Thursday, February 24, 2011



 "Bele" is in my new 6x6 series; all paintings done on 6"x6" oak board. I really love how the slightly thinned paints are showing off the wood grain! This is a beautiful Ndebele woman from South Africa.

Each piece in the 6x6 series will be listed in my Etsy shop for only $40!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Whole Lotta Illustrations...


A few of my cutesy ink (or ink & gouache) illustrations for your viewing enjoyment...

These illustrations, and more, are sold in my Etsy shop - and they start at only $12! (Click on the pictures to see them larger!)

Monday, February 21, 2011



 "Patti" A few weeks ago I did a small 6x6 painting for a show featuring only work of that size. I found it to be a fun challenge to work so small and chose to treat it more as a "cropped image" than to just paint a smaller composition. I decided to do a series of these small works and quickly got my hands on eight more 6x6 boards. Now instead of literally watching paint dry on my larger pieces, I am filling that time with these little ladies. As I finish each one in the series I will post them here and put them on Etsy for only $40! Within minutes of listing "Patti" she was featured in a Treasury List!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

As I See It


 "As I See It" I would have to call this an illustration rather than a painting, although it does involve paint. I drew and shaded this woman in graphite on heavyweight cold-press paper. After spraying the drawing with a fixative, I painted it with very diluted acrylic paint in muted tones so all the shading would show through. Then I went back through with the graphite to add back in some of the dark shadows lost in the paint. The finished look makes me think of an old-fashioned colorized photograph. I love it when experiments turn out!

The smaller picture below shows it mounted and framed.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


"Eugenia" I picked up a book at a thrift store the other day called "The Family of Woman". It's a collection of black and white photographs from around the world showing everyday women doing everyday things. This young woman from Nigeria had that "Please paint me!" look in her eyes. This piece is one of the smallest I've ever made, measuring only 6" square. It was done specifically to donate to the "6x6 Show", a fundraiser for Oregon Arts Alliance. I found the small size to be pretty fun! Now I'm looking around the house for more little blocks of wood...

Monday, February 7, 2011

This Is My Body

"This Is My Body" Willing submission. Coming before the other vulnerable, unclothed, keeling, head bowed. Letting go, giving of oneself. Placing complete trust and faith in the other. Powerful by the act of shedding power. A eucharist of self.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Prison Of My Own


 "A Prison Of My Own" I try very hard to be content, and sometimes even happy, with my world. But the truth is, I am never satisfied. With anything. Ever. I always feel like I am trying to run away and leave something behind, while simultaneously running toward something "better". Even though I have no idea what it is that I'm running from or toward. This is a fairly literal representation of how I feel most of the time: running scared, blind, and ready to trip in my own darkness.