Wednesday, December 5, 2007


oil on panel
12 x 16

WOW! It has been FOREVER since I did a still life for a painting-a-day. I have been so busy with commissions after my move this summer that I haven't had time just to paint for fun so I signed up for a still life class with a very talented friend of mine and this is what I did yesterday, the first day. It's not bad for a three hour painting. I really enjoyed it and look forward to the next class.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Best In Show!!!

Well, I think my blog should be titled A-Painting-Every-Few-MONTHS at this rate. I have been busy with a move and getting settled and haven't had time to paint much except for the commissions that I have to catch up on. I am slowly getting myself caught up and look forward to painting for myself.

I did enter this pastel of Emma into the Johns Creek International Music & Arts Festival and it won BEST IN SHOW! I was very pleased to receive this award, especially for this painting.

Monday, June 18, 2007

"Say WHAT?"

Emma, "Say WHAT?" ©

I just finished this pastel of my dog Emma for the Pastel Society of America's National Exhibition. Keep your fingers crossed for me that she gets in.
I love this photo of her. She often forces her way in between me and my easel and sits there just like this when she wants something. Either to go out, to play or something to eat so I thought it was about time I captured it. After all, I do think she is my doggie Muse!

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Southeastern Pastel Society Exhibition

WOW! I won Second Place for my portrait of Aslan in the Southeastern Pastel Society's Member's Exhibition last night. I was so surprised. I was too busy chatting with my friend Kathleen that I missed my name and they had to say it again!

I also won an Honorable Mention for my Swirly Sucker piece!


Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Navy Hospitalman Zachary Alday, 22

This is my second soldier portrait that I have painted for the Art From the Heart project and this one was really tough for me. I guess it was harder because I wasn't on such a short deadline like I was with Jamaal's portrait so I had more time to really think about him and his family. Needless to say this project has been a very emotional yet rewarding experience for me and the others involved but you don't realize how deep it touches you.

A local magazine is doing a 24 page article about the project and we have been editing the biographies of 30+ soldiers and I think once I am finished I will have to take a day and just cry. They were so young and had such great futures ahead of them. Not to mention all of the loved ones left behind.

Anyway, please visit our website to view all of the beautiful portraits that are being uploaded daily. And if you are in Atlanta on September 8th, please plan to attend our exhibition's opening. We would love to see you there!

Monday, March 12, 2007


I won First Place for my Sky Road painting in the First Annual National Juried Exhibition Favorite Things.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Army Spc. Jamaal R. Addison

Army Specialist Jamaal R. Addison
Oil on Linen

Hi Everyone,
This is the painting I have been working on of my soldier. I, along with four friends created Art From the Heart where Georgia artists donate their time to paint the portraits of fallen Georgia soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan, free of charge for the families left behind.

This is Jamaal Addison and he was 22. He was the first soldier from Georgia to die in Iraq. I will be presenting this painting to his mother and family on March 23rd at a memorial service, the 4th anniversary of his death. I am really looking forward to it because this project has meant so much to me and I really have enjoyed painting him and getting to know him and his mother. If you would like to learn more or know of a family who might benefit from this project, please visit our website at

Friday, March 2, 2007

Libby at 6 months

Libby at 6 Months
I painted this in the Fall and thought I would share it. I have been working on a portrait of the first Georgia soldier to die in Iraq so I haven't been able to do any little sketches. Hopefully I will get back to it this coming week. Once the soldier is finished I will post him for you.

Monday, February 19, 2007

V-Day Left Over

V-Day Left Over ©

I thought it might be fun to try to paint some of the left over valentine's day candy. I didn't get any for the holiday but they were on super sale at the store so I thought it could be fun to try to paint the fluffy centers. It wasn't. They turned out to be much harder than I thought. I think it turned out OK though. I bet it would have been a lot easier in pastel so I think I might try the next one in pastel. There is on with swirly stripes on it. I will paint that one without breaking it open!!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Quail Egg No.1

Quail Egg No.1

I have been finishing up a couple of commissions so I have not been able to do any painting's-every-few-days until today. I was really happy with this one until I saw it on my computer and it seems like it lost something in the translation. I will have to try it again tomorrow. These little quail eggs-or pheasant eggs I don't know which, are really great!!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Blood Orange

Blood Orange ©
4 x 5

Friday, January 19, 2007

Untold Fortune

Untold Fortune ©

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Lucky Fortune

Lucky Fortune ©
For some reason this took 15 tries to get a good photograph so it is hard to see the detail in the cookie itself. I guess it is because of the stark contrast in light and dark and the camera didn't like that .

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Swirly Sucker #1

Swirly Sucker ©

I have been working on a pastel portrait and needed some information from the client so I took a break and painted this. I plan on painting this sucker again in oil but it was just so bright and colorful that I just couldn't resist doing it in pastel too.
You can double click on the image to enlarge it.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Lily Pond

Lily Pond©
oil on linen

I started this little painting about 3 years ago and hated it immediately. I think I only worked on it for about 2 hours. So, I stuck it in a pile of other unfinished paintings, never to be seen again until this week. For some reason it was the right time to work on it and I actually enjoyed it. Maybe I should pull the others from the pile and see what can happen with those???

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Wednesday, January 3, 2007