One of my favorite subject to paint....Paris in the park! SOLD
3:00 in the Afternoon
As soon as I walked into this hotel I knew it was going to be a painting. That doesn't happen too often and I love it when a painting paints itself. SOLD
This is available in a poster for $25 and also in a limited edition giclee print for $200.
Lake Como Reflections ll
This is a combination of a photo I took in Lake Como and a photo of my beautiful sister Debbie. I love the sunlight of the Lake region.
Cafe on the Seine
Oh my goodness....this lovely restaurant is right across from Notre Dame. I stopped here for Vin Chaud. How could I resist painting it?
This lovely hotel/spa is located in the California Wine Country...which makes it on my list of favorite places in the world. I love the feeling of serenity.
This is the first time I ever painted water and I was so happy with the result. I made this into a poster and it's available for $25.
I just loved how this Paris Bistro had bicycles lined up in front of it instead of cars.
A Life Observed
This little building is on the Versailles property. The lovely older man on the right wasn't there. I put him in the painting because I was missing my father!!
I was in this champagne winery right before Labor Day, celebrating the end of a beautiful summer. I love painting people eating and drinking and enjoying each other.
For An Audience of One
This painting was the 2003 Edmond's Arts Festival poster. I painted my girlfriend, Denise Cole, sitting in front of the Sound, playing the violin. I really feel like this is a self portrait of sorts as I strive to paint for an audience of One first and foremost....for the glory of God.
Romance in the Rain
I happened upon this couple on the their wedding day. I took a few snapshots of them and turned it into a painting.
Dweller on the Threshold
This was up by Warm Beach. I just love the feeling of walking into the unknown. I took the title from a Van Morrison song.
A Dream Within A Dream
Edward Hopper is one of my inspirations and his painting, Nighthawks leaves me breathless. I tried to create a modern take on that painting, hoping to capture the loneliness of it.
Paris...I'm hopelessly addicted to painting this beautiful city.
The Perfect Dress
I remember walking by this dress shop late at night while on vacation in Florida. I thought, "This would make a beautiful painting". There is so much feeling behind looking into a store window...especially one that sells dresses like these...so many unspoken dreams.
I only had a 3 hour layover in Las Vegas and I wanted to see the Bellagio Hotel. It's funny, I didn't anticipate that the scene that would grab my attention would be the very quiet, very small bar on the way out.
This is my husband standing in front of Notre Dame. I told him to act like he was smoking to make it feel more European. He wanted me to name it, 'Good Looking Guy in Front of Notre Dame'. Two things i love....my hubby and the beautiful church.
I was walking back to my hotel in Paris one night and went right past this delightful hat shop all lit up from within. My sister Sharon loves Paris and loves shopping so I named it for her.
Have you been to the restaurant in the D'Orsay museum? If not, put it on your bucket list. How fitting for such a great museum to have a must see restaurant.
Paris Flower Shop. It just begged to be painted.
On the Wings of the Wind
Honfleur France has a very beautiful, unassuming merry-go-round that sits in the center of town. I loved watching the parents and children enjoying it together.
Lovely bistro right by Notre Dame. They specialize in ice cream and vin chaud.
On the Ils St Louis in Paris. Everything beckons to be painted in this little part of the world.
When Love Falls Like Rain
I took a photo of a bride and groom on their wedding day and painted it. But, I also wanted to explore the romance without the wedding gown and I invented this woman in place of the bride.
It has a different feel from the first one I painted and I like both paintings equally.
On vacation in Sausalito with my sister Sharon and her boys, I tool several photos of the family. This painting is from our visit to the charming wine bar and art gallery, Bacchus Venus. It's my nephew James, whose sense of style and overall coolness was just too good to invent.
I won an international award from the pastel society on this little painting. It's a scene from a hotel in downtown Portland. Who would have thought? I just loved the beautiful warmth of the room and atmosphere.
