Saturday, March 28, 2015


acrylic on cradled panel

I put what I think are the final touches on this today. We had an assignment from Tim Horn at our last critique class; paint what's on your table. Ok, I did buy this for lunch specifically thinking it would be a "pretty" table top item. Since I live on a was what was put on my stove top. The stove top acts as dish drainer, dog treat holder and prep surface. I do actually cook on it as well. I love sushi. Give me some soy sauce and wasabi!

Saturday, March 21, 2015


acrylic on cradled panel

There were many things about this  that captured my attention; the light, the figures and that pink skirt. I have been meaning to paint this from a series of photos I did while I ventured around the city. If I station myself in one place for awhile and take pics, eventually I'll get something.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Sitting Room

acrylic on cradled panel

It pays to know people who live in turn of the century homes and have cats that pose for you. Incredibly, Benny looked right at me when I was taking photos. He is not the total star here but there will be upcoming paintings where his character will dominate the scene.

This painting is available at the Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA.

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Bassets are Waiting

acrylic on cradled panel

I could not resist the light and shadow in this. Dogs are one of my favorite things to paint!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

My FIFO Daddy

These are in my niece Aimee's book. It is for sale and you can order it by going to My FIFO Daddy website.

For those of you who don't know, my niece Aimee and her family have been living in Western Australia. Her husband Flies In and Flies Out to work in isolated mining camps for weeks at a time. It can be a hard life for families and that is why Aimee created this children's book. I am very honored that she asked me to illustrate it. A percentage of the profits will go back into suicide prevention programs. The book just got into the state library of Perth and a copy will be archived.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Head Down

acrylic on gessobord
To bid on this painting, 

Yesterday I spent the entire day working on a painting that I consider a failure at the moment. Ughh! So I decided to look for something that would change my mood. This is a small painting of our dog Moe who has since gone on. He was such a good boy! I started painting it last night and finished this morning. I enjoyed the abstract elements in the light and in the shadow. 
I have been listening to Brian Rutenberg on YouTube. He is a wonderful abstract painter who has short videos on his thoughts about what it means to be an artist. He references all kinds of art that has influenced his work.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Wish me luck on Best Seat II...

acrylic on cradled panel

I posted this when I was doing the first pass and counted it in for the "30 in 30" challenge. I finished it this morning. I have been working on it throughout the last 2 weeks, an hour here, an hour there. I did get to avoid going in for a meeting on Tuesday so that I could devote that day to painting the bulk of it. Thanks guys! (You know who you are!) Today I will trek down to Tracy to enter it in the Expressions Show. If its juried in, it will be displayed 2/13 to 2/20/15. 

Although Tracy is a city about an hour away, its worth traveling to it. It was the first art show I ever entered. I got 2nd place and was so thrilled to think that someone thought enough of my work to actually award it. That was 2003.

Hey, its Saturday!

2/14 update. This got 2nd place and was sold at the show!