Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Oil on 10x12" panel
I painted Stock's kitty, Elvis 16 years ago, when I used my maiden name Snyder. This cat was a legion, as Stock tells it, "The fighting-est cat you ever saw."

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Little White Frock

Acrylic on 5x7" panel
Click to bid sold
I must say I love this one and surprised it's still available. Maybe it's her sinister glance? Why some paintings sell quickly and others of equal or even higher value take more time just confirms my belief that paintings are destined to be owned by specific people.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Kitty Queen and Cat R, puppets by Lida Penkova...

I  rarely post artwork other than my own on my blog.  I've made an exception here because it's too amazing. Hearing of our travel plans my friend Lida made the blue cat puppet for me, with the intention that the cat helps me with some of my posts, to keep things lively and fresh. I think it's a cool idea and I'm a huge fan of Lida's artwork, I love that her paintings tell stories about other cultures, in a quirky and humorous style. The puppets have so much personality, like Lida herself. A storyteller and trickster! Click Lida Penkova

Friday, April 15, 2016

Cactus Color

"Cactus Color" 12x14" oil on panel. $375.00

I'm revisiting some paintings from last year's trip to Joshua Tree. I enjoyed painting from life very much. It'll be great to get back on the landscape -painting outdoors again. It's a rush to chase the light and have to make choices quickly.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

"Rainer" with Adobe oil filter...

I can't help it I love the looks of this filter. I may start a whole new card line using images tweeted this way. I'll print one out to see if the quality holds up.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Stock and Rachel at The Arcata Marsh 2005 Photo by Tyson Ritter

Stock and I will be leaving late May for a year-long journey across the country. We hope you'll follow along, and maybe we'll even see you on the road!

If you'd like to buy a paining and support our journey, check out our Plein Air Passage campaign on Patreon.

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~Happy Trails!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

"Sighting" with Adobe Photoshop oil filter!

In it's original form Sighting is 24x24" oil painting on canvas. -sold

I painted it last year after one month in 29 Palms with friends and fellow painters. And now I look forward to another great adventure! My husband Stock and have managed to manifest our dream of taking one year on the road with our little trailer, painting our way across America. One year gives us plenty of time to camp out and paint the places we love.

For our adventure Stock and I have created a blog at the blog posts to our Plein Air Passage FB page you can also find us @pleinairpassage on Instagram and lastly we've created a Plein Air Passage Patreon campaign . Being a patron lets you contribute to and be part of  the adventure. As incentive we off many exciting rewards! It's a long road ahead and we expect some challenges but mostly it's going to be amazing and we hope you'll be with us! If you have questions FB message us. Thanks guys!

Monday, April 4, 2016

The one that got away.

I've been cat wrangling for twenty years and I am finally confident that my handwork is paying off...

Cactus study #enpleinair

Oil on 24x24" canvas
Well I just couldn't help putting on the photoshop oil filter on this one...The original rendering was done without a brush. I used rags to move the medium. So much has changed recently. My focus is now on the landscape and painting from life. Stock and I will be leaving for parts unknown in May of this year to go and paint on location across America! This evening we launched our fundraising campaign on Patreon, a website specifically designed to help artists achieve their goals. Check it out: Plein Air Passage

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


18x24" oil on canvas
.Just got back from Cat Art Show LA! What an amazing party. Curator Susan Michals does an amazing job at selecting cat art that reflect current trends in the art world. Truly a fantastic exhibit to see and be part of.

Take a look at the show!

YouTube video

Cat Dumps Goldfish for UFO
Framed 24X32" oil on canvas

Just got back from Cat Art Show LA. What a great party. I love the way the exhibit is curated.
Susan Michals does a great job selecting art that reflects current trends in the art world. A thrill to be part of it!

The piece posted was in the exhibit and is still available in Los Angeles.  Please inquire if interested!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Practice...not a plein air painting. Not yet.

Oil on 12" panel.
The time has come for an announcement. Stock and I are going away for one year to paint en plain air across and through America and hopefully Cuba! We will haul our little 1955 Shasta trailer to as many cool landscapes as we can. We will paint everyday and post frequently. We've created at blog at and FB page so you can follow us on our adventure and we can stay in touch with you. We depart in May. Before we leave we invite you to our studio sale and going away party Sat. May 7th 12:00-9pm during Arts Alive! and Sun. 12-5:00
We are joyous about going and at the same time sad to leave our home. So please come by, have some cake and laughs, we look forward to seeing you!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

"Chief" hand colored print

Caron D'ache crayon and acrylic paint on paper. Between oil paintings I often color a new print of Chief. Each one is entirely different and unique.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

"Meowed Susan Michals"

Oil on 12x12" canvas.
For me, the best way to express gratitude is through painting. Susan Michals is a cat culture force that has contributed so much to my life and the lives of countless others through cat sharing and caring. heart emoticon We love you Susan! Link: CatArtShowLA2

Saturday, February 13, 2016

"Climate Change"

24x36" oil on canvas.
This painting went through more changes than most. The cat was white, then orange, purple, black and, I wondered? I decided to kill it, I had enough, so I got my big palette knife out and resolutely began to scrape and mash at a weeks worth of wet paint. Then in an instant I saw her emerge! Maybe it's just me but I fell in love with this painting. I put glasses and whiskers on her and experienced catching the accident. whew, that was a close one.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

"Glass with Kitty"

10x10" oil on canvas.
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This was a fun one. Limited palette on black, making everything so manageable and enjoyable, free of struggle, enjoying simplicity.