Wednesday, December 31, 2014

First in Salt Marsh series

Salt Marsh Mist
acrylic on stretched canvas
I've been wanting to paint this scene for about 3 years. Every time I drive to Hampton, I look to the south right before we reach the beach and take in the beauty of the salt marshes.  It always makes me feel peaceful. This is the first in a series of paintings I will do based on photos I've taken of salt marshes along the New England coast.
After uploading photos, I often vow to get a new camera,
since the resolution on mine leaves much to be desired! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Printmaking - Lithographs, collage, embossing, watercolor

Water Garden - Lithograph, watercolor torn paper collage

Sea Turtles - Lithograph, collage

The Deep Blue Sea - Lithograph, embossed sea creatures in border
detail of embossed border

Monday, November 10, 2014

Something out of the ordinary - Metaphorical Self Portrait I and II

      Metaphorical Self Portrait I                                    Metaphorical Self Portrait II
      drypoint on tea-stained paper, watercolor          drypoint on tea stained paper, watercolor,                                                                                   pop-up book style

 A metaphorical self-portrait goes beyond the physical characteristics that people use to identify one another.  Beyond the surface of what other people see lies the inner-most part of a person that is inherently the essence of who they are.  When an artist creates a metaphorical self-portrait, the process of engaging in the search for one’s true identity is more important than the resulting artwork.
            I was particularly interested in this project, due to a life journey in which my sense of self has been challenged, up-ended, and at times, lost.  I am certain that I am not alone in this experience, for life’s happenings touch us all, sometimes causing so much loss that self-identity is lost as well.  When I questioned my own identity, I had to look past the surface of the changeable, the temporary and the opinions of others to peer down into my soul.  It was there that I found my foundation, and the axis upon which all that I truly know and understand in this life rests upon.  It was there that I remembered the very core of who I am and what has remained consistent throughout my life.
            For this self-metaphorical project, I created a dry point matrix and purposely developed two very different prints from it.  One print is the essence of what I found within my search for identity, and the other is a visual mystery, akin to the surface level understanding that most people have of one another. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

- Wish it wasn't so, but I decided to drop my Daily Paint Works account for a little while, due to an overload of work and college.  I hope to start that back up within the year.  I will upload my artwork for sale soon on the "Originals for Sale" page at the top of the blog.

(one of my children's illustrations)
Happy Autumn, everyone!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Oh, SO wanting to spend time creating new artwork, but I am SO preoccupied with studies right now.  - (Earning a teaching certification in Art Education takes a lot of time and effort, but it will be worth it in the end!)  I think every artist, musician, writer, ect, has an inherent drive to create, and they can only hold it off for so long before it demands to be realized.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Pet Portrait; 8x10 Watercolor

8x10 watercolor
I had quite a bit of fun working in watercolor to paint 
this pet portrait of a beloved Labrador Retriever.
It's been a busy summer, and I've been pulled in a lot of different directions.
Most of the art I have worked on has been in the form of illustrations.
I forgot how much I enjoyed working in watercolor until I began again to do so this summer.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Day at the coast and plein air experience

- Tried my hand at plein air painting - not too certain about the experience.  
- Had a wonderful day on the NH and southern Maine coast.  The day started out foggy, but it was an interesting effect, so I ended up taking over 100 pics for reference.
While plein air painting at the Nubble, I was surrounded by people watching and asking to take my picture at times.  It felt kind of strange, and had an element of pressure that I didn't like.  It probably didn't help that I was working in oils as well, and on an unfamiliar surface (Gesso board).  I doubt I will plein air paint again anytime soon unless it is secluded; because even though I have interruptions at home, I am more able to block those out and stay in my creative zone.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

preparing my children's illustration portfolio...

This is how I work on my illustrations.  
(Hard to believe I'm an organized person in other areas of my life!)
Let's chock it up to the fact that creativity is often messy!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Maine Lobster Fisherman


12x12 acrylic on stretched canvas
I enjoyed painting this scene of a Maine fisherman, hard at work, bringing in his catch. I snapped several pictures of this boat last summer as it pulled into harbor and up to the dock to unload.  I love the colorful baskets and buckets, the coveralls, and the bright blue bands of the lobsters in this scene.  After some research on the boat's name, I found out that the men that own it supply lobster to one of the local restaurants there.  The whole time I was painting, I had my oldest son, Brent, on my mind; thinking about how much he loves to fish, and how he would much rather be fishing than sitting in a college class right now!
This painting is available -

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Finally done! The paintings that will go to the silent auction for Exodus Road. Exodus Road is an organization that works to free enslaved children around the world.

Rescue Light  - 16x20 acrylic on canvas
I guess "the third time's the charm" since the first two attempts were unsuccessful... 

Please visit if you can help...

 Freedom for Every Child - 12x12 acrylic on canvas
Just had the idea for this painting at the last minute, so Exodus Road will get two paintings... 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

On the Easel - painting for Exodus Road silent auction

Working on a large painting to go into a silent auction at a benefit dinner for Exodus Road.  
This organization is so great - it utilizes the talents of retired or ex detectives, policemen, ect and send them around the world equipped with top notch surveillance equipment and rescues children trapped in slavery.
Please take the time to check out their website and see what they are doing to free these children.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


8x10 acrylic on canvas
I am going for the bold colors right now.  
This seagull stands out nicely against the blue-green sea.
Most people I know do not like seagulls - (noisy, bothersome birds!), but ever since I was a kid I always liked them.  I liked their white, grey and black colors, and they seemed to be symbolic of the sea to me.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Buoys Painting

Maine Buoys
9x12 acrylic on canvas

I LOVE the color in this scene. 
 The work-worn, scratched-up condition of these buoys take a close second.
Summer color at its best....
Prints are available at 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

On the Watch

  12x12 acrylic on stretched canvas
I like the way this seagull is perched on the rock, with his head turned.  He seems to be content, just chilling out with his two little seabird friends; yet true to seagull nature, is also on the watch.  I painted this from a photo my sister took while walking along the coast of Maine one beautiful summer morning. 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Harbor Morning

16x20 acrylic on canvas
This is a large painting of the historic schooner Surprise, that is docked in Camden Harbor, Maine.  It is the oldest daysailing schooner in Camden and on the National Register of Historic Places.  It was originally built for racing and won 6th place out of 22 vessels that raced to Bermuda after WWI.  The Surprise is still in use today, taking tourists out onto Penobscot Bay.  I enjoyed painting this scene because of the beautiful contrast between the foggy background and the dark boat in the foreground.  It is intriguing to think of this enduring schooner, at rest in the morning before another busy day.
This is another painting destined for Small Wonder Gallery in Camden, Maine.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Camden Morning

11x14 acrylic on canvas
This is a typical Camden summer morning - people starting to gather down by the wharf, the smells of fresh pastries and coffee in the air, and the sight of the schooners many tall masts from almost any street that heads down to the water.