Saturday, February 11, 2012


Here's another bird that is fun to watch in the winter, a bright red cardinal. Again, this is 6" x 6" on gallery wrapped canvas. Love to do these winter skys!

Sunday, January 29, 2012


Here's another little bird that has a tendency to capture hearts, a red breasted nuthatch. Again, this is 6" x 6" on gallery wrapped canvas.

I've done a series of this little bird paintings lately, and do offer both prints and greeting cards of most of them. You can view and purchase those at Art Fan Fair, one of my on-line stores.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Chickadee Fledgling

After the holidays and lots of family time, I'm finally back to painting! This little guy was fun to play with today. He's small, as chickadees are, on a 6" x 6" wrapped canvas.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Wise Old Man

This is a portrait of my friend Jon's Arabian gelding, Shariff. I've known Jon and Shariff for about 15 years, and Shariff is getting up there in years. I've spent countless hours riding with Jon, him on Shariff, and me on Topaz, and Rawah since I've lost Topaz. I've also ridden Shariff from time to time, and it was always a delight. A well trained, perfect gentleman who is quick on his feet and floats through the sagebrush. I've wanted to do this painting for a long time, and finally got it done for Jon. I call it "The Wise Old Man".

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Montana and Lazer's been a month since I've posted! I'm sorry about that; I've been working on some commission pieces for Christmas, and time has just slipped away. Anyway, I have the commissions done, and this one of Montana and Lazer is the first one I'm posting. This is 16" x 20", oil on canvas. The cats were quite fun to work on, but I had trouble getting the eye color just right. The supplied photo was not clear on the eye color, which isn't unusual for photographs. Since I have never met these two characters personally, I had to guess a bit and e-mail back and forth with the client. But, according to him, I finally got it right, so this painting will ship tomorrow. Whew!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Orange and Blue

The autumn colors in this area were especially brilliant this year, with more than usual amount of reds and oranges. This 12" x 16" oil painting is of a scene along the Laramie River. I call it "Orange and Blue".

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Marsh Wren again!

Here's the second Marsh Wren painting; 8" x 8" oil on gallery wrapped canvas.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Marsh Wren

I enjoy painting birds, and this little marsh wren was no exception. This is an oil on 8" x 8" gallery wrapped canvas, so no frame is necessary. The scene continues on the sides, top, and bottom of the canvas.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Last Light

This is a 20" x 16" oil I just finished. I call it "Last Light".

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Autumn Glory

I hadn't done anything in pastel for fact, I hadn't painted at all for a few months. This time of year is just too busy with the horses and outside work to get much artwork done. But I did this 12" x 16" pastel of aspen trees during the height of the color change this fall. My sister bought it before I could get it to the gallery, so now I will have to do another one!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Prairie Storm

Summer is flying by. I've been busy training horses, and the artwork has been put aside for now. The only painting I've done this summer is this 8" x 10" oil of a late spring storm that I caught by camera. I hope to be back into the art swing soon, though!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

New Day

I just finished this 16" x 20" painting of my mare, Sioux, with her new baby, Izarra. This is how I first found them in the pasture a little more than 2 weeks ago, very early in the morning as dawn was just starting. I think Izarra was just a few hours old at the time. Fun painting this!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New Baby!

I've been taking some time off this week to watch over the new baby! Born early Monday morning, she is a gorgeous bay roan filly, and so far, is doing great. This baby was "pasture born" instead of in a barn, and there was an anxious moment or two on Tuesday. When I went out to check her, I found that she had somehow gotten on the opposite side of a barbwire fence from her mother. Luckily, both she and her mama have pretty calm dispositions, and I was able to reunite them with nothing but an insignificant scratch on the baby.

I haven't named her yet.....still open for suggestions!

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Featured Artist at Art Matters Gallery

Hello all! Welcome to the new followers....nice to have you checking in from time to time

I haven't had time to paint lately. (Big sigh) But I did make a trip to beautiful Salida, Colorado, over this last weekend, for the Gallery Walk reception on Saturday night. I am Featured Artist at Art Matters Gallery for the month of May. The reception was lots of fun, and I met many wonderful people. I always love going to Salida, and Gloria Countryman runs a fabulous art gallery.

If you are in the area, check it out! Or take a virtual visit at the link provided on this page. And, thanks!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

California Coastline

Life has been busy and hectic lately. Unfortunately, I had to travel to Minnesota for an unexpected death in the family. This times are always difficult, but my Christian faith, painting and working with the horses always bring me peace. It's still wintery up here; just a bit of snow, but the coldest April I can remember. Where IS that global warming when you need it?!!

So I decided to work on a piece that feels warm, and went back to a photo I took some years ago along the California coastline, near La Jolla. This is 16" x 20", oil on canvas. At least it made me FEEL warm!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cat Kisses

Here's another one that is a bit out of the ordinary for me, but was fun to do. This is oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 12" x 12". I call it "Cat Kisses".

Monday, April 11, 2011

Shadows of the Past

This is a new version of a painting I did years ago with the same title. That first painting is owned by a family member, and I had always wanted to do the scene again, so I finally did. This is part of the old corrals at the Old Historic Moulton Homestead in Grand Teton National Park. The day I took the reference photo was bright and sunny, but it had snowed the night before. By the time I arrived on scene, the snow had melted off the old corral posts and the fence, but still was still fairly deep on the ground. The Tetons are spectacular at any time, but especially in the winter!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Chickadee 2

This is the second in a series of chickadees that I have been painting. I finished this little painting a few weeks ago, and totally forgot about posting it here on my blog. Sorry!

This is on 8" x 8" gallery wrapped canvas, identical to the previous one.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


This is just a little 8" x 8" oil on gallery wrapped canvas. These little guys are so pert and active; very friendly to humans, too. I love to paint chickadees!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Window to the Soul

OK, something very different for me, but I can't even begin to explain how much I enjoyed painting this. So much fun to paint, and I'm very pleased with the result. It's good to stretch out of your comfort zone every once in awhile!

My good friend, James Paulsen, who lives in Nebraska, showed me this picture he took a few years ago in Egypt. There was something about it that just grabbed me, and I immediately asked him if I could have his permission to paint from his photo. He graciously granted permission, and this is the result. This woman's eyes said so much to me....I hope I was able to capture just a portion of her beauty in this painting.

12" x 16", oil on stretched canvas.