Blossoms

16 x 10
Acrylic Enamel on Glass
$350
Reproductions Available

A couple weeks ago the small plum tree we planted last year burst into bloom. It was so exhilarating and uplifting to see these beautiful blooms after a long, dreary winter, I just had to paint them. Hoping I did them justice….

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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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Spar No.2

 

18 x 24
Enamel on Plexiglass
Original: $625
Reproductions Available

My friend and fellow artist Sandi Ritchie Miller creates beautiful pieces using enamel paints on lucite. Always up for trying something new, I decided to give it a try on Plexiglass. I found out it was a lot more difficult to get the paint to stick on lucite than on canvas but it was fun playing with a new surface. Here’s a composition inspired by a trip to the Annapolis Maritime Museum. There was this old skipjack lying in the yard behind the museum with all its metalwork rusted and nasty…I loved it! So I just had to paint it.

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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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Bay Life Outdoor Mural

My neighbor had a whole-house generator installed at her home. Unfortunately, the contractor installed it right in front of the house directly at the end of a long driveway. She asked me to paint a bay scene of snowy white egrets for her to enhance impact the huge, white box and stand. This project involved researching primers and paints for four surfaces – vinyl, plastic, wood and metal – as well as designing a mural that could begin at the ground with bay grasses that snake up the legs of the stand and continue up onto the plastic base, the metal container and vinyl lid. It was a bit harder a task than I had anticipated because mother nature did NOT cooperate! We had a very, very wet September effectively postponing the start of my project since the self-etching metal primer was water-sensitive and would absorb any excess humidity in the air, thus failing to effectively seal the surface. 🙁  Then the colder-than-normal October forced me to paint with gloves and scarves on and witness bugs and leaves blowing into my wet paint! How do outdoor muralists do this??!! The good news: The client liked the finished project and I completed it before the inevitable snow arrives.  🙂

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Joie de Vivre

 

8 x 11
Watercolor
NFS

After exhibiting at Joie de Vivre gallery in Cambridge, Maryland, I painted this watercolor as a gift to the gallery owner. Thank you, Joy, for the opportunity to exhibit in your lovely, quaint gallery.

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Snowy White Egret

 

18 x 18
Oil on Canvas
Original: $575
Reproductions Available

Back to oils and the local birds. This is a snowy white egret that nests in the marsh grasses nearby. I never see more than a few snowy whites at a time but I see a fledgling now and again, so I know there are at least a couple of pairs. They must be very shy and who can blame them with the eagles and ospreys nearby?

 

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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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Bay House - After the Regatta

11 x 8
Watercolor and Ink on Paper
Original: $350
Reproductions Available 

After my son’s “Manly Mayhem Regatta” where grown men ply themselves with pancakes then squeeze into little boats and proceed to ram each other into concession in order to win ridiculously cheap trinkets as “awards,” the kayaks, paddles and other flotsam and jetsam are strewn across the yard…A definite painting opportunity!

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