“Habitat” 11×14″ acrylic on Masonite board

Habitat

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Lakewood Artist Guild Exhibit

Art around town

As a member of Lakewood Artist Guild I received the opportunity to hang 8 of my largest, most creative paintings in the conference room at El Dorado Library in Long Beach CA. If you have the opportunity to stop in between February and end of May 2015, please do! (All pieces are for sale).

Portrait of Soldier

This painting was very fun to do. I enjoyed the change in subject matter and the strength of the composition in the original reference photo that didn’t take much altering. The commissioner wanted his face to look more recent, as the original reference photo was taken about 10 years ago.

Tea Paintings, Original Designs. “Tea Box Series”

This is something new I have been experimenting with -the natural colors of tea in painting! So I designed a series of my own tea box designs and painted them with natural stains. I always enjoy nature and natural things, so for me this was an exciting method to paint. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find a satisfactory green with tea and had to substitute some watercolor, but the yellows and reds are all natural. And they smell good too!!

“A Goodnight Rain” Oil painting

“A Goodnight Rain” Oil on stretched canvas 8×10″ (For Sale) This is another oil painting experiment in response to several requests for landscapes. I found the reference photo in my archives from a hay field near Mountain Grove Missouri. A storm had just passed over and the sky was a wash of soft pinks, peaches and brilliant blues, birds were singing and the smell of rain filled the air and a cool breeze blew I had to stop and soak it all up like the dry ground. It was one of those moments where I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t in a fairy tale!

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People Portraits

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Some watercolor portraits of people that I finished recently. Please check out my  commissions and contact info page if you are interested in having one done for you or someone you love!

“The Dotted Line”

This is my latest painting, finished 11/19/13  I loved the composition that the telephone wires created. I also was fascinated with the numerous birds that were perched on every surface. The original is 11×16, making each bird aprox 1/2″ but I attempted to make each one individual and pack on as much detail as I could.

Dotted Line Photoshopped

Drawings and Sketches

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These are some sketches and drawings that I dug out of my old notebooks. Some are recent and others are from when I was only 15 (in 2002.) These aren’t really commissioned portraits, just things I drew of friends and family, pictures out of magazines, Mom’s old book of actresses as well as some live poses from figure drawing or college classes. Enjoy!

“Abandoned Autumn”

This painting is a few years old, but I never had the chance to get a good photo doc of it until now. Just in time for autumn, my favorite time of year!
This painting is a few years old, but I never had the chance to get a good photo doc of it until now. Just in time for autumn, my favorite time of year!

Coon Hunt Mural

This painting was done on the side of a storm shelter. It took me roughly one work-week to complete. It features one of the owner’s Curr dogs, which they bred and raised for coon hunting, and one of their Rocky Mountain horses. This painting was unique in that it wrapped around the corners of the building; an attractive suggestion by the commissioners.

Drug Store Mural, Mountain Grove

This mural was created on the side of an old drug store on the square in Mountain Grove, MO. It is about 27 feet long and 7 feet high. Though the inside of the store is no longer a drug store, the painting was composed from the recollection of old-timers memories and old photos of the outside of the building. The rest was fabricated from imagination. Completed in 2010