Saturday, September 26, 2015


Shift # 10
mixed media/paper
30" x 22" 2011

Where did that popular saying,  "We are not in Kansas anymore," come from?  I know I have used it over the years when finding myself in an unfamiliar places.  Thinking it is from the  Wizard of Oz, I googled it to be sure.  And, yes, Dorothy said to Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."

Shift # 24
mixed media/paper
30" x 22" 2012

I am happy to report that these 3 paintings are not in unfamiliar territory but now hanging together in a corporate collection in Kansas.  The paintings are from my Slip series created from 2011-2013 and are mixed media on 300 lb CP paper.  Once again I am very grateful to Larry Powers and his staff at Powers Gallery for their wonderful support and for introducing my work to another client.

Intimate II
mixed media/paper
30" x 22"  2011

Powers Gallery now represents my work on paper including my Slp series, Journeys series and new works created this year.  If interested in seeing more of my paintings you can contact the gallery at 978-263-5105 or visit them at 144 Great Road in Acton, MA.  

Saturday, September 19, 2015


Shift #19

Shift # 19 now has a new home with thanks to Powers Gallery of Acton, MA.  Powers Gallery now represents my works on paper since June of this year.  This painting is from my Slip series and one of my favorites. The medium is watercolor and India ink and it measures 30" x 22", unframed, on 300 lb CP paper.  I am very excited to have this welcome into a new home and grateful for Powers Gallery for making it happen.   

Thursday, August 20, 2015


Only around birthday time or Christmas wrap presents may arrive via the mail.  The other day a rough looking packing box was on my doorstep.  The return address had the ISAP listed - The International Society of Acrylic Painters.  I was expecting an envelope.

It is always a treat to get a present!  Opening it up revealed even more boxes.  This is my award for my painting Circling Below I in the 18th Annual ISAP Open International Exhibition currently on view in Paso Robles, CA.  

The real treat is receiving 27 - 2 oz tubes of various colors of M Graham & Co acrylics!  My painting in the show only had 3 acrylic colors plus black Indian ink.  With this bonanza I am excited to play with all these rich colors.  Many thanks to the juror and to M Graham & Company for their generous award!

Friday, August 14, 2015


Small is good!  On Wednesday morning my car was loaded with the paintings for my Wild Beauty show at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck in Gloucester.  It was sweet to be able to carry all the work into the gallery in one trip.  Tomorrow night is a reception - please join me for a cool drink, tasty treats and some new paintings.  The festivities start at 6 PM until 8.

The exhibit runs until Tuesday, September 1st.  Gallery hours are 10 AM to 6 PM - 7 days a week.  The gallery is on 53 Rocky Neck Ave.   This show is part of the gallery's Summer Artists Series and features 7 invited New England artists to exhibit throughout the summer season.

I have 10 paintings currently on view, all oil on panel.  This is an ongoing series painted plein air.  Nature challenges me to interpret its energy.  I paint that impression of its wild beauty. 

Hope you can stop in!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Here is a screen shot of the postcard for our upcoming three person show Detangled with Wendy Young and Joseph Fontinha that will take place late October at the Katherine Schultz Gallery in Cambridge.  Save the date: Friday, October 30 for the artists' reception from 7-9 PM.  The show opens on Tuesday, October 27th and runs until November 14, 2015.

Also please join me and Katie Kelley, certified yoga teachers, RYT-200, as we lead two 90 minute Detangle Yourself yoga classes in the gallery.  The dates are: Wednesday November 4th from 6 - 7:30 PM and Wednesday, November 11 from 11 - 12:30 PM.  These classes will calm, inspire and strengthen your body, mind and spirit!

Sunday, August 9, 2015


Before I left for Nova Scotia I received my 6 (raw) birch panels in an "awesome" new size: 36" x 36".  Just had to use that word - awesome.  As these, at first, seem super sized, but I am quickly getting acclimated.  

To get them ready I applied a layer of gesso then sanded and another layer of gesso/sanding.  My goal was to do 6 layers but I think 4 coats will suffice. Prepping them is a lot of work.

Today one panel made a trip to the studio where I borrow my studio mate Wendy Young's easel just to try it out for size.  It is a very nice easel! Anyway 36 inches square offers a lot of smooth white surface to play with... I can't wait! 

Saturday, August 8, 2015


I was away for 10 days attending my niece's wedding in Nova Scotia.  Of course the drive to and back took several days of this excursion.  Still it was fun to get away to a stunning landscape and temperamental weather.  And better yet to witness this wonderful celebration of two amazing young people and be with my family.

Wednesday I was back at the studio.  Everyday since has yielded a new painting but still not reflecting any flow or inspiring direction.

Yesterday  I reworked a failed watercolor that I had hosed down.  This can be liberating when working with watercolor.  Luckily it is on 300 lb paper so it can take the abuse.

The painting went through many transitions.  (And please note these photos are really for reference only as I like to look at my painting on my computer when I get home from the studio)

Whether or not it is finally resolved I am content that I had got the painting to this point.  It proved challenging through out the day.  But just painting each day has helped me let go of the anxiety of being away for so long.  And my direction.... soon to be revealed if I keep showing up.  So for now back to the studio!