This was my first painting of 2019 and it just happened to be my first commission of the year as well. A photograph by John Snell, newsperson and photographer of Louisiana, is once again the inspiration for my painting.
When I need to renew my creativity or clear my heart, I do an abstract painting. This one is still available!
I sent this one as a gift to my dear friend and New Orleans chanteuse extraordinaire, Leigh Harris, aka Little Queenie, when she was very ill with cancer. We lost her, but her spirit lives on in everyone who ever listened to her sing.
Although it was already sold, this painting was featured at Trees, an exhibit at Acceleration Art and Photography Gallery in Historic Fountain Square in September 2018.
This painting, inspired by a John Snell photograph, was featured at Hotel Tango on Virginia Ave., near Fountain Square in Indianapolis on First Friday, September 7, 2018. It is now in my bedroom where I see it first thing every morning and I just can’t sell it!
Western Lake in Grayton Beach Florida, with its iconic stand of pines on the shore, is one of my favorite and most popular scenes to paint. This one sold before I had finished it and is already in its new home in Santa Rosa Beach.
I grew up in New Orleans and my grandparents lived just a block from Lake Pontchartrain. This reminds me of childhood days, looking at the sailboats from the sun parlor upstairs. Sold!
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.
This one is still available.
I worked on this for a long time, finally finished, signed, framed and hung it, but I still don’t like it!
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?
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. This now lives in home of some family members.
I’ve mentioned before how much I love Frank Relle’s photographs. This one took my breath away. I was so excited to paint this, and thank you again, Mr. Relle, photographer extraordinaire, for your generosity of spirit!
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.
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 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