New Work & Why I Paint

“Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.” -Jean-Luc Godard

There are so many avenues through social media to show my work now. I hesitate to post it in all of the available places because I don’t want to overwhelm anyone. But not everyone is on every platform. Some of my friends aren’t on FB or Instagram and contact me about my new work. They only read my blog. So if you’ve already seen these images, I apologize. The great thing about a blog is I have a chance to talk a little bit about why I paint these pictures.

This is some of my most recent work —

Imagine Feeding All the Birds (sold)

This painting made me remember the Mary Poppins’ song ‘Feed The Birds.’ Such a great song about charity – which is very much on my mind during this crazy political time. So that’s where this title came from. I frequently use animals instead of figures – the different birds represent our different heritages.

Of Mice & Birds (12×12)

In my recent workshop with Nicholas Wilton, we learned to keep a ‘throw-away’ board next to our current painting. I used this board to clean excess paint off my brushes, try new texturing techniques and I even wiped the excess paint from the palette on to the board when I was finished painting each day. The big orange bird was a smear of orange that loosely resembled a bird. Then the red swirls reminded me of mouse ears (thanks Mickey) and so I had to consider a way for the bird and the mouse to ‘talk.’ The mouse needed a ladder. Again it seems I want folks from different backgrounds to be able to communicate.

The One That Got Away (12×12)

This piece is just nonsensical and fun. The title makes you wonder ‘who got away?’ Who do you think? (I’m thinking the cat looks suspicious?)

Is He Home Yet? (sold)

Just another painting about diversity – waiting on a friend to get home to visit.  — in a perfect world.

Would love to read your comments and your ideas on what these paintings mean to you.

“You cannot transmit wisdom and insight to another person. The seed is already there. A good teacher touches the seed, allowing it to wake up, to sprout and to grow.” –Thich Nhat Hanh

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New Work

“A life of making isn’t a series of shows or projects or productions or things; it is an everyday practice. It is a practice of questions more than answers, of waiting to find what you need more often than knowing what you need to do. Waiting like listening and meandering, is best when it is an active and not a passive state.” -Ann Hamilton

I don’t post on my blog as often as I used to do. It seems folks don’t have enough time to read a long entry. People today want to quickly hit a like button and move on to the next thing, so most of my new work is posted on FaceBook and Instagram. If you would like to follow me on those platforms the link to those accounts can be found under the tab ‘Follow Me.’ I’d love to see your smiling faces there. I realize not everyone is into social media and still read and comment on blogs, so I try to update here as well.

I mentioned before that I just finished a three month class with Nicholas Wilton. The class was fabulous and it has really inspired me. I learned so much – but the best thing I learned was to be joyful in my studio – to realize creativity is a journey and the paintings are just a by product.

Here’s my latest pieces. I would love to hear your comments and feedback.

The Hare House (12×18)

He Fancied Himself The Village Balladeer (22×16)

It Was HIs First Rodeo (24×24)

Learning To Fly (NFS)

“Creativity is all about seeing what everybody else is seeing and thinking what nobody else is thinking.” -Robin S. Sharma

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Gallery News – Sold!

“Everything great that ever happened in this world happened first in somebody’s imagination.” -Astrid Lindgren 

I enjoy painting animals. I tend to think a lot about what animals are up to when we aren’t looking. I know -for sure- they are a lot more intelligent than we’ve given them credit for. I also enjoy telling stories from an animal’s point of view. But even better than that is when someone purchases a painting. Making that connection – sharing that story with someone – makes my heart sing. Thank you.

The Rabbit House (sold)

Learning to Fly (sold)

Anybody Seen My Rabbit? (sold)

But I couldn’t sell this work without Cheryl Engledow at High Country Art. I’ve been with her gallery since September 2013 and she’s such a great promoter of my art – encouraging and supportive and now a great friend. These pieces sold last month, but I constantly refresh inventory with her. If you happen to be visiting the north Georgia mountains head to Blue Ridge and visit the gallery. She carries a lot of great work – sculpture, paintings, jewelry and more. She’s also happy to work with you by phone if you live too far for a visit. (see the tab – ‘gallery representation’ for info)

“Artists are intuitive. They wait for inspiration. That’s what art is about – the intuitive – not the intellectual. Art about ideas stimulates ideas, but art that comes from inspiration stimulates feelings of happiness, innocence and beauty.” -Agnes Martin

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Learning To Fly

“Second star to the right and straight on til morning.” – J.M. Barrie

One of my favorite books was Peter Pan. Then it came on television. I was fascinated and after seeing the movie, I would have dreams that I could fly. I wonder if animals have those dreams? And I wonder if we were taught from very young ages that we could fly, would we be able to?

“If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.” -J.M. Barrie

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Studio News

“I wear the universe backwards. I imagine putting stars in my coffee and sugar in the sky. I imagine going fishing in the clouds and watching the sun hide behind lakes. I’m too busy dancing with my imagination to even tip toe with reality for a second. They say I’m going mad. They are right.” –d. Antoinette Foy

This has been a fun week. I sent off one of my favorite paintings to a friend for his birthday – a surprise from his wife —

Where’s My Moose Going? (sold)

Then I have a dear friend whose daughter is giving birth any day now. She has an older son (5) who is a great storyteller. I thought this piece would be perfect for him to tell stories to his new sibling —

Short Stories (sold)

And I have another friend who has a baby due in July. This mom spent some time in India and is decorating the nursery with elephants. So I sent this —

There’s An Elephant In The Room (sold)

I mentioned in an earlier post. I took a three month art class and learned so much about what’s important about design and keeping an art practice. During the class time we worked on 12×12 panels. This is the first larger piece I’ve done since the class —

Was It Really Just A Dream? (16.5×24)

I’ve already started another piece. I’m really energized, inspired and having so much fun in my studio these days. Thanks for all your support and comments and thanks to those who follow me on FB and Instagram.

