Phil and Vivian Williams portrait

Phil Williams, recently deceased, was, with his wife and partner, Vivian, one of the most important people in the folk music community in the northwest.
I first learned about them in the early 1980s, because my young husband at the time had seen them at Weiser. I enjoyed going to jams at their house, and even took my little boy there for a violin lesson a few times. My kids were in the Washington Old Time Fiddlers, and whenever Phil was there, he’d back up any kid fiddler that asked. I saw this snapshot at Phil’s Memorial on the slide show and thought it might make a nice painting. Hope you like it. Not for Sale.

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Il sogno di Ernesto – Ernesto’s dream


Ernesto is a little cat that was born in Aleppo, Syria. He was one of the very few cats that was able to survive and evacuated the town in those very last moments last winter. I think Ernesto, who is usually contented just to have a good meal, also dreams of a world where there is peace everywhere. This is an orginal painting with watercolor and gouache and is for sale for $100 USD, plus postage, it measures 9″ x 12″ ships anywhere. All proceeds (except postage) will go to Il Gattaro di Aleppo, which is the sanctuary in Syria where Ernesto lives.

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horse doodles


I was given an assignment; to try and reproduce the millions of doodles I did as a young person, of horses. I started out a little intimidated by doodling with a paint brush, but by the 8th one, I was having fun, and this one was #9. This little horse is doing what they call a Piaffe in the Spanish riding school.
He is for sale for $100.00, and all proceeds go to wild animal conservation.

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Manul or Pallas’s cat

One of the least known cats in the world, existing on the very edges of the earth, are the manul. They can be found on the steppes of China and Russia and make their homes in Tibet at altitudes above 16,000 feet. While they look much bigger than our domestic cats due to their wonderful winter coats, they weigh about the same.
A fun fact about the manul is that their pupils are round like humans, not a slit like other cat species. Since they have evolved in such remote areas, they have low resistance to diseases that other cats carry, so they are very difficult to raise in captivity. A few zoos have had success with them, which is good news for this feline, which is considered “near threatened.” Not surprisingly, their biggest threat are humans, who poison their prey and push them further and further to the edges of habitable land, which is pretty rough territory. I had the good fortune to meet a manul cat in a sanctuary in Calfornia. Unlike a lot of the cats there, she didn’t want to have anything to do with the noisy humans. This painting is for sale for $250.00. All proceeds from a sale will go towards research and conservation of these and other small cat species.
PS; even though the cats are named Pallas’s cat, Peter Simon Pallas never saw a live one. He just collected a carcass and named it after himself, along with several birds, bats and lizards.

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The Hornist

When I dream a painting, I have to try and paint it. Rarely, it comes out like the dream painting, always it’s an exciting painting experience, taking me where I had not thought to go. This painting is of a very special horn player, my son. After waking up from the dream, I searched through pictures that might work with the image in my brain. The reference photo comes from Tobin Holliday Photography.

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