Sunday, May 20, 2018

"Near Artum Garden"

Another scene along the path by Artum Garden.  This one after the leaves have come out on the trees.

                                          8" x8"
                                          oil on canvas

Monday, May 7, 2018

"Cherry Trees Near Artum Garden"

                                         18" x 14"
                                         oil on canvas

                                         walking down this path
                                         sights and scents of early spring
                                         when cherry trees bloom

Saturday, April 14, 2018

"The New River Near Todd, NC"

This view is just before the river divides to form Todd Island Park. The water was flowing over rocks near the cooling shade of the trees on the riverbank.

                                          10" x 8"
                                           oil on canvas

Saturday, April 7, 2018

"Bright Day at Lake Junaluska"

Painted from a reference photo.  Longing for bright sunny days because of so much lingering cold and gray skies.  A challenge for me was painting the "skinny little bridge" on such a small canvas!

                                          16" x 12"
                                          oil on canvas                            .

Thursday, March 8, 2018

"Trees on Cokesbury"

Continuing with my recent enthusiasm with graphite and working from reference photos.

                                                   5 1/2" x 8"
                                                   graphite on acid free paper

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

"Price Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway"

Another beautiful spot along the Blue Ridge Parkway is Price Lake.  The smooth rocks are a nice contrast to all the textures of the foliage.

                                            8"x5 1/2"
                                            graphite on acid free paper

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

"Blue Ridge Parkway" (near Wilson Creek overlook)

Recently I posted in my sketching blog portraits that I had drawn of my two grandsons.  Enjoying creating with graphite, which I hadn't done in a very long time,  I'm continuing with some drawings using reference photographs that I have made in the past.  Here's my first one:

                                                  5 1/2" x 8"
                                                  graphite on acid free paper

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Every winter it's such a joy to watch amaryllis grow and then be rewarded with beautiful blooms.  This year I ordered bulbs of my very favorite one, "Picote".  The pure white blossoms are edged with a delicate red line around each petal.   I really wanted to capture the interesting colors of the reflected light on the shadowed side of the blooms contrasting to the strong bright light from the left. Here's my painting:

                                          18" x 12"
                                          oil on canvas

                                          My graphite study (14"x11"):

Friday, January 19, 2018


Here's something different from what I have been doing recently.  This painting was done for a conference room at a fitness center.  After doing several sketches this was the chosen composition.  Bold color and "movement lines" help to create the feeling of activity and energy.

                                          48" x 36"
                                          acrylic on canvas

Sunday, November 26, 2017

"Along a Path at Reynolda"

                                                  16" x 20"
                                                  oil on canvas


                                                  cool day woodland path
                                                  looking up stumbling reveals
                                                  center stage allure