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Guymon, Oklahoma, United States
I am blessed to live where my grandfather homesteaded, to have three beautiful daughters who are my best friends, to have six delightful grandchildren who live nearby, to be married to my sweetheart of 35 years and to thrill to the special magic of creating my own works of art. I'll never cease to thrill to witnessing new ideas and images come to life from the point of a pencil or splash of a brush. I am blessed.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Shhhhhhhh...IT'S A SECRET

I haven't posted much lately.  I was furiously working in my studio preparing for my last show and was posting lots of new work I created for that big event.  Since then I have been busy with new assignments for my students and doing some commission work.  I'm not going to post most of the commission work because it is intended as a surprise gift.  I don't want to spoil that surprise in case someone, somehow stumbles onto the blog and discovers their Christmas gift.

I apologize that the blog hasn't had a lot going on but stay tuned and I'll show you what I've been up to shortly.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


"Desiderata Mixed Media Collage"
6" x 12" on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

I have always loved the poem Desiderata and I have a poster of it hanging in my bedroom.  I thought it suited this collage of simple flowers on top of an array of beautiful papers.  It's a busy little piece but most layered collages are.

Currently it hangs in our local gallery where someone might like it as a Christmas gift.


Mixed Media Collage
6" x 8" on gallery wrapped canvas

I am still having a lot of fun creating whimsical, fun collage pieces.  I dropped these off at the gallery and am curious about any feedback they have.

These are more of those beautiful papers I've hoarded for years plus left over pages from old dictionaries and some heavy, gold enamel paint.  I am layering and stamping and doing paint washes - whatever I think might enhance these pieces.  Part of the fun is trying to match some text with the images. I especially like these fat robins created with some actual photos of the birds built in.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


As my students work away on their ink assignments I am stippling away on this year's bookplate.  I have a box of assorted sea shells on my desk and am building this piece much like a puzzle - I place a shell, draw it and then decided what shell goes beside it.  Unlike most pieces, this one is developing without an overall plan so it's a lot of fun.  I am throwing in a compass or two which makes this piece resemble last year's bookplate of clock faces.


Mixed Media Collage on 6" x 6" Canvas

Sometimes I just need something different especially after weeks of working on a series of artwork.  I really do enjoy creating the dictionary drawings but I needed a break and some time to play.  I've learned that playtime can often lead to something and get my creative juices going again.

I've had these little canvases for some time and I've started a couple of paintings on them only to gesso the images away and tuck the canvas back on the shelf.  Long ago I started collecting different papers and I've been hoarding a little tablet of handmade papers with silk screened patterns. This weekend I decided to play with all of that and see what came of it.

This Saturday our local gallery is opening a miniature show of work under $100.  I think these little guys might fit right in.  Yesterday I took down my solo show but the gallery asked me to leave some of my dictionary drawing prints so I hope these will give me some inventory for the show. 

I used some dictionary pages on these collages, too.  I cut them out and then collaged them along the edge of the gallery wrap canvas.  I also love text so I added some distressed text along with gold enamel.

Monday, November 05, 2012


It's time to start building this year's bookplate.  Each November I begin an original, stippled, ink drawing which I then use as the focal point of handmade bookplates for friends and coworkers.  These detailed drawings take lots of time and are usually finished just ahead of Christmas. 

After a fabulous trip to the West Coast, I am using seashells as my theme along with a few vintage compasses. 

I like to create an ink drawing that has some significance for the passing year.  This trip was amazing and we enjoyed so many terrific experiences with friends and family up and down the coast of California.  I have also been researching the what's. how's and where's of different shells I have collected over the years.  As a life-long Oklahoman I am pretty ignorant of any kind of sea life that can't be deep-fat fried. But I have always loved gathering shells and occassionally will use them for classroom assignments.

Saturday, November 03, 2012


6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page

This whole dictionary drawing series began with a hummingbird so I decided to finish my art show exhibit with the same little bird.  I used this drawing in class as a demonstration to show how modeling marks can be used to shade and create different values.

Hummingbirds are really loved and this fellow was purchased during the show and is now living somewhere in Michigan I believe.

Thursday, November 01, 2012


6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Distressed, Dictionary Page

I've almost finished posting new work that I made especially for last weekend's art show.  I had made a feather piece before on a smaller scale but wanted to created a full page drawing.

These feathers don't really belong to any specific bird.  Like so much of my work, I grab colors and create shapes that interest me without stewing too much about trying to replicate a certain species or critter.