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ABOUT: Due to medical issues, I can only stand up for about five minutes at a time on land. However, I can stand up indefinitely when in the low gravity environment of chest deep water. Water is my freedom. I painted this painting to express how gloriously free I feel when I'm gliding about in water.
ABOUT: At first glance this is a happy little painting about brightly colored balloons and a pretty bird flying overhead. But it can also be interpreted as man made plastic objects about to collide with an unsuspecting wild bird. We humans sometimes injure nature when that’s the last thing we, as individuals, intended to do. It would behoove each of us to put more thought into the impact our human actions have on the other life forms with whom we share this planet.
ABOUT: One summer I had a little Dragonfly buddy who would come visit me every day while I did my water therapy exercises. He usually liked to sit on my hand and take “rides” over the water. Other times he was content to perch on my head. This painting is dedicated to him. Yes, he was a “him”. I researched online to find out more about his species. I learned that he had spent the first 6 1/2 years of his life under water - probably in the nearby creek - and only gotten his wings for the final six months. I feel privileged that he decided to share some of his flying “Glory Days” time with me.
ABOUT: I frequently paint delicate, lovely little fish but this is my first painting of a large species. Groupers are fascinating to watch, and a little bit scary in real life from the size standpoint. To me, they are so conventionally ugly that they are beautiful in their own right. Here I’ve imagined a wildly colorful one.
ABOUT: I painted this as a Christmas gift for a relative who loves watching hummingbirds. My idea was to capture the energetic motion surrounding these marvelous little birds. If you zoom in closely, you may be pleasantly surprised at detail, especially on the wings. Like the tiny birds themselves, this painting holds hidden surprises.
ABOUT: This is an underwater photograph taken by photographer Kevin Cunningham which I painted upon at his request as a gift for his wife (and am incorporating into my gallery with his permission). His wife, Donna, shared with me that this particular turtle was unlawfully removed from a beach as a baby by misguided people thinking they’d keep her for a pet. She was kept in bathtub and soon outgrew it, since her species grows to be 4-5 feet long. She was never was able to learn to dive or hunt growing up. She would starve if released to an ocean. She has thus ended up in permanent captivity in an aquatic park. It’s a cautionary tale: People should never remove baby animals from their natural habitats merely for the “fun” of trying to turn them into pets.
ABOUT: This expressionistic imagining of a deer was inspired by the deer who occasionally come visit our yard at dawn or dusk. Like ballet dancers, they will seem so delicate and fragile when still, yet when they leap and bound away you realize how truly muscular and strong they are.
ABOUT: Guppies are the playful little otters of the tropical aquarium world. I’ve always enjoyed watching their antics. The fun, lively colors of this painting match the spirit I’ve often observed in these marvelous little creatures.
ABOUT: As someone who is physically disabled, I sometimes become frustrated at how slow I am and how long it takes me to complete physical tasks. However, I take heart in knowing that even a snail will eventually cross the finish line if he/she is persistent. If a snail can do it, then I can do it too! It just goes to show that a seemingly “lowly snail” may serve as a great inspiration if we just observe closely enough.
ABOUT: I have cared for aquaria most of my life, since early childhood. I never tire of watching fish glide through water, whether it be in creeks, lakes, ponds, or aquaria. I’ve always found it so mesmerizing. This painting illustrates some of the mental images that go through my head as I watch fish beautifully glide about.
ABOUT: The inspiration for this expressionistic portrait of a Scotty dog comes from three local Scotties. Despite being ridiculously cute, the trio appear to fancy themselves to be a pack of mighty warriors.
ABOUT: Dragons are typically portrayed in stories as the villains, but have you noticed that more often than not they are defending something from a human who wants to steal it? Sometimes the determination of who is the hero and who is the villain is a mere matter of perspective.
ABOUT: This painting is an attempt to combine expressionism (painting something from the standpoint of how you FEEL about it – in this case, carnations) and abstract painting (painting shapes to represent an idea).
ABOUT: This is an expressionistic, peaceful imagining of a Springtime tree with vibrant blooms. It was inspired by a recent winter stroll where I saw many cherry trees full of closed, colored buds. I couldn’t help but imagine how grand they were going be a few weeks later when in full bloom. It made me wish i could be there to see them (alas, I saw them while traveling so they are actually located many hundreds of miles from my home). They remained on my mind, though, so I painted this once I returned home.
