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Painting to Music

The Art & Soul Gallery in Ashland has always been a special place, one where I feel particularly at home showing my work. Now that the gallery is under new ownership by Peter Stone, it has become even more of a community space offering new ways to experience art. Peter is always coming up with […]

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Making Small Pictures of Seashells

Making pictures, as in to form, shape, bring about or create a picture.  Small Studies. It’s the season of “smalls” – that is drawing small studies on a regular basis. Though, truthfully, I am working on a medium size watercolor painting in my “Three Minute Egg” series.  However it is taking a while.  And, when […]

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Busy But Still Drawing My Favorite Things

It has been a busy year so far!  I have been doing some volunteer work with the Watercolor Society of Oregon, for example.  Plus, I took artist Sarah F. Burns‘ “Anatomy for Artists” drawing class.  The class was intense, challenge and wonderful; a good learning experience. But, no matter how busy I get, I keep […]

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Celtic Art Show 2019 and Irish Breakfast Tea #2

Celtic: Referring to Northwest Europe where Celtic culture and language survive. Annual Celtic Celebration. Greetings! It is that time again.  That is, it is almost time for the Rogue Gallery and Art Center’s Celtic Celebration’s Art Show in Medford, OR.  Not surprisingly, the Celtic Celebration coincides with St. Patrick’s Day.  The Celtic Celebration is also […]

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So, You Want to Be an Artist?!

  Every year the Rogue Gallery Art Center connects creative teens with professional artists through the Teen Mentor program. I’ve participated in the Teen Mentor program for five years now and always feel just as inspired by the students as they do by me. The mission of the program is to not just teach teens […]

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New Works, Summer/Fall 2018

The secret to creating the illusion of great distance in a two dimensional painting is… well you’ll just have to take one of my workshops to find out! This piece was a demo for my Depth and Distance workshop through the Sacramento Fine Arts Center this September. “Hill Song” Oil on 12×16″ canvas $295   […]

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Don’t Fence Me — or my feet — In

Every year the Rogue Gallery & Art Center in Medford puts on a Members’ Only Show. They have a great theme for it this year — “Don’t Fence Me In”. The show runs just a couple more weeks, until December 21, so while you’re out there doing your holiday shopping be sure to stop in […]

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Meaning in Painting? Regarding Still Life With Rabbit and Egg

The “Meaning” Question. A fellow artist, Sandra Neary, asked me about the meaning of this still life composition.  In particular, why is the egg larger than the rabbit? Dinosaur Egg & Pygmy Rabbit? Well, all sorts of silly responses bounced around my head.  For instance, what if the egg were a dinosaur egg and the […]

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Haines and Friends Fund Grant: Update

As those of you who subscribe to my newsletter already know, I received a substantial grant through the The Haines and Friends Fund this fall! As an artist who has always relied on patrons and students to stay afloat, it was immensely gratifying to receive this gift. In applying for the grant, I proposed to […]

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Eye-Opening Works for the Oregon Retina Center

Last summer I received a commissioned project for the Oregon Retina Center in Medford. They wanted three large abstract works to add color and energy to their halls. Years ago, I worked primarily in large format and I’d forgotten how much I love the process. I stocked up on large brushes (like you would use […]

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