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.

Thursday, August 25, 2016


I was fortunate to be able to go to the Forgotten Coast Plein Air event last year. Apalachicola is a quaint small southern town rich in history. Its colorful past maritime culture remains visible (and working) today.  We visited the riverfront at the end of the day and caught this scene of a majestic shrimp boat at rest after a busy day of fishing.  I loved how the setting sun lit up her hull.

Dockside  is available in the current show at Anne Irwin Fine Art in Atlanta.  Please contact for more information.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Opening Night at Anne Irwin Fine Art

Friday was such a fun night!  I am shown here at the opening reception with Anne Irwin by my body of work in the gallery.  Many thanks for the hard work she and Emily West put into creating this lovely show.  They sold two of my pieces before the show began!

I appreciate family and friends who came out to join us.  It was great to meet new friends and artists, as well.  The show will run until September 3.  They will be replenishing the gallery with new pieces as sales occur, so new items will be available throughout the month. Please come back to see more beautiful artwork.

Swimming Lessons is my oil painting of a Mama Wood Duck teaching her babies to swim.  SOLD

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Oyster Bay

Are you sad that summer is ending?  Come check out the art world in Atlanta.  Anne Irwin Fine Art has selected 25 emerging artists and created a wonderful show displaying their talents.  I am one of these lucky artists!  The show runs from August 12 to September 3.

Oyster Bay is one of my four paintings that will be on display.  For info on this piece, please contact AIFA at

Monday, July 25, 2016

Emerging Artists Show

I am thrilled to share with you that I have been accepted for the Emerging Artist Show at Anne Irwin Fine Art in Atlanta.  The show will be full of excitement and works of art.  Thank you, Anne and Emily.  Being chosen to be in your gallery is a dream come true!

The show will open with a reception on Friday, August 12 from 6:00 to 8:30.  It will come down on September 3.  I hope you will come.  It will be a great opportunity to discover artists that you love. More postings to follow....

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Fishing in the Surf

Egrets are tall long-legged birds with long S curved necks and long bills.  They hunt in classic heron fashion, standing immobile or wading to capture fish with a deadly jab.  I loved the silhouette of this one against the beautiful blues and greens of the ocean.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Vintage Barn

This rural farm scene with its vintage barn and pond is typical as we drive off the beaten path in the Southeast.  I always wonder about the generations that have been privileged to own these properties. This painting is for sale at The Flower Store in Auburn.

Monday, May 16, 2016


 Beau is a sweet 12 year old Yorkie who lives with his mistress in Nashville, Tennessee. I understand that he smiles all the time and loves to catch the frisbee.

Beau and his pretty girlfriends!

Friday, April 29, 2016


Sunset is a time of reflection and tranquility.  Each day we can see God's new creation of beauty and color.  This painting is for sale at The Flower Store in Auburn, Alabama.

For the first time color authority, Pantone Institute, announced not one, but two colors for the year 2016:  Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue.  (You'll be forgiven for calling them light pink and baby blue.)
Designers this year chose a palette that is peaceful and relaxing.  They can transport us to a happier sunnier place.  You will be seeing these colors in fabrics, interior design, and in my oil painting of the end of day.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Red Rock Hills

The setting sun created a beautiful red glow on these mountains. Red Rock Hills is available at the Museum Shop at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art.  It is a wonderful place to purchase distinctive gift items created by exciting regional artisans. Their Cafe M offers a menu of fresh lunch options in a quaint cafe setting overlooking the lake and park.

Thursday, March 31, 2016


The German Shepherd is one of the most popular breeds of the AKC.  They are known for their strength, intelligence, trainability, and obedience. Teddy has beautiful markings.  
This portrait was commissioned as a  gift for his owner.

Sunday, March 13, 2016


Elsie is big sister and beach buddy to Thatcher in my recent painting, Knee Deep. Panama City Beach is one of their favorite vacation destinations, though they are quite the travelers.
Elsie is a beautiful young lady, perhaps a future model??

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Time to Learn

Roger Dale Brown, an internationally acclaimed artist from Franklin, Tennessee, conducted a landscape workshop in Tuscaloosa last week.  He was assisted by his wife, Beverly Ford Evans.  Ann Foster was our gracious hostess at her studio, Brushstrokes.  I was privileged to learn from him.  Many thanks, Roger and ladies, for making this an enlightening and pleasurable experience.

Roger feels that planning is paramount to having a successful painting.  Valuable tools in the process may include sketches, photographs, and plein air studies.  This collection of data helps an artist remember the scene.  Its lighting, temperature, overall impressions, and feelings enable the artist to return to the studio and create a larger piece.

One of our exercises was to paint a tree being careful to show the values of the various planes, i.e. ground surface, upright (trees), slanted (hills), and sky.  Our goal was to create shapes within the tree showing nuances of light.

We had these precious 4 legged classmates with us, as Roger and Beverly travel with their terriers.

Roger is an excellent teacher, showing us through demonstrations his painting thoughts and process. He emphasized the importance of adhering to acceptable design principles.  Most of all he encouraged setting goals and persistence, putting in time and effort necessary to succeed.  I left eager to incorporate new ideas into my style of painting.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Home Grown

Did you know that the camellia is Alabama's state flower?  These beauties add color to our landscape this time of the year when skies can be dreary.

Home Grown will be featured in the "Paint Alabama" show opening February 11 at
Stonehenge Gallery in Montgomery.  I hope you will stop by to see paintings of our local treasures by a collection of very talented artists.  Please come to the opening reception at 5:30 Thursday night.  A painting would make a great gift for your Valentine!

Visit for more information.

Thursday, January 21, 2016


How could you not love this sweet face?  Ellie is a precious King Charles Spaniel.  Her grandmother commissioned me to paint her for a Christmas gift for her family.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Fishin' Hole

My friend captured this precious scene of her grandchildren on her I phone. They were enjoying the afternoon at a favorite fishing spot on their farm.   She might need to become a children's photographer!  Of course having precious subjects always helps.  She commissioned me to paint this painting for a Christmas gift for her son and his wife.