Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Breakfast Club.

This is a commission I did back in November of last year.  It was for a friend of mine to give to her business partner for Christmas.  Very cool Christmas present, right?

Anyway, they are the sweetest gals and I was so excited to paint for them,  The best part of all of this is she gave me full creative license!  This hardly ever happens!

Of course I knew she liked elephants and purple but that was just mentioned in passing of previous work I had done.

In the end I decided to paint these two....enjoying each other's company no matter that they are obviously different.

Oil on canvas
16" x 20"

Friday, February 17, 2017

So this paint sketch is really rough.  I started it during Etta Mae's nap and she woke up sooner than expected.

I'm pretty excited about it!  I have a 30" x 40" canvas for it but I really feel it needs to be bigger than that.  I mean it's an elephant with a giant basket of flowers on it's back and a penguin riding it's tusk!
That deserves a big canvas.

Paint sketch
5" x 7"

Saturday, February 11, 2017


A penguin with a bouquet of wild daisies!

Love.  Can't wait to finish!

Title to be determined...
oil on canvas
18" x 24"

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Currently working on this piece with two rabbits.  They are delivering flowers....

This is just the first pass.

The Delivery Boys
oil on canvas
20" x 24"

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Rabbits are a mystery to me.  I've had many pet rabbits in my life and they are always so cute and cuddly in my mind but really they are kind of tough.

Those teeth, those nails....I mean sometimes they even growl.

However, I love rabbits even though I fear them a little.

Paint sketch on paper
3" x 5"

Thursday, January 26, 2017

So I tried the flowers.  Not so good....

I'm going to be optimistic and assume I will improve with each attempt.  Hopefully when I begin to paint my very large flower bouquets next week I'll be a lot better.

Don't worry!  I would never paint flowers without an animal standing near by.

Oh Daisy
4" x 4"
oil on canvas

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

It's obvious I love painting penguins.

Sometimes after I finish a large body of work I am excited to jump right into the next project.  Instead, I try to take a little break to paint for fun.  I also try and work on things I may not be great at....which currently is flowers.  My next project is flowers and I'm not great at painting them.  I've done a few here and there but the large, glowing and colorful bouquets I'm envisioning are new for me.

I'm SO excited to get started but first....practice, practice, practice.

In the meantime....a doodle of my favorites!

4" x 4"
Penguin study
oil on canvas

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

Well, I finished up this group of biggies.  I really enjoyed working on these....but I'm excited to see them go to market.  Hopefully they will find their way into peoples homes and hearts.

The Meringue
The Bandits

All of these paintings are for sale at Pryor Fine Art.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

(For some reason this close-up makes the background look's not...
it's a very pale shade of blue.) 

The Bandits....

I love a raccoon lately.  I know they're mischievous and smarter than their own good but they have adorable little hands!  They can pick stuff up just like us!  And those eyes...swoon.

Anyway, I can't wait to paint more of these troublemakers.

For now, I hope you enjoy this giant painting of these two.

The Bandits
4' x 5'
oil on canvas

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

O.k. y'all.  This painting started out like any other.  Almost all of my paintings start with this sepia-toned under painting.  After I finished the under painting I did a few more layers....all still very monochromatic.

That's when it happened.  I fell in love with the monochromatic flamingo.  I just couldn't bring myself to go pink or anything else.

And then, of course, after a week I HAD to add a little blue.

The Ghost
16" x 20"
oil on canvas

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


I painted this guy a while ago.  I started it with another group of work but never finished it because of....
You guessed it!  The baby.

I love the way it turned out and actually had it hanging in my stairwell for a long time.  Now it is at The Atelier Galleries in Charleston.

So long good buddy....

24" x 30"
oil on canvas

Monday, January 16, 2017

I'm ashamed to say this painting took WAY too long to complete.  Why?  Because of that ball and my decision to paint the entire thing blue/purple.  More purple than blue?

Anyway, I had to pull the ole' color wheel out and everything....and what did I decide?  Blue/purple...more purple than blue.

36" x 36"
oil on canvas

Sunday, January 15, 2017

I don't know why but I love painting cotton candy.  

Probably because it's delicious and pink and just awesome...but what I REALLY love is painting a cone of cotton candy in the flippers of a penguin.

48" x 60"
oil on canvas

Thursday, January 12, 2017


This was a bit of a departure for me.  I've never painted a sheep/ram before and actually never even thought about it.  I came across a photo of this guy (kind of...realism is not my strong suit) and I fell in love.  I had to try it and I have to say I want to paint him again and again.

Pepper is the little guy on top.  A dainty little thing that is as fascinated as I am with the sheep....or is it a ram?


4' x 5'
Oil on Canvas

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


It's been a while since I posted anything on here.  I had another baby and shockingly these girls take up most of my time. 

I painted this piece over a longer period of time.  It was just a busy time of year and it seemed to take many, many layers.  I love the way it turned out!  Fun fact...I try never to use black flattens things out it seems.  

My baby, Etta Mae, loves this painting so it is rightfully titled The Meringue...she was a lemon meringue pie for Halloween.

The Meringue
4' x 5'
Oil on Canvas

Sunday, February 28, 2016

A new process for me and on canvas which I don't usually paint far I really like it!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sometimes a painting isn't as successful as you think the first time around.  The Ship is much better off with this update!



Much better!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Saturday, January 30, 2016

I love painting black and white sketches before starting larger pieces....

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Saturday, January 23, 2016

I've been working on some cloud sketches this week.....I can't wait for warmer weather!

Friday, August 21, 2015

 Off to market!

The Riddle

The Storm

The Elephant Ride

The Castles

Monday, February 16, 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Super Bowl Sunday!!!

I finally got some photos of my new was an issue.
This was my first time using gold leaf and it was totally worth the anxiety.  There's always a little anxiety when you are doing something new and crazy to an otherwise completed painting.


The Dinner Party

The Arrow

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

This is a detail of a new piece titled "The Dinner Party".

And another new piece...."Wings"