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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.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


6.5" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Collegiate Dictionary

This commission came from Santa Fe as a birthday gift for a weaver.  I have to admit this one was tricky and took quite a few photographs before I felt confident to recreate this floor loom.  Like so many challenges - I had no idea there were so many different types of looms and then I had no experience or understanding of how the darn things are threaded.

The customer was pleased.  Thank goodness.

I absolutely love this dictionary page.  I was thrilled when I found a page with so many great weaving references.  This particular book was very old and had string woven along the spine instead of glue.  The left hand margin of the page was very narrow and it took a bit of effort and slow going to get it out of the book.  I like the fact that the page was once "woven" into the book.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


6" x 9" Mixed Media Drawing on Children's Dictionary

Life is CRAZY right now.  I have had a few commissions waiting on me but my life is consumed with teaching and most of all, preparing for my youngest daughter's wedding.  Like so many creative types, I've got to do most of the wedding myself from building the flowers to designing and printing the invitations.  It's been insane but mostly great fun.

This drawing was requested by a customer for his girlfriend.  I had met the man at an art festival last spring.  He sent photos of some of his girlfriend's favorite running shoes but really wanted these vividly colored shoes.  I rarely ever use these colors in my work opting for a more neutral, vintage looking palette.  So it was fun to use paint and pencils that rarely get to come out and play.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014


12" x 18" Mixed Media Drawing on Antique Parchment

I've made no secret of saying how nervous commissions make me.  I do a lot of them and each one is a challenge to create then I hold my breath hoping the customer is pleased with the outcome.

This particular commission was requested by a lovely family who met me at an art show.  They asked that I try to capture a beloved, hunting dog, Annie for their father.  I was thrilled when the family sent me a photo of their father with my finished work.  Everyone said it was a wonderful gift. 


The family sent me a number of photos of their dog and some suggestions of quail they wanted added to the background of their commission.  I have to admit, I was also able to use my own, old dog as a model too.  We just had to put our dog, Madeline, down after 18 years with our family.  It wasn't an easy task even though she was frail, blind and ultimately lost her ability to stand or walk.  She was sweet and loving and I miss her a little everyday.

Our son-in-law hauled her to the vet in his pick-up and carried her in. She wasn't a small bundle. He brought her wrapped up in her bed.  James was all dressed up for work and covered in dog hair but he said he thought such a good dog deserved to die in her own bed.  That meant a lot.  I understand the value of a good dog.  I'm pleased I got to honor Annie.

Sunday, September 07, 2014


12" x 18" Mixed Media Drawing on Antique Parchment

This drawing has been on the easel of my studio for nearly a month waiting on me to get it finished.  With the start of school, special travels and most recently - a case of pneumonia, it has gathered some dust.  I don't like to let a piece languish this long and I sure don't like to keep a customer waiting.

An old friend purchased this commission for his mother at the start of the summer so I feel badly that it's taken me weeks to complete.  I actually love working on pieces like this where I get to take creatures and give them a little personality.  I also enjoy finding hidden colors in blacks and whites which I think gives those drab colors some vitality.

Over the summer, I have working on a variety of pieces in my booth during art festivals.  I start everything out with an ink drawing.  From time to time I have people suggest I stop after the ink drawing and not add any color to the work.  Here's what the penguins looked like after I finished drawing them.  I like the look of the ink drawing, too.  I tell my students all the time that a good painting always starts with a strong drawing.

I am finally done with my antibiotic and about to stop my cough syrup (which is wonderful by the way - better than most cocktails) and I am about to feel like myself again.  It's a good thing, too because my studio has stacks of work which need my attention.


The Earthen Vessel Gallery in Durango, Colorado

It has been a whirlwind of a summer.  So much has happened and I've been off on so many great adventures.  I am behind on recording my experiences here so I'm gonna try to catch folks up.

One of the things that has happened is that I have been invited and accepted representation at a beautiful art gallery in Durango, Colorado.  While we were recently in Colorado at the Crested Butte art show, we drove down to Durango and dropped off my artwork.  The owner, Valerie, is a close friend of my gallery owner in Santa Fe so thank you, Jessica for promoting my work!

The Earthen Vessel is a beautiful gallery filled with exquisite pottery, clothing and artwork right in the historic district of this amazing town.  Our family has always loved spending time in Durango so to be a part of its thriving art scene is a dream come true.  The Earthen Vessel website

It's exciting and a bit overwhelming to have my work now featured in two such lovely gallery spaces in two towns with established art markets.  I've got to get busy with reports that sales are going well in both locations.

Saturday, September 06, 2014


Meyer Grace
13" x 8" Personalized, Dimensional Watercolor on 200 lb paper

I really don't remember the last time I bought a baby gift.  I generally paint a personalized watercolor for the special babies of friends and family.  My middle daughter has a very tight knit group of friends who have been together since grade school.  Many of them are in their thirties and just now starting their families.  Each of these new babies are very special and very wanted.  Today our community is celebrating baby Meyer Grace Johnson.

This painting is dimensional with lots of little pieces cut out and built up.  I like to paint a colorful background then add layers of painted pieces and embellishments.  The nursery for baby Meyer is pink and gray and I didn't have much else to go on - no theme, just lots of pink.  So I decided to create some funny little black birds and throw in a few cut out flourishes.

Life has been unbelievably crazy.  It has actually been weeks since I've been in my studio.  Today it feels like fall on the prairie and there is even a little moisture falling.  This kind of weather makes me want to create.

I'll try to catch folks up on my adventures and travels.  It's been a wonderful few months and I'm so happy to be back at work in my studio.