Drew, Mo, and Hank

A friend recently asked me to paint her three pets, two cats and a dog. Having known this family for years, but now separated from them by half the country, I was delighted to take on this project as it gave me a chance to "spend some time" with these animals. Drew, Mo, and Hank - your paintings have kept me company this winter/spring and I was a little sad to send them on their way. What fun they were to create!

Drew, oil on canvas, 6"x6"

Drew, oil on canvas, 6"x6"

Mo, oil on canvas, 6"x6"

Mo, oil on canvas, 6"x6"

Hank, oil on canvas, 6"x6"

Hank, oil on canvas, 6"x6"

Gallery Without Walls Exhibit: A Call To Service

Some of my art (two paintings and three framed limited-edition prints) are showing in the Galleries Without Walls Exhibit, A Call to Service, at the VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital on Duke St in Alexandria, VA. The show runs from May 15 to Sept 25, 2016. All artwork is for sale and 10% of all sales will be donated to Veteran's Moving Forward (a charity that connects disabled veterans with service dogs).

Are You Coming?, matted and framed fine art print

Are You Coming?, matted and framed fine art print

Happy Dog, matted and framed fine art print

Happy Dog, matted and framed fine art print

Skylar Cat, matted and framed fine art print

Skylar Cat, matted and framed fine art print

Bernie, oil on canvas, 18"x20"

Bernie, oil on canvas, 18"x20"

To the Rescue, oil on canvas, 8"x10"

To the Rescue, oil on canvas, 8"x10"

A New Series: Life on the Farm

Last month I took a week-long painting workshop with artist Diane Tesler in which we all painted whatever we wanted but with the intention of creating (or beginning) a body of work. For that week, I decided to work on additional tractor paintings, with the thought of creating a Life on the Farm series (from scenes back home in Missouri, mostly). The workshop was held in an empty historic building in Old Town Alexandria that the Art League of Alexandria rented for the week. The space itself was amazing, and being back in Old Town for the week was awesome. Working with Diane Tesler was really cool - she had great advice and stories, and is a really interesting and talented artist. Here is one of my tractor paintings from that workshop.

Old Blue, oil on canvas, 20"x24"

Old Blue, oil on canvas, 20"x24"

Big Boy, oil on canvas, 24"x30"

Big Boy, oil on canvas, 24"x30"

Patient Pedro

I love this painting of our sweet Pedro that I created this past February. This was inspired by a photo taken several years ago when living in Denver, CO. Both Pedro and Deuce were lying together on the couch (as they often did then), looking out of the front window at birds or neighbors or whatever was passing by. This painting captures Pedro well, and I really like using blue for the highlights on his black fur. Pedro was always one of the grownups (whereas Deuce acted like a kid, even as a really old man), and I called him our nanny-dog when Calvin was a baby as he would always be the first to respond to any of Calvin's cries, sniffing and nudging and licking as needed to help take care of his little "puppy". I think this painting shows his serious, old soul, quietly watching, attentive but calm personality.

Pedro, oil on canvas, 9"x12"

Pedro, oil on canvas, 9"x12"

Space Art: A New Frontier

A friend approached me last summer about painting some space art for her nursery. Switching gears for this project was a fun new challenge. I swapped oils for acrylic, canvas for board, and realistic for cartoon-ish. But space art is right up my alley, and I loved it so much that I created a few extra pieces, just for fun (and practice before doing the commissioned piece).

Space Art for Declan, acrylic on board, 2'x4'

Space Art for Declan, acrylic on board, 2'x4'