I painted my niece and nephew, Elise and Jonathon Forte. Both consummate piano players, dressed for Carnegie Hall. I loved naming it, Chopsticks! Beautiful models for me to paint!! Thanks guys.
My lovely niece, Elise, at the piano. I wanted to capture the beauty of this young woman, completely immersed in song.
I loved this restaurant in Washington D.C. It has such history. I wanted to capture the dark, smokey atmosphere.
I'm sad to say this incredible restaurant in Portland is no longer open. Luckily, I was able to paint a few pieces of it while it was still open.
This is where I want to hang out. I find myself being drawn to those places. I think there is a part of me in every painting I've ever done. I see myself here in the quiet of the day.
I waited outside this Paris flower shop until I found the perfect customer(s). What drew me to this woman was how beautifully she was dressed and how well she carried herself while out grocery and flower shopping. She was lady of elegance.
Here is a little (and I mean little) restaurant in Seattle that I love to frequent for their risotto. While having dinner there, I was struck by the light and knew it would someday have to become a painting.
Shoo Shoo Baby
My mother and father on the day he proposed. He just returned from the war and flying his bomber, Shoo Shoo Baby.
My parents have been married 68 years and they are still in love. What a legacy my siblings and I have been given....love that lasts a lifetime.
The light was amazing as I walked through a covered shopping area in Paris. This little painting sold to a wonderful couple that collects book. This was the first painting of Paris that I ever did.
I was taken by San Marco and painted this lovely band and a few other band pieces as well.
The band once again from a different angle.
The band members!
I love great restaurants and this proved to be one of my favorites in downtown Portland.
A man with his axe
This is a painting of my dear friend, Rich Cole, and his sax....well, mostly his sax.
This is actually a good sized painting. I hesitate to paint things that are so inherently beautiful because how can you do them justice? But, every once in a great while I have to do it. They are just too beautiful to resist.
What old world charm this Seattle restaurant holds for me.
This is hwy 99, the viaduct in downtown Seattle. It has a semi in the back to the right of it. I love this for the loneliness but it actually got me a wonderful gig from General Motors. They saw it at an art festival in Sausalito California. They were interested in commissioning me to paint a vehicle for them but none of my paintings were of cars ..... until I showed them this painting and the very small semi in the back of it. That cinched the deal and I was given the commission.
This is from a room in the Paris Ritz Carlton. YES, it's true. I stayed there overnight with my hubby on our 20th.
This little alcove is in the basement of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Somehow the intimacy of it and the candles, representing prayers, called to me more than the grandeur of the upper floors.
Wine country in California. Romance, Good Wine, Beautiful Scenery...what's not to love?
GM Commissioned Painting
I was chosen as one of 20 artists to paint the Chevrolet SSR for General Motors. I got to travel to Detroit and meet the SSR designers. GM gave this painting away to one of the first purchasers of the automobile.
Painting of Elise Forte
I painted my lovely niece, Elise. This painting hangs in her parent's home right next to their piano. What a labor of love...actually there was no labor involved. Just love.
I painted this for McMenamins. The original painting is in the hotel room named for Bernadette Bascomb. There is also a large print of it in the hotel's halls. I was so excited to paint Bernadette. She is a music artist with a rich, varied history that includes being the first woman signed to Stevie Wonder's label. She taught at the SAS school that was formerly housed in the Anderson School. What struck me about Bascomb's story is her return to her faith after a serious car accident. She brought her faith back to the music world and created a show called, Praise - A Supper Club, to jazz clubs in the city. I tried to capture facets of her life and the painting gives homage to Stevie Wonder, her role as a mother, the cross ,honoring her Christian faith and of course, Bernadette singing.
In addition to painting large pieces that adorn the walls and bedrooms of the Anderson School McMenamin hotel, I also painted headboards for beds. This piece accompanies my painting of the band, Heart. It's not quite finished in this photo.
This is a painting I did in the women's restroom in the movie theater at the Anderson School McMenamin Hotel in Bothell.
