Thursday, December 17, 2009

Goodbye 55 Chevy

I bought this car for my husband as a surprise to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the day we met in Port Townsend.  Very cherry and completely redone on the inside with white leather.  He sold it recently to a high school buddy.  Sniff.

Opening Reception - Of Clocks and Crows Exhibit, Arts Council of Snohomish County

Had about ten pieces in the main floor gallery.  This was a very fun September - October exhibit; there were quite a few characters, people and even dogs were dressed up as crows.  Made some new and interesting friends.

Calypso's Vigil, encaustic/mixed media tryptych

Raggedy Ann, polymer sculpture

Earthenworks Gallery, Port Townsend

Check out Earthenworks Galleries in Port Townsend and La Conner.  I love Port Townsend, it's where I met my husband and La Conner is charming, we like to stay on our boat at the marina.  Here are some examples at Earthenworks from my Idyllic series -- encaustic landscape blocks and also a clay ships figurehead. 

Idyllic Series, Encaustic on wood 5x5

SS Hildegarde, polymer clay

Granadas (In Progress), oil 12x16 SOLD

I'm still working on this painting, but it's coming along. A collector that has two of my other pomegranate paintings wants it. Hoping to get it done before Christmas.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Kingston Buccaneers fan

Our son Charlie is on the Kingston Buccaneers basketball jv team and my husband showed his support by asking me to carve a "K" into his hair. We embellished a little with school color for last night's game.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Holidays = time to paint pomegranates!

In honor of the holidays I feel the urge to paint pomegranates. Here's an oil I am currently working on. Now the difficult, nit-picky part -- applying numerous glazes to each tiny pomegranate seed. A way off from being done, but it feels like a good start...

A stand of birches at Bloedel Reserve.



Today, a dear friend and I walked Bainbridge Island's Bloedel Reserve. We had the entire frosted landscape to ourselves. The swans were out, nestled amongst many ducks. We stopped at the main house to admire the Christmas decorations, pausing for hot cider in the library. Then off to the poetically lit birch tree stands. The day was lovely and we took many pictures which I hope will inspire future paintings. After that we met other friends at a Bainbridge studio where we paint each Wednesday and were so happy to catch up that we had two tea breaks!

Monday, July 27, 2009



Continuing trophy sculpture series, this time featuring a monk. 

Friday, July 17, 2009


Valentina 4

Another sculpture series I had been working on.  At first it started with the Trophy Wife series but I am thinking to expand it. 

Thursday, July 16, 2009




With summer at its peak, the cherry trees in our yard have ripened and are ready for the picking.  I thought these encaustic mixed media paintings I made would go well with the season.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Raggedy Ann


The second of the birdcage dress series, based roughly off of one of my favorite dolls, Raggedy Ann.   I wish I still had the handmade doll my mother made for me when I was a child.   It was interesting trying to figure out how to add on the patches on her dress.  Eventually I used liquid sculpy and pliable sculpy and photo transferred fabric patterns on to them.  More images beneath the link.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009



I've decided to start a couple of small sculpture series.  I'm interested in birds, nests and eggs within a cage framework. It was reaffirming when I emailed this first sculpture image to my collector list and it sold within 10 minutes. More images beneath the link.

Friday, July 3, 2009



In one of my earlier posts I mentioned becoming interested in sculpture.  I am interested in figurative work, this particular piece was quite an engineering feat and I got out of hand with the size. Luckily my mom has a giant oven I was able to bake it in on a bed of polyester fiberfill.  More images beneath the link.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

What is it with nests, eggs & birds?

• Gentle, oil 12x12x12 triangle (Kyles collection)

• Gentle, oil 12x12x12 triangle (Kyles collection)"

I started painting this subject matter because it was comforting to me at the time. My teenage son was starting to gain more independence and pull away from his over-nurturing mother, which I found rather painful and sudden. I know that things were moving along as nature intended and he was ready, but I wasn't. Once again, painting got me through a difficult period. A lot of love went into these nests and I hope it shows. Some galleries have asked me to do more birds, nests and eggs, so I am thinking about it, but I am pretty hung up on sculpture right now.

Saturday, June 27, 2009



This large encaustic/mixed media piece was a corporate commission incorporating the company logo - the figure of a woman. It is very textural, which unfortunately my photo does not reflect well.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Five Hundred Beats a Minute

500 Beats Per Minute

The humming bird is the smallest kind of bird in the world.  Also because of their feeding style, they are the only birds who are able to hover.  Their wings beat at an average of 500 beats a minute to help them stay aloft.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Pears 3



More of the pear series.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

More Pears



More of the pear still life series.  I enjoyed experimenting with the various types of lighting and mediums to yield different results.

Friday, May 29, 2009




Fruit always makes for excellent hanging art.  I decided to do a still life series revolving around pears.  These are only two of them, I will upload more as I continue to work on them.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

More Eye Candy

EyeCandy2 • SOLD

I had fun with the last cupcake piece, so decided to make a few more.  Each painting was created with encaustic medium.

More images beneath the link.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Eye Candy

EyeCandy1 • SOLD

I thought I ought to take a break from my current works and paint some other types of subject matter.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Cuervo VII


Encaustic mixed media

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Cuervo VI


Encaustic mixed media

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Cuervo V


Encaustic mixed media

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Cuervo IV


Encaustic mixed media.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Cuervo III


Cuervo III, encaustic / mixed media 24x24x2 A new take on the encaustic raven series incorporating dot patterns.  Someone mentioned some where reminescent of tribal Aboriginal patterns.  

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Cuervo II


Encaustic mixed media.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Cuervo 1


An encaustic mixed media series featuring crows.