Tuesday, August 13, 2019

"Paws for Love"

Acrylic on 8x12' panels
Created for Mendenhall Studios, mounted on 2nd and C in old town Eureka.

The “Second Street Women” project is the brainchild of four local painters - Joan Dunning, Linda Mitchell, Kathy O’Leary and Rachel K Schlueter - who are part of a larger group of female painters in Humboldt County. All professional artists who have known each other for many years. We’ve traveled together, painted together, supported one another’s creative endeavors, and spent countless hours discussing art and life over coffee and martinis. 
We’re calling our project Second Street Women because Kathy, Rachel and Linda all have studios on Second Street in Old Town Eureka, and because that’s where our current project is happening. It’s a public art project in which we’ll be creating four large (12’ x 8’) paintings on panels that will be mounted on the north wall of Mendenhall Studios. The panels will be framed and hung with accompanying plaques identifying the artist and describing the concept behind each work of art. Our goal is for this to look like an art exhibit in an outdoor gallery.

Each artist plans to paint a subject that has personally inspired her over the years. Painting something familiar will enable us to focus on the process of working BIG. This is a larger scale than we’re accustomed to and we’ll be using a medium most of us are unfamiliar with - acrylics. Still, we’re all at a point in our lives when we’re looking for new creative challenges and inspiration.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Merlot and Mimosa

24x36" acrylic on canvas
The above painting is a acrylic sketch, intended to be developed into a completed oil painting. Sketches can feel complete in themselves. This is one. I know I can not make this better than it is except for a few adjustments in paw placement. I will preserve this effort and call it a complete.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

My dream is beautiful...

Acrylic on mbc board 12x8’
What a gift to work large. After being invited to do a large painting for a huge outdoor wall in old town Eureka with a group of women artists who are also my close friends, we were gifted a giant studio space because the previous tenants left. Timing is everything. The space is ours for one month, that’s just enough time to complete our project. The owner of the studio space would love us to stay indefinitely but, it’s very expensive. We all want the space which enables us to work really big. The current mural project could lead to more offers to do large works. To compete in this kind of market we need a space large enough to do all that large scale painting  requires. So now we’re trying to figure out how to raise money to fund our new potential future as large scale painters. We may set up a Patreon page which is a crowd funding platform for art projects! We have to figure this out, fast!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

What do these two have in common?

10x10" oil
Both paintings are recycled from old paintings. So many paintings don't work out. They sit gathering dust, piling up in the corner. It takes lots of mediocre works to achieve a level of success. Painting over oldies is a totally different process than normal painting. It requires a sense of adventure and play. For me, this is where I shine. When I'm experimenting it triggers my creative genius. Because the unknown is the most exciting and potentially rewarding place to visit. There's order in chaos.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Oil on canvas
This series is about spirit. The use of grayscale figures represent the animated spirit. Often something stirs within when visiting a landscape or feature in the landscape that takes us out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary.

Thursday, May 9, 2019


 10x10" oil
Painting a beautiful young woman is challenging, the inspiration is there, but it's a delicate process and a humbling one. The idea is to provide enough information but not too much, so for those who knew her there is space for them to enter with their memory of her and fill in the gaps, which completes the painting.

I'm deeply honored to have painted Elira, as I've come to know her through the untimely event of her passing. God bless Elira and her family who have to continue on without her extraordinary presence in their everyday activities.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Spring Bunny

8x8" acrylic on canvas
Created for All Things Spring exhibit at Umqua Bank Upstairs Gallery in Arcata CA.
Reception is Friday May 10th from 5:30-9:00pm

Friday, April 26, 2019

Utility Box in Eureka CA, across from Adorni Center

Our utility box is complete. Grateful for Stock making me a scaffold to work from! Also grateful and inspired by the artwork of Inagaki Tomoo b.1902 Japan. Thank you patrons! And thank you City of Eureka Box Art Program! #publicart #ilikeeureka

Dos Gatos the Return

Inspired by the artwork of Inagaki Tomoo b. 1922 Japan
Again working with the images of Tomoo speaks to me and I'm grateful for the inspiration.
The utility box art program is so beneficial to our community.

This U box had been tagged and then sprayed with the turquoise to cover the tag. I loved the blue so incorporated it in the painting, and it made the work different from the other three sides. Feathers around the cats are stencils. Located in Eureka Ca., at L and 2nd in old town across from the Adorni Center.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Utility box art, Eureka CA "Black Cat" after Inagaki Tomoo

Seeing public art around town is uplifting, whether I like the image or not isn't important because not everyone is going like it. Public art messages that we care about having art in our everyday lives and it speaks to who we are on the ground level. We're creative tribal beings that like to shake it up and express ourselves! So thank you everyone involved in this awesome project!

Sunday, March 31, 2019


10x12” oil -sold
Stout!  Ben is no longer with us. Commission work of this kind is some of my favorite work because it’s so tied to the heart.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Indian Head

12x14” oil
Indian Head is an amazing mountain in Anza Borrego, CA. During a two week visit I painted it en plein air.

Monday, March 11, 2019


11x14” oil
One of the best things about visiting Anza Borrego is staying at Kay Levie’s 9 Mustang Ranch.
The horses always take me to places in painting I normally never go. When I’m around them, their beauty arouses the creative passion within me. I love everything about painting in th desert but, the horses are the icing on the cake.

Sunday, February 24, 2019


12x12" oil on canvas
I can't always explain why I paint what I paint except to say I like to follow impulses when they're strong. And with that, I'm a witness to my own creative process. It's the good side of being self absorbed.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Painted Cat

10x10” oil on canvas
This painting represents what painting is all about for me. I’m not saying this is something miraculous for  anyone but me. The melding of abstract gesture with representational form is always what I’m hoping for. But for it to be real it has to flow forth purely. The melding has to happen during the painting process, it’s not the result of clever planning, rather it’s a way of painting where this happens spontaneously.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

"Addicted to Cats"

A new series is always exciting. All three are sold.
Taking a new approach.
A simple design, or really no design,
just a washy backdrop to support the center stage.
Cats thrive in center stage, who needs props?

Sunday, December 16, 2018


6x6” oil on canvas
Pigeons are a joy to paint. Their gray, black and white plumage accented with iridescent colors represent a painting waiting to happen. The fact that they are usually on the street adds another exciting dimension to their beautiful existence.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Daisy in the Studio

24x32" oil
This was the first full day in the studio since I adopted Daisy three months ago. She lay quite still, long enough for me to paint most of her. I photoed her pose so when she did move I could refer to it, which I had to do in the end of the painting. I like the results of working quickly and sketchily.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Days of Future Passed, my homage to a great friend

36x24” oil on canvas
Otis was my first Black Cat. I adopted him from the local shelter. I decided he was the one before I even looked into his big orange eyes. He lay there in the cage snoozing away, while his siblings played all around him. Otis was with us for 14 years. He was like an anchor in our home. The one who was always there, with the loudest pur, and kindest heart. As soon as he saw me, on any given day he would start purring away to let me know he adored me. Otis was always outside the front door around five o’clock to greet Stock when he got home. Stock always entered the house carrying Otis over his shoulder. I’ve painted Otis many times, but finally, I wanted to make something special, and the size definitely expresses importance. I feel there’s love in this work and so very special for that reason.