The Anderson School McMenamin Hotel project also included uniquely designed, hand painted borders in each guest's bathroom. Here is one I designed that combined my subject's love for dancing and playing pool.
Fashion and Beauty
Just for Fun
This is a little 2 inch 90 degree galvanized metal elbow that I painted and named, "Pipe Francis". He's the first in a series of pipe people that I'm currently painting.
Another Pipe Person
She is the second in my Pipe People series. These will be sold through McMenamin's gifts shops.
Wedding Photo Booth
I painted this photo booth for my dear friends, Luke and Megan, for their wedding. I stopped by Luke's house a couple of nights before the wedding and they said they needed a photo booth. Luke looks like Thor and Megan is a blond Wonder Woman. I thought it would be fun to portray them like this and believe it not, they are both so tall (compared to this vertically challenged gal) that I feel as though I'm enveloped by giants when they hug me. So....this popped out in couple of hours and I was really happy with it.
This is a self portrait ala Modigliani style. I call it, "Modiglipatty"
Painting of Luly Yang
Not only did I paint Luly's gowns, I painted her too because she is as beautiful as her artwork.
Painting of my mom and dad
Ok...I just could not resist painting this photo of my parents. This is from the day my dad proposed to my mother. And, they are still married. 68 years and still going strong.
My dad gave me this monkey and I love him. I've had some houseguests that get creeped out by the actual toy but so far the painting doesn't seem to rattle too many people.
From my Fashion Workshop for Girls
Oh my gosh....these young girls painted fashion faces in one afternoon. Wow! Some had never painted with watercolor before. Not only is watercolor a very hard medium to master, the human face is also very hard to paint and these girls just came in and made the most beautiful art. I was so proud of them.
Full Size Fashion Dresses
This is from a different Fashion Summer Camp. We made full size fashion dresses on the last day. It looked like Project Runway in the art center. The girls were so engaged in their work and the outcome was unbelievable. I was so proud of them. They painted rugs, fashion faces, designed clothes and made paper dresses. Teaching summer fashion camps is one of the highlights of my year.
I love to teach art!
Here I am teaching my weekly adult painting class.
Teaching a mixed media class
This is from a weekend mixed media workshop I teach at Cole Gallery in downtown Edmonds. We used animals as our subject matter and boy did everyone hit it out of the ballpark. But the only photo I have of this is so small that you will have to take my word for it. They were awesome!!
Out and About
I painted this for The Legacy Institute. They auctioned it off to raise money for their radio program, Relationship Insights with Carrie Abbott.
I just happened to walk by an alley in downtown Edmonds where a couple was with their wedding photographer. I snuck in a few shots of my own and painted it. I sold the original artwork in Cole Gallery. I revisited it and painted a similar one to donate to the Legacy Institute and titled it, 'And the Two Shall Become One'. It was auctioned off in October of 2015.
Fellow Painters at McMenamins
Here I am with two of my fellow painters. We worked all summer at the job site while the property was being completed. Absolute joy to work on this project with such capable and hilariously fun people. L to R: Cleo Hehn and Olivia Behm
The Best Critique Group in the World
Celebrating Christmas with my art buddies.....the best critique group in the world! If you want to be inspired check out their artwork.
Front: (me), Joanne Shellen, Judythe Sherwood, Back: Liana Bennett, New Mueller, Cheryl King, Mark Boyle, Pepper Peterson and Dick Smith.
Looking into Cole Gallery's window for my Fashion meets Art show
This was simply a beautiful window display. I loved when Luly Yang brought her work into Cole Gallery in Edmonds. Her dresses are exquisite and I so enjoyed working with her and painting them.
Painting live at Luly Yang Fashion Show
The Unknown Artist
Everyone needs a little anonymity!
Double Patty Cheeseburger
Hanging out with the totally fun mosaic artist, Patty Franklin! She's helping me on a guitar mosaic project that I will post here someday. In the meantime, if you want to see some fabulous mosaics and/or learn how to do it, Patty Franklin shows at Cole Gallery!!