Saturday, June 16, 2018

Cat Art Show LA, The Sequel Returns Again!

Left to rt. Diane Hoeptner, Rachel and Susan Michals.
The show was amazing! Surrounded by warmth and creativity too much to tell.
Forever grateful for the chance to participate in such a wonderful event!
Thank you Susan Michals!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


12x14" oil on panel
I couldn't be more thrilled to be participating in Cat Art Show LA, The Sequel Returns Again! 
This will be my third time and it's like pinch me, I must be dreaming. Not only is it an honor to have my work represented but the exhibit is truly world class and a total inspiration to see. Tomorrow I fly to LA to witness once again the miracle and mayhem that only a cat art show of this caliber can contain. Curator, Susan Michals is unstoppable!

Friday, June 8, 2018

On Alert

12x14" oil on canvas
Boy, it's been a busy couple weeks, with North Coast Open Studios, Arts Alive! And gearing up for Cat Art Show LA, The Sequel Returns Again...oh, and three new commissions, it's all I can do to get a shower! When it rains it pours. Checkmeowt! Cat Art Show 3: The Sequel Returns Again

Friday, May 18, 2018

C Street

48x24" acrylic on canvas
I had just met this amazing gray cat on the street. He was happy to know me. A youngster with all the moves, he rolled around all over the place. I got some great shots to work from. Large format for this one!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Fat Cat

It's been a long time since I posted. It's probably because I have a new studio and I've been spending a lot of time there, creating artwork and gearing up for North Coast Open Studios in June. My painting was chosen for the cover and that's really swell and a total honor, it also puts me in the spotlight and I want everything to be just right. This is my first solo Open Studios event ever. Also, in the news Stock and I have been granted access to a beautiful piece of land on Willow Creek, with a very small cabin, we've been working on. I'm very excited to spend a couple days there and get back to plein air painting. Lots of good things are happening right now, including one of my most favorite events Cat Art Show LA 3 The sequel returns again! Now that Humboldt county has directs flights to LA, I'm going to fly there in June with a couple of friends. I love seeing what other artists do with my favorite muse. June 2018 will be a true celebration of the arts for me. My studio is at 208 C Street in Eureka.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


16x20" oil on canvas
Scotty is an old guy, almost 20! He belongs to my friend and fellow artist Joan Dunning. I met Scotty the other day and I was immediately inspired to paint him, his markings are fabulous and all hung on a very fragile body, he was much skinnier than the painting portrays. Such a love.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Cat Vision

Oil on 16x20" canvas
This painting is a representation of work and play all in one. The harder you work the more enjoyable playtime is and necessary for maintaining a balanced art-life. But all, even play is subject to the discerning artist's eye. Work never really ends, such is life.

 I really love this kind of expression because it stimulates my creativity and it's about taking chances and exploration, which is a fun way to learn.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Lone Wolf

Oil on canvas
I copied this from a famous painting, I do not recall the artist or the title. I painted it over ten years ago. I would like to try it again. I love everything about it. I think I can come closer to the essence of it now, understanding more about life and painting. To do that I'll need to find the painting, I could probably just google a discription of it.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Cats Only

12x16" collage /mixed media on canvas
Inspiration does funny things. When you create artwork for fun and adventure anything can happen. Working this way frees up impulses and creativity can soar. Normally oil painting is such hard work. Even though I enjoy it, it's still very demanding. And a break from all that does wonders. If you've been working hard, give yourself a break and recharge by doing something just for the pleasure of creating and get those juices flowing.

"Put me in the Spotlight"

8x8" oil on canvas
The first in my new series. Post midcentury modern...

Monday, February 12, 2018

Flower Power

Oil on 8x8" gallery wrap canvas -sold
Cat and saucers, cream and sugar, salt and pepper...It just works.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018


12x14" oil on canvas

This commission was such a joy to study. I hope she likes it when she's older.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Her Pablo

Pablo is an exceptionally good looking cat with a soulful personality and big bright eyes that melt you. He belongs to my friend and fellow painter, Georgia Long. I started the painting years ago, I even dragged it down to sell at CatCon LA., kinda glad it didn't sell because it wasn't quite finished. This is one case where good enough was not enough. And sometimes you have to wait. 
I moved into a new studio space on January 6th 2018 The natural light is totally amazing. The ceilings are high with a huge skylight. The light is diffuse and very bright. When I pulled Pablo out into the new light ideas began to come and I finished the long awaited Pablo. 

Monday, January 8, 2018


5x7" oil on masonite panel.
Painting over previously painted panels is something of a fun challenge for me. In this case I like the texture the older work adds to the new piece. Also pleased with the colors that have merged nicely together. and recycling is always a good thing.

Polar Bear

8x8" oil on canvas. $300. includes tax and shipping.
I painted this for the Daily Paintworks Challenge. Working with a cool palette is always fun and interesting. Btw, this is my first new painting created in my new studio space at C street Studios in Eureka. I'm pretty thrilled with the space because it has a giant skylight that provides a perfect natural  light setting, that I've been missing.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Mr O.

12x16" oil on panel

Otis is the first thing I painted after returning home from two months on the road. When I got back he looked so old, and he probably looked at me and thought the same. I realized I needed to paint him once again as I have done many times over the years. He is the most loving cat, because his purr is like butter and goes on forever and his gaze is long and deep. I feel this is one of my strongest cat paintings to date. I'm glad it's going to a very special home. This one kinda chokes me up, it's a good capture.


8x8" oil on canvas
This little painting has gone through a lot of changes. I like where it landed. Sometimes paintings take their own time and some never arrive.

Thursday, November 16, 2017


8x10" oil on canvas

Ricki is quite friendly and very pretty. She lives in Anza Borrego, on 9 Mustang Ranch, where we get to visit our friend Kay Levie and her sweet little animal family. Every year the Anza Borrego Art Institute hosts a plein air festival. My husband Stock has participated in it for the last six years. That's how we met Kay, she curates all the shows at the institute and graciously provides housing for the artists.