The Oaks they call Live

7″x5″ oil on panel, en Plein air

Mo Ranch, Texas

We have retreated for a day to the hill country. Tomorrow we will pick up my girls from camp here. Mo ranch is a wonderful place, and I am grateful for this day. I am trying my hand at painting my favorite tree, the Live Oak. Its branches grow twice as wide as the tree is tall, and the shade a grove creates is heaven on earth. I am well pleased with this attempt.

Blooms and Thorns

10″x8″ pastel on sanded paper

Available $150 Click here to buy

One of my favorite quotes is: “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.” -Alphonse Karr. I love cacti, all of them. I like how they are stubborn and gritty and have adaptations to survive in harsh environments. I love their varied shapes and colors. Mostly, I love them as a metaphors for life. Life can be prickly, but we can bloom anyways!

Click here to see my cactus collection.

Mad Flight

4″ square

For sale $35 Click here to buy

Click on the link to see more of my Birds and Bees paintings

I am an environmental Biologist who loves to paint. My training is that of a naturalist, to observe nature. My paintings portray natural settings, natural processes, and people outdoors interacting with nature. All of these suggest a celebration of nature and the potential of life. If you have ever watched birds or bees, really watch them, you will know there is magic all around you. These paintings are to serve as a reminder of that magic and beauty, to inspire you to slow down next time you see one, and really notice it. And then, to celebrate that wonderful creation.

Keys to Spring

8″x6″ original oil on panel

It is spring in Texas, and we have been treated to a spectacular season of wildflowers! The evening primrose is in full bloom and it is breathtaking!

This painting is available for $100. Click here to purchase. I am uploading many of my recent works to my store. Original art makes a great gift.

Clover Close Up

7″x5″ oil on panel. For sale $75. Every now and then I paint something and am delighted with the result. This is one of those paintings, I love the way it turned out!

Noticing the beautiful, tiny details around me has been a benefit from shelter in place during this pandemic. Even a yard seems really big when you zoom in this close.

I am adding some recent paintings into my store. If you are looking for a special Mother’s Day gift, original art might be something to consider.

Catnap

10″x8″ pastel on paper

“If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.” -C. S. Lewis

For a small group of artists, stuck at home, I am teaching my first online workshop! We are making community and art. If you have been thinking one day I would like to learn to make art, and find yourself with unexpected time at home I would love to work with you too! Perhaps at the end of this time you could have a new skill and a collection of original works of art you created!