Monday, April 18, 2011

Spring Crape Myrtle

Oil on canvas
14" x 18"

A crape myrtle at the arboretum.

I'm pretty happy with this one. That tree at the arboretum is fabulous, and you could paint it every day with entirely different results. And I love the color contrast between the red crape myrtle and the cool green background trees. Struggled a lot with those mid-ground trees, though—couldn't seem to get them quite how I wanted, and by then I had so much paint on the canvas it was getting mucky. Sometimes it's better to quit when you're ahead, or at least before you make it worse :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Oil on hardboard
8" x 10"

Rural mailboxes in a valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

I had a lot of fun and struggle with this one - I started it over entirely once, and several times scraped the paint off and repainted an area. Trying to loosen up, as always, and use a bolder brushstroke than usual. The white newspaper boxes are my favorite part, and the foreground around them - I managed a sort of Gauguin thing I really like.


Monday, April 4, 2011

Azalea River Sky [sold]

Oil on canvas
24" x 30"

This is just upstream of the Battleship NC. The sunsets in Wilmington are always beautiful, but this one was extraordinary. The colors reminded me of azaleas - pink, fuchsia, magenta, lavender...

Saturday, April 2, 2011


6" x 6" oil on gessoed hardboard

I'm very excited to announce that Landing has been selected to be displayed and offered for sale at the North Carolina Museum of Art's inaugural Art of the Auction, Saturday May 21. Proceeds go to the NCMA Foundation.
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