

This is one of ten paintings I will have in the Small Paintings Show at Stonehenge Gallery in Montgomery.  It opens with a holiday reception at 5:30 on Thursday, December 1.  I will be posting some other pieces. However,  I hope you will come out for a fun evening and to see an eclectic mix of paintings from talented Southern artists.  For more info please contact

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


I recently finished painting Eloise and will deliver her to the Museum Shop at Montgomery Museum of Fine Art next week.  It gives me peace these days to paint animals in a pastoral scene.  It helps me remember that we are all God's creatures. He has a plan for each of us and for our nation.

Please come out for their Artist Market next Friday, November 18, from 5:30-8 PM and Saturday, November 19, from 10 AM-4 PM.  You will be able to purchase regional art in the Museum Store and unique items from local artists in the Market.