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Cripple Creek color study

Doing small 9×12 color studies like this one helps me plan color and tonal value before actually committing to a large scale painting and is critical to ones goal of creating quality art of any kind. Doing the necessary preliminary work acquaints me with my subject and allows me to work out potential problems beforehand. […]
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Good news to share!

I just signed with Art Licensing International, Inc, a major licensing company who will now act as my exclusive agent to represent my work! What does this mean? Well hopefully, it means my art will eventually be reproduced on various products throughout the retail industry. This could be anything from home décor, gifts, cards, prints, […]
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Book deadline met

I felt such a sense of satisfaction when I finally had Chapters One and Two of my new book on its way to my editor, Vanessa Wieland, who has been such a big help to me. Since I’d never written a book before I knew it was going to be an exciting new challenge and […]
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Country depot inspires new painting

When we travel  small towns and country roads across America I gather so much information that it’s often hard to decide what I want to paint next. But when I start browsing through my digital libraries and thumbing through all my sketches it doesn’t take long before something catches my eye and triggers memories from […]
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Art Journey America Landscapes Book

I am thrilled and honored to have been invited by North Light Books to participate in an exquisite new book called Art Journey America Landscapes. It may be pre-ordered now and will be on book shelves by the end of December. It is an absolutely stunning collection of beautiful paintings. Following is what author Kathryn Kipp says about the […]
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Fresh off the easel

I just finished my latest painting and the paint is barely dry. I’ve included the photo of the scene that inspired the painting and as usually I made lots of changes in order to achieve a more dramatic statement. I caught the scene from our car window as we sped down the highway on a […]
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Painting Mendocino, California

A 2008 road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway took us through scenic Mendocino, California. I fell in love with the quaint architecture of this small coastal village that sat at the edge of the sea. This scene was the subject of a demonstration painting I did for the Martin Museum of Art at Baylor […]
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Laurel Mountain Highlands Barn Study

The Laurel Mountain Highlands area in Pennsylvania is so beautiful and picturesque and I loved every minute of our time there. Some of the small villages in the area are Somerset, Mount Pleasant and Donegal. Below is a new watercolor study of one of the many different and unique barns that dot the countryside.
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New 9×12 Watercolor Study

Last year we had the most wonderful time traveling through some amazing country with irresistible scenery. Below is a photo of an old red house and pink peonies that caught my eye. It was a flat, over cast day, but not a problem as I can always imagine some sunshine and shadows. First my artist’s […]
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Home now and thinking about new paintings!

It seems like only yesterday we arrived home having completed our 2 month long Florida Coast journey. It always takes me awhile to get back into the routine of being home after having been gone for so long. But I’m now feeling inspired to begin new watercolor studies some of which may become major paintings. […]
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Painting Chosen for Magazine Cover

Just found out and I’m thrilled! My painting Out Santa Rosa Creek Road will be on the cover of the April/May 2011 issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine. There will also be a full length feature story about my work inside. Visit my Blog to read more about the inspiration for this painting and the day […]
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Tropical Captiva and Sanibel Island

Sanibel and Captiva are known for their great shelling, so I was looking forward to finding pretty new sea shells to add to my collection. Unfortunately the sea shores and beaches of this spectacular place are pretty much closed off to the public, are very crowded and require a fee to even step on to. […]
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Cedar Key Island Community

Cedar Key is an Island community with small town flavor where it is said time stands still. It is located three miles out in the Gulf of Mexico on Way Key, the largest island in the “Cedar Keys“. It has a rich history with natural beauty and is also one of the oldest bird and […]
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Local Color at Apalachicola

If you love seafood then Apalachicola, Eastpoint and nearby Carrabelle is where you’ll find the freshest ever. It’s oystermen and shrimpers go out daily in small boats to harvest some of the best to be had. Their bounty is sold “fresh caught” from small shacks along the roadways or served up in a variety of […]
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Dauphin Island, Alabama

Dauphin Island, AL, a charming laid back seaside community completely unspoiled by the commercial attractions one often finds along coastlines.  Our first day we enjoyed an Arts Festival being held at a local park amid ancient oaks and perfectly beautiful weather. We’re staying at a woodsy park just a short walk through palmettos and tall […]
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Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2010

A Farmhouse I Saw in Virginia was chosen for inclusion in the Kansas Watercolor Society’s 2010 National Exhibition. The show will be held at the Wichita Center for the Arts October 9th – January 2nd 2011. I am especially thrilled to say that this painting was also chosen for publication in the new Splash 12 […]
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Splash 12:Celebrating Artistic Vision to feature painting!

I’m excited to say that my original watercolor painting A Farmhouse I Saw in Virginia was one of only 100 paintings chosen from a field of thousands of excellent entries for North Light’s latest Splash book. The new book, Splash 12: Celebrating Artistic Vision is tentatively scheduled for publication May of 2011. I’ll post new […]
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American Watercolor Society awards painting

I’m pleased to say that my painting This Way to the Vineyard has received the Paul Schwartz Memorial Award in the American Watercolor Society’s 143rd International Exhibition. The award will be presented April 30th, 2010 at the Salmagundi Club in New York City. The American Watercolor Society was organized in 1866 to promote the art […]
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2010 Travel Plans

Now that the holiday season is past we are beginning to think about what beautiful places we might want to travel to this year. One idea for Spring or early Summer might be to make our way South along the coastal highway to the tip of the Florida Keys. Salt air, white sand, seashells, turquoise […]
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The American Watercolor Society announces winners!

The American Watercolor Society published it’s  list of juried Artists for the 143rd Annual International Exhibition. My original watercolor painting This Way to the Vineyard was selected to be included in the exhibition. The show will feature watercolors from artist throughout the world and is held at the Salmagundi Club in New York City April […]
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Still on the Road

We have logged a lot of miles since leaving our home in Tyler, Texas. Our first stop was Santa Fe then on to Pennsylvania and from there we traveled down the Atlantic Coast to Florida. Right now we are in the seaside town of Carrabelle where we plan to stay for a couple of weeks […]
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On our way to the Pacific Coast Highway!

My husband, Larry and I left Tyler, TX September 11th traveling through Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and Nevada. Finally on September 16th we reached scenic highway 1 and the spectacular Oregon Coast. We were tired but exhilarated by all the beautiful landscapes we drove through so we took a few days to rest and explore before […]
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