Raven - SOLD

8x8 oil & cold wax on cradled board

I've been occasionally playing around with cold wax medium. But this was the first time I used it in a painting that wasn't fully abstract. I really like the texture.


8x8 oil on cradled board

I've been painting some birds lately. I'm hoping to have a handful of them for holiday shows this winter. Here is the first one.

Carolina Wren

I heard a Carolina Wren in my garden tonight.

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I never saw it, and I had never heard one before. But it sang clearly, "Judy, Judy, Judy". So I googled, bird who says Judy, Judy, Judy and a recording of a Carolina Wren came up. Which was exactly what I heard. It was so pretty.

I spent the last 3 days at the courthouse downtown. I was juror number 10 in a trial of a young woman who was charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery, Aggravated Battery, and Domestic Battery. She had cut her baby daddy with a box cutter. She said she did it. Everyone saw her do it. But we found her not guilty on all three counts. *sigh*

There was doubt.

Doubt that she didn't fear for her life and was defending herself. He had beat her before. Three months before, he had blinded her in one eye and caused her to have her baby early. She didn't press charges against him then because she didn't want him to get in trouble. But on this night, with drinking and drugs she cut him. She feared him. She loved him. She hated him. So complicated. No right answer.

He was not hurt very bad. They released him that night from the hospital. He was not hurt bad because he is huge and she is small. So even a box cutter just grazed him a bit. He didn't show up to testify because he didn't want her to get in trouble.

But I heard a Carolina Wren in my garden tonight and it reminded me of her because "Wren" is her surname. Strange coincidence.  I bet she is back with him already.

Splash Landing - SOLD

12"x12" oil on cradled board

I've just finished an online workshop with Melinda Cootsona, "Six Approaches to Abstracting the Figure". It was fabulous! She showed me different ways to go beyond the photo. This is something I've been struggling with, and working toward. One approach is to use stencils. And I'm loving that. I used that technique, along with some knife work to get the texture in this new painting. I'm doing more layers, and building surface texture now. With oils, that takes time. But I'm happy with the results.

Art In Bloom Art Festival

Swing High - 12x12

I'm packing up my car and headed up to Cantigny Park. I'm super excited to be setting up my booth for "Art in Bloom" art fair this Fathers Day weekend! Come visit, come buy art! It's a great show and a lot of fun. I'll be hanging a lot of new work! Booth #28!

A little more information & a map on my Events page.

Your Move

12"x12" oil on cradled board

Just finished this one. I'm slowly painting larger pieces and I'm enjoying that except for the fact that they are filling up my small studio pretty quickly.

Upcoming Events!

I've just put together a newsletter that will go out to my mailing list tomorrow,
May 1. I'm repeating it here for those not on my mailing list. If you are interested in keeping up with where I'm showing my art, be sure to get on my mailing list here --> JOIN MY MAILING LIST.

Spring Weather Has Finally Arrived

The long winter has finally come to an end and that always means my art festivals are getting close! I have a May show this year, which is new for me. I've been accepted into the Old Capital Art Fair in Springfield, IL (May 19-20), and I'm pretty excited! I'm looking forward to meeting some new people in that area.

I also have a couple group exhibitions and new work at Exhibit A Gallery. Below is more information.


I will only be doing 3 art shows this year. They are:

  • Old Capital Art Fair—May 19 & 20, 2018,
Springfield, IL.
Booth #101, (last minute booth change. Please note I'm at #101 now!)

    Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 10am-4pm
  • Cantigny Art In Bloom—June 16 & 17, 2018,

    Cantigny Park, Wheaton, IL

    Saturday 10am-4pm
Sunday 10am-4pm
  • Sugar Creek Arts Festival—July 14 & 15, 2018,

    Uptown Normal, IL. - I will be on North St.

    Saturday 10am-5pm

    Sunday 11am-4pm
I'm also honored to be included in these group exhibitions:

The McLean County Arts Center is in Bloomington, IL. Show runs May 4-June 16. (left to right:  "Sanity" 10"x8"" oil & "Don't Look Down" 16"x12" oil.) Contact MCAC for purchase information.

"Unseen Voices"
The Foster Gallery  is located in downtown Peoria in the First United Methodist Church. Show runs May 27-July 8. (left: "Soccer Team" 6"x6" oil.Contact me for purchase information.

I dropped these 2 small paintings off at Exhibit A Gallery last month. They will be there for a while if you want to stop in and check them out. Both are 8"x6" and framed. You can contact Exhibit A Gallery for more information.

Thank you to everyone out there who follows me. I appreciate your continued interest in my art!