Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sunset on Tom

This week the sunsets in Encinitas have been spectacular with soft pastel pinks, purples and blue over the ocean.   Another place that can get a wide spectrum of colors is a mountainside at sunrise and sunset.   I painted this small "Sunset on Tom I" from a photo taken near Bishop, CA.
Sunset on Tom I
9 x 12" Oil on Canvas
I was inspired to paint this again - but this time in a large format.   The second painting is three feet by four feet.   It is the largest painting I have attempted and I found it a very different (at times difficult) process.    The smaller painting will be on display at OffTrack Gallery in August and September.   The larger one is too large to fit in my allotted gallery space!   Enjoy the sunsets.

Sunset on Tom II
36 x 48" Oil on Canvas

Thursday, July 13, 2017


Favorite flowers are just that.  Favorite Flowers.  The meaning as unique to each of us as the flower is unique.   Special moments, special places, special people.   Whether it is a daisy, sunflower, peony or that favorite rose it brings that special memory.   I never grow tired of painting flowers because they bring so much to me.   Enjoy today's favorite.

Daisies, Oil on Canvas
9 x 12"
This bunch has traveled to a new home where they will hopefully brighten the day.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


28 x 36
Oil on Canvas
This painting is an attempt to pay homage to the "Early California Painters".   Trees with Mountains in the distance ... no houses or freeways!    It was fun to live in this painting while I worked on it.  It will be in the San Diego County Fair Art Exhibit when the fair opens.   Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Favorite Things

David Austin Roses
8 x 10"
A bunch of pink David Austin roses on silver, a beautiful day at a Cardiff beach .... clear colors and blue skies,  All things Blue!   

Cardiff Station
8 x 10"
My favorite things remind me to take a moment, look around, breathe deeply and find the peace, joy and love in God's creation!   In everything!

Tonight at Off Track Gallery in Encinitas there will be a flurry of activity.   Artist will be hanging new work.   

Blue on Blue
8 x 10"
Come to find YOUR favorite things! Mine will be there.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Favorite Places

D Street Singer
9 x 12"
Oil on Canv

It is always nice to remember and relish special moments in life.   These are two special places to me - D Street in Encinitas at sunset and a Tahoe Donner Trail in Truckee in October.   

Through art we keep these moments alive and can share them with others. Enjoy these moments!

Available from Off Track Gallery in the Lumberyard in Encinitas

Truckee Trail
9 x 12"
Oil on Canvas

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Euer Valley

Euer Valley is in Truckee California near Lake Tahoe.    This was painted from a photograph taken this summer while on a hike.   The next challenge is to hike in with paints!   Enjoy.

Euer Valley
11 x 14
Oil on Board

Thursday, May 26, 2016

This spring I have been attending Workshops at Carole Mayne's Leucadia Studio.    It has been exciting to practice by learning about other artists and their techniques.

Fractured Fruit
8 x 10"
Oil on Board

Julie Oliver Ford's Fracturing process was the topic for this painting.    It was painted from life realistically then intentionally the lines and shapes were "broken" with a small rubber tool and then painted over.  It shows that by "fracturing" your painting you can actually create cohesiveness.  Here is a link to Julie's blog describing the process:

A study of a Maggie Siner landscape

This is a study of a Maggie Siner landscape.   Copying a photo of her piece helped me see how to simplify and let loose.   Her website is:

14 x 11"
Tammy's Berm in Olivenhain
Oil on Board

I attempted to use what I had learned from Maggie to paint this landscape from a photo I took not far from my home.   I did loosen up a bit but there is more study to be done!

8 x 10"
Birthday Peonies
Oil on Board

8 x 10"
Carole's Larkspurs
Oil on Board

In these two florals I attempted to keep a looser style and use broken edges to unify the paintings.   Studying other artists is an excellent way to explore your own style!

As always, thanks for viewing my art.