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Watercolor on Yupo | Image size- 9 x 10” | Framed size- 20 x 22" | Price: $1,900
This is another word for prickly pear fruit. This is a watercolor on Yupo paper using a stamping technique into wet paint--a technique similar to the one used to make the Spirit Animal paintings. I like the unexpected color mixing that occurs on this very slick and non-absorptive paper, but, at the same time, it presents unique challenges as the paint has a mind of its own. Watercolor on Yupo is the most difficult medium to control.
SOLD Christmas Church
Watercolor| Image size- 9 x 12” | Framed size- 19 x 22" | Price: $1,500
This very southwest Christmas scene was inspired by a visit to Chimayo in New Mexico—the church of healing. Each year some 300,000 people from all over the world make the pilgrimage to the church during Holy Week. Many visitors take a small amount of the "holy dirt", often in hopes of a miraculous cure for themselves or someone who could not make the trip. I brought back some holy dirt for a friend who had cancer, and, though he has been well for many years, he still keeps the holy dirt near him in a special place in his painting studio.
Original Acrylic| Image size- 9 x 12” | Framed size- 15 x 18" | Price: $1,500
As soon as the weather gets warm, I like to sit in this rocker and write in my journal in the mornings, with a cup of hot tea within reach. Writing helps me center my thoughts for the day, and often I get painting inspiration during these quiet moments.
SOLD Dawn's Desert
Pastel| Image size- 18 x 24” | Framed size- " | Price: $3,250
I studied pastel and print-making this year with nationally-acclaimed artist, Dawn Emerson. I painted my subject matter using her techniques with a brayer, water-based oil paint for the black base, and then used pan and stick pastel. The result was an abstract version of the desert in a painting I named after Dawn.
SOLD Christmas Cactus
Mixed Media | Image size- 8 x 10” | Price: $950
My mom, who will turn 90 this year, always prided herself on the immense Christmas cactus she grew from a few, small cuttings in her green house. This painting reminds me of happy times at Christmas at home in New Jersey, and is dedicated to my mom.
Acrylic| Image size- 24 x 48” | Price: $4,500
I wanted to break away from the restrictions inherent in replicating an actual scene. This abstract gave me the freedom to play with color, shape and juxtaposition. The inspiration came from a tiny passage in another one of my paintings (Twin Peaks), and I thought it would be great fun to explore creating an abstract originating from that one small section of another painting.
SOLD Horse I
Mixed Media | Image size- 20 x 24” | Framed size- 32 x 37" | Price: $4,200
The horse shape was created with gestural lines using a litho crayon. I then added pan pastel and later stick pastel to the image. The painting was finished using stencils to make the dots. I love the energy and simplicity of this painting, and the color palette is soothing. It is reminiscent of the simple lines used by Gallery sculptor, Al Glann, who suggests the essence of the horse in the fewest lines possible.
SOLD Hummingbird in Flight
Pastel | Image size- 9 x 12” | Framed size- 19 x 22" | Price: $1,500
I used the “smudge technique” that works so well with pastel to create the illusion of flight. Thanks to photographer Rob Boone for this inspiration that came from one of his photos.
SOLD Rescue Dog
Mixed Media| Image size- 18 x 24” | Framed size- 20 x 24" | Price: $1,500
This is a mono-print (one-of-a kind print) that was created using intaglio ink to create a plate that was then used to transfer the image onto paper. After the ink dried, color was added with pastel. This dog, with his pleading eyes, represents the thousands of rescue animals seeking a forever home.
Rocks in the Desert
Acrylic | Image size- 24 x 28” | Framed size- 25 x 27" | Price: $7,500
I had so much fun painting the new commission called “Party Cactus,” that I painted this second scene of the desert at Stone Canyon. The rocks and boulders create some of the most dramatic desert scenery in all of Tucson.
SOLD Saguaros at Stone Canyon
Watercolor on Yupo| Image size- 9 x 12” | Framed size- 20 x 23" | Price: $1,500
This desert scene was created in the “Spirit Animal” style by stamping on Yupo paper. This is the fifth painting in the Stone Canyon collection. The dramatic light on the saguaros on the ridge against a dark backdrop of the canyon attracted me to this scene.
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Out of Africa
Watercolor on Yupo| Image size- 18 x 24” | Framed size- 29 x 33" | Price: $15,000
I photographed this majestic lion on a trip to Africa in 2007. He has the quintessential lion’s gaze and stance. When painting him, I still felt as connected to him as I did when I first photographed him. In the Spirit Animal world, the lion signifies strength, assertiveness and personal power.
Why Can't We Be Friends
Watercolor on Yupo | Image size- 8 x 24” | Framed size- 27 x 33" | Price: $4,250
These 2 cardinals are deciding whether to coexist peacefully on this one branch. I believe, in the end, they become great buddies. I am always amazed to see bright red birds flitting about the grey-green desert, and I never tire of painting them. The cardinal symbolizes warmth, passion and confidence.
Watercolor on Yupo| Image size-18 x 24” | Framed size- 27 x 31" | Price: $3,500
I included a dog and cat in the Spirit Animal collection because they are so much a part of our daily lives, and those connections run so deep. This painting was created in honor of the rescue organizations that save the lives of so many animals. Both the dog and cat in this painting were actual rescues. The dog spirit animal represents love, protection and loyalty. The cat is independent, curious and mysterious.
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