People and Places
10x8 (13x11 framed), colored pencil on pastel board. Available, contact artist for details.
"Drinking It All In"
14x9.5 (20x15.75 with mat and frame), colored pencil on Stonehenge paper.
"Misty Falls of Milford Sound"
17.5x11.5 (24x18 with mat and frame), colored pencil and pastel on sanded paper. Selected for inclusion in the Colored Pencil Society of America "Explore This! 15" online exhibition. Available, contact artist for details.
"Fall's Fading Beauty"
9.5x14 (18.5x23 with mat and frame). Colored pencil on drafting film. Included in CP Hidden Treasures Vol. 6. Available, contact artist for details.
"The Contrasts of Hetch Hetchy"
12x18 (18x23 with mat and frame), colored pencil on sanded paper. Accepted into the Colored Pencil Society of America 2019 international competition. Available, contact artist for details.
"The Gardens of Rotorua"
17x10.75 (23.5x17 with mat and frame), colored pencil and ink on drafting film. Available, contact artist for details.
18x9.5 (20x12 with frame), colored pencil and Pan Pastel on sanded paper. Available, contact artist for details
"New Zealand's Indigenous Maori"
16.5x13.5 (26x23 with mat and frame), colored pencil on drafting film. Available, contact artist for details.
14x11 (18x15 with frame), colored pencil on Ampersand pastel board. Available, contact artist for details.
"Bodie Island Lighthouse"
14x11 (18x15 with frame), colored pencil on Ampersand pastel board. Available, contact artist for details.
24x15 inches, colored pencil on sanded paper. SOLD
8x8 (13x13 with mat and frame), colored pencil and marker on watercolor paper. Available, contact artist for details.
20x18 (22x20 with frame), Colored Pencil Society of America Explore This! 19 competition; VMRC 20th annual juried exhibition; Camelback Gallery Artist Choice X juried online international competition, Silver Award. Colored pencil and Neocolor II on Bristol Vellum. Available, contact artist for details.
6x6 (12x12 with mat and frame). Colored pencil on watercolor paper. SOLD
24x18 (26x20 with frame), colored pencil on Bristol Vellum. International Guild of Realism Fall Salon, 2021; Colored Pencil Society of America 30th International Exhibition; Gallery Ring Flowers and Still Life, 2022, Award of Merit. Available, contact artist for details.
6x12 (10x16 with frame). Colored Pencil Society of America 2021 International Exhibition. Colored pencil on Ampersand pastel board. Available, contact artist for details.
24x18 (26x20 with frame), colored pencil on Stonehenge paper. Available, contact artist for details.
"On the Surface"
6x8 (8x10 with frame) colored pencil on Ampersand pastel board. Available, contact artist for details.
12x12 colored pencil on Stonehenge paper. SOLD
"Intense Gaze II"
6x6 inches (10x10 with frame), colored pencil on pastel board. Available, contact artist for details.
"You Looking at Me?"
8x10 (13x16 with mat and frame), colored pencil on suede board. Available, contact artist for details.
12x12, colored pencil on Ampersand pastel board. SOLD
Just For Fun
6x6 (12x12 with mat and frame), colored pencil on hot pressed watercolor paper. Available, contact artist for details.
12x9 (14.25x11.25 with frame). International Guild of Realism Fall Salon, 2022; Diamond Snowflake Award in the Gallery Ring Holiday Advent online competition, 2021. Honorable Mention -- Paint & Other Media in the LightSpaceTime third Primary Colors online art competition. Colored pencil on Ampersand Pastelboard. Available, contact artist for details.
6 x 8 inches (framed size, 9 x 11.25 inches), colored pencil on Ampersand pastel board. Private collection.
The Stories Behind The Art
I did a 5x5 version of this piece to get back into my art after being out of the studio for awhile. That ended up being sold on the day that I posted it on Facebook so I decided to use that "Pink Perfection" piece as a study for a larger version, which I titled "Drama Queen." I loved trying to capture the delicate petals and how the sunlight affected their colors. My reference photo was one that I shot while in Paris at the Rodin Museum. The rose gardens at the museum were the most spectacular I have ever seen. I shot enough photographs of roses for a lengthy series once I get tired of sunflowers.
When my husband and I take our morning walks in the summer, there frequently is low-lying fog on the fields of the farm. One morning there was a lone cow standing in the field by the tree and old barn. There was something so peaceful and serene about the fog and how it subdued the colors of the distant trees and softened the harshness of the colors in the foreground. I just knew I had to capture that scene.
