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 -sold

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 -sold

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.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Kitty with Saucer

5x7" oil on canvas -sold

Kitties and saucers are somehow a natural fit. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Oil on 5x7" canvas sold

I love doing small paintings. They happen quickly, the investment is small and reward is big. practice. It's also been shown to be the best way to learn how to paint. This is a commission.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Natalie with Candle

Oil on 9x12" panel

Natalie is my friend and fellow painter Linda Mitchell's granddaughter. Again, being that the cost of hiring a model is beyond my means at this time and not practical at this stage, photos are really convenient to work from. And they do inspire. Portraiture is my favorite subject, I'need more practice. Sean Cheetham is and Alice Neel  are two of my favorite portrait painters. I like Van Gogh's portraits too. So much to be inspired by, I feel grateful.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Oil on 24x24" canvas

Heather is a beautiful young artist. I painted her from a photo I took at her Dad- Paul Rikard's reception in Trinidad. I like to work with live models but I can not afford the cost of paying one. I really don't mind working from photos, it's pretty relaxing and totally convenient. When you have a model in the studio the pressure is on. And if you like working under pressure like I do, it's an amazing experience.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tiger and Flutterby

10x12" oil on panel
I painted this as a design for a local coffee company label. I gave the good coffee folks a choice between this image and "Sphynx with Coat" (below) They chose Sphinx. I like Sphynx better too. I wanted to try something special for the label. But it was not special enough. And that's the thing about painting, and it's what I kind of love about painting. You are never really in control. You can set out to do whatever you want and work your hardest and a painting can just flop. I'm not saying this is a flop but, it wasn't the thing I had hoped for. The first image is before I applied Adobe Photoshop oil filter. Oil filter smooths everything out and makes the image look liquid.