Monday, May 30, 2011


Acrylic on canvas
24" x 12"
Available for purchase at Freshwater Studio & Gallery, Dillon, MT

I've always loved bighorn sheep and used to be stationed by the bighorn exhibit back when I was a volunteer at ZooMontana.  They move with the same agility of a cat - it's truly impressive to watch them hop from boulder to boulder.

If but for the span of a moment I swam in the aura of flame;
I caught the rapt secret of being clothed by the Ineffable Name.
And chastened with wonder and strengthened to meet life's beleaguering ills
I went, like a bondman unfettered, adown from the heart of the hills.
-from "The Heart of the Hills", Clinton Scollard

Minnie - SOLD (commission)

acrylic on canvas
11" x 14"
sold (commission)

A client in Montana commissioned this portrait of her daughter's dog, Minnie.  It was an interesting challenge, since it's a bit of a departure from my usual subject matter.  It's always such an honor to be asked to create a piece of artwork for someone's family.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Big Sky

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Big Sky
acrylic on canvas
24" x 48" x 1.5"
Available for purchase directly through the artist (contact)

It's time to play catch-up with my blog...the past few months have been a whirlwind!  We've moved to a farm - I'm really excited to be in this beautiful rural setting.  It'll be very conducive to my painting routine. :)  I've also been working on several commissions (in addition to other paintings), one of which I finished up yesterday.  I've unfortunately been lagging behind on photographing everything.

"Big Sky" is a painting that was finished several months ago; I decided to make the sky the central focus and have the bison herd be secondary.  I toyed with the idea of continuing to tinker with it but finally decided to keep it simple.  This is always a struggle with me - i.e., knowing when to stop and just put the brush down.  

I'm now hanging some of my paintings at Carnation Corners Gifts & Fine Art in Carnation, WA!  It's a lovely space that is an extension of a real estate firm.

"Sure is big country.  The only thing bigger is the sky."
-A.B. Guthrie, The Big Sky

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Buffalo Running I, II, & III - SOLD

Buffalo Running I, II, and III
acrylic on canvas
6" x 6" x 1.5"

These three bison were inspired by Eadweard Muybridge's "buffalo cantering" series of photos from the late 19th century - he used a series of photos of a buffalo running to create an animated sequence.

They're intended to hang side-by-side horizontally, but I'm unfortunately not clever enough to make that happen on blogger. ;)

Also, I'm excited to now have some of my paintings hanging at Revolution Gallery in Issaquah, WA!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

commissioned painting

closeup - click to enlarge

Commissioned painting
24" x 36" x 1.5"
acrylic on canvas

I unfortunately didn't get a very good photo of my recent commissioned painting before I dropped it off with my clients.  The light reflecting on the painting gives you a good sense of the texture, but it also washes out much of the color and form.  

The most fun part of the whole process was probably putting in the little figures (my client's daughter, son-in-law, and their dog).  My client provided me with fantastic reference photos of the beach, etc., and that made the whole process so much easier.  Iridescent gold paint is mixed in with the pigments used for the sandy beach to give it a bit of a sparkle.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Winter Chickadee II - SOLD

Winter Chickadee II
6" x 6" x 1.5"
acrylic on canvas

There was also a Winter Chickadee I, but that one sold before I could get a photo of it. Proctor Art Gallery did a miniatures show in December - paintings around 35 square inches or under $100. I figured that chickadees would be a perfect subject for that time of year, and they were a lot of fun to paint. I also learned that there is apparently a great market for chickadee-related merchandise, so that's always good to know:) Iridescent pearl paint is mixed in with the white pigment to make the snow "sparkle" a bit.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Long time no see

We braved the 15 degree weather to visit ZooMontana while we were back in Billings in December.  It was gorgeous!

Hi friends!  Many apologies for disappearing for a couple of's amazing how busy life can get around the holidays.  Proctor Art Gallery in Tacoma, WA had a lovely miniature show for the month of December, so that gave me a chance to try painting some smaller subjects:)  I finished up my first commission for some absolutely amazing clients, and that was both a challenging and incredibly rewarding experience.  I also dropped off some more paintings at Freshwater in Dillon, MT, and two of them found a home surprisingly quickly.

And, since 2010 was the inaugural year of my business license, I got to experience the added joy of learning how to do business taxes;)

I left the Proctor Art Gallery in January - my husband & I may be moving soon, so I unfortunately can't commit to a full year's work schedule at the gallery.  I was sad to bid PAG a fond farewell, since it's filled with such lovely people...but I'm really thankful for having had the opportunity to show my work there this past year.  Hanging my work at PAG was my first experience with showing at a gallery, and they've really opened up a lot of doors for me.

I'm a nostalgic person to my very core, so I feel like I ought to do a recap of 2010. :)  It brought wonderful things...I was represented by a gallery for the first time, and the group of artists at PAG gave me an incredible wealth of experience and knowledge to draw from.  Since PAG required that fresh paintings be brought in each month, I pushed myself harder and produced some paintings that I'm really proud of.  I was also asked to give a painting demonstration to an art club, and that gave me an opportunity to not only work on my fear of speaking in front of large groups, but also my fear of creating an entire painting in front of a crowd. :)

I also started to branch out with my art in 2010.  I stopped working exclusively with landscapes and started to paint animals.  I stepped away from realism a bit by exploring texture and color in different ways, and that new freedom felt like a breath of fresh air.  In August, Freshwater Studio & Gallery added me to their beautiful gallery, and that has been such an amazing experience.  The minute I first stepped into Freshwater, I felt like my paintings were at home.  They've really helped to encourage me to push my animal paintings forward.

As I mentioned above, I received my first commission in 2010.  My clients hired me to create a 24" x 36" painting as a surprise Christmas present for their daughter and son-in-law, who had previously bought one of my paintings at PAG.  The painting was of a sunset on the Oregon coast, and I painted my clients' kids and their dog into the scene.

All in all, it was a pretty amazing year!  I'm so thankful for all of you who have been continuing to read my blog and follow my journey. :)

I'm looking forward to 2011!