Thursday, November 30, 2017

Busy in the Studio :

I'd like to show some of my latest work from this year :

This first group was for the 
Affordable Art Fair at JCO's Art Haus
All but one, went home to new collectors...
what an amazing experience for me!

The following are more that I created for other shows this year:
Most have found new homes, which I am so very grateful for!

This one was a special commission painting,
called "Sierra's Landscape"

My art to yours,


Monday, November 27, 2017

Artist Interview!

I have something pretty cool to show you ...

Earlier this month, I had an amazing
opportunity to describe my artistic process
in an interview for the KMVT Television Studio,

I've never been on "camera" before,
so you can imagine how nervous I was!

Last year I was approached by Marc Potter,
who runs this show, to share my story 
behind my artwork.

As, you will see it's a short 30 minute
discussion of some of my paintings.
For now, it's on their YouTube Channel, 
but soon it will actually be aired on TV!

My daughter's sat in the Green Room and
took these "behind the scene" photos!

Please follow the link to take a look!

My art to yours,


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Abstract Botanicals

How does an artist describe their style?

When someone, who has not seen my work before,
 asks me what kind of paintings I do,
how do I explain that?

I'm not a traditional painter.
I definitely like to experiment with techniques & mediums.
Line work and texture are important elements 
in my work.
Oh, and I like to draw distorted imaginary flowers!
So I came up with a way to define my work:


Here are a few of my latest paintings:

My art to yours,

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Watercolor- Beyond the Obvious :

Working with Watercolor

Early this year I took a class with the
Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society.

It was a intense and heavily structured three month long
workshop taught by
the one and only Mike Bailey!
"Working Beyond the Obvious" 

 As an inexperienced watercolor artist, this was the only way
I would truly push myself with this medium.
Let me say, it was life changing for me... I know, corny as it sounds 
but it really was a wonderful and enlightening experience for me.

 Here you can see the line work for one of my first in this series.
The actual subjects in my still life are fairly easy to see:
a succulent bloom, pedestal bowl, tall olive oil decorative bottle,
and a wood box.

Each week we created two full sheet watercolor paintings. 
All were based off the same still life, that never moves or changes.
Just our design compositions. Did you get that?!
And each week, every student presented their paintings
in front of the class for critique.
This was at first very intimidating for us, but it
was actually one of the best ways for us to learn
from Mike.

Mike taught us the principles and elements of design, 
which was exciting for me as an architectural designer.
But this time I learned how to apply these as 
a painter...
Line, Size, Shape, Direction, Color, Value and Texture

There were several reasons why his class was by far one of the best
I've ever taken.  It's no wonder that several artists repeat his class
several times.  Oh, yes I'll be taking it again, myself! 

 This is one of my favorites, created with ink and watercolor tints.

Some compositions were repeated but altered to explore
different color palettes.

Working late into the night, I finished my last painting!

Here my still life is lost among shapes and patterns...

 At the end of the workshop, the students took turns
 "presenting" our paintings, with guests attending!
To see all my watercolor paintings laid out at together was really gratifying.
I'm so proud of what I accomplished, and feel much more confident
to continue working beyond the obvious with watercolor! 

Me and Mike Bailey!

 My art to yours,


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

New Paintings :

Here are a few new paintings 
that I completed towards the end of this year.

I did a play on pattern on these two,
still keeping with my abstract botanical style.

Trees are another inspiration for my work,
creating an abstract landscape too...
Indigo Blues and Green Hues are some
of my favorite color combinations.
They are so soothing to the eye...

These paintings will be for sale 
at my upcoming art shows.
Please feel free to contact me 
about more information. 

All my recent art is located on my
ARTWORK tab on this blog.

My art to yours,

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Studio Work :

Hello from my studio!

Summer has arrived and I'm carving out some time to work in my studio...

I dread working in my garage when it gets hot,
keeping cool is a challenge. 

This is a new painting in the works still. 
There is also another one I've started which is a larger canvas.
I'll be sure to post them both when they are finished.

Have a great summer!

I'll be doing two shows in Livermore soon :

Art on the Green - Tuesday, July 12
4:30 - 7pm

ArtWalk Livermore 2016
Saturday, October 8
11am - 5pm

My art to yours,

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Silicon Valley Open Studios

It's that time of year again!!


This year I'll be showing two weekends:
Sat. & Sun. 11am - 5pm
May 7-8 & May 14-15
1438 Callecita Street, San Jose 

You will find my artist profile here,
as well as the whole SVOS directory of artists.

There will be two other artists showing their 
paintings with me.

Yvonne Head: watercolor artist

Linda Taylor: watercolor artist

  So please stop by for some iced tea as you stroll through
Art in the Garden

My art to yours,