Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Feeding Gulls

6"x12" oil on cradled board

I just finished this one. It was a challenge trying to capture the late afternoon light and long shadows. I'm really enjoying painting birds right now. I hope to do a few more before I move on to the next thing. 

There have been several things going on in my life that has made it difficult to paint. Besides having my 6 year old grandson for a week, and having a contractor here updating bathrooms, I lost access to my computer for 5 days! There was an accident that involved my computer, water, a broken glass, and a 6 year old. Need I say more? After I was sure he was okay, I noticed my computer had been too close to the whole situation. I quickly wiped it down and turned it off and put it in a dry spot for 5 days. I finally had the courage to try starting it on Sunday and thank goodness it booted right up! Whew, that was a close one. I need to find a better spot to stick this computer when not in use. And if the mother of that 6 year old is reading this... IT WAS A COMPLETE ACCIDENT. And all is well. 

Now to get some of these paintings I have started done!

Saturday, October 8, 2016


16" x 20" oil on cradled board

I just delivered this commission to a very happy client! This is a portrait of "Cleo" doing what she loves to do which is hunt. This was a wonderful project and I'm thrilled I got to be a part of it. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Coast Guard

8x8 oil on cradled board

I couldn't resist this profile! He seems to be guarding the beach!

For some reason Blogger has lost all the links to the Blogs I Follow. The gadget just disappeared from my page. I've been slowly adding them back. I hope I will be able to remember them all!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016


6x6 oil on cradled board

We got back from a wonderful trip to Florida on Saturday. Today I've been finishing up some paintings I started before we left. Here is a Kingfisher.

Navarre Beach, FL .... beautiful!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Throwing Sand

8x8 oil on cradled board

This might look a bit familiar. I painted a smaller version of this last month. I really like the shadow and color patterns so I've done it again a bit larger.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Friday, September 2, 2016

Das Bier Run

8x16 oil on cradled board

It's been a long time since I've posted so I thought I should give you an update on what's happening in my studio.  I mentioned a few commissions... well, I've been working on those. But along with that, I've been painting for a couple local shows that are coming up at the end of the year. I have to say... I've been pretty busy every day in my studio!

But this painting I started in early summer. I had done a smaller version a few years back and always wanted to try it a bit larger. I finally put the finishing touches on it yesterday! I hope local people recognize it as the Peoria Riverfront. It's based on a local 5k run that happens during Octoberfest. The Das Bier Run. It's a very family friendly and fun event.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Exhibition & Festival Information

Outside Looking In
10"x8" oil on cradled board

This painting was accepted in the Poets & Artists Self-Portrait exhibition and publication, "Reinventing Ourselves from Another Point of View". It will be included in the Poets and Artists (PA#75) online digital & print on-demand magazine.  The opening reception for the exhibition is this Friday (Aug. 19) at the Art NXT Level Projects/33 Contemporary, Chicago, IL. The show will run until Sept. 10.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to be at the reception because I didn't plan very well. I have my last summer art festival this coming weekend and I will need to set up my display Friday night. But if you can't make it to Chicago, you should definitely stop by Washington Park in Washington, IL where you will find me along with 60+ other artists at the Washington Arts Festival. Lots of food, children's activities, and music! A link to a map is on my Events page.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Ocean Dreams

6x6 oil on panel

I have to put the beach paintings aside for a short while. I'll be working on a few commissions that I'm pretty excited about. One is 16"x20" which is larger than I've ever done! I can't wait to get started!

My last art festival of the summer is coming up. I'll be in Washington IL on August 20-21. More information and a link to a map on my Events page.