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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Crab No.7

Enamel on Glass
$400
15.5 x 9.75

Anyone who knows me – or visits this website – knows that, next to birds, I love crabs best 🙂 I just love crabs’ jointed exoskeletons! And thus this painting, my seventh of a crab. This sook – a mature female – has been washed up to the water’s edge but is far from damaged or harmless. She’s ready to snag anything that gets within reach with her bright red claws, so beware!

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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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Croaker

20 x 10
Oil on Canvas
$375
Reproductions Available

Late August, right before the ospreys headed south for the winter, my neighbor and I were chatting the in yard and noticed an osprey on a dead fall in our big, old maple tree. The osprey had caught a croaker and the croaker was letting everyone know he wasn’t happy. He croaked and croaked and croaked. Impatient, the osprey few off with the croaker croaking his heart out. I decided then and there to paint a tribute to that brave fish.

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Crab No.6

10×16
Enamel on Glass
Reproductions Available

Yet another crab. This one is on glass. The painted background is reset – like a tiny shadow box 🙂 This gives the crab on the forefront more impact. Painting on glass is a challenge – the smooth surface of the glass does not easily accept paint; you have to wrestle it into submission. But the result is worth the effort. Thank you Joanne Riley for the many glass panels!

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Gotcha!

7 x 10
Gouache Watercolor
Original: $500
Reproductions Available 

One summer my youngest son and his two oldest boys were here visiting for a week. What fun we had! Among the new experiences for my grandsons was the fun of crabbing – both off the end of the pier and with my two crab pots. The boys couldn’t get enough of pulling the pots up to see if I had caught any crabs or if the pots needed to be rebaited. When one, lone crab finally wandered into the pot, the boys were so excited 🙂 Here’s a gouache watercolor commemorating that moment.

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View From Within

11″ Diameter Porthole
Enamel on Glass
$85

Bought a couple really neat portholes planning to paint water scenes on the glass. Here’s the first one (although it’s  numbered No.2…oops.) It was first hanging at an art gallery and gift shop in Deale, Off the Bay Gallery and Gifts.

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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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Nautilus

 

14 x 11
Enamel on Canvas
Original: $275
Reproductions Available

Last October at Kent Youth’s Holiday Galleria show in Chestertown, Maryland I met Sherry Sonntag-Whorl of Classic Glass Studios and bought three of her wonderful stained glass works for my sunroom, one of which contains a nautilus shell. So I started wondering what the actual nautilus creature looks like. Once I did some research I was thrilled! I think they are pretty kool creatures with their dangling tentacles and big, puffy eyes peeking out from under their hooded shells. Viola! Here is my interpretation.

 

 

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Orchid No.4

 

14 x 11
Enamel on Canvas
Original: $250
Reproductions Available

Trying out some new paints – water-based enamels. Love their brilliance because, as you know, I’m all about color 🙂 Used oil-based enamels on the exterior mural I created for a local resident and I liked their fluidity and full-bodied color. So tried out the water-based version to see if I liked them. I do! My daughter and I have many orchids between us and this is just one of our favorites.

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