Wednesday, September 22, 2010


This Borzoi commission is recently completed. There is a very special story behind the painting of two people meeting inter-continentally (USA and Norway) because of their dogs.

The dogs, all Borzoi, have allowed these wonderful people to connect in a way that just brings tears to my ears. The woman, middle aged, met the man, a senior, and immediately had a connection that reminded her of her father.

The man, a senior, has a new "family" member who loves him and extends a long distance friendship of compassion and interaction. It seems, too often, we forget about relationships with people.

It has been said when people are asked what they would have done differently with their lives they would have spent more time with their loved ones. The greatest gift we can give is of our time and in this story the people involved are giving each other their time. all started with their love of dogs.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

El Mirador Estate - Montecito, California

Here is a plein air painting done on location at the El Mirador Estate in Montecito, California. The estate is absolutely breathtaking and it was quite a thrill to be allowed on the grounds. It was a difficult choice picking the location in the Estate to paint as the grounds were extensive.

This painting is currently on exhibit and for sale. The exhibit will be at the gallery through October 16, 2010. The painting measures approximately 7" x 11" for the image - not including the frame. The framing is professionally done by the gallery. The painting is $425.00.
If you are interested please drop me an email:

Thanks for taking a peek at my work.

Friday, September 17, 2010

"Sonoma Summer" Original Pastel Painting

This painting was rendered in soft pastels (one of my two favorite mediums). My husband and I were recently in Napa, California specifically to photograph vineyards for paintings. This painting was created from photos taken in Sonoma.

The painting will be in an exhibit for mini paintings opening tomorrow in California. All paintings must be 8" x 10" or smaller. This framed painting is approximately 8" x 8" with a professional frame. The painting is available (pending sales at the gallery that I am unaware of) for $325.00.

My cat, Cash, was very jealous of me looking at photos while painting that were on my computer screen. So the little bugger sat behind the screen giving me the "eye". Was tempted to put him in the painting!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Abyssinian Cat Portrait

The portrait of Cinder is complete! He is 12 years old and was a joy to meet. He tried to be really brave with the camera when I was taking photos of him.

It is always so heart warming to paint some one's special pet for them. I hope this painting gives many years of enjoyment to Cinder's family.