This was a commission requested by an old friend from high school. She wanted an abstract with certain colors and a serene feel. I have to admit that I really struggled with this one, and it was also the biggest painting I had ever done. She was very pleased with it, so of course, I was, too.


This is an abstract I did as a “palate cleanser.” It is temporarily living at the U.S. Embassy in Riga, Latvia, at the request of Ambassador John Carwile himself. What an honor!

We Didn’t Start The Fire

This is another one that was part of my solo exhibit at IU Methodist Hospital, in the art gallery located in the lobby of the hospital. I was so thrilled to be asked to participate in this project. I can’t think of a better use for a hospital lobby than an art gallery. This painting is now in my dining room and it warms me up every day.

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?

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.  She now lives in the crafts room of a dear friend.


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?

The Ashton Trees

Ashton Trees 2

My cousin, Ashton Shaw Despot, is a unique and wonderful artist who lives in New Orleans, where all of my immediate family live.  Her style of painting is unlike any I have ever seen, and I love it.  She projects a sense of wonder and serenity in her work that is almost childlike, in the best possible way.  This painting was inspired by one of hers.  It is not for sale and never will be, but hangs in my house as a tribute to the artistic genius of another woman in my family.  Please check out her work at http://ashtonshawdespot.com/  She is a genuine ray of light.