Sunday, September 9, 2012


11" x 14"  oil on canvas
Isn't champagne wonderful?  So bubbly, my tongue fizzes with each sip.  Its too bad 2 glasses is my limit.  Perrier water has the same new drink of choice!

Monday, September 3, 2012

First Friday Show...

I'm hanging 14 paintings on Snow City Cafe's sunny, yellow walls!
Artist reception will be this Friday, September 7th 
5:30 until 8:00pm
The paintings will be up and for sale until October 3rd.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Float plane shacks...

"Float Plane Shacks"  oil
8" x 10" canvas
There is a lake not too far from my neighborhood.  It's a take off and landing strip for float planes.  I used to take my boys there when they were young....we would eat our little sack lunches and watch the planes take off and land.  We were right there on the edge of the lake....and you could feel the engines rumble in your chest as they blew by.   Wow, nothing better than that with little boys.  I'd watch their faces while a plane would be taking oldest son would talk and point the whole time, I couldn't hear a word over the engine noise, but I shared his excitedment.  My younger son would just shake with excitement and point. 
This painting is at Lake Hood, these adorable little shacks are at each float plane "slip" as they call it, Like a water driveway for a plane.  It's parked next to it's little shack.  People plant flowers and paint these little shacks fun colors....the lake is like a small community of tiny houses, very Hansel and Gretel.
I had fun painting here that day!
Thank you for looking!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Vintage cooler....

Coolers on a bright sunny day. 
This was an odd summer, it just seemed to fly by.  Maybe it was the late start.....maybe more rainy days than sunny ones?  Maybe I was distracted.  Anyways, this little painting puts me right back on the day it was painted...a warm, bright, long Alaskan day.....and a little sunburn on my shoulders.
It was a good day.    
Thank you for looking! 

Thursday, August 23, 2012


There is a life drawing session each Tuesday night here in Anchorage. 
These are a few of my drawings from these sessions.
If you are interested in drawing the figure, it's open to anyone....
there's a  $15 drop in fee for the 2 hour session.  Go to the Upstairs Studio at
406 G Street (the door next to Phil's Deli-above Side Street Espresso).
We draw from 6:30pm until 8:30.


Friday, August 10, 2012

Bar and Lounge

"Bar and Lounge"
30" x 40"  oil

Another neon sign.......even in daylight, they still fascinate me.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Look to the sky.....

Just before sunset...

Pullman, WA at sunset

I've had clouds and sky on my mind these past few months.  I seem to be engaged in a totally different task when I look up and see some incredible sky hovering above me........just flaunting itself in front of my eyes, while I carry in the groceries or check the mailbox.  As if to let me know a beautiful painting is always waiting for me to paint....every day....any minute, I'm just not making time for it. 

The two paintings above were done on a hilltop in Pullman, WA.  The sun was setting and we grabbed all our gear and raced to catch the last of the light and color of that evening sky.  Fun!  I loved the speed and immediacy of these paintings.....color only!  My last lesson of the trip and I had no idea it was going to be taught. Thank you Henry for teaching me these past few years, I have appreciated all you have taught me. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

4th Avenue

"Fourth Avenue"
30" x 40"  oil

This painting is from 2006, but it's dear to my heart. 
This one marked the start of me taking oil painting seriously.
Soon after this painting, I created space in my home for a studio, and gave myself permission to buy lots of canvas and paints!  And that's where all the fun began!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Just finished

24" x 36"  oil

I just finished this one.  I like how it turned out.  I have a thing for goggles, gas masks and really anything with metal or chrome against your face!
I love the contrast of soft colorful flesh against something machined and masculine.
I've always loved contrast......high contrast black and white photography was where it started in my tender, teen years.  Then contrast with I love contrast of color and subject matter next to each other. just have to admit it....gas masks are so cool!  They're very symbolic to me.

Thank you for looking!

A few small paintings....

6" x 6"  oil

6" x 6"  oil

"Yellow Mug"
6" x 6"  oil

Monday, June 25, 2012

Figure/people paintings

"Fiona in Goggles"
18" x 24"  oil

"Waiting for Mr. Right"

30" x 40" oil

"Fiona in Red"
18" x 24"  oil

"Fresh Pizza"
16" x 20"  oil


"Pretty in Pink"
24" x 24"  oil

A few recent paintings

"A Race to the Finish"
11" x 14"  oil

"Another Scoop"
12" x 12"  oil

detail of "Waiting for Mr. Right"

"Enameled Pot"
12" x 12"  oil

"Old Flame"
12" x 12" oil

"Apple in Cool light"
8" x 10"  oil