Winter, 4:15

Size: 48 in. × 48 in. (4 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $5,500 Purchase

Winter 4:15 pm, cold, indecisive…

Winter Solstice

Size: 60 in. × 48 in. (5 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $6,200 Purchase

Even though it’s not particularly safe… cougars, bears, wolves, coyotes… I love to jog at night when the dark is lifted only by moonlight and the occasional streetlight reflecting off the snow; when all sound is absorbed, and my world feels tucked in and solemnly tranquil and still.

Winter White

Size: 60 in. × 48 in. (5 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $6,200 Purchase

4 feet of snow. The landscape camouflaged in winter’s white, more to come… I love it!

Redtop Mountain Sentry

Size: 60 in. × 48 in. (5 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $6,200 Purchase

Aged, weathered, gnarly… yet,… standing strong with grace and style…my birthday is next week.

Sunrise at the Corner

Size: 60 in. × 48 in. (5 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $6,200 Purchase

It was a beautiful morning, the air had that cold back to it; winter was near. It had been a few months of frenetic busy-ness as a myriad of domestic projects consumed my attention. I needed to paint, to pivot, in today’s vernacular to re-boot. As I walked out with my dogs, I asked God to center me in Him, to fill me, to calm me, to inspire me. As I turned the corner, I was awed by the starkness of the beauty before me. The vivid colors of the morning sky overwhelmed the trees into silhouettes and the contrast between dark and light, cool and warm, active and passive, answered my prayer as I pulled an old envelope from my pocket to capture the moment.

Gratuitous Beauty

Size: 48 in. × 60 in. (4 ft. x 5 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $6,200 Purchase

It is fall in my mountains and I am surrounded by the gratuitous beauty of God’s pallet. I went down to my studio to capture the season, squeezed out my colors… When I stepped back hours later, I was stunned to see the beauty God had given me the honor to be a part of. I wandered around the house for the next few hours in awe.

All is Well

Size: 60 in. × 48 in. (5 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $6,200 Purchase

There is an awesome moment of peace as the moon crests the trees silhouetting the foreground, and the glory of its radiance overtakes the day. It is as if our Creator is saying, “I am here, I love you, all is well; I have a purpose and a plan for you, and it is good.”

Turbulence

Size: 36 in. × 48 in. (3 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $4,200 Purchase

There is such abstract, passionate beauty in the sky. A clear sky, still and silent, with its perfect value scale of blue is certainly beautiful in its serenity, but I am partial to the tumultuous drama of turbulent skies. The battle is on between the elements; between good and evil. As dark and turbulent as life gets, God is always there, bringing His light into our darkness.

…Forest for the Trees

Size: 60 in. × 48 in. (5 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $6,200 Purchase

Can you see the forest for the trees? Sometimes you just get a glimpse; trust, and seek through.

Impending

Size: 60 in. × 48 in. (5 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $5,200 Purchase

No fear of the heavy clouds, hope is the future.

Tranquility

Size: 60 in. × 48 in. (5 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $6,200 Purchase

One thinks of a forest and its rivers and streams as being a limited palette of green and brown, but I see so much more. Brown is too mundane for my forests. To me, God has graced us with a buffet of color to ingest and savor. The fluorescents of fall: pulsating yellow lichens clinging to pine boughs, hot pink needles underneath; the white bark of the Aspen against the crimson and scarlet of fall’s vine maples variegated with deep magenta and purples; the mauves of winter. Come spring and summer the colors of new life burst forth anchored by turquoise deep, phthalo and dioxazine, the cools of the forest’s depth.

The Grove

Size: 60 in. × 48 in. (5 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $6,200 Purchase

Hiking outside Jasper, Canada last summer inspired this painting. The Quaking Aspen, the largest of living organisms is a metaphor of generational family. Above ground it appears as individuals, yet underneath, at its roots, it is connected- one to another, giving it the strength of community and family.

Dawn’s Chill Precedes the Day

Size: 48 in. × 36 in. (4 ft. x 3 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $4,200 Purchase

When I wake up in the morning and look out my window, there is that brief moment of exchange between the night and the day to come. Just before dawn’s light warms up the night’s palette, the latent chill creates a haze of form as the cools turn to warms and light overtakes dark.

