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Color and light – using the horse

March 15th, 2020 No comments

I love to draw horses and truly, I am enjoying painting them too. A horse can convey pride, majesty, happiness, solidity. I am using a reference photo taken by Mirelle Vegers for my horse. This painting is for sale.

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Dashing Friesian Stallion

March 4th, 2020 No comments


I have been working on this horse for about two months and have painted several versions of him, both as small sketches in a notebook, and on large paper. The large paper that I am using is particularly interesting. It’s a Morilla 15″x20″ block of 25 sheets and it was sold before the mid 1960s at the University of Washington bookstore for $2.00. (A block like this one sells for over $60.00 today and you only get 20 sheets) Because the paper is so old, it’s more finicky and brittle, which adds to my fun while I explore painting in such a large format. Watercolors beg for speed,because they just dry. A bigger sheet, slower dry time. But this horse, he needs to be spontaneous and bright.

He and all of his twin brothers are for sale, please contact the artist.
All of the proceeds of my work go to endangered species conservation programs. For more info, contact the artist.

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The Black Stallion

May 1st, 2019 No comments

I have loved horses all of my life, and here is one I painted. Horses can show so much by their posture and gait, and this horse shows enthusiasm, courage and a great attitude. He is for sale for $300 at my etsy shop

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She likes me!

October 30th, 2018 No comments

I painted this winsome couple of kitties and was delighted at the expression on Sparky, the tuxedo cat’s face. Sparky is a favorite at the Ernesto cat sanctuary, and he’s being affectionately rubbed by Sumy, one of the adolescent kittens. This painting is for sale for $70, free shipping in the USA.

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David

August 31st, 2017 2 comments

It’s a long story that started back in 1972, and I’m not going to tell the whole story; but David is the reason I married a Boothby and became a part of the Boothby clan. I married David’s little brother, to be exact.
David and I didn’t get along very well. But his little brother, Donald, loved him. So for that reason, David was occasionally in my life. Not a lot, we distanced ourselves by moving a long state away. But Donald held him in his heart. And David had children. Beautiful children. Paolo and Megan; two brilliant souls that I had the opportunity to get to know; Donald’s beloved nephew and niece. And they loved their father. Well, that makes us family, of course.
And then we lost Donald. David flew out here for Donald’s last few days; the only time he was ever in my house in Seattle. And then David died too. Another family bereft, as if we weren’t bereft already. But in these deaths, there was healing, family bonds rebound, the reality that we were even more precious, as we were now fewer.
But I still didn’t like David, even though now he was our dearly departed.
One day, his daughter indicated she’d like a painting I did of her father, which I gladly gave her. I didn’t think it was a great portrait, so I started looking for another photo of him so I could try and paint him again. One of David’s quirks was that he didn’t like to be photographed. So there weren’t many. And I had the mother lode, all the pictures David’s and Donald’s mother had ever gotten from her kids. Her 5 children who all lived hundreds of miles away; they each sent pictures when they could. Including David. As I searched for a nice picture of David, I found photos of him with baby Paolo, and of him with baby Megan. And I could see without a doubt, that he truly loved these children. Somehow seeing those pictures of an extremely young David loving his baby boy, and a still young David loving his baby girl, it melted a part of my heart, and instead of painting the surly David that I knew too well, I painted the other David, the one that his children knew. And maybe that healed me a little bit.

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