Dive! Dive!

16 x 12
Oil on Gessoboard
Original $300

This menhaden is diving as fast as he can because he knows he’s about to become bait for our striped bass (rockfish) charter expedition. This species is essential to the Bay because it is a filter feeder for lower organisms and prime food for rockfish, and bluefish. This beauty helped me catch a 35” rockfish on our outing!

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Is that Dinner?

14 x 24
Oil on Canvas
Reproductions Available

I was watching this fella who was perched on a dead-fall of our old maple tree but he was not watching me. Rather he was watching a dinner prospect in our neighbor’s yard. I was very happy he was looking in that direction and not in my yard where my toy poodle was wandering the property. You can never be too careful with a small pet, especially in the Spring when the recently-returned osprey and other large birds might attempt a pet-snatch. Yes this guy is a predator but he’s also a very beautiful creature, especially his bright red shoulders!

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Here Fishy, Fishy!

 

8 x 22
Enamel on Lucite
Original: $350
Reproductions Available

My good friend, Sandi Ritchie Miller, gave me what she considered to be a junk piece of lucite which I intended to use as a palette to experiment with the new enamel paints she had given me. I wasn’t sure how they would mix and flow, so a junk piece of lucite seemed to be just the right tool at the right time.

However (isn’t there always a “however”?) the more I looked at that piece of lucite the more I saw fish and shells and greenery. What could I do? I had to paint it.

And so, the throw away piece of lucite became my next painting.

Glub, glub…

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Cormorant

 

24 x 24
Oil on Canvas
Original: $600
Reproductions Available

A familiar bird in my location on the Chesapeake Bay is the cormorant. They have a distinctive angle to their bodies as they perch on anything that doesn’t get up and move away.

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Crab No.5

6 x 6
Oil on Canvas
Original $70

This steamed carb is ready for eating as witnessed by his all-red color, covering of Old Bay seasoning, and the proximity of my mallet. Yummy!

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Snowy White Egret No.2

6 x 6
Oil on Canvas
Original $70

This little beauty lives in the marsh just east of our property. He comes out early in the morning and around dinner time. Such grace. I never tire of watching him stalk across my lawn or glide across the Bay.

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Rockfish

48 x 20
Oil on Canvas
Reproductions Available 

This oil painting of a rockfish was done as a request for my husband. The original is quite long and is mounted in our kitchen between the windows over the sink and the skylight. Turns out I can paint fish — I had my doubts going in. My husband still has his doubts as he was expecting a realistic representation of a rockfish! Silly hubby…

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Mallard Drake

20 x 15
Oil on Canvas
Original: $380
Reproductions Available 

This drake had just taken off from my front yard. Up, up and away!

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Mute Swan No.2

9 x 12
Oil on Canvas
Reproductions Available

The inspiration for this painting was a particular mute who kept himself away from the rest of the swans  — both mutes and tundras — during my daily corn feeding. For some reason he was off to the side and not pushing and shoving to get into the fray. Out of concern I threw some corn directly to him and he seemed to hiss a thank you on his way back to the marsh and his nesting area.

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Spring!

24 x 30
Oil on Canvas
Original $600
Reproductions Available

An oil painting similar to this one was destroyed when my nephew tragically died in a car crash a few years ago. This painting, a near replica of the one lost, is dedicated to my nephew, Jonathan.

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