Shadowbrook

Size: 48 in. × 48 in. (4 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $5,200 Purchase

No agenda in this painting. The worn slippers and comfort food in color and theme…a palette of favorites, enveloping forests, tumbling rivers… respite.

Off the Deck

Size: 48 in. × 48 in. (4 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $5,200 Purchase

In the Santa Cruz Mountains, perched above Bean Creek, in a gap of the surrounding Redwood forest, is our family cabin. Built in 1906, ‘The Deck’ is where the action is. 15 beds with their madras bedspreads color The Deck. The bold sleep outside in all weather, year round, the faint sleep inside. On summer afternoons the 15 madras bedspreads radiate the 105 degree heat in contrast to the cool 65 degree sanctuary within the cabin. Squirrels play in the forest under-story of Bay Laurel and Tan Bark Oak, jumping on the deck’s railing to chase each other into the trees to the north. The heated fragrance of Redwood, Bay and Oak is the invisible primer of this canvas of family and community. The white noise of Bean Creek in the cool of the canyon below, the Canyon Wren trilling from the heights of the forest canopy above; happy voices that float up the canyon from the swimmers in the pool nearby; games of darts and cards, long meals of conversation at the picnic tables under the umbrellas, these are the brush strokes of generations. Family, love, serenity, safety…

Vine Maples in Bloom

Size: 60 in. × 48 in. (5 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $6,200 Purchase

The ubiquitous vine maple… in spring and summer, a common ‘filler’ of the forest’s under-story, green and leafy, unremarkable… but, in early August a faint reddish tinge appears on a few leaves… a hint, a harbinger, a metaphor of transformation from common to magnificent.

Elim

Size: 60 in. × 48 in. (5 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $6,200 Purchase

The Bible is about struggles and salvation; pain and joy; want and plenty, and a fickle people God loves. In Exodus, the people receive a great miracle of salvation when God parts the Red Sea to save them from their enemy. The Israelites forget about God’s provision and after only three days they whine and complain and want to stop, not where God wants them to stop but where the water is not fit to drink. God, in his great mercy, shepherds them to the perfect destination He has prepared in advance, the oasis of Elim. Elim is a place with more bounty than they can hope or imagine…12 springs and 70 palm trees. God took me out of my Egypt and gave me back my painting; my journey through the ‘red sea’ was exemplified in the completion of several beautiful pieces of art. Like the Israelites, I lost sight of His perfect provision, I painted a piece that discouraged me and I fell into the trap of self reliance; I took my faith off of His perfect plan and embraced hopelessness. Elim is the result of God’s shepherding me back into His plan, His oasis. He carried me through yet another trial and set me on the rock of His assurance.

Standing Together

Size: 36 in. × 48 in. (3 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $4,200 Purchase

Aspen. Families. Connected by deep roots that run generation to generation.

Living Water

Size: 60 in. × 48 in. (5 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $6,200 Purchase

Illogical insecurities, fear of failure; the resulting, and perpetuating procrastination plagued me. I prayed for God’s inspiration and equipping of the creative gift He had blessed me with. I knew in my head that my fears were lies but my heart was unconvinced. I walked with determination into the studio to face and conquer my fears and I saw this painting on the blank canvas standing on the easel. Hurriedly, I squeezed out an array of color, grabbed a big brush and disappeared into a flurry of action. Spent, cheeks flushed with effort, I couldn’t look at the result. Somehow the experience and this moment felt sacred; I turned off the light and walked away. In the morning, I returned to my studio, turned on the light and stood there; it was exactly what I had envisioned.

Un-revealed to me until much, much later were the angels hidden in the brushstrokes.

Eye of the Storm

Size: 60 in. × 48 in. (5 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $6,200 Purchase

Roiling…swirling…tempestuous.

Winter Trees

Size: 60 in. × 48 in. (5 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $6,200 Purchase

Swiftwater

Size: 60 in. × 48 in. (5 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $6,200 Purchase

This was an easy, happy painting; the play between cool and warm was my interest. I discovered with this painting that I have an innate propensity to ‘stop’ or ‘shut’ my paintings in. The blue rock is visually dramatic at first but immediately fades as one’s brain relegates it into insignificance for the more interesting body of the painting.

