An update on my paintings and sculptures

Welcome back!

By | February 2, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014        

Hello again! It has been too long.  I have been taken up with re-collecting all your e-mail addresses to send this to.  I have a lot of projects churning around in my head but plan to be better about getting this together.

Below are completed projects last year.  I will be adding more as new ones get finished and events unfold.  2014 is already full. I intend to learn a lot.


2013 Shows and Awards

In the past year I have had three pieces accepted in major New York Juried shows, “Family Keepers” in the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe 116th Annual, “Dress Rehearsal” in the American Artists Professional League’s 84th Annual and their Membership Show which was held in Greenwich Village. They sent me a photo of my sculpture  there.  It was a thrill to have visual proof.

I was invited to be a Fellow of the AAPL because of my record with them. In 2007 I had won their Art Spirit Gold Medal for Pastel, plus other awards over the years.

The Last Maxwell


This piece is an oil portrait of the seventh and last granddaughter of Gary and Pat Maxwell, Emma.  You can see the other six in my posts below.  It was a fun one to do as the background of Manito Park presented some interesting color, light and shadow.  She was a beautiful girl though, which is always inspiring.   I am sorry there are not more coming up! The best part of portraiture is the people I get a chance to know.  Gary and Pat are two of those .  I hate to have the project end.  It has spanned ten years. And I love knowing where my “children” are and that they have a good home. I do get kind of attached as I try to paint until they seem to talk to me.



Liam and Kyla Welsh

27 years ago I did pastels of the two children of Gordon and Judy Rowand.  This year they asked me if I would do all five of the grandkids although three are still babies.  These are the first two, Kyla and Liam Welsh, children of Kristen and Jamie Welsh.  I drew their mother at almost this same age.  The eyes are the same, which is fun to discover as I work. The next one is the little sister of these two and then their Uncle Geoff’s twins who are still smaller.  None have enough hair yet. 




There were a couple of other drawings of my own grandchildren, Elizabeth and Brady, long overdue as gifts to their parents, John and Shannon.

Elizabeth starts her life on Dad’s chest

  1. These were photos I had had for a long time, always intending to do something with them to keep the memories.  There are so many things I wish I could capture of them that I will never get through the file.  It is hard to see them grow out of these fun stages.  I am sure it is like this with all grandparents.  They tell me that all the time.  I think when you are the parents you are too busy keeping up with everything to realize it.

The Big Bed



After Her Dance

This is a pastel drawing done of Elizabeth, who posed for me.  She was most unsure about it because she did not know the “moves” of the dancer…but this was not a difficult pose to hold.  I was sorry to see her grow out of this fresh and wide-eyed stage.

Elizabeth and Brady


This is a project started a couple of years ago as a present to ourselves, our two grandkids  before they grew up anymore,.. of Elizabeth reading and Brady about to drop a snake (in his hand behind his back) on her book.  I have worked on it at demos at the Painters Chair Gallery during Art Walks in Coeur d ‘Alene, Idaho, for two summers now. I need to take time to finish it and get it cast.  The kids used to love to “work on it” when it was in the early stages so feel it is “their” sculpture.  Brady thinks I should somehow wire his arm so that it can move up and drop the snake, somewhat like the old iron banks. I am trying to think if that is possible without making it look like a toy.

Porcelain Sculpture

Two sculptures that I tried last year but haven’t shown you are in porcelain.  I