Eye of the Beholder SOLD (11×14 dry pastel). This has got to be one of the sweetest faces I have ever seen. Well, her baby was quite a looker too, but there was something so special about this mother’s personality and her gaze that just captured my heart. One of my favorite parts of this painting is the way the sun back-lights her fur, almost making it look golden around the edges.
Baby SOLD (6×6 oil on linen panel). everybody is somebody’s baby.
Sam SOLD (12×24 dry pastel). Sam knows where everything is, including your stuff.
Conference at Cow Corner Private Collection (11×14 dry pastel). Not everyone shows up for scheduled meetings.
Almost Home SOLD (11×14 dry pastel). I spotted these cows hile meandering down a country road in California. Just two states to go and I would be home…
High Bunnies SOLD (11×14 dry pastel). These two bunnies were “dancing” outside my studio window. I feel fortunate to have captured their embrace just before they jumped about two feet in the air and scurried off chasing each other around in circles again. The wild rabbits that visit us are such a wonderful, playful, source of entertainment!
Bless Her Little Heart SOLD (11×14 dry pastel). What can you say about a chicken with a heart of gold that hasn’t already been said? True, no poetry has probably been written for her, although, looking at those beautiful black eyes of hers, it astounds me that more hasn’t been done to celebrate her beauty. Each feather is perfectly formed, clean and crisp and laid just so. She struts about and avoids the gossip in the background; life is too short for that nonsense. She has things to do.
Wee Three SOLD (16×20 dry pastel). Something in the simplicity of this piece gives me a sense of calm. I think it’s the composition that feels restful and the communication, spoken or not, between the three birds is comforting, too. I like to think they have things to talk about that maybe we just don’t understand.
Trusted WingsSOLD (11×14 dry pastel). It’s time for this baby white-crowned sparrow to fly on his own. Don’t worry though, he has all the help he needs for a safe journey! (Did you spot the wing’s he is perched upon?).
Return Ever Safely SOLD (11×14 dry pastel). The swallow was often the first sign sailors saw when approaching land and, as such, they became a symbol of hope and, later, one of honor. They were so revered by sailors that after sailing five thousand miles a sailor would have a swallow tattooed on his chest to proudly display his ability to weather many storms at sea. After ten thousand miles a second swallow-tattoo would be added to the other side of his chest. I was reminded of this legend while visiting our nearby beach on Whidbey Island (Washington). I saw this swallow resting on a stump of driftwood and wondered if it was beckoning to a certain sailor in the nearby ocean.
Gully and the Jeepers SOLD (11×14 dry pastel). can’t you just imagine them getting ready for their sunset gig at the beach? soon all the little sandpiper girls will be gathering around oohing and ahhing and shaking their tail-feathers.
Goodnight Grace SOLD (11×14 dry pastel). I had to paint her because there simply are no words that convey her beauty.
Early Snow SOLD (16×20 dry pastel) our mourning doves; they visit every year.
Ewe Getting Very Sleepy SOLD (18×24 dry pastel). A friend and I headed out to photograph some local buffalo but instead I was taken by the mesmerizing stare of this ewe that was keeping the buffalo company. It was such a pleasure to work with all of the colors in this piece and to recreate the nature of the fleece with all of its curls, juxtaposed against the straight fur lining the sheep’s eyes, nose and ears.
Fiber Art $1200 (16×20 dry pastel). Sometimes it is difficult to think of suitable names for paintings. This painting seemed to have so many that were appropriate and one that kept spinning round in my head was “Yesser, yesser, three bags full” (which seemed too long). Being a fiber artist, I was thrilled when the title “Fiber Art” came to mind. It stuck and I think all four of us are happy with it.
Mr. GoTee SOLD (11×14 dry pastel). I met this perfect gentleman during an afternoon romp at a local nursery. He followed my friend and I around hoping to get a handful of grass. I thought that endearing since he could get all the grass he wanted, he just seemed to prefer being handfed.
On Guard SOLD (24×12 dry pastel). Pretty kissable, eh?
Moe SOLD (11×14 dry pastel). Moe, because he’s mo’ woolly than the others.
Meha and Ewe SOLD (18×20 dry pastel). Always together, always and forever, Meha and Ewe. Some things are just meant to be.
Sweet Inquisition SOLD (7×5 dry pastel). Doesn’t everyone fortunate enough to know a cat, know this look? Sometimes, I wonder if they are asking us questions or if they really know (it all) and are trying their very best to pass along some very valuable information. Either way, I can spend hours in their trances.
The Dancers Bath SOLD (11×14 dry pastel). Absolute Grace.
Not So Still Life SOLD (12×24 dry pastel). I was in the middle of setting up for a compositional study when Biscuit, our precious little tuxedo kitty-cat, decided to help me (the novice). After all, SHE has been painted so many times she probably knows more about setup than I do. Pastel Journal HM, Front Cover JAVMA journal.
Dibs on the Red Chair SOLD (12×24 dry pastel). 1st Place Winner; Pastel Journal. The games cats play are so endearing to me. They remind me of games children play and our two, Biscuit and Gravy, always seemed to be inventing new ways to either entertain themselves or entertain us. It worked every time.
Diligence SOLD (16×20 dry pastel). Don’t worry. It does eventually move.