Verdurous

Size: 48 in. × 60 in. (4 ft. x 5 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $6,200 Purchase

Verdant spring. A veritable smorgasbord of greens…

Redemption

Size: 48 in. × 60 in. (4 ft. x 5 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $6,200 Purchase

Splash

Size: 48 in. × 36 in. (4 ft. x 3 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $4,200 Purchase

Each of my paintings is a miracle. I am continually convicted of the magnitude of both my insignificance, and yet, at the same time, significance in this life. And, I am humbled by the honor and blessing bestowed upon me to be a part of such beauty.

And, go straight on…

Size: 48 in. × 60 in. (4 ft. x 5 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $6,200 Purchase

I live in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and am filled with inspiration as I wander its forests. Our lives are journeys crafted uniquely for us by our Creator. Do we take the road to the left or to the right, or do we follow Him and ‘Go Straight On’?

Creekside

Size: 48 in. × 36 in. (4 ft. x 3 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $4,200 Purchase

The integrated swirls of unexpected colors in this painting make it one of my favorites!

Killarney Glen

Size: 48 in. × 36 in. (4 ft. x 3 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $4,200 Purchase

This is a charming little oasis, tucked and hidden between the city core and its near-by neighborhoods.

Lalla’s Garden

Size: 60 in. × 48 in. (5 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $6,200 Purchase

As a little girl I spent hours drawing. We lived in a fairy book-style house with tall roofs and shingled gables, and acres of beautiful gardens filled with flowers at all times of the year. In the middle of the garden were enormous lichen covered rocks perfect vantage for an 8 year old in her dress, lace trimmed socks, patent leather Mary-Janes and brunet ponytail, to sit and sketch and dream of her future.

Magnolias in March, beauty unfolding…

Size: 60 in. × 48 in. (5 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $6,200 Purchase

I tell my students never to erase. Mistakes are the seeds of genius. It had been a long winter with heavy late snows, it was dreary and I was creatively weary. I needed to paint, I wanted to paint. The rivers and forests were still shuttered in snow, and I wanted to burst forth into spring; to paint color, life, and beauty! I asked God to give me something beautiful and dramatic. Magnolias! Their simple, yet, sensuous forms are an old favorite of mine. I threw up some lines and started an aqueous background. I never erase; but, I erased and erased, over and over, nothing seemed right, every new ’fix’ and adjustment was more egregious than the fix before. So, I erased, scrubbing off paint with my paper towels, trying something else and scrubbing again, considering… and scrubbing off, layering more on top and repainting into what I had just laid down, over and over, as I became increasingly tense. Finally, I stood back and saw that the buildup of one ‘wrong’ line over another had created a rich beauty of subtly and depth. Our lives are like this- a wrong turn, a wrong choice, pivot, new direction… rework, restore, redeem, as God takes our ‘wrong strokes’ and creates a richness of redemptive experience, beautiful and dramatic!

Memories

Size: 48 in. × 60 in. (4 ft. x 5 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $6,200 Purchase

This is a place of my youth. A cool respite from the summer heat; happy water fights between warring boats and maybe the excitement of capsizing, are joy filled excuses to enjoy the cool of the river. However, sometimes, just rowing into the deep shade of the overhanging Tanbark oaks and reading a book in solitude is the necessity of the day.

Autumnwood

Size: 36 in. × 48 in. (3 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: Purchase

In any season, but especially in the fall, I feel transported into a fairy story when I jog this path. In the fall it is a riot of color. The nearly florescent yellow of the lichens clinging to the pine boughs clashes with the intense pink and aqua of the pine needle covered path below. Even in the autumn of life, God reigns with unexpected beauty!

Brookside

Size: 48 in. × 36 in. (4 ft. x 3 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $4,200 Purchase

I find that many of my paintings speak to me metaphorically. The orange branch at the top of this painting seems visually insignificant yet it anchors the piece and gives it depth. Many of life’s pivot points masquerade at the time as an insignificant and benign choice but in reality set in motion a cascade of life deepening events. The choice is ours as to what is produced in the process.

Winter’s Sleep

Size: 48 in. × 36 in. (4 ft. x 3 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $4,200 Purchase

Snow was falling outside; I was cold; not a cozy cold, a bone-chilled cold. The forest was in its depth of winter sleep. I felt the same.

