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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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The woman cave

arleneshousefSo, I’m not easily impressed. But when my friend posted a photo of this wonderful little cabin of hers in the woods, I just had to paint it. Surrounded by woods and flowers, this cabin glows like a jewel in the broken sunshine.
I hope I did it justice!

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The Graduation of Doctor Boothby

thegraduationIt was a lot of fun to attend the graduation ceremony at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada. A very close family member graduated with a PhD in Mathematics, the first PhD in my family. So many deceased relatives had to have been there, thrilled and cheering to see this happening.
Since it was in Canada, there were people wearing kilts playing bagpipe music and we all sang “O Canada”. The regalia donned by the graduates was interesting, the PhD students got to wear fancy de Medici hats, fresh out of medieval times.

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