Another new work to be featured at Acceleration Art and Photography Gallery’s September exhibit, Trees.  Stop in at this unique gallery in historic Fountain Square for the opening on Friday, September 7.  I look forward to meeting you!

Belle Bayou

I just finished this painting, inspired by another of John Snell’s stunning photographs.  It will be featured at Hotel Tango on Virginia Ave., near Fountain Square in Indianapolis as part of my solo exhibit.  Come check it out on First Friday, September 7, 2018.

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!

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.

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!


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?

Bald Cypress, finished and signed!

This painting I’m working on (above)  is inspired (again) by a photograph of Frank Relle’s (see below).  I did a more impressionistic version of it this time, and changed the colors a little.  If you’re ever in New Orleans, you owe it to yourself to check out his gallery on Royal St.   After much deliberation and consultation with some of my friends, I decided not to put leaves on my version of it.  I like the drama of it.  This was a really fun painting to do, and I may do some other impressionistic versions of it before all is said and done.  Maybe the next one will have leaves.                                              relle-louisiana-lean-4-cypresses


Western Lake at sunset

Hey!  I sold the first painting I did of Western Lake almost as soon as I posted it, and I enjoyed doing it so much, I’m working on another one, from a slightly different angle and at a different time of day.  Hope you like it, and please feel free to comment!

Edited 10-13-2016 : Sold

Western Lake near Grayton Beach FL, just before sunset

This is a view I’ve seen so many times, I almost took it for granted until my sister suggested that I might want to paint it.  She sent me a photo and I did, and now all I want to paint are images of the lakes around the panhandle of Florida.  I love the beach, but frankly, it’s not as interesting to paint.  This just sold (YAY!!!), and may be one of my all-time favorites.  I’ve found several other photographs of Western Lake at different times of the day, from different angles, etc., so I will probably do a series of these