Champs

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 10″ x 20″
  • In a private collection

My sister-in-law, the baker, arrived carrying her tools, arranged carefully in tackle-like boxes. The raw materials to make lemon and chocolate confections for my daughter’s wedding had been delivered. From sacks of flour, sugar, cartons of eggs, chocolate and lemons she created mouthwatering cakes with little moons, the wedding’s motif, on top of mountains of icing. Delicious! Reflected in the silver bowl is a photo of the bride, groom and their prized baker.

The baker’s husband, my brother, is a bar-be-quer. He invited me to be his garnish-er for the American Royal competition in Kansas City, allowing me to witness a fun event and taste some great food. The painting shows a truck pulling a giant smoker in which every kind of meat, veggie and fruit was prepared to perfection.

This baker and the bar-be-quer are blue ribbon champs.

Brothers

October 19, 2011

Jack & Carson

  • Oil on Masonite Panel
  • 30″ x 30″
  • In private collection

Two brothers, four and six, sit among their favorite toys, sports teams and pictures of their grandparents, cousins, and dog.

On Target

  • Oil on Ampersand 2″ Cradle Board
  • 48″ x 24″, diptych
  • In a private collection
  • 24″ x 12″ (image size) digital prints available for purchase – $395

Whenever I drive through Hannibal, Missouri, I like to take the time to savor some part of the place. If I’m lucky, it is time with a friend, but there are many pleasures including spectacular views of the Mississippi River and it’s eastern valley. On one occasion I was at the lighthouse when I noticed a sign inviting me into a neighboring artist’s studio. The woman was a weaver and with every shuttle thrust to weave the weft, she spoke the intention that the patron had requested. Many created works are full of intention. “On Target” was created as a representation of gratitude for life’s blessings and a visual representation of future goals. There’s power in visualizing our intentions and I appreciate the opportunity to create paintings around them.

Laura+Dan

December 26, 2009

Laura and Dan 2009

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 14″ x 14″
  • In the collection of LM/DZ

This “just for fun” painting attempts to “fool the eye” with a towel, photo and key holder. Laura and Dan will have to report to me if anyone ever grabs for the towel.

Sister Cities

August 19, 2009

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“Sisters

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 24″ x 30″ approx
  • In a private collection

Lawrence, KS, my hometown, currently has two sister cities; Eutin, Germany, and Hiratsuka, Japan. “Sisters” was commissioned for a fundraiser held by the organization that supports the program. The painting is a still life of symbols of  the three cities. Behind the still life is the Kansas River’s Bowersock Dam and the grain elevator in North Lawrence. Stan Herd‘s rock mural is the table’s centerpiece . The tablecloth is the earth as seen from space. A right to left sweep of the sky shows night’s shadow following the light of day from east to west.  The moon is a uniting symbol because all of us see it no matter where we’re standing on our planet. Because the fundraising event was held at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, I chose Native American symbols to represent the US. Besides  corn on the cob and popcorn, sushi for Japan and pretzels for Germany, there is beer, which sits on coasters representing some aspect of each culture, i.e. for the USA there is the 20 friends basket weaving pattern found in the Southwest US.

The Circus

July 27, 2009

Acrobat and Clown Acrobats and Clown

After a night at the circus I returned to the studio and set a still life up on the circus poster. Besides playing around with objects, I decided to layer pictures. The black and white photos of a friend were in easy reach, so I added them. Turns out she has an aversion to clowns…ummmm??..”of all the gin joints.”

K.A.

July 12, 2009

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“MOM”

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 12″ x 12″
  • In the collection of AM

“Mom” was commissioned by the children of this delightful and generous woman. Some of the images around her include the river and  bridge that she loves and can see from her apartment;  KA with her husband on their wedding day; her father’s ice house and one of the old ice tickets that was put on the dash of a car as it was driven through for ice pick-up; her father; her grandmother; and her seven children seen in the clouds in the background.

Lisa-Marie

July 6, 2009

Tribute to Lisa-Marie

Tribute to Lisa-Marie

  • Oil on Canvas
  • In the collection of LMR/ET

Lisa-Marie was one of my painting instructors. She had the interest and courage to keep nudging me towards becoming a better painter. And she took me to Europe, an experience for which I’ll always be grateful. There I studied with Victor Temmerman, Belgium’s monumental sculptor. Both Victor and Lisa-Marie continue to create.  If I can link to a site with either of their work, I will.

Remembering Family

June 19, 2009

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Remembering Family

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 24″ x 36″
  • In the collection of M/CW
  • Digital Prints available, 12″ x 18″ image size, $395, Contact the artist.

Remembering Family was commissioned as a gift. The client liked the Winds of Time with pictures floating through the painting. The memories include two old friends (Dad and Uncle) remembered. When they were together, they enjoyed Chianti wine with cheese and apples. There are parents, young and old, a young child, a championship dog, a westie, echinacea, the city park that the family had established and the family farm.

Vessel with Oriole

June 11, 2009

Vessel with Oriole

Vessel with Oriole

  • Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
  • 36″ x 12″
  • In the collection of N/AM

When my grandson, Maxx, asked, “Why do you paint me and Nomi?” I could honestly answer, “Because I like to.”  Reflected in the Paul Revere bowl are Maxx and Nomi. The bird is a Bullock Oriole and there is the coffee, plus a strand of pearls and an orange. The dark negative space gives the piece a feeling of introspection.