Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Camping at Lake Pend O'reille, Idaho

I sketched the big rigs pulling in and setting up while we sat relaxed with our cups of coffee. We camped at Lake Pend O'reille in northern Idaho with Dana and Adam and their two dogs, Bentley and Bueller. I love trying to sketch these scenes from real life, even though each time I start out, I'm quite overwhelmed. To me, this is more special than taking a photograph, although I take many of those too. Lake Pend O'reille is absolutely beautiful. I sketched that scene on a different day. The trees and mountains around the whole area are amazing! We hiked, played games, went on walks, ate good food, built a camp fire, and spent most of five days outdoors in the beautiful sunny weather. Can't wait to go back someday soon!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Colophon Café

This is the view of the Colophon Café from the Village Green in Fairhaven. This painting was done as a pen and ink sketch and painted with watercolor on watercolor paper. I especially enjoyed trying to achieve the textures of the old stone and the reflections in the windows. This watercolor painting 
is 8" x 10".

Monday, July 11, 2016

Home Port

I painted this as a result of being inspired by many walks at the marina and noticing how the bows of the commercial fishing vessels created interesting shapes. I created a watercolor sketch of this idea in my sketchbook a couple of years before actually painting this piece in acrylic on a 24" x 36" canvas.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Travel Inspiration


My inspiration for this new painting was our trip to the Netherlands this summer. We stayed in the lovely village of Enkhuizen in North Holland for five days at a lovely B&B. This was the view from our roof top terrace. Enkhuizen is the home of Zuiderzee museum, a port for many large sailing vessels, interesting dutch scenes, boats and canals. 

Field Workers

A friend of mine traveled to Bali last year and shared her beautiful photos with me. This particular painting was inspired 
by a portion of her photo of field workers in the rice paddies there. I am fascinated with the challenge of capturing workers from various cultures on canvas.


We biked across the Netherlands this summer. We began the bike trip in Bergen in North Holland by the North Sea, and biked southeast through, Alkmaar, Edam, Volendam, to Markem, then to Amsterdam, where I took the photo that inspired this painting while on a canal tour, going under a bridge. 

Lunch Break

This painting was also inspired by our 
bike trip through the Netherlands. We had to take a small ferry, only large enough for eight bikes at a time, across a small canal to the small village where we stopped for lunchThis small boat was tied along the bank next to the dock.The scene was so peaceful!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Light in the Darkness

The words in this verse of Scripture are profound! They help to show a light of understanding of who God is, just as the lighthouse shines light into the darkness.

East Coast Lighthouse Painting 2012

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Plein Air Sketching

One of my favorite activities is to take my sketchbook and my watercolor paints outdoors.  There is something special about capturing the mood of the day in a sketch outside in the open air. The weather is often windy or cold, the rain comes unexpectedly making me dash for cover, or the sun comes out and causes me to grab my sunhat and shade my sketchbook. This is all part of the wonderful experience. While sketching, I observe things that are often missed when taking photos or just walking by.   

Sometimes I write a caption about the experience or where and when I did the sketch.  This is often unnecessary, as my sketch, no matter how lousy it is, takes me immediately back to the time and place because the experience was so rich.

Hope you enjoy these pages from one of my sketchbooks.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Artist Bio

Born and raised in the Rocky Mountains, I moved to the Pacific Northwest with my husband and young son in 1977.  My work as an artist reflects my love for the natural world that God created, as well as local and foreign travel, buildings and wooden boats. My family and I have spent summer weeks boating through the San Juan and Gulf Islands. The serenity and breathtaking beauty of these voyages provide a common theme for many of my paintings. The painting above was inspired from the countryside around my Mom's home town of Dove Creek, Colorado. 

My creative interests have colored my life choices from the time I was small. I have been interested in art and calligraphy since I was a young girl, majored in Interior Design in my early college years, and received a degree in Graphic Design many years later. Although much of my life has been devoted to parenting our three children, now grown and two of them married with children of their own, I have also found time for a variety of work opportunities that reflect my gifts in creative design. I have worked as a commercial artist for a national newspaper, a draftsman and drafting instructor for an engineering firm, have contributed to local arts and crafts fairs, worked more recently as a graphic designer, and have painted wall murals in an orphanage in Port au Prince, Haiti. I have transitioned from the fine detail work of engineered drawings to the exploration of light, color and texture in my sketches, printmaking, and paintings in watercolor and acrylics.

While my inspiration comes from my travels and the natural world around me, my motivation to create and share my work with others comes from my love for God, the Creator of all, His daily provision and guidance in my life. This is the quiet under-current in each of my works.