We Didn’t Start The Fire

After a few months of being tired, ill and unmotivated, I’ve been working on some big paintings lately and this one was inspired by a smaller one I did a couple of years ago that’s still one of my personal favorites.  I really like the 36 x 36 size and it’s hanging over my sofa in my newly painted den/kitchen/great room until it goes to my upcoming exhibit.  What do you think?

Oak Trees on the Shore

This is from a photograph by an old friend and accomplished photographer, Colleen Kerrigan.  These are live oaks along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico in Pass Christian, Mississippi.  Live oaks are evergreen and don’t lose their leaves so they look like this always!  They can live for hundreds of years and the old ones are huge and majestic.  If you’re in Indianapolis, stop by Mass Ave Wine Shop downtown, where I have quite a few of my paintings on display currently.  This one will be there as soon as I finish it!

Crooked Cypress

I’ve mentioned before how much I love Frank Relle’s photographs.  This one took my breath away, and I’m working on my painting of it now.  Here’s the finished product, ready to sign!  I’m really excited about this one, and thank you again, Mr. Relle, photographer extraordinaire, for your generosity of spirit!


I’ve always been fascinated with mermaids.  I love the beach, although most beach themed decor bores me silly.  I decided to paint my own mermaid for my bathroom, which is my safe haven after a long day.  Here she is, shimmering in the surf.

The Goddess Has Risen

This is another one I started as part of expressing my grief at my father’s death.  It wasn’t exactly what I had in mind, but it became clear that the goddess wanted to be seen.  I obliged!  I don’t know how much my dad would like it, but it’s a tribute to him anyway.

Floating into the Sunset ~ another collaboration with Kat Silver

I did the background for this: the water, the sky and the beach itself.  Kat added the floating whales and the people on the beach looking up at them.  I love this painting, but  didn’t realize until last night that it could be about death.  I wasn’t consciously thinking about my father’s death when I painted this, but there it is.  It’s  eternally fascinating to me how art brings to the surface things that are floating around in your mind.

Tails of the Jungle – a collaboration

Another local artist whose work I love asked me if I would be interested in collaborating with her on some paintings for an upcoming exhibit.  I jumped at the chance and have had so much fun doing it.  We decided that I would do the background paintings and she would add her whimsical surrealism to my landscapes.  Here is the first one we did, signed and ready for submission.  You should check out her work, too, at




Where I Can Always Find You

I did this piece because I was having a hard time with the idea that I don’t know where my father is.  That may sound a little strange, but for some reason, it’s been the hardest thing for me to accept about his death.  I did a smaller version of it on paper for the Intuitive Abstract Painting Workshop I led last week at Acceleration Art and Photography Gallery.  I’d love to hear from you about what you see in this.  I’ve found some whimsical aspects.

Peaceful Shores

I started painting again yesterday.  It was three weeks after my father died.  He loved nature, and he loved going to my sister’s house at Grayton Beach.  This is an image that allows me to think of him at peace.

Trees at Twilight in Early Spring

I’ve been working hard at networking, marketing and looking for artist opportunities, all of which is crucial if I want to do this full time some day, and I do!   The flip side is that with my other jobs, I’ve had very little time to do any actual painting lately.  I’m still working on the big painting (see previous post), but needed to do something really creative for myself.  Here’s what I did yesterday by using a photograph I took looking up at the trees in our front yard and across the street. There’s a particularly lovely light that we get at a certain time of day when it’s slightly overcast, and I wanted to capture that.  I used Prisma to get ideas for some different effects and I wanted to experiment with a new paint color, so I mixed phthalo green with a lot of white and a little Payne’s Grey and started making vague shapes where leaves would be, using brushes and palette knives.  Once I did that, the painting guided me to where branches would be.  Here’s the work in progress.  The background looks more pink than it actually is because the painting (acrylic on canvas board) was sitting on a red chair when I took the picture.  I may have to do another similar one with a pink background.  Please feel free to comment and/or ask questions.  I love talking about art.

Trees at Twilight update

This is an update from today!

Midwest Winter Sunrise

I just finished this 12 x 24″ acrylic on canvas, inspired by a stunning photograph by Ohio artist and photographer Shannon Godby.  He was gracious enough to give me permission to use his photograph, although he does a lot of his own paintings from his own photos.  I like the drama of the sky against the stark bare trees.  It was fun to play with those trees.  This is for sale and currently available.   Contact me if you’re interested!


I’m finally satisfied with this painting, which I approached in an entirely different way.  It’s exciting!  Every time I look at it, I see something I didn’t see the last time.  This is thrilling to me, and now that my perspective is colored by the current political climate, what I see in it has moved me to call it simply Resist.  How many different things do you see?