It's been awhile since I posted here, but I've updated this page and plan to add lots of new and what I hope will be interesting content. 2020 has been a strange year so far, and I’ve seen a few changes in my art career. Despite that, I’ve had some exciting things happen, and I‘d like to share with you. As I have for the last few years, I’ve spent the warm weather in my summer studio – the screen porch – watching the birds and animals in the backyard and working on my nature journals. I haven’t been able to teach any classes since March, so I’m missing that a lot. I plan to share some tutorials on how I do my journal pages, the materials I use, and the things that inspire me to journal. In the autumn I get super busy with ornaments and portrait commission. I’ll share some of my ornaments in progress and completed. Last, but not least, I was lucky to be asked to illustrate a children’s book. I had an amazing time doing this project and I will share the book and my process in future blog posts. It will be available at the end of October so watch for updates!
2013 is almost over, and it has been an eventful year for me, in more ways than one! I have been juried into East Coast Fine Art, a vibrant and beautiful gallery in Manchester. I just hung my first group of paintings, and I am looking forward to an exciting 2014 as a member of the gallery.
I started doing hand-painted Christmas ornaments this year, and they were a great success. They were so much fun to create, but after almost 50 ornaments, I'm ready to get back to paper and canvas! One of my first projects for this year is a large 18x24" snow scene featuring the orphaned Navajo foals being cared for at Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester. The babies had a blast kicking up their heals in the first snow and I hope to capture that excitement in my painting.
I'm also working on my new year's resolutions (how about you?). Mine is, of course, to spend more time on my art - not so hard to do! The other is to be more organized and keep up with the office work in the studio - this one will be hard!
Here's to a wonderful 2014. Thank you for following my art and for all your compliments and encouragement!
Wishing you all a very happy new year!
It's been a while since I've had a chance to post here. I've been busy painting, teaching, Facebooking, and setting up a Pinterest account. I wanted to write something today because I just read a very disturbing article....It is very likely that horse slaughter will start again in the country as early as August 5! The USDA has granted licenses to several plants despite that fact that the Senate and House Appropriations Committees amended their fiscal year (FY) 2014 Agriculture Appropriations bills to eliminate all funding for the inspection of horse slaughter facilities. I think I smell a rat. There is a law suit pending by several equine welfare agencies to stop the plants from opening...fingers crossed. However, the ONLY way to get horse slaughter stopped for good in the USA is for The SAFE Act (Safeguard American Food Exports Act) passed in the House and Senate. Please take a few moments to contact your representatives and senators and ask them to support The SAFE Act. Horse slaughter is never humane and will not solve any problems.
There is quite a lot of information available about horse slaughter and The SAFE Act. Just Google!
The illustrations for this post are paintings from my Auction Series. Some of these horses were saved from kill buyers by rescue groups like Pure Thought Horse and Foal Rescue. Others, like the horses depicted in Requiem, were not so lucky.
Perkins Cove, Ogunquit, Maine
I thought I would post a few of my seascapes today as I spent a lovely girls weekend in Ogunquit, Maine with some friends. We had a lovely, but cold time. I love spending time at the seacoast and enjoy painting seascapes almost as much as I enjoy painting horses.