This painting is a work in progress, but I think I am getting close to being done. It was created as part of the watercolor class I took with Sandy Haight during the summer of 2015. I could probably benefit from taking several more classes with her! I really admire her work, and I think the painting I made in this class is far better than any of the watercolors I did prior to studying with her.
To prepare for painting a still-life, I composed many different arrangements of objects and photographed them. The photo I'm working from is in the upper right-hand corner of this picture.
This painting was inspired by wine walks the Arts of Snohomish Gallery participated in during 2015. This painting has been sold, but the two other paintings I created in this series are still available. I also have giclée prints of this piece available.
Another painting inspired by and created for a wine walk at Arts of Snohomish. It is currently on display at Art Not Terminal in downtown Seattle, and is availale for purchase.
The third painting in the wine fantasy series. This piece is also on display at Art Not Terminal in downtown Seattle during the month of November, and is availale for purchase. Giclée prints are also available.
In 2014, inspired by my sister Suzanne, I started trying to teach myself watercolor. Painting with watercolors is very different from painting with acrylics, which is the medium I normally use. This was my second attempt, which I think turned out surprisingly well mostly because I wasn't trying to be representational and because I didn't overwork it. Many of my other attempts have not turned out so well.
Although I didn't create it with the intent of using it for fabric, it actually looks really gorgeous as a textile design. Here's a scarf I created with it. I have another scarf like this that I wear myself, and I get so many compliments on it! I also sewed a dress using this fabric, and plan to post it on Etsy soon. You can see the fabric on Spoonflower. The original painting is not for sale, but I do have giclée prints of this piece available.
This painting was inspired by a wonderful photograph my friend Julie took of a fruit stand when she was on vacation in Mexico.
Again, although I didn't create this design with fabric in mind, it works surprisingly well in that form. I've made some beautiful scarves and tote bags using it. Giclée prints of this piece are also available.
My friend Peggy has been studying oil painting, and invited me over to her house to try it. I've painted with acrylics off and on since high school, and recently started trying to learn how to paint with watercolors, but never tried oils before. I had a great time. Hopefully we can get together to paint again soon.
Koi are so much fun to paint. As with some of my other paintings, this one also works quite well on fabric. Giclée prints of this piece are also available.
I didn't set out to paint beach huts by night under a magical aurora borealis, but somehow it turned out that way.
Unlike with many of my other paintings, my intent with this one actually was to use it as a fabric design, and it turned out to work pretty well for that. Actually many of my paintings have worked surprisingly well as fabric designs - even some paintings I didn't think were all that good. Here's a tote bag I sewed with it. Giclée prints of this piece are also available.
This painting is based on a photograph my sister took of me when I was little (probably eight or nine), and depicts the alternate childhood I liked to imagine for myself, in which I would have grown up on a mysterious English estate that had hidden doors, magical wardrobes, and secret gardens. This piece is not for sale, but I do have giclée prints available.
This painting is based on a photo I took of my husband Jim waiting for me at the Fountain Cafe in Port Townsend. This piece is not for sale, but I do have giclée prints available.
My dear cat Miette was with me for fifteen years. I painted this portrait of her as a memorial after she succumbed to cancer. Painting it helped me with my sadness.
As with several of my other paintings, this one worked quite well as fabric, too. You can see the scarves and tote bags I made with it. The original is not for sale, but I do have giclée prints available.
I painted this based on a photo I took of Jim very early one morning. He'd gone to bed with gel in his hair, and woken up with it going in all directions, looking so hilarious I had to snap his picture. It inspired this sort of underwatery portrait.
This self-portrait was based on a photo Jim took of me the day after I first had my long hair cut off into this 1920's style bob. I may look tragic, but actually I was really happy.
Jim gave me a box of oil pastels for Christmas 2002, so I drew this based on a photo I'd taken that summer, of fruit lying out on the sunny counter waiting to be made into fruit salad. I hardly ever use oil pastels and should probably work with them more often.