ABOUT: Which do you prefer, yellow dandelions or “audience participation” dandelions… meaning fluffy white ones you can blow on to send the little dandelion seeds flying about? This is an imagining of some tiny birds inhabiting fluffy white dandelions.
ABOUT: This painting was inspired by lovely flowers sent by a thoughtful friend to cheer me up after a death in the family. I don’t know if it’s the flowers themselves, the gesture behind them, or both but they do cheer us up don’t they?
ABOUT: Here I was remembering what it is like to watch summer leaves floating on the still surface of a pond. After awhile you begin to notice that although it may seem quiet, there is actually a whirlwind of activity taking place by the tiniest of creatures. Insects, amphibians, and small mammals lead busy lives which only the children among us tend to take the time to notice.
ABOUT: Have you ever seen the wind blowing so hard that it carries not only leaves but also flower blossoms? This painting is an imagining of the story where the Wind is proudly carrying a lovely bouquet of leaves and flowers for all to admire… not knowing that the animals and people observing it may not understand what they are looking at, for to them the Wind’s bouquet is there for only a barely noticed, fleeting moment. Sometimes we miss seeing beauty that is right in front of us.
ABOUT: An imagining of a tree where you can go make a wish, pluck a swirled leaf off of a branch, and then watch the leaf slowly grow over the coming days into something that will help your wish come true. (Yeah, I actually thought about that while I painted this. Don’t ask me why.)
ABOUT: When I was a child I loved watching leaves float along moving water in the creek near our house. I always thought they looked like little boats and would imagine fairy people riding along in them. In this painting the floating leaves being carried along the water are blue because, well, why not?
ABOUT: This colorful abstract was the result of several weeks’ experimentation with pouring dense colored liquids into clear water, photographing the “explosive” result in the first few seconds of them hitting the water. I later painted upon one of the photographs to achieve this result. My intention was to capture a sense of ongoing movement being paused for a moment in time.
ABOUT: One of the things I enjoy about this particular art piece is how different people find differing things in it. I see trees sitting on a parfait glass, slowly melting as a dessert might. Others have expressed seeing things such as clouds melting into a river or a hand clutching a bouquet of flowers.
ABOUT: This artwork was inspired by a poem I read. It described childhood memories of exploring the local sights, sounds, and smells on a bike in the summertime. I experimented with combining abstract art (designed to evoke summer warmth, motion, and landscape) with a line drawing. I thought of myself as kid on my bike as I created this. I remembered riding my bike, closing my eyes, arms outstretched, wind and sun on my face… I think that kid was all of us.
ABOUT: This painting came about from working through grieving the loss of a loved one. To me, when someone passes away it feels as though they are still around except now there is a physical barrier between you. On a hopeful note, it does express that the essence of the person who passed away is not actually gone. I debated internally whether to list it for sale. I decided to go ahead and list it in case it may somehow help someone else who has known grieving to express what they have experienced.
ABOUT: This painting was an experiment. I combined the fluidity of my animal paintings with the retro ‘70s era palette I sometimes like to use and put it into a figure drawing. In my imagination, a lovely jazz singer emerged singing beautiful notes. This painting expresses how listening to a soulful jazz singer makes me feel.
ABOUT: Most of the time I have a painting carefully planned out before I make the first brushstroke. However, once in awhile I’ll just start painting in a “doodling” sort of way and see where it goes. Such was the origin of “Moon on a Platter”. This “doodle” ended up being a dancer who lights her path with the magical moonlight she carries overhead on a platter.
ABOUT: I don’t often do portraits, but this portrait was requested by my daughter. It is of her dear, brave childhood friend who recently (2019) lost her battle with cancer. Painting this was a very emotional experience for me. At times I was painting with tears rolling down my cheeks. I decided I needed to be as brave as Stacy, though, so I sallied forth undaunted just as she would have. I tried to incorporate her favorite colors into this remembrance of her. I portrayed her with the winds of uncertainty swirling about her while she bravely looks you in the eye and smiles. That’s who she was.
The painting “Stacy” is Not For Sale
THAT DREAM WHERE I WAS RUNNING
ABOUT: Have you ever had that dream where you were flying? Or maybe running but it’s in slow motion and you don’t seem to be getting anywhere? Well, I have. So I made a painting about it.
ABOUT: This painting is about relationships. We oftentimes take turns being the one who “catches” (or is supportive of) the other person, be it our friend, relative, or significant other. I intentionally left it ambiguous as to who is catching whom. If you look closely at the cloud formation in the lower right hand corner, it is a heart.
