Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Some days you just need to leave the studio and get your inspiration side ways. The Mt. Hood national forest is just a little over an hour away. The alpine air, glacier lakes and blue blue sky are all this golden retriever needed to demonstrate how to embrace the day.

Friday, July 23, 2010


When deciding on a an animal to paint I often choose one from an inspiring book I have just read or a someone who has influenced me in a way that identifies them to the image of a certain animal.
In the case of this wolf painting, a
delightful 9 year old girl named Ava provided the subject. She and her family have been living in Alaska for the last two years for an adventure far away from their California home.
Last spring Ava became ill. Eventually she was diagnosed with cancer.
Ava expressed that her favorite animal is the wolf. I painted this image for her with the hope it would become a companion that will see her through this hard time of treatments and concern.
Recently, she and her family have returned to the little village in Alaska. Her optimistic self has endured all procedures so far. May she continue to mend.

Thursday, July 22, 2010


To preoccupy myself during a lengthy period of recovery after surgery, I decided it was a good time to raise chickens. They arrived 3 days old and tiny. Now they are 8 week old pullets and well on their way to being fabulous hens. And thanks to them I am well on my way to being back in the studio again.
Without a doubt these two girls and the other 4 will provide inspiration for fun paintings ahead.