Sunday, October 7, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Road Home

The Road Home 10" x 30" Oil on Canvas. Available Sold.

I have been doing a lot of paintings lately in a long, narrow format. This is one of the larger ones and I was really please with the drama this size creates. The long vistas of flat, farmland, really inspire my landscapes.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

2013 Wall Calendar

I am now offering 2013 Wall Calendars! These feature 13 large images of my paintings, and an additional 12 small day images.  They are for sale at Etsy, for $22 plus $4 shipping.

Farm to Market

Farm to Market 12" x 12" oil on canvas. Sold.

This little painting is an homage to all those lonely little roads that criss cross through the US, leading to farms and ranches.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sheep in the Green Pastureland

Sheep in the Green Pastureland 8" x 8" Sold

This was a lot of fun. I love the shape of sheep and this guy looks like one of the puffy clouds in the background. The painting has a lot of thick impasto and it was all done with a palette knife, which creates a lot of spontaneity.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Sheep at the Stone Farmhouse

Sheep at the Stone Farmhouse. Oil painting on canvas 16" x 20" Available at Etsy.

I was interested in the texture of this old farmhouse, and improvised the landscape. I think the sheep add a lot of personality to the scene.

Friday, August 10, 2012

I Know This Land

I Know This Land 16"x16"Sold

This one has a lot of thick impasto. I think the yellow sky really balances the composition.

Friday, July 27, 2012

A Simple Day

A Simple Day. 6" x 8." Sold

This is the second in a series of cloud paintings I just finished. I wanted the sky to dominate. The next painting coming soon is a larger 24x24 piece that is very dramatic. It is still drying in my studio.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Clouds Roll By II

Clouds Roll By II. 16" x 16." Available at Etsy.

I have been experimenting with clouds. Big rolling clouds. I have two others in this set that I will post soon. I was pleased with the colors of this one, esp. the teal/aqua sky.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

Simple Living IV

Simple Living IV 16"x16" Sold

I painted this with a palette knife, with lots of thick paint, and bright color.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Walk On By

Walk on By 12" x 12" Available at Etsy

Chickens! So much pride and personality!  There is a lot of impasto paint on this one, using mainly a palette knife. I really enjoyed creating the textured ground with so much rich color.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Only With You 8" x 16" oil on canvas. Available at Ugallery.

I was really experimenting with this one. I love the long, narrow, shape. It makes the scene more dramatic.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Let's Talk

Let's Talk 12" x 12" oil on canvas. Available at Etsy.

This was just a fun exercise with color! I wanted the blues and greens of the birds to really pop! The orange isn't quite as bright as the top photo shows.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Blue and Orange II

Blue and Orange II 8" x 8" oil on canvas Sold

This is the second of a pair I painted last week. I am playing with the texture of the paint and trying to simplify shapes and color.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Blue and Orange

Blue and Orange 8" x 8" Sold.

After working on the mural restoration project at the Ridglea Theater in Fort Worth, I am now back in the studio painting! And it feels good. This is one of two similar country house paintings I did last week.

Monday, May 14, 2012

I have been working with art conservators on the restoration of the 1950 Ridglea Theater Murals in Fort Worth. The murals are by Eugene Gilboe, a prolific painter, who also worked on the Dallas Fair Park Murals. I was also part of that large project back in 2000, when 14 murals were restored.

The Ridglea Theater is scheduled to re-open in late September. The murals have some water damage and large areas of missing paint, which are being re-constructed. Luckily the building is now on the historic registry and will be brought back to its original glory.

More information and images are here.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Gift to be Simple II

The Gift to be Simple II 12" x 12" Available at Etsy

My paintings are a kind of Contemporary Americana, celebrating the rural landscape. The title of this piece comes from a Shaker melody: 

"'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight."

Monday, April 9, 2012

The Clothesline

The Clothesline 8" x 24"oil on canvas. SOLD

This is painted with a palette knife with thick impasto and lots of bright colors. I love the long narrow size and am planning to do more!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Promise of Living

 Promise of Living. Oil painting on canvas 24" x 24". Available on Etsy.

This is a larger version of a painting I did a few months ago, which was very popular and was sold by Serena & Lily Bazaar. The title comes from a piece of Aaron Copland's Tender Land opera. It is a simple image, but is painted in thick impasto with a lot of great texture. I always paint the edges, so it can be hung with or without a frame.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Simple Living II

Simple Living II 6" x 8" oil on canvas. Sold.

This was a fun little one to paint: it has thick impasto and lots of great texture and bright color.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

New Work

These three paintings are my newest pieces, please contact me for availability.

All are 16" x 16" 

 Clouds Roll By.

 The Watering Hole. Sold

Bright River.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Green 6" x 8" Oil Painting on Canvas. SOLD

This was a fun piece to paint, full of thick impasto and bright spring color.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Cool Gray Farm. 12" x 12" Oil on canvas. Sold.

I have been experimenting with a limited palette and was happy how the blue, green, and yellow just pop out against the cool gray of this scene.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Cardinal 8" x 8" Oil painting on canvas. Available on Etsy

This was a fun one to do. I just wanted to play with the teal and red, which I think work really well together. I am hoping to do several more birds soon.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012

Farmland Quilt

Farmland Quilt, oil painting on canvas 8" x 8" Available on Etsy

I've been experimenting with a lot of color lately and have expanded my quilt ideas.  I'd love to do this one really large. Maybe soon!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Bright River

Bright River 16" x 16" Available at Atelier Gallery.

I love playing with color and shapes in my landscapes, and I was happy with how the electric blue river animates this scene.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Round Barn

The Round Barn 8" x 10" oil on canvas $85 on Etsy

Round Barns were popular in the mid- 19th century through the early 20th century, throughout the US. I remember seeing a few growing up in Indiana, and am thinking of painting a series of these unique beauties.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Quilted Land V

Quilted Land V 8" x 8" oil painting on canvas. Sold

This is another in my "quilted fields" series. I love the idea of patchwork colors on the farmland.