Dreaming of Far Fields
Oil on linen – 31 x 25 inches – Collection of the Artist
Winner of The Dianne Rudy Memorial Award at the 2001 American Artists Professional League Show
The plush horse was given to me by my older brother and the saddle was on Thunder’s back when I was in high school and we rode the countryside together. This is my Pinocchio painting about a child’s toy that gazes out the door at the end of the barn aisle, dreaming of being a real live pony in the pasture with the other horses.
Call of the Fields
Oil on linen – 13 x 16 inches
Art Renewal Center, International 2010/2011 ARC Salon, Finalist: Animals
One November I ‘car-topped’ to watch the local Long Lake Hounds on a hunt. I was able to get some fine photographs of the riders and pack but the first painting I did was of this hound. The hunt was over and the pack was back in the hound trailer when this one squeezed it’s head out the window into the silvery autumn light. I saw such a look of longing to go run again.
Promise Me Anything But Give Me Chocolate
Oil on linen – 14 x 18 inches
This is my homage to my favorite food. And isn’t it wonderful that it’s now recognized as healthy for us? It was hard not touching it at first but after a few weeks on the table, it wasn’t nearly as appetizing. And you do not want to know what the “hot chocolate” looked like by then. I learned to my surprise that the only way to paint believable brown chocolate was to sprinkle in some cool pinks and blues.
Periwinkle and Cream
Oil on linen – 24 x 14 inches
I wanted a still life that expressed my love of knitting – yes, I knit the mohair lace scarf. But I also wanted the challenge of working with only two main colors in a narrow value range. It looked deceptively simple but once I began to paint, I found golds, pinks, greens and lavenders everywhere I looked.
Oil on linen – 24 x 15 – Private Collection
This steep ravine and little falls is walking distance from my home in the middle of Saint Paul, not far from three colleges. Yet I only found out about it when I was plein air painting nearby and a man commissioned me to paint it. The water flows about a quarter mile before joining the Mississippi.
Oil on linen – 10 x 8 inches – Private Collection
A friend found the abandoned bird’s nest with it’s broken egg in the shrub by my front door. I arranged it on a low table next to my easel but the brown leaf background didn’t work until I added the two silvery leaves. Then the blue eggshell was no longer alone in it’s cool color notes.