Meet Stuart

Stuart is always ready to play — ball or just about anything else. His little body is filled with love and he was a joy to paint!

When entrusted to paint a member of anyone's fur family, I start with a good pencil drawing. I want to get him or her situated on the page just right.

First I paint the eyes. Next I paint the nose and add a little more love to the eyes.

The eyes, those windows to the soul, really need to shine forth.

You'll see me smile while I paint these loving pets. I feel their love and I express my love for them back into the painting.

When I'm pleased with the realistic features of the pet, I begin to play with color for the rest of the body. This is done in stages.

Sometimes I'm asked to paint a pet in realistic colors. These are just as much fun and as much of a challenge as the colorful portraits; I love painting them just as much as the colorful pets.

When painting in "Hawaiian-style" colors, I work to capture the nature of the pet with a joyful rainbow of colors.

Any white lines between the colors show where the pencil lines were. They help me to remember the different planes of the face and the shifting of the color value I want to paint. I carefully paint around the lines so they can be erased when the painting is dry.

The background comes last and is meant to highlight the portrait of the pet.

If you can feel the love of the pet, and the love I felt for and from the pet while I was painting it, the portrait is a success.

Stuart is one tiny, compact bundle of BIG loving energy!

Who DO you think you ARE?

Who DO you think you ARE?

I had a great time being photographed by Jeremy DeWeese last month. It was SO much FUN! And then I got self-conscious about the experience. Silly Me! Human Me! What a GREAT experience!

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Why Paint?

Why Paint?

Paint to relax, to clear your mind, to open your eyes, to see more of the world around you, to unwind, to enjoy more of life, to refresh your spirit, to give you a stable footing in the world, to round out your life, to have FUN.

Simply Paint.

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Taking Time to Play

Taking Time to Play

"I've looked at trees from both sides now, from up and down, and still somehow. It's trees illusions I recall, I really don't know trees at all." A special thank you, call out, and begging of forgiveness for changing the words, to Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins!

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Mother Nature, Mother Nurture

Mother Nature, Mother Nurture

This painting is part of my Oracle Series. Oracles were once sought out as a source of wisdom and advice. All of my paintings teach me something about life. I hope that they also show you something about yourself and your life.

We’ve all seen images of flowers and seedlings growing out of rocks. Life won’t be stopped. This tree appears ready to take flight.

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Dream Time

Dream Time

This iconic figure sprang forth one day, asking to be painted. She is rarely seen because she is so well camouflaged in the night sky. Her hair is a billowing white cloud, while her gown is more like the darkest clouds of the blackest night sky. Each night she seeds the stars, ensuring we have their twinkling presence (even when they are hidden by clouds, the stars inhabit the night sky because of her).

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