Impressions of Oswegatchie Hills

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016
Impressions of Oswegatchie Hills

A place can be many things – somewhere you go in your own mind to remember, revisit or relax, or a physical place you experience in person. I go to many places near and far, both in my mind and on my feet. I prefer natural places and get outside as often as I can, […]

Pictures are Worth a Thousand Words

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016
Pictures are Worth a Thousand Words

‘A picture is worth a thousand words’; a trite, somewhat overused phrase but how true for me! Spending time outdoors I am a natural history painter; painting what I see out in nature. I spend a lot of time outside experiencing nature, both in my backyard and when I travel. If I am traveling for something […]

Change is a Good Thing

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016

Life throws us change every day. I have mapped out a plan of blog posts. The second post of each month is scheduled to be about my work-in-progress. And then this happened… Embracing Change A change of plans; I am working on a project based upon monthly walks at Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve in Niantic, CT. I will […]

Trees; or the Search for a Tree

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016
Trees; or the  Search for a Tree

I am searching for a tree – not just any tree, but a TREE. I’m a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and one of our upcoming juried international exhibits is the Third New York Botanical Garden Triennial exhibit called ‘Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens’, November 18, 2017 – […]

Inspiration is Found in Surprising Places – Texas!

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016
Inspiration is Found in Surprising Places – Texas!

Inspiration is such an intangible. It shows up where you least expect it and comes in many forms. I just returned from attending the TexArt workshop on the campus of Schreiner University in Kerrville, TX . It was co-sponsored by the Susan Kathleen Black Foundation (SKB) and the SAA (Society of Animal Artists). Talk about […]

My Day of Distractions: the Good and the Bad!

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016
My Day of Distractions: the Good and the Bad!

Distractions. I have come to embrace the part of me that is easily distracted! I guess at my age, I have no choice as by now I don’t think I will be changing anytime soon. But just where does an artist draw the line between good and bad distractions? Between procrastination and possible inspiration? The sound […]

Inspiration, Ideas & Kindred Spirits

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013
Inspiration, Ideas & Kindred Spirits

Inspiration, ideas and kindred spirits are what I found attending the annual conference of the American Society of Botanical Artists in late September! It is always a whirlwind 3 days of learning new things, trying new techniques, greeting old friends, and meeting new ones. There are idea exchanges and impromptu brainstorming sessions. As artists, we […]

A Pictorial Love Letter to Yellowstone Park

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013
A Pictorial Love Letter to Yellowstone Park

Yellowstone National Park never disappoints–you just need to go in every day with no expectations of what you will experience and each encounter will be magical! I was on blog hiatus for the past two weeks; I know I just started my weekly Tuesday posts, but I hope I get a pass—I was in Yellowstone […]

Painting through My Year of ‘Living Dangerously’

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013
Painting through My Year of ‘Living Dangerously’

I have now painted through more than half of  my ‘Year of Living Dangerously’, painting mostly without knowing that I was ‘living dangerously’. The previous year was my ‘Year of Sorrow & Stress’ as I watched my mother fade away in both body & spirit. She passed away in January, leaving a very contradictory hole […]

My Scotland Adventure!

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013

I returned home from Scotland yesterday, tired but relaxed and fresh with many painting ideas from my travels.   I received a silver gilt medal from the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society at the Botanical Images Scotia exhibit at Gardening Scotland. The judges said that most of the work was gold quality but a few pieces […]