Miles, 1 year

March 1, 2016

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Miles, one year

  • Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
  • 16″ x 12″
  • In a private collection

At one year, Miles’ smile is shy, sly, bashful, endearing, precious and encouraging. He juggles the earth, moon and sun, surrounded by our planet and deep space. A small figure of Miles floats in space tethered to his rocket ship near an asteroid mining operation. Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and multiple asteroids can be found. Animals in the painting are moose, bison, fox, deer, rabbit and bottle-nose dolphins. Besides space there are a northern landscape, wetlands, prairie, ocean with schools of fish and an underground den. Prairie flowers include butterfly milkweed, blazing star and echinacea.The birds are the sandhill crane and red-headed woodpecker. Trees are birch and black cherry. Bugs are the earthworm and the pollinating bee.
Two of my many wishes for Miles is that he enjoys learning and sharing that joy.
The varied perspectives of this portrait were inspired by MC Escher’s “Other World”.

Carson

October 11, 2014

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  • Acrylics and watercolor on watercolor board
  • 8″ x 10″

The bow of a kayak with the viewer’s “point of view” slices through the river of a landscape held by the chubby hands of the subject. Animals playfully dot the surface behind.

Olivia, one year

December 29, 2012

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Olivia, one year

  • Oil on Ampersand Gessobord (masonite)
  • 16″ x 12″
  • In a private collection

When I paint a portrait of a child, I not only present their likeness, but offer a window to the world of which they are a part. My work is about symbols and I’m a believer in their power. If the symbols in the painting help to give rise to Liv’s curiosity in life, I’m a happy artist.

Breakfast on the misty river

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 36″ x 48″
  • $6900
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As the river meanders towards the horizon the warm light of the sunrise colors the mist. Clouds echo the river’s trail, partially covering a low lit moon. Bountiful food, savory and sweet, and coffee make for a morning
feast. Soft breezes blow, lifting the table’s skirt revealing butterfly milkweed, a prairie plant.

It is said to never under-estimate the importance of encountering wild things during moments of solitude. The artist forsakes solitude for companionship and offers up lots of wild things:
A butterfly glides toward the table, one clings to the billowing cloth while another sits astride a macaroon.
Caterpillars crawl on cloth and a milkweed plant, where a chrysalis hangs.
A buck and doe stand alert.
Great Blue Herons fly through vaporous ribbons of mist.
Ducks are startled and erupt in flight from the river’s edge.
Turkeys swim and scurry up the bank.
An eagle soars.
A ladybug sits.
A crystal rests on the table.
Hummingbirds flutter and feed around the zinnia and turkey feather bouquet.
Planets, the Milky Way, comets, galaxies and the morning star hint at the bigger, cosmic picture.

Bikes to Canoes, Page

Clink on this link Family Marshall Trip Part 1 to follow the Marshall family through the woods and down the rivers, around the Gulf and the Florida panhandle on a travel adventure. The final panel shows a NASA shuttle blasting off. Guess who is on that ship? Follow their adventures in Part II

  • Watercolor and Ink on Moleskin Watercolor Paper
  • 3.5″ x 10″
  • In a private collection

Sisters skipping rocks

  • Oil on Linen
  • 16″ x 20″
  • In a private collection
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This note has been attached to the back of the painting, “Skipping Stones in the River”.
Painted in 2011 by Nancy Lehenbauer Marshall. Nancy is the first cousin,
twice removed of the sisters in the painting. The sisters spent much of
their childhoods near the Eno River, which was about a mile from their home.
This spot is near the remains of the pump station.
The pump station provided water for Durham, North Carolina from 1887 to 1927.

  • Celebration on the Missouri RiverOil on Linen
  • 16″ x 20″
  • $1920
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My husband and I once  spent a week canoeing the wide and beautiful upper Missouri River. The cliffs of the Badlands, bathed in the light of the full moon, sit across the river. The sky is Montana big. Storms move through in the distance, not effecting the picnic.  Male and female Scarlet Tanagers and a Monarch butterfly represent the gentle side of nature.

Sue

July 12, 2010

Sue

  • Oil on Masonite (Ampersand Gesso Board)
  • 36″ x 12″
  • In a private collection

This is an oil portrait of a beautiful, confident woman named Sue. She has lived her life on the Mississippi River, which shimmers behind her. The river view looks north towards Quincy, IL, where Villa Katherine sits lighted on an eastern bluff. Barges are tied to the Missouri shore just south of the bridges. Behind the sweep of clouds, a night sky is revealed. “Dream-makers”, Sue’s event decorating business, is saluted with the lanterns that hang behind her and reflect in the water. Gary, Sue’s husband, stands with their son and daughter by the hickory forested valley behind their home. I love sitting on their deck, relaxing with a favorite drink, listening to the sounds of the forest and pond and enjoying good company.

Sue with her portrait

Donuts and Coffee on the River (Detail)
Donuts and Coffee on the River (Detail)

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 12″ x 12″
  • In a private collection

This landscape has elements that would lend themselves to a serene setting; sunrise, a river running through prairie, a breakfast still life, but the painting isn’t serene. The channeled river with it’s narrow riparian area and the orange sky and fields make one more ill at ease than at ease. But a bite of a donut, a sip of coffee, and we move on into the day.

Maxx at 18 months

June 23, 2009

Maxx at Home, 18 months

Maxx at Home

Detail, Maxx at Home

Detail, Maxx at Home

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

Maxx has the perfect house for a little boy. The river edged by woods lies just over the levy.  The bike trail leads to town or far from it. The place has a magic to it, just as the boy does. Maxx’ magic touch is easier to see in the detail. He’s the treasure at the end of the rainbow. His parents aret barely visible inside the picture window, which is enveloped in another rainbow. An eagle soars in the distance.