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,