"Childhood Fantasies "
I decided 2021 was the year to finally create a holiday related piece of artwork. I love nutcrackers and decided this one we bought in Germany in 1995 was going to be the star of my piece. But I didn't want a plain background so I found a photo I shot that had our Christmas tree in the background and used filters in Photoshop to soften the colors and detail. From there I had to cut out the nutcracker, ribbon and ball from the white background I photographed them on and put them in front of the tree. It definitely tested my Photoshop skills! I loved working on the detail of the nutcracker and had great fun doing this one. I might make it an annual tradition, but next year I'll try to start before November. Happy holidays!
This is one in the series of sunflowers I've been working on. I love the symmetry of the seeds in the center, and the pattern they form, even though they are challenging to render realistically. There is just something cheerful about sunflowers that makes them a favorite with so many people, myself included. And with everything negative going on in the world, it's good for my soul to work on pieces that make me smile when I look at them.
I've always loved sunflowers and when I saw this one while in Cape Cod for a wedding, I knew I had to draw it. I eliminated the distracting background from my reference photos, instead choosing a simple pale blue to keep the focus on the flower. The biggest challenge was the incredibly detailed seed pattern in the center and the tiny individual blossoms surrounding it. When you take the time to look closely, you realize the amazing symmetry and patterns found in nature. I created the entire flower in a previous work, but decided I wanted to try a different crop to give the image more drama.
While on a walking tour in the city of Siena, Italy, in 2019, I happened to look down a side street and saw an almost abstract view of the buildings with all their angles and textures intersecting. I wanted to capture the scene in colored pencil, getting rid of the distracting modern aspects, such as the satellite dishes on the rooftops.
The Contrasts of Hetch Hetchy
While in California a few years ago, we visited Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park where we happened upon this dead tree that had been bleached by the weather. I loved the contrast of it against the colorful orange groundcover that was blooming. I wasn't sure at the time what I wanted to do with the photo, but realized when I stumbled across it again a few months ago that I wanted to try to bring those contrasts to life with my colored pencils. To me the piece is a contrast between life and death -- the blooming flowers and the dead tree.
Misty Falls of Milford Sound
While in New Zealand in 2017, we visited Milford Sound, which was too beautiful for words. The water was crashing down from such heights that it created a heavy mist as it cascaded down, but also the most interesting designs in the water at the base. I love the photos I shot, but I really wanted to see if I could capture the waterfall's movement in a drawing. I used colored pencil for the majority of the drawing and pan pastel for the watery mist.
The Gardens of Rotorua
While in New Zealand in 2017, we visited the town of Rotorua, which had this beautiful old government building in the middle of the city gardens. The building is now a museum, but was under renovation so there was fencing and other distracting signs of construction work going on. But I loved the way the building was reflected in the small pond and the flowers and rocks that surrounded it so I took enough photos so that I could capture the beauty of the setting in colored pencil without the distractions. I tried something different with this piece and used ink for the wood details on the building. The rest is done in colored pencil.
While at a bird sanctuary in Australia, I got to see and photograph a number of different owls and other birds of prey. This bird had turned away from me and I felt like I wasn't able to get a good photo of his face. But what I discovered as I was going through my photos was that the side angle gave me a much more dramatic "portrait" of him. I loved the way you could see the features of his face as well as the lovely coloration of his feathers. He almost comes across as sinister, but to me it's more a demeanor of quiet power. That's what drew me to him.
Fall's Fading Beauty
I am fascinated by the reflections in a small creek near my home and was determined this fall to photograph the leaves in the water. I was hoping for a sunny day to capture the reflections of the blue sky but a spate of cloudy days and the rapidly dropping leaves left me with no choice but to shoot the reference photos on a dreary day. What I didn't count on was the abstract beauty of the trees' reflections on a gray day. The stark contrast between the brightly colored leaves and the patterns of the trees' reflections created a much more dramatic image that I was able to enhance by using a limited palette on the background.
While on vacation in Australia, we visited the rain forest town of Kuranda. While walking around, I couldn't help but notice the incredibly colorful Rainbow Lorikeets in one tree. I must have stood there 20 minutes hoping one of the birds would get on a branch low enough to photograph it. One finally perched on an exposed limb and practically posed for me as he devoured the blooms or seeds that attracted the birds. I never could quite figure out what attracted them. Drawing the bird was such fun. Getting the many colors of the bird just right was a challenge but nothing like trying to capture the detail of the flowers.
New Zealand's Indigenous Maori
While in New Zealand in 2017, I had an opportunity to visit a Maori village. I'm not typically drawn to portraits, but I felt the expression on this young man's face captured the pride and commitment of the Maori, especially combined with the dramatic sunset lighting. The photograph included the entire Maori canoe, but I wanted the focus to be on his expression with just enough of the canoe to convey the long history and tradition of the tribe.