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.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sarah Carlisle Towery Art Colony

Art Colony workshop last week at Children's Harbor on Lake Martin was one of the best ever! Our talented and energetic instructor, Susan Diehl, was tireless in sharing her knowledge with us of color mixing and still life painting.  I can see why she is a valued teacher at the Scottsdale School of Art.

Our first day was spent setting up and lighting our individual still lifes. Next, as a class we evaluated, critiqued, and made needed changes, before proceeding to compose and draw our scenes on canvas with a paint brush.

On day two we painted our underpainting or grisaille,.  This is a French term for a monotone painting in a grey or brown neutral color.  We started by blocking in shapes concentrating on our values.  You can see my still life setup and completed grisaille in the photo above.

Day #3 was about color, painting from dark to light.  Lastly we added a few details.   See finished painting below.  Days four and five were filled with plein air painting and color studies.

On late afternoons we gathered in small groups on porches to catch up on our lives and share new ideas. Some evenings saw early bedtimes.  Others were filled with a lovely reception for the artists at Alliant Bank in Alexander City, an art walk where artists could show and sell their work, and a final appreciation and awards event.

It is a joy to have this time of learning and friendship as we move forward on our art journeys.  Many thanks to Toni Adams, Sarah Towery Wade, our instructors, and the many board volunteers who give endless hours to produce a seamless workshop.  We do appreciate you!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Plein Air Painting

At Art Colony on Lake Martin this week painting small panels to record the beautiful color changes at sunrise.  It was inspirational... well worth getting up at 5:30 a.m. to paint with our instructor, Susan Diehl, and my friends, Kris, and Kim.  

On a scale of 1 to 5, Susan was a 6!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Holidays Are Around the Corner

It may be hard to think about holiday gift giving with temperatures still soaring.  But, as you know good art takes time to create!  I am now accepting commission requests for Christmas delivery.

You supply the photo references and I will paint the portrait of your beloved pet.  Pricing starts at $195 and varies depending on size and format.  One of my most popular requests is for a 12 x 12 gallery wrapped canvas at $350.

Please contact me at or 334 524-7514.  Below are some samples of my dog portraits from happy customers.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Everett Raymond Kinstler

Wow!  How can I tell you what a treat it was to listen to and learn from Everett Raymond Kinstler?!

He came to the Booth Museum in Cartersville, Georgia this week along with his exhibit, Journeys West and Beyond, which will run until October 2 .  If you haven't discovered this lovely museum, it is truly a jewel and well worth a trip to visit. 

Mr. Kinstler was quite charming.  When I was checking into my hotel, he came in with his wife Peggy.  I recognized him and introduced myself.  I told him I was honored to meet him and looking forward to his presentation.  He invited me to sit and chat for a few minutes in the lobby while they checked him in!  He asked about my art journey.  Needless to say, I was delighted by his humility and interest.   

While masterfully demonstrating his craft in his demo pictured above, he shared entertaining stories about his life and famous clients, from Presidents to movie stars.  

Below is one of my favorites of his portraits.  It is not in this exhibit, but a great example of his ability to depict character and feeling. Did I mention that Paul Newman was gorgeous?!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Toomer's Trees

I am so happy that our beloved tradition of rolling Toomer's trees after a victory has returned. The new park and corner update is lovely. Many more memories will be made and victories celebrated in years to come!

Prints and notecards from this painting are available at The Flower Store in Auburn.  You are invited to stop by for wine and cheese on Friday afternoon from 4:00-6:00.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Nova circling the field is my favorite game day tradition at Auburn University!  

This painting is available at The Flower Store in Auburn, Alabama.  Stanley and company are having festive wine and cheese parties on Fridays from 4:00 to 6:00 every home game weekend this fall . We hope you will add this event to your game weekend plans.
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