Wednesday, December 9, 2009


"Reflect," Oil
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Learning to think about when is a painting finished.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Reflecting Sister Pond

I have finished a group of big paintings in the last week. Here's another of them. I call this "Reflecting Sister Pond," because the trees look like sisters to me. Take a look at the "personalities" of the trees.

"Reflecting Sister Pond," Oil, 24x36
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Blazing Autumn

Here's a painting that is very dear to my heart. It is of my husband, Robert, walking the trail behind our house. I love the dramatic lighting and the subject matter! : )

"Blazing Autumn," Oil, 30x40
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Vista Lights

Here's a new painting I have been working on for Vista Lights. It is our annual crawl throughout the Vista area. Come and see me at Vista Studios (808 Lady Street, Columbia, SC) on November 19 at 5-10 pm.

"Beautiful Brevard," Oil, 24x36
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Saturday, November 14, 2009

"Half Pint"

Been playing with the idea of returning to the figure. I am practicing on some of my students. Here's the development of the first one. (Click images to enlarge)

Session One

Session Two

Session Three

"Half Pint," Oil, 12x12
model - Abby Morgan

Saturday, October 3, 2009

From the Garden

"From the Garden"
Oil, 11x14
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Cantaloupe voluteered in our garden this year.
It was fun to paint from life for a change.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Home Again

"Home Again"
Oil, 24x36
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This a painting of my Aunt Mary's porch on Sullivan's Island, SC. This house has been our family for generations and is the oldest house on Sullivan's Island. I painted this image before on a smaller scale and decided to make a larger work out of it.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Art Camp 09

Time for Art Camp. My favorite time of year. Here are the highlights.

I heart Art Camp

Art Camp Friends

Mosaic Masters

Proud South Carolinians

Surprise Guest - my nephew, Bobby

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Studio Visit

It is nice to get out and visit artists in their studios.
I visited my friend, Faye Meetze, this morning in her studio.

Faye Meetze, Chapin, SC

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Summer Fun

My cousins, Eliza and Emily, spent some time in my studio this Summer.
It was very nice to see them. Each went home with a work of art.

My niece, Rebekah, came and also created art with me.

She used flowers to make prints. Much fun!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Chameleon Art Gallery

I am very happy to let you know that my work is now being represented by Chameleon Art Gallery in Darlington, SC. Heather Jordan owns the gallery, and I look forward to working with her. Here are some photos and a link to the gallery.

Chameleon Art Gallery

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Doing My Homework

Just got in a big order of paint. Making notes in my sketchbook (devoted to color swatches) of the new colors and combinations with the old ones. Fun, Fun, Fun.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Been having some fun!

After the Piccolo Spoleto show each year, I take some time to rest and have fun. Here's what I did this year.... a Stained Glass Mosaic Garden Bench.

Step husband into putting a concrete bench on the coffee table.

It is okay to paint the legs outside!

Tried several designs.

Ended up liking this one best.

All the tiles have been glued down

Putting on the grout.


My new garden bench!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Two More for the Road

"Winter Marsh," oil, 12x16

"Palmetto Park Marsh," oil, 11x14
My biggest show of the year is almost here. The Piccolo Spoleto's Outdoor Juried Art Exhibition is held on Marion Square (Corner of Calhoun and Meeting Streets) in Charleston, SC. The dates are May 22 - June 7. Hours are 9am-5pm. Can't wait to get this show on the road! : )

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Sunny Side Up

Sunny Days are ahead. Have a happy summer everyone.
"Don's Sunflower"
5x7 Oil

"Three Sunflowers"
5x7 oil

5x7 oil

Friday, April 24, 2009

Dusk on Mt. Pleasant, SC

Dusk on Mt. Pleasant, SC I and II
oil, 8x10
I saw these two landscapes when my sister moved to her new house. This is just down the road from her. I keep watching that spot, but nothing has been as pretty as the first time I saw it. Funny how it works like that!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earline's Stream

"Earline's Stream"

Oil, 8x10

Many thanks to my friend, Earline, for the reference photo for this oil sketch.

It was very fun to paint.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Artista Vista is Here! NEW SHOW

ARTISTA VISTA at Gallery80808/Vista Studios
Opening Reception: THURS., APRIL 23rd from 5 - 9
Gallery80808/Vista Studios

LOCATION: 808 Lady Street, Columbia, SC
Additional Hours:Fri. Apr. 24 from 11 - 3 and Sat. Apr. 25 from 11 - 5
VIEW FROM THE STUDIOSFEATURING:Ethel Brody, Pat Callahan,Stephen Chesley, Jeff Donovan,Pat Gilmartin, Robert Kennedy,Susan Lenz, Sharon Licata,Michel McNinch, Laura Spong,David Yaghjian, and Don Zurlo
Gallery80808/Vista Studios
808 Lady Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

State of the Palmetto

Small Palmettos are 5x7 oil on board

When preparing to show in Charleston, SC, I always do some small palmetto trees. We are, after all, the palmetto state! It's fun playing with this great shape with lots of different color combinations.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Southern Bloom - final version

"Southern Bloom I and II"
Oil, 24x20
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I posted the studies for these paintings a while back. Here are the paintings finished and ready for the Piccolo Spoleto show.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Places that make you go "ahhh."

"Station 26," Oil, 24x30 Sold
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Here's another version of my favorite place on earth, Station 26.

Friday, March 27, 2009

"Home of the Brave"

"Home of the Brave," Oil, 36x48

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This is my home. I was raised on Sullivan's Island, SC, and this is my favorite spot there. This is my largest painting ever and the most vivid color ever. An artist friend told me that I would be brave to leave it like this instead of "finishing" it. Well, that's how it got it's title, "Home of the Brave." Hope you like it.