ABOUT: There are always much more to living trees than meets the human eye. We tend to only perceive that part of them which we can see above ground. This art piece is an imagining of how trees communicate with one another below ground level with a connectedness. It was created by taking an underwater photograph of a model and then painting upon it.
ABOUT: The official name of this digitally painted and edited photograph is “Spring Wind” but my personal name for it is different. This is actually a photograph of me as a baby. All my adult life people have pointed out that I have a “resting b____ face”, meaning I can look mean (to those who don’t know me) if my face is expressionless. I think this photo proves that even as a baby I was already developing that look. Hence my personal name for this art piece: “Resting Baby Face”.
ABOUT: This painting was one of those where I got partway through and got “stuck”. I had painted the colorful smoke and then got “painter’s block” (which I guess is kind of like “writer’s block”) as to where to take it from there. A few days later it hit me: I needed to paint in a person formed by the smoke itself, who was breaking away from it. She is born of it, just as we all are oftentimes shaped by our life circumstances. I then painted her and liked the end result.
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FLORA & FAUNA
ABOUT: This artwork is derived from a photograph I took underwater and then later painted upon. It represents one of those metaphorical moments in life where a person lets go of something lovely (in this case it’s literally flowers) and ponders it as it drifts away.
ABOUT: This is a photograph I took of the model in water. I later painted upon it to make it appear as though she were bursting through colorful clouds. It will speak differently to different viewers, but some have mentioned that it reminds them of when a person has a “breakthrough” after putting a lot of effort into achieving a long awaited goal. I like that interpretation very much.
ABOUT: This is a photograph that I took underwater and then later painted upon. I find that light oftentimes bounces around within water in unexpected, lovely ways. The model is one of my daughters, so this art piece has a particular sentimental value for me.
ABOUT: Here I painted the underwater photograph to make it appear as though the model was frozen within a block of ice. I was imagining a fairy tale where someone is placed under a magic spell which freezes them in time until the spell is lifted. I found it challenging to try to replicate ice and frost, but enjoyed trying. If we don’t try new things then we won’t know new things! I decided to see if I could do it while mostly avoiding blues, since using blues to depict frozen water is sort of cliche’.
ABOUT: This is actually an underwater “selfie” I took while learning how to take underwater photographs. I took the photograph and then later painted upon it. (See the IGTV on my Instagram Page for a 1 minute video showing how this art piece was made.) I admit having 1970’s era posters in mind as I painted. She’s pretty much a groovy, psychedelic mermaid. Interesting factoid: This art piece was named by the winner of a social media contest we had for naming it.
Short Story Illustration, Sept 2018 Issue of Mensa Bulletin
This illustration was commissioned for a magazine short story. In summary, the story involves a grieving widower living miserably alone with his deceased wife’s cat. Then letters from his wife begin arriving in the mail. She had lovingly written them while ill and pre-arranged for someone to mail them at certain intervals. Through the letters she guides him through his grieving. The final letter ends the story on a positive note.
I tried to thoughtfully capture this poignant story in one visual image and hope I did it justice. I couldn’t resist illustrating the cat as aware of the wife’s spiritual presence, even though the man is not.
ABOUT: I was very pleased to have my painting “Wind Bouquet” selected by the Open Journal of Arts & Letters to illustrate the wonderful short story “Wishing Birds”by Debra Groves Harman.
I believe the publisher did a good job matching up my artwork to the author’s writing. It was a “good marriage” of creative efforts. The author has expressed similar sentiments to me.
(“Wind Bouquet” art prints are available in the General Artwork Gallery.)
Pics You've Sent In
I really enjoy it when people send me photos of my art residing in their homes or them otherwise posing next to it. It makes me feel connected to them. Thank you!
Linda's "I'll Catch You" fine art print
Linda sent in this photo of her “I’ll Catch You'“ cotton rag print which she’s placed in her home office in Palm Springs, California. Thanks, Linda!
Leafy and Jean's "Carnation Party" canvas print
Leafy and Jean sent in this photo of them purchasing a “Carnation Party” canvas print from the Las Lagunas Gallery in Laguna Beach, California. Thanks, y’all!
Donna & Kevin's "Sea Friend" Print
Donna and Kevin sent in this photo of a “Sea Friend” archival photo paper print hanging in their living room in Charleston, South Carolina. Thanks, y’all!
Rick's "Blue Diamonds" Print
Rick is enjoying his new “Blue Diamonds” cotton rag print in in his Mid Century Modern home in California. Thanks for the pic!