Sunday, December 14, 2014

Apple And Cherry Study



Apple And Cherry Study
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

It took me a few hours to create this little study. I had fun with the happy polka dot background!

Available



Friday, December 12, 2014

Pear And Cherry Study



Pear And Cherry Study
5"x7"
Acrylic on panel

New Pear study...Found this pear in the market and knew I had to paint it! Cherries are also one of my favorite things to paint! The composition lent itself perfectly to this 5x7 panel.

SOLD



Monday, December 8, 2014

Sinking



Sinking 
6"x6"
Print on panel

I decided to take a painting I did, make a nice copy of it and attach it to a panel..This one was fun to make..I was able to let go and create something that expressed my emotions.

Available



Sunday, November 30, 2014

Orange And Cherry Study



Orange And Cherry Study 
4"x6"
Acrylic on panel

Here is my next quick study! These are challenging, not only because of the time frame I've set, but I've gotten used to painting a certain way, so loosening up is something I'm working on. It takes a lot of practice.

SOLD


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Teacup And Cranberry Study



                                                            Teacup And Cranberry Study
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

I just finished this two hour study. It was fun practice! I've never done a quick study of a teacup before...

SOLD



Sunday, November 9, 2014

Striped Apple And Cherries



Striped Apple And Cherries
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

New apple and cherries painting! I love the squat striped apple next to these bright rainier cherries! Also, black and red look great together...I've never tried a rainier cherry...it's silly, but I guess I drank too many shirley temples as a kid..the only cherries I like to eat are maraschino!

Available




Friday, November 7, 2014

Babydoll



Babydoll 
11"x14"
Acrylic and Ink on paper

I just finished this piece, which is part of a series I started years ago...The subject matter of the series is very personal, but this is a cathartic experience for me..I'm feeling motivated right now to work on these paintings again...I'm looking forward to everything coming together. A couple of years ago I was at a crossroads in my life...I was visiting my mother and I remember her bringing home this naked baby doll that had been run over and left in the middle of the road in downtown Jacksonville. 


Process shot 1


Process shot 2

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Tomatillos



Tomatillos
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

I'm finding a lot of great new produce recently! I brought these tomatillos home and googled them after I finished this piece. Apparently, they're a fruit used in mexican cooking that can turn yellow, red, and purple. I love the paper husk that surrounds them.

SOLD

Monday, October 27, 2014

Red Apple



Red Apple
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

Most of the time I'm a really slow painter. This is the second of the quick studies I've painted so far this week.

SOLD

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Pear, Cherries, and a Plum



Pear, Cherries, and a Plum
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

I found this great yellow pear with all of these neat markings and decided to paint it along with a couple of cherries and a plum. I've never painted these three objects together, but wanted to mix it up a little bit and was drawn to the color combination. I've also been working on some other pieces with different subject matter (self portraits, street scenes) and realize how much these small still lifes have helped with my speed and  ability as a painter.

SOLD






Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Skulls



Skulls
7"x9"
Acrylic on panel

I decided to start experimenting with the carnival series...here is a close up of a ride in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. I wasn't sure how I was going to approach painting this. In real life there were badly painted skulls and a spray painted grim reaper, which I think adds to it's charm. I love stuff like this...it reminds me of a movie I loved as a kid...KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park, which is so over the top and tacky that it's good, and for me nostalgic.
I'd like to keep experimenting with this concept.

Available



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cherries In A Silver Bowl




Cherries  In A Silver Bowl
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

I found this tiny silver bowl in an indian grocery store months ago when I painted the skinny tall peppers I also bought there. I've never painted a silver bowl, but thought it would look beautiful with some red cherries. It leant itself to a grayish background.

SOLD



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pear And Cherries



Pear And Cherries
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

I really enjoyed creating the last apple and cherries painting, so I decided to do a similar one with a pear and cherries. I think the dark background really makes the objects pop! The fruit is beautiful this time of year!! 




SOLD

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Skull Study


Skull Study
Acrylic on canvas

This is a close up of a study I just finished for a larger painting...I can only reveal a small portion of the study right now. I have learned that a skull is one of the most difficult things to paint!



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ticket Booth



Ticket Booth
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

The ticket booth is the star of the show in this piece! I think of it as a magic box with globe lights and colorful reflections...the entrance to the carnival...

AVAILABLE


Also available with a frame


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Striped Apple And Cherries



Striped Apple And Cherries 
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

It's cherry season again! Found this beautiful striped apple at the grocery store and knew I had to make a painting!




It's available framed.

SOLD



Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Clown



Clown
5"x9"
Acrylic on panel

This is the second study in my carnival series. I had a lot of fun with this one! I've always been terrified of clowns, from a very young age (before I knew about IT or Attack of the Killer Clowns)...I would have to sit waay up high in the bleachers when my parents took me to the circus and once around the same time period my mom took me to the mall and there happened to be a clown convention...traumatizing. I'm not really afraid of clowns anymore, and I love this little scene!





Monday, April 21, 2014

Cotton Candy



Cotton Candy
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

This is the first in a series of studies from the fair that Clint and I went to in Port Saint Lucie recently. It was fantastic! Among the attractions, half woman, half snake, smallest woman in the world, and a haunted mansion..lots of fun. I've always loved fairs and carnivals...although there is an element of fun and innocence, there is also a darkness that draws me in... 



