Thursday, December 22, 2016


This holiday season is always full of wonderful surprises.  My painting above, Black Chemise #8, recently at the Cambridge Art Association small works show, has been invited to a new home.

It is always a joy to have one's work honored by such an invitation. While I am excited by the sale I am more excited knowing that someone that I consider a dear friend and talented artist bought this work.  So my friend many thanks!

This work is from my Chemise series painted in 2011.  It is acrylic on handmade paper mounted on canvas.  The paper comes from Taos, NM.  The series is based on love, loss and what remains.  The remains is my imagination of my mother's soul wearing such a garment when on her spiritual journey during the time of Dia de los Muertos and All Soul's Day.  Black was a color that suited her.

My vision for this series is also based on a wonderful memory  When my mother dressed for an evening out she always wore black, a beautiful red glossed her lips and Chanel # 5 left traces of her as she walked out the door with my handsome dad.  Oh the memory...

Friday, December 2, 2016


Tis the season for the holiday small works shows.  

oil/panel  8"x8"

This year three of my paintings: Swept Away, Here Once Before & Reflections Can Whisper,  from my Wild Beauty series have been invited to Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth, ME.  The exhibit is from Wednesday, December 7th through the 30th.  A open house and artists' reception will take place on Wednesday, December 14th from 5-7 PM.   I am honored to have my work in such as prestigious gallery.

oil/panel  8"x 8"

These three landscapes were painted plein air in Boothbay Harbor and Pemaquid Point, Maine.  

oil/panel  12"x12"

oil/panel  12"x12"

Back in the studio when the weather is not as inviting to paint outside I like to play with floral arrangements.  It is the closest thing to the landscape in shapes, colors and the wildness of the flowers's petals.  At Concord Art Association, where I also teach painting classes, I have two such works in their Holiday Originals show.  This show will run from December 1st until Sunday, December 20th.  The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 AM until 4:30 PM & Sundays 12 - 4 PM.

oil/canvas 12"x12"

Art is a wonderful way to escape the madness of the season whether visiting galleries or museums. This is a season to celebrate what is most important: family, friends and creative expression. Wishing you a sweet holiday season of magic and joy!

Sunday, October 2, 2016


Yesterday I delivered eight of my Slip paintings to SheBreathes Balance and Wellness Studio in Walpole, MA.  As soon as I entered the door I was in awe of this beautiful space and positive energy.  SheBreathes is the brainchild of Jennifer Gulbrand and is all about empowering women to love and honor themselves.  

Here is their mission statement:

Promote the importance of self-care for balance, health and wellness and teach women to love and honor themselves.
​Create a welcoming environment for women to gather, learn from, share with each other, grow individually and be inspired by the experience of women supporting other women in search of their own transformation.
Establish a collaborative of professionals in the fields of health & wellness, life balance, education and the arts in order to promote their gifts, and strengthen their connection with the community.
Our Studio at 85 West Street, Walpole, MA, offers a warm, inviting venue for all women.  


The hanging went smoothly under the expertise of Dave Amaral, musician, and the artistic eye of Beth Knaus, writer, art consultant & senior staff member of SheBreathes. 

The large space is serenely welcoming with such creative attention to details from top to bottom that it just invites one to linger forever.  I know I could.  Please check out their offering of classes, lectures, and speaker series all focused on women supporting women. Just being in the space one can feel relaxed and refreshed.  Its truly magical.  

I am so honored to have my Slip paintings grace the wall of SheBreathes this month of October.  Many thanks to Jennifer Gulbrand, Beth Knaus, David Amaral and Elizabeth Hermon who generously promoted my artwork to SheBreathes.

Saturday, October 1, 2016


Old Frog Pond Farm

On Sunday afternoon, September 11, 2016,  Old Frog Pond Farm & Studio hosted the 4th season of Plein Air Poetry .  It was the first time I attended the event.  What an inspiring day surrounded by poets, friends & families in a beautiful setting with stunning sculptures placed throughout the land and on the water!

Splash Plein Air Poetry books
sold out!

I am honored to have my painting Lily Pond grace the cover of this year's poetry book.  Many thanks to Linda Hoffman artist, writer & orchardist, Susan Edwards Richmond, editor & poet, and Lynn Horsky, graphic designer, artist & poet. 

Following the editor of Splash, Susan Edwards Richmond, and the poets we covered a lot of ground walking among the apple trees, by the meditation sanctuary and near the winding shore of the pond.

Editor & poet Susan Edwards Richmond reading her poem
 "Palm Warblers and a Yellow Rumped for Jim,"

There are 19 poets in this year's edition.  Each artist read their poem inspired by a certain spot on Old Frog Pond Farm.  These magical spots are noted in the book. Hearing their words, in their voices, at the place of inspiration made such a powerful impact.  

Lynn Horsky reading her poem Just Splash It

The crowd at the Plein Air Poetry reading 2016

An added treat was seeing the sculpture exhibit featuring artwork by many New England sculptors. I have several favorites.  There is still time to see this outdoor exhibit as its open weekends 11-5 PM  through Columbus day on 10/10. 

Branch Crossing
Barbara Andrus
#46 sculpture walk

The day ended on an amazing note with the book selling out and my painting finding a new home! Splash created such lovely ripples...

Thursday, September 1, 2016


Lily Pond & Dark Woods
10" x 10"  2014

My painting, Lily Pond & Dark Woods from my Wild Beauty series, has been chosen as the cover of a new book titled Splash, Plein Air Poetry, Old Frog Pond Farm, 2016.  This is my second book cover & I'm very exciting to be part of the many artists events at Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard, MA.

To obtain copies of this book featuring the poems of 19 artists please click this link.  

To attend the poetry reading on Sunday, September 11th @ 2 PM please click this link. Here is a description of the event from Old Frog Pond Farm's website:

Old Frog Pond Farm & Studio's Poet-in-Residence, Susan Edwards Richmond, has once again invited poets to walk the rich landscape of pond, waterfall, fields, and woods of our farm and write poetry inspired by a particular location, artwork, or vista.  This year's theme: SPLASH

We invite you to join us during the fall harvest to walk around the farm, stopping at the various locations of inspiration to listen to the poems. Chapbooks of the poetry will be available for sale.  Refreshments will follow the reading.

Special thanks to Linda Hoffman for selecting my painting and to Lynn Horsky for the beautiful cover design!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


acrylic/panel 36" x 36"

When I lasted posted on this blog it was May 28th, 2016.  Yikes.  Only a few months have passed - still it's embarrassing how little I have posted this year with all my grand plans!

This painting above was featured in the last posting.  It went through a few more workings and I called it finished in August as pictured below.

But a week ago I decided it wasn't "finished" and I reworked the painting.  Below is the latest version.  For now I am letting it rest so I can revisit the other large panels strewn throughout my studio in various states of rawness.

When is a painting finished?  I think, maybe, when the painting tells one it is....  We will see...

acrylic/panel 36" x 36"

Saturday, May 28, 2016


I have been busy in the studio working large with acrylic on 36" x 36" birch panels.  Here you can see the progression of one panel, #9 out of 12,  that I am working on.  It is a painting in process.  

I started this group of panels in January.

Each one has a story to tell.

Besides working each day in the study I am also documenting the panels many lives of chaos, to refinement and back to chaos.   

This is the current state of panel # 9 from yesterday.   The journey continues...