Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sippin' Sisters

This painting was a gift for the loving grandparents of these beautiful young ladies.  These two sisters were pausing to share a soda one sunny day, while on vacation at Disneyland.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Polka Dot Cutie


This commissioned piece will be a Christmas gift for the loving grandmother of this precious child.  Attempting to capture her wonder and innocence is my privilege and challenge.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Silence Before the Storm

This was the scene one day as storm clouds were gathering across the lake. Perhaps you have experienced this stillness before a storm moves in.   The wooden boat was slightly adrift.  The painting is significant to me because of the scripture Luke 5:3. It reminds us to stay anchored and keep Jesus in the boat with us as we navigate our daily "waters".

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Grassroots is a bucolic scene on the grounds of the Girls Ranch in rural Tallapoosa County, Alabama.  The ranch is a peaceful home for girls from troubled families.

Monday, October 17, 2011


Meet Kowaliga, our  Lake Martin Indian of lore.  I won first place in the 2011 annual art competition for Lake Martin Living magazine. I am honored to have my painting on the cover of their October issue.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


These goldfish bookends or door stoppers are among the many creations that will be auctioned at the Tornado Trash 2 Treasure Art Gala and Celebration Concert, a fundraiser for victims of the deadly torandos last spring in the Dadeville/Lake Martin area.  The event will be held on Thursday Oct. 13 from 6:00-9:00 at the Event Center Downtown in Opelika. It is sponsored by the Chizik Family You Turn Foundation.  Please join in for this fun evening, visit www.allinforyouturn,com/trash2treasure for tickets.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Island

This island is near the Kowaliga bridge at Childrens Harbor on Lake Martin.  It barely escaped the devastating path of the tornados last April.  After tireless efforts on the part of agencies and volunteers, the debris removal on nearby land is nearing completion.  While landscaping efforts are underway, the property will not return to its previous lush forest canopy for many many years.  The campground will always be a special place for terminally ill children and families, church goers, concerts lovers, brides and grooms.

I am returning home today from the Sarah Carlisle Towery Art Colony at Childrens Harbor.  It is a very special week where artists from across the Southeast gather and learn each year. We are well taken care of, so that our sole focus is painting (and socializing)... no interruptions from the things that  consume our time and energy in real life! Colley Whisson was our instructor.  He's a wonderful Australian artist, full of energy and talent!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


                                 Rudi is a Standard Schnauzer.  I call him "Precious"!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Ben is the newest addition to our extended dog family.  He is a lovable Australian Shepherd who herds his canine friends into places only he can choose.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Just the Two of Us

  One of our favorite spots for contemplation and coffee.......early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Real Thing

I spotted this charming building on the way to Callaway Gardens recently.  At first, I thought it was a renovated country store.  Later I found out that it is a residence.  There is a TV satelitte dish in the backyard...a blend of old and new.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Red Sails in the Sunset

We spotted this sailboat when we were enjoying a late afternoon cruise this spring.  I loved the reflection of the red sails in the water.Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Kowaliga is Lake Martin's legendary Indian chief.  Hank Williams wrote this song about him:

" Poor ol Kaw-liga, he never got a kiss.  Poor ol Kaw-liga, he don't know what he missed.  Is it any wonder that his face is red? Kaw-liga, that poor ol wooden head." 

My husband built this cedar "canvas" for him.  Kowaliga keeps watch on a covered porch
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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


This is my first portrait of grandaughter, Vivian, done when she was two and a half.  She is four now and has a little brother plus three little boy cousins to keep straight.  I think she is up for the challenge!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Red Poppies and Onions

Nature confirms the adage:  "Variety is the spice of life".  In some still lifes, objects are placed together in what seems an incongruous match.

Thursday, March 3, 2011


This is Hatfield.  He is a sweet old soldier.  He stands guard diligently to be sure no one gets too close to his Mama!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011


Zoe is a friendly zebra. She hangs out in the office of Pediatric Dentistry Associates. Her black and white image is also their logo.
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Through the Eyes of a Child

Meet my grandaughter, Vivian, watching the ducks on the lake.  She has the most beautiful red curls!
This painting was featured in the 2009 Southern Living Idea House in Dahlonega, Georgia.

Friday, February 4, 2011


I couldn't paint any more pet portraits without letting you meet my best friend, Rudi.  He likes to sit in a chair by the window in my studio and watch the squirrels play outside while I paint.  My husband thinks Rudi might be a bit spoiled!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Tea and Roses

With Valentines Day coming up soon, I wanted to do a painting with roses.  Anyone for a cup of tea with your sweetheart?


Wednesday, January 19, 2011


This is a recent commissioned piece of a very handsome Brittany Spaniel, named Melvin.  He loves to ride around in the truck with his owner.  His curly ears were so much fun to paint.!

Sunday, January 9, 2011


I have been privileged to learn about portraiture from a master, Ron Bayens.  I painted this portrait of my husband, Butch,  for his Christmas present this year.  He loves to be outdoors and looks very sporty in his hat!  I appreciate so very much his support and interest in my art.  Thank you for visiting my blog. I wish each of you a joyful 2011.