Monday, October 12, 2015


6 x 6

Sam is a precious dog that we met on a recent trip to TN. Not sure of the breed, but shaggy definitely fits the description. Wonder what he sees out from under that mop of hair!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

"Santa Rita Veranda"

oil on canvas panel

The residential area of Santa Rita in San Angelo, TX has some of the most beautiful homes in the country. This is a veranda on an outstanding Spanish style home, with beautiful gardens overlooking the Concho River. Still remember the PERFECT plein air day this was painted, sitting under a shade tree, mild temperature, no wind...all that keeps a plein air painter coming back for more.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

oil on canvas panel

This was painted in San Angelo, TX in the Santa Rita area, late one afternoon on a recent OPS paint out. Loved the dancing shadows on this adobe wall surrounding a beautiful Spanish style home.

Monday, July 20, 2015

"Bluebonnets and Cactus"

9 x 12
oil on canvas
Fort Worth, TX

Painted from a Spring trip to the Texas Hill Country, near Llano, Tx. This season was exceptional for the wildflowers, and the bluebonnets mixed with the cactus made for a painting every where you looked.

Monday, June 29, 2015

"Afternoon Nap"

oil on gallery wrapped canvas

Have a friend who has three boys and lastly, this precious little girl. Saw this photo and immediately knew that I wanted to create this painting. With permission granted, here is my interpretation of the "afternoon nap" with the family dog. Thanks, Bridgett!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

"Cactus Out Back"

9 x 12
oil on canvas panel

On a recent trip to San Angelo, TX, a friend offered his ranch for the day to our plein air group. I found the perfect place to paint, covered patio in the back of their bunkhouse, out of the sun and the wind and with this perfect view. All the plein air comforts of home!

Thursday, April 23, 2015


Was honored this past weekend to win second place in the "Paint The Glen" plein air event in Glen Rose, Texas, sponsored by the Barnard Mill Art League.
We had terrible rain and thunder storms the night before, but fortunately the sky cleared for the paint out. "After The Rain At The Sexton Feed Mill", 11x14, oil, is the winning painting.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

"Morning Walk"

oil on canvas panel

Snow is a rare occurrence in Texas, so we enjoy the beauty of a sunlit morning on fresh snow whenever we can. Started to name this one, Here Today, Gone Tomorrow, which is how long we normally get to enjoy the snow around here. Found a neighbor walking his dog right after we had a 3-4 inch accumulation the night before. As you can see the sun was out bright and early, so it was mostly melted by that afternoon. Aww, Texas winters!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

"Bend in the Rio Grande River"

9x12 oil
available at the Adobe Art Gallery
Ft Worth, TX

This was painted along the Rio Grande River on a beautiful fall day not too far north of Santa Fe, NM. You can't beat the colors in New Mexico!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Painting Challenge Day 5

Day five of the 3 Paintings in 5 Days takes me to some plein air paintings I have done in the last couple of years...the cabin in Estes Park CO, the DeGolyer house at the Arboretum in Dallas, lawn chairs in Monteagle, TN, a low water crossing in Palo Duro Canyon, a horse trailer on the Tweedy Ranch in San Angelo, TX, adobe in Taos, NM and back to Co for the tepees. Lots of travel, and each one a memorable trip. 

I've always said that plein air painting is like keeping a diary, every painting brings back a memory of the place, the season, the weather and the people we traveled with or visited along the way. I joined Outdoor Painters Society four years ago and have met the most fabulous people throughout the country as well as outstanding artists who have aided in my growth as an artist. Life is good!

Thanks for following along with this 5 day challenge!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Painting Challenge Day 4

And still keeping with a theme of paintings for the 3 Paintings in 5 Days, here is a selection of still life paintings.
Haven't done as many still life setups lately since I have gotten more involved in painting en plein air with the Outdoor Painter's Society.
 So guess that tells you what the theme for day five will be!
Thanks for following along with this challenge where people are posting their works on Facebook. Just in case you think I can't count, I couldn't decide on just three paintings, so here are five instead!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Painting Challenge Day 3

I'm still keeping with a "theme" for each day of this 3 Paintings in 5 Days Challenge, and today I've chosen portraits or figurative works.
 In case you are thinking that I can't count, I know that I included four instead of three paintings, hard to choose what you want to feature, so just went with an extra one.
Featured in this post is "I Haul Bulls for a Livin'", "Indian Chief", "Frida", and "Lining Up the Putt".
Have never really studied portrait painting and I certainly don't consider myself a portrait artist, just love doing them!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Painting Challenge Day 2

Continuing with the 3 Paintings in 5 Days, I have chosen some trucks and tractors from earlier paintings. Haven't tried these recently, might have to revisit this theme. And speaking of themes, I seem to love to paint all subjects so my topics are all over the place. Wonder if that is a good or bad thing!
Thanks for following along with this challenge, now to look up some older paintings and decide what will be featured on day 3.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Painting Challenge Day 1

Someone, not sure who, started a "3 Paintings in 5 Days Challenge" on Facebook not long ago and if you are a Facebook user, you have probably seen some fabulous artwork going across your screen. I was nominated to participate by friend and fellow artist Melissa Arthur, CO artist with Texas roots. The idea is to post three paintings, starting with some earlier work and progressing each day to more current paintings...and each day nominating another you can see how the idea is spreading across the internet.

These three, as you can see, are pet portraits I did several years ago. I still paint pet commissions, so contact me if you are interested! Always fun to reminisce over older paintings, so will check my files to see what comes up tomorrow. Stay tuned!