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Green Perfume Bottle



Green Perfume Bottle
4"x6"
Acrylic on panel

I recently found this green perfume bottle and thought it would look nice with red cherries and a purple background! It took me a little while to match the bright greens in the bottle. I like the gold accents..I'm always looking for unusual objects that I can paint!

SOLD


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mango And Pineapple


Mango And Pineapple
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

This is the first time I've ever painted a mango! I bought two at the grocery store. I cut up one, but decided to paint the other one whole. The color transition was tricky, but this little painting makes me feel happy, mostly because of the bright tropical colors.



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mary Blair


    
I wanted to do a blog post on Mary Blair, who has been a huge influence and inspiration for me since I was a child. For those of you who are not familiar with her work, she and her husband were artists who worked with Walt Disney for many years. Apparently her husband, Lee Blair worked for Disney first and she later joined him. She worked on major motion pictures, such as Peter Pan, Alice and Wonderland, Cinderella, and Disney's attraction It's a Small World. She later went on to do freelance illustration and set design. She died at age 66, leaving behind her husband and two sons. 







The last two images  on this page are studies of a Mary Blair painting for Alice and Wonderland. My goal was not to copy her, but to study her work and try to understand her process better. I noticed things I would have never noticed before, such as layers of subtle images and color changes layered delicately on top of one another. Even her line work has this amazing rhythm. I LOVE her use of color and her eye for design. From what I read, she used watercolor and then switched to gouache, which apparently is similar to watercolor, but more opaque. It was used primarily by commercial artists for things such as illustration, graphic design, and animation. I haven't worked with watercolors in years and have never used gouache. I may do another study in the future to try to learn more. 








Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Red Grapefruit And Cherries



Red Grapefruit And Cherries
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

The grapefruits here have been beautiful lately...bright pink when I slice into them. I love painting cherries, and thought the pinks and reds would look really nice together. I still struggle a bit painting citrus fruit...it can be tricky getting the inside to sparkle and have that translucent look to it, but I feel like this is the best grapefruit I've painted so far! 

SOLD


Monday, March 17, 2014

Lake George Carousel



Lake George Carousel 
8"x10"
Acrylic on panel

I finally finished my carousel painting! I've been working on it on and off for quite some time now, but pushed recently to get it done! I posted some process shots of this painting a few months ago on my blog, explaining that I began it while I was living and working in a gallery in New York with Clint.




Friday, March 14, 2014

Onion and Radishes



Onion and Radishes II
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

I found some onions and radishes at the market and knew I had to paint them! They had a lot of personality(wonderful flaws!) The first one I sold months ago(very similar with a different onion that had an oblong shape.




Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Red Apple And Orange Cherries



Red Apple And Orange Cherries
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

I painted this for a gallery show and decided to put it up for auction! I love rainier cherries...discovered them about a year ago..


Available with frame!

SOLD

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Chili Peppers



Chili Peppers
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

I decided to venture into a tiny indian grocery store up the street and found all of these wonderful chili peppers! I've included a few extra pictures to give a clearer idea of how I work on these small still lifes. 


I usually start with a very loose drawing...


Here is a picture of my set up...I always work from life on these small paintings. In general, I will always work from life if I can. I believe it's much better practice, forces you to work in a different way, and I also like the results better!

SOLD



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Donut Peaches



Donut Peaches
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

I worked on this painting for a client...I gave him two options because I didn't know what kind of peaches he wanted me to paint. I had never painted peaches before...very tricky with texture and value changes, but I feel like I learned a lot and I'm happy with the results.




Available with a frame!

SOLD

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Somewhere Near The Trevi Fountain


                                   While in art school I was selected as part of a small group of students, to go to Italy with my professor, Louise Freshman Brown. It was an amazing experience and I created a series of paintings when I returned. Even though these paintings were made early on in my career, I never really had any interest in selling them. I just enjoy them as memories of my trip and fondly remember the style I was working in at that time. Those of you who read this blog know that lately I have been painting still lifes for practice and because they're highly marketable. A restaurant with an art gallery theme called Taste in Jacksonville asked if I would be interested in having some of my work displayed there. I am well aware of the difficulties of showing artwork in restaurants and/or coffee shops but the director was a friend so I figured what could it hurt to show a few paintings. I thought still-life's of fruit and vegetables would be perfect, but I also thought these Italian Street scenes would fit nicely. 

After visiting the restaurant recently I noticed one of them was missing. My first thought was that it sold. I never thought for a second anything would happen to them! As it turns out it was not sold - It is missing! No one is returning my calls or emails.




Somewhere Near The Trevi Fountain
18x24
Acrylic on canvas

This piece was based on my walks near the Trevi fountain. I decided to put a photo in between the two doorways...felt like there needed to be something there to fill up the space...I am very disappointed to find this painting "missing" and really hope that somehow I get it back. If any one knows of it's whereabouts please contact me. I'd really appreciate it.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Mushrooms



Mushrooms
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

I just finished this painting! I picked out these mushrooms because I love the dents and markings! I think this is the first mushroom painting I've done with a dark background.

SOLD





Sunday, January 12, 2014

Two Mushrooms



Two Mushrooms
4"x6"
Acrylic on panel

I initially started this painting with a gold owl necklace I found in an antique store...I picked out this background for that painting, but quickly realized I wasn't excited about it and thought two mushrooms would work much better. I'm happy with the end result...really enjoyed painting these guys!