Woods and Forests

Transition, the road taken…

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

This is my ‘pivot painting’ bridging my contemporary painting with my abstract, as I struggled to leave the ‘form’ of my mind/life and embrace the free flow of God’s energy and glory.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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’?

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!

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.

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.

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.

An Evening in Autumn

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

I‘ve carried this image in my mind for months. Putting on my shoes for an evening jog I wanted to embrace God’s glory in the stark contrasts of fall.

…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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

Peace in the Glen

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

I started this painting with four lines kept straight by my T-square hanging off of the top of my canvas.  Beginning at the farthest reaches of the background, without any agenda toward where my squiggles would lead, I painted forward as rocks took form and a lovely ambience grew.  As I let the forest grow into the painting, cool recesses and glints of light filtered through the canopy… it’s a beautiful painting, I think I’d like to go there!

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!

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