I was privileged to attend a horse roundup near Kalispell, Montana in June. The horses were beautiful, the landscape was beautiful, the day was beautiful, the whole experience was beautiful! What a fabulous experience!
This has been my year of painting the things that fill my soul with loveliness and beauty. The photo reference I used for this painting is one I took up in Kalispell a few years ago. It WAS the end of a long June day, and everyone was tired and ready to go home and call it a day. As the sun was setting and the hands were chatting quietly, these two horses reached out to one another with a nuzzle, and nickered softly. It was all perfectly beautiful.
This painting won third place in 2-D art at the Women
Artists of the West show “WAOWed in San Diego." 44th Annual Women
Artists of the West National Juried Exhibition at the Women’s Museum of
California, San Diego, CA. May 2 – May 31, 2014.
Original Western Landscape,Equine ,Figurative Painting 16"x20" Acrylic on Canvas/sold
Lake Powell was formed from the controversial damming of Glen Canyon. This is a painting of Rainbow Arch, now found by floating up one of the many brilliant, red canyons of Lake Powell and hiking up to the arch.
This is one of the more spectacular views from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. My husband I were there in 2014 with good friends. When I painted this I needed the comfort of painting something small and purely representational. It's like putting together a jigsaw puzzle; I put it together one small piece at a time! And it represents a wonderful memory of good times with friends.
I was painting bird after bird for an upcoming show with a sandhill crane theme and needed a break! I staple-gunned a piece of canvas on to the back of bookcase in my studio and began painting freely. It makes sense that a bird emerged; after all, that's what I had been painting for months. But what also emerged was pure, delightful color. The blues of the sky, the yellows of sunshine, the reds of heart's blood, and violet-y purples of night sky.
ALL birds have a totemic quality for me, but this one, part raven, part harpy, and part serpent is a good reminder to look up, be happy, and remember that the world is full of color and the sky full of life.
Raven Totem 2, Acrylic on Canvas mounted on Gatorboard, 40x30. This is my second big raven totem painting. I began the first as a way to use up old paint on my palette and scraps of linen that I didn't feel like stretching. I fell in love with allowing myself to paint with more imagination and zero stress. These paintings don't have to look like anything other than what they are. Plus, for me, Raven has powerful magic.
Ravens hold a special place in my heart. I love to paint them, both realistically and interpretively. This painting is the third in a series of raven "totems, interpretations of ravens as spirit guides. This one is vibrant and full of joy and mischief. I painted her in rich blues and violets with bright accents.
The canyons in Lake Powell are full of wonder and mystery. My husband and I were floating back from Davis Gulch and this blue heron followed our course for a while, perching on rocks and observing as we drifted by. Beautiful day; beautiful memory.
16x20 Acrylic on Canvas/Available
Red Rocks Landscape Painting /Prints also available