“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history,etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.'” -Hugh MacLeod

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This is an annual birthday re-post. Wednesday is my birthday. Thank you all for helping this year be one of the best!

“At times it seems that I am living my life backwards, and that at the approach of old age my real youth will begin. My soul was born covered with wrinkles— wrinkles that my ancestors and parents most assiduously put there, and that I had the greatest trouble removing.” —Andre Gide


So quick another birthday

always a time of reflection

I look back with

a heart so full

my face all deep wrinkles

a road map of memories

 calmer wiser rounder grayer

yet still full of dreams

full of hope

of longing 

still a young girl

behind these old eyes

it seems

“Age should not have it’s face lifted, but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of experience and the firm line of character.” -Ralph B. Perry

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New Work Delivered High Country Art – Blue Ridge GA

“Art is what we call the thing the artist does. It’s not the medium or the oil or the price or whether it hangs on a wall or you eat it. What matters, what makes it art is that the person who made it overcame the resistance, ignored the voice of doubt and made something worth making. Something risky. Something human. Art is not in the eye of the beholder. It’s in the soul of the artist.” -Seth Godin

This weekend is the 42nd Annual Blue Ridge Art’s Festival held in downtown Blue Ridge – right down the street from my gallery – High Country Art. I took a couple new pieces to the gallery this morning. Blue Ridge is about 1 1/2 hours north of Atlanta – a quaint little mountain town full of interesting shops and restaurants. I have been with this gallery since 2013. It’s a fabulous gallery and I sell quite a bit of work there and my work is in the window for this festival weekend!

The Good Life (18×16)

Is He Home Yet? (22.5×22.5)

And here are a couple of shots of my work hanging in the gallery. Cheryl, the gallery owner, also sells by phone and ships directly to you. The gallery info is under the tab above – ‘Gallery Representation.’

High Country Art (my artwork)

High Country Art (my artwork)

“I love the process of making an image inspired by story, feeling, imagination and dream. Pictures are a form of communication and even though I am fairly competent with words, images speak a mysterious language that doesn’t leave a single thing out – a language heard by the heart.” -Susan Sorrel Hill

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Art2Life Workshop

“Art is not just ornamental – an enhancement of life. It is a path in itself – a way out of the predictable and conventional – a map to self discovery.” –Gabrielle Roth

I just finished an amazing 3 month online workshop with Nicholas Wilton – Art2Life.  It wasn’t a workshop based on learning new painting techniques necessarily.  Although we did discuss the principles of design and a little about color theory, materials and tools. It was more about discovering and clarifying my own artistic path. Another wonderful side effect from this class was getting to know about 200 other artists from all over the world who I shared these lessons with. No matter where we are, we are now connected by the Art2Life community. It’s brilliant really and I highly recommend attending any of his various workshops (click on the link to visit his webpage to learn more).

Here is some of my new work done in this workshop —

Is He Home Yet? (22.5×22.5)

Finding Balance Above It All (12×12)

Animal Testing On The Farm (14×14)

Where’s My Moose Going? (sold)

“then, she began to breathe, and live, and every moment took her to a place where goodbyes were hard to come by. she was in love, but not in love with someone or something, she was in love with her life. and for the first time, in a long time, everything was inspiring.” -r.m. drake

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Thank You Spotlight On Art!

“When you are describing a shape or a sound or a tint, don’t state the matter plainly, but put it in a hint and learn to look at all things with a sort of mental squint.” -Lewis Carroll

I am thrilled that some of my paintings sold at the Spotlight on Art Show. In fact one piece sold before it even got hung. No matter how many paintings I have sold in my life, each time one sells I remember that someone actually paid money to buy a piece to live with and look at every day. It makes me over the moon with happiness that I get to share a piece of who I am with someone – a connection – a friendship. Thank you for that.

So these are the pieces that sold —


“If you feel something calling you to dance or write or paint or sing, please refuse to worry about whether you’re good enough. Just do it. Be generous. Offer a gift to the world no one else can offer — yourself!” -Glennon Doyle Melton

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Gallery Sales & Spotlight On Art Show/Sale

“A life of making isn’t a series of shows or projects or productions or things, it is an everyday practice. It is a practice of questions more than answers – of waiting to find what you need more often than knowing what you need to do. Waiting, like listening and meandering, is best when it is an active and not a passive state.” -Ann Hamilton

A big thank you to those folks who purchased my work recently! And also a big thank you to my galleries!

Sold – Art Alley, Birmingham, AL

Miss Rosie (sold)

Sold – High Country Art, Blue Ridge, GA

The Dog Whisperer (sold)

My time during the holidays has been spent getting ready for Spotlight On Art, a juried show held in Atlanta (opening January 30). There will be lots of fun events and opportunities to buy artwork. Check out the link to find out more. Here is the work I will have available: (click on an image to see it larger)

“As artists, we’ve been blessed with the ability to turn to our work at such a time – for solace or for catharsis, or simply to make sense of our experience. And although we do this for ourselves, it is a double blessing when such work speaks to others as well.” -Alan Weisman

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