March 27, 2017
Oil on Canvas
48″ x 24″ approximate
Portraits are a favorite subject matter. Composing a painting of someone with (or without) their chosen symbols is enjoyable for me as the painter and, it is my hope, that that energy holds for the life of the work. Alice is a beautiful person whose lives a life of compassion and love. Some of her chosen symbols include her 15 year old dog, Chili, her plant – nettles, the Admiral (nettle) butterfly, snake, cottonwood, gnarled oaks, coyote and owl. The figure sits cross-legged with Chili at sunset/rise on a misty river with deep space evident through the leaves. The water reflects some internal parts of the human body; bones, organs, muscles. The monad/jewel above the figure is representative of someone who strives to live through her higher self.
January 25, 2017
The two young women toasting their right to vote in the bottom painting are the same women who joined several million folks around the world to protest the proposed rollback of hard fought rights for women and for the environment with the 2016 elections. The national movement to gain women the right to vote took 72 years. You can learn more about it here.
January 20, 2017
- 7″ x 5″
Clara passes a memorable age mark.
January 14, 2017
- 11″ x 8.5″ approx
- Pencil and Colored Pencil
- Was auctioned in Baldwin City, KS Lumberyard Art Center
Art auctions are hard on galleries and artists’ incomes. When you can buy a work of art at below market value, folks often wait for the next auction. But exceptions are made, and here’s one. This drawing was available for purchase at the Lumberyard Art Center’s 2017 Chocolate Auction in Baldwin City, KS.
Pictured is the artist’s hand working on sketch ideas for the Lumberyard Auction as the inspiring chocolate donut and coffee sit nearby. The coffee mug features a mug of abolitionist John Brown (the pre-Civil War Battle of Black Jack was waged nearby) as the yellow brick road rolls off over the hills.
December 5, 2016
- Chalk pastel on pastel paper
- 10” x 8” approximately
I like Aesa’s spunk, inherited from the rest of her family.
December 5, 2016
- 12′ X 9” approximately
- Mixed media including watercolor and colored pencil
A small drawing with meaning for the pictured couple. They raise livestock on their farm and this story is a family favorite.
A farmer stood up in an apple tree holding her pig. A man, passing by, asked what she was doing. “Feeding my pig” she replied holding the pig up so the pig could snag another apple off the branch. The man said, “Doesn’t it take a long time to feed a pig that way? The farmer’s response, “What’s time to a pig?”
July 13, 2016
- Watercolor plus mixed media
- 14” x 34”
- Giclée Print, 10.5” x 25.5” $395
Whispers is a painting of Eighth Street storefronts in Baldwin City, Kansas. Maple leaves float through the air, freshened after a passing storm. The contemporary street scene shows folks going about their business, enjoying life. Then there are images of the past. Vaguely visible are fossils, Native Americans, activity on the Santa Fe Trail, John Brown as depicted by J.S. Curry, Black Jack Battlefield in 1856, women’s bridge, historic Baker University building, Bibles, bison, log cabin, quilters and the open prairie.
July 13, 2016
Grandchildren – 2016
- Colored Pencil on Illustration Board
- 16″ x 20″
A snapshot in time using a Josef Albers color exercise. Albers’ teaches us to step out of the comfortable and allow for insight. This piece plays with gravity, space and perception.
April 7, 2016
- Pencil on bristol board
- 11″ x 5″
- Private Collection
There is not a more charming subject than a child, and no child is more charming than this one. Her headband shows 6, the number of years she has graced the world with her presence.