meet the artist








the art life

The first artist sighting

Why so many paintings?

The storm

The secret to becoming an exceptional artist.

What art language do you speak?

The mystery behind a subject

Art as autobiography

The artist in the recession

Come out and play

The nature of creativity

Living the artist's life

Creative block


learn to paint

Rocking chairs progressive

Canning jars progressive video


Chuck Close

Roy McLendon

Agnes Martin

The art of children

personal pieces

St. Patrick's Day


Favorite quotes

Day at the beach

Why so many paintings?  


Recently, a customer asked me why I create so many paintings. That stopped me in my tracks, because I have never really given it any thought. When I asked my husband, he said, "You love to paint," which is the appropriate short answer.

The long answer is that I am passionate about making things. Oil paint is my favorite medium, and has been for over 50 years. I paint almost every day. When I am not actually painting, I am thinking about what to paint next. Everything is a possible subject… the dishes in my kitchen, the antique toys I collect, the flowers in my garden, my art supplies.

When I am not at the easel, I am a fanatical knitter, carrying my latest project with me where ever I go. I collect books about historical designs and wait impatiently for the newest issue of Vogue Knitting magazine to arrive. And, a beautiful yarn can be just delicious! The luscious feeling of soft merino wool in my hands. The subtle shine of a silk blend. The possibilities of what can be done with twisted string are endless.

I also plant impossible gardens. I say "impossible" because they can never be as wonderful in reality as they are in my head. I do not have a green thumb, but do have a multicolored imagination. So, I put in the soil many kinds of fantastic plants, and pray they survive. Some do. Those that don't get replaced. Eventually, it looks like I might know what I am doing. LOL.

Wishing you a happy day creating.