Midnight

Size: 36 in. × 36 in. (3 ft. x 3 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $3,200 Purchase

Silhouette

Size: 48 in. × 36 in. (4 ft. x 3 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $4,200 Purchase

I am a runner and have been for over 30 years. I love running in the solitude and beauty of the night, especially the snowy nights of winter when all sound is absorbed into the quiet of the snow, and the full moon radiates such light as to turn night into day. One would think there is no color in the dark, but there is a vast depth and a richness of palette only seen without the static of the day.

Dirge

Size: 36 in. × 48 in. (3 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $4,200 Purchase

I revel in the richness of my California heritage. This painting is inspired by the strength and longevity of the mighty California Live Oak. It is the funeral song of my husband’s family. This oak exemplifies the strength of legacy and its roots that run deep because they are anchored in love.

Toward Haypress Meadow

Size: 48 in. × 36 in. (4 ft. x 3 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $4,200 Purchase

Haypress meadow is a verdant oasis along the hot, dry, granite trail to Lake Aloha in the Desolation Wilderness near Lake Tahoe. I grew up backpacking and hiking in the Sierra every summer. I have always looked forward to this meadow of respite after the climb up the trail in the scorching heat of mid-day. The execution of this painting taught me a lot about my vision verses God’s. I had an entirely different painting in my head as I set forth to paint this memory. Standing up close to the canvas, consumed with each small brushstroke, I had no control over the outcome. When I stood back to view my creation, I didn’t recognize it. My hand had not delivered the painting my mind saw. I was perplexed. Isn’t this so like our Creator and, we, His creation. We may think we know the way but only He does, and it is good.

Hot Clash

Size: 36 in. × 48 in. (3 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $4,200 Purchase

I revel in the richness of my California heritage. The terrific heat of a California summer afternoon radiating and roiling over and through the oak woodland is a foundation of my soul. I grew up with views of grassy, oak-studded hills verdant in spring, shimmering with California’s gold in summer. Even the shade of the mighty California Live Oak could not abate the redness of that heat.

Waterbright

Size: 48 in. × 36 in. (4 ft. x 3 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $4,200 Purchase

The ambiance of the forest surrounding my home is a continual inspiration. Its every nuance becomes a color on my palette. I escaped the triple-digit heat of the summer day to the coolness of my basement studio. Even so, the heat from above influenced my brush.

Summer Brilliance I and II ; diptych

Size: 48 in. × 60 in. (4 ft. x 5 ft.) each piece
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $11,000.00 includes I and II; separately 6,500.00 each piece Purchase

The abstracts of power and survival are twined in purpose as water rushes over and around obstacles in its path… a strong metaphor for the journey of our lives. Life is a river of choices as we come against the boulders of decision. What will we choose? Will we go over or around, or be stuck in an eddy and drown? The eddys of life are where God, in His compassion and mercy, reaches down and grabs us from our death. He breathes His saving breath into our soul, lets us gain strength in the quite of a shallow pool, and then sets us off once again to bump over and around the boulders along our way.

Back Again

Size: 36 in. × 36 in. (3 ft. x 3 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $3,000 Purchase

I had painted the background apples when, in 1996, after much internal argument, I relented to God’s call on me to home-school my three children. I packed up my brushes and paints not knowing when, or if, I would take them out again. Fifteen years later, when all thought of painting had been scrubbed from my dreams, God called me back to where I left off. As confirmation of this resurrected dream, I completed the foreground as testimony that the rent was bound and I was ‘Back, again!’

Eastridge

Size: 54 in. × 73 in. (4.5 ft. x 6 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $7,500 Purchase

The terrific heat of a California summer afternoon radiating and roiling over and through the oak woodland is a foundation of my soul. I grew up on the edge of over one hundred thousand acres of oak woodland wilderness area. The backyard of my youth was free rambling along the crests of the hills, dropping down into the Redwood forests in the depth of the valleys, climbing huge trees, and catching frogs, snakes and salamanders in the streamlets winding their way through the cool on the forest floor.

English Roses

Size: 48 in. × 36 in. (4 ft. x 3 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $4,000 Purchase

I have spent a lot of time in England and love their beautiful gardens!

Waiting

Size: 48 in. × 48 in. (4 ft. x 4 ft.)
Materials: Acrylic on Canvas
Cost: $5,000 Purchase