Sunday, December 31, 2006

Standing on Two Legs

SOLD to a collector from Laramie, WY
This was a marvelous art deco Texaco station in Rock River, WY. After I-80 diverted most traffic away from Highways 287 & 30, many of these businesses closed. 2 of the large pillars had been knocked down, and the place was boarded up. The building was sold to a fellow who thought he could take out all the internal supports & make a large shopping mart. Needless to say, the Wyoming winds blew the building down. This was a 20x28" pastel.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Orange Glow

SOLD to a collector from Laramie, WY
This large 22x28" pastel features an observed sky with a stylized foreground with slightly exaggerated the colors.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Roadside Burn

I enjoy the opportunity to record tendrils of shadows as they dance across the plains. Here, I got the added opportunity to record a recent burn adjacent to the highway. This 22x28" pastel is matted and framed, so overall it measures close to 30x40".

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Wyoming Cumulus

SOLD to a collector from Gillette, WY
In Wyoming I really hate to have paintings called landscapes. I would rather consider many as SKYscapes. The funny thing about this large pastel was that everyone kept asking me if I ever "did" antelope. Finally, in desperation. I sharpened a few NuPastels to a point & with a few quick lines added a few antelope. I did not want to switch my subject from sky to animal. Afterwards, I could point to these tiny bits of color & say, "See, I "do" antelope."

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

New Additions


This small house is located under the viaduct in Laramie and down the street from a lumber mill. All the windows are at different levels, and the entire house is made up of a sundry assortment of lumber, as if the occupant brought home a stick of wood every night and expanded his home each day. Although painted white, the owner had used several shades of white, hence the different colored additions as well.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Fruit Demo

This was a 9x12" watercolor I did as a class demo showing how pigment could be removed with a damp brush, a bit of a challenge when you paint while walking around a classroom.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Sundown Near Chugwater

Sold to the University of Wyoming Departemtn of Engineering
This acrylic painting is 16"x72". I am finding it almost impossible to document. My husband was buying an old car & I was enjoying seeing some new country. The time of day was just perfect for this composition!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Sundown Near Chugwater (detail)

SOLD to the University of Wyoming Department of Engineering
This is the left 1/3 of a 6 foot wide panoramic painting I just finished in acrylics. Elongated shadows in the late afternoon near the town of Chugwater, Wyoming made this a dramatic landscape. I have always liked the hills and plains much more than the forested areas.

Storm Warning, landscape

This 22x28" pastel was done from a photo I took while driving toward Laramie a few summer's ago. I loved this cloud as it came rolling into view.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Inside Out, cityscape


This unusual building had the address above a wall with a doorway which led into a back yard. Neither house on either side of this "doorway" had an address, so I decided to do this watercolor to commemorate the event.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Wyoming Floral Landscape

SOLD to a customer from Laramie, WY

I did this on site along side a secondary highway in Wyoming. By sitting low to the ground, I could raise the forground foliage and incorporate it into the scene behind. 5x7" acrylic.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Wyoming Stock Pond


This fenceline catching tumbleweeds at sundown bordered a stock pond very near the Wyoming & Montana Border. I liked the way the upper & lower halves of the image are so in its natural state, the other half manipulated by man.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Wyoming In Spring


I live at 7200 ft and our springs come in with a vengeance, bringing our snowstorms & water. This is spring as I know it. This 5x7" acrylic was painted on site from the INSIDE of my car, sparing me from the blustery weather.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Wyoming Fenceline


This 5x7" acrylic was done on site just east of Laramie. As usual, the fence didn't seem to be keeping anything in nor preventing anything from getting out.

Monday, December 04, 2006

The Sky Below


This 5x7" acrylic was done on site. We call these "prairie puddles". I caught the reflection of the sky above in the puddle below.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Munton Windows


This small watercolor is only 3x3" in a 5x5" gold frame. I did it on site when I discovered these munton windows which had been totally covered in paint. Had it not been for the broken panes I never would have noticed the windows.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Painting in Progress

This painting is at the underpainting stage. I am just about to add midtones & then highlights. The painting measures 16"x72". I found this scene up near Chugwater Wyoming very late last fall & have just now gotten around to trying it in the studio.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Road to Nowhere

SOLD to a collector from Laramie, WY

This road extends 53 miles before you get to the original homestead near Laramie Peak in Wyoming. Pastel, 22x28" on sandpaper, gold frame approx 30x40".

Monday, November 27, 2006

Soon to be Sauce


This acrylic was done as an in-class demo showing how the local newspaper could be transferred onto wet paint and how colored glazings could redirect the composition.

Sunday, November 26, 2006


SOLD to a collector in Voorhees, New Jersey
This brilliantly colored 9x12" watercolor was created by dropping pigment in a wet page, allowing to dry, and then painting within the drops & runs.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


This small watercolor started out as a spatter painting and loose yellow-green wash.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Handsome One

This is my version of the mask I did for the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) fundraiser in Fort Collins, CO.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

White 'Fro

SOLD to a collector from Laramie, Wyoming
The interesting thing I found about this drawing was that the man was neither black nor his hair & beard white.

Saturday, November 11, 2006


SOLD to a collector from Laramie, Wyoming,

Once in a while you become seduced by color. This isn't a particularly successful drawing, but I had a good time trying to resolve it.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Tri Sunset


This is a small triptych composed of 3 one-foot canvases Produced with a large brush, there is little to no detail.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006



This "two seater" is located amongst abandoned motel cabins in Bosler, Wyoming. I recorded it with my pastels before it disppears along with the rest of the town.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Love's Theater, Hanna Wyoming


This southwest style theater was along Highway 30 in the days when bands would perform live acts. The movies were accompanied by a piano. The building was razed by the UPRR due to potential liability concerns.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Radials & Radii


I found the naturally recurring circular motifs within this scene fascinating. These were kiln pieces from an old cement plant which had been delivered to our junkyard. The tires, barrels, shadows, and circular variations within the kiln pieces made an intersting oil. 18x24" in dark brown wooden frame.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Wind's Victory


I made an acrylic "sketch" of the prevailing wind dominating a fenceline and it started to remind me of a checkered racing flag. I might develop this idea more to fruition in the furure.

Friday, November 03, 2006



This 9x12" watercolor was an in-class demonstration of various ideas in watercolor techniques. I liked it enough to include it here.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Watercolor Jujubes

SOLD to a collector from Fargo, North Dakota
This small watercolor started out as a yellow wash with green & orange dropped upon it. These color shapes gave me inspiration to complete the work. 6X9" muted yellow mat and 16x20" gold metallic frame.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Winter Serenity


Bright sunshine on an icy cold & slightly windy Wyoming day. Did this pastel in my studio, avoiding the seb-zero chill factor.



9x12" acrylic using transferred letters from our local paper, the Boomerang, as inspiration. This is matted in white & displayed in a 16x20" gold metal frame.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Fruit Basket

SOLD to a collector in Laramie Wyoming

I decided to take 2 small paintings & incorporate them together in a collage. This was a fun & light-hearted piece of art to compose.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

45 Degrees


Spring of the year in Wyoming's Sybille Canyon, I did a few acrylic sketches of cool shade & warm sunlight on the hillside. 9x12" acrylic with beige mat & 16x20" oak frame

Monday, October 23, 2006

Sage Subdivisions


I was in Saratoga, WY and saw a golf course on one side of the road and sagebrush on the other. When I returned to the studio, I could not help but paint something relating to these unusual divisions of color I had just seen that day.

Eviter II


I could not resist drawing this ebony beauty from Kenya. She is ethnically stunning. I put her in a wonderful primitive frame with museum glass.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Am I Blue?

SOLD to a customer from Laramie, WY
This woman's wrap becomes part of a panorama I viewed from the top of the Bighorn Mountains in northern Wyoming. I enjoyed creating this portrait in blue. This 30 x 40" painting is framed in a black enameled wooden frame.


Thought I would try just a bit of abstraction for a change. This reminds me of woven tapestries and overlapping landscapes. 30x40" unframed acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, October 03, 2006



This was the first pastel I did in Mike Beeman's portrait workshop. I had a terrific time & learned a lot. I have never really drawn people before. Sometimes I feel I ride in on a horse of a totally different color, but to each his own.

White Thunderhead

SOLD to a collector from Laramie Wyoming

Fantastic Western skyscape! After a perfectly miserable day of car troubles I was rewarded by this scene. Pastel on sandpaper, my favorite base upon which to work.

Green Derby

SOLD to a collector from Laramie Wyoming

This was a commission I did for the people that ran this restaurant in Casper, Wyoming during the 1970's


SOLD to a collector from Gering Nebraska
Pastel portrait done during a workshop held by Mike Beeman in Cheyenne, WY.