Friday, February 10, 2017

Lady With A Bird

This was a commission; I received a photo in the mail from a friend;the background had a lot going on and just didn't work-so I painted it over and over trying different solutions.I am satisfied with the background-not a good reproduction, but I wanted to share it-subject is interesting.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Blood Sky

 Friends in Sedona sent a very unusual photo taken from their deck-I did this painting from the photo;I also ask around what created this unusual sky-I got a variety of opinions until the answer came from a friend in a workshop at the Scottsdale Artists School. He said it was a Linticqlar and if he flew his plane into it, there were be a disaster. It could tear a plane apart. And yes,
the red was really that intense

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Twilight in Arizona

Here is a new painting of the sunsets in Arizona. A friend in Prescott sent me this photo she took off her deck. I did an 8x10"small panel to work out the composition and color. Now I am asking friends if they any shots of the sky in Arizona.Of course the sunsets just last for seconds so I need to work from the photos.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Moving to Arizona created a new vision for my painting. Gone were the city scenes that I loved to paint. But as I see it, nothing ever stays the same. It is taken awhile to find my voice, but I am struck by the color in the Southwest, especially the sunsets. My new painting is all about the sunset. This painting is a combination of photographs. A friend  showed me a great photo of a sunset he took where we live. We can see Camelback mountain from our balcony, so I combined that with his photo. I could see the lights on the mountain after dark(there are homes there). I will paint more sunsets so I can capture the color of our new home.

Friday, October 2, 2015


I am posting the 5th painting of Nutterville. This is a painting of the business office of the iconic neighborhood. I am through with this project for now.

Sunday, September 27, 2015


I am pulled back to Kansas City and cityscapes as I have a special relationship to the history of the region and mid-century structures. One of my favorite areas is Nutterville, a neighborhood in Westport in the heart of Kansas City. James Nutter developed the area, using thirties style bungalows to lease and sell to small businesses.He turned the area into "painted ladies", a style in which traditional architectural dwellings are painted multiple colors. He completed the neighborhood with plush landscaping which creates a setting for the beautiful structures. The plantings are seasonal and creates  a showplace of color.When I lived in the area I always drove visitors through the area and many were stunned when I turned
 the corner to Nuterville.
I spent the summer painting the painted ladies. Not easy and I really respect the painter who spent much time creating these wonderful works of art. I am working on a fifth one and will post that-but for now this is my attempt  capturing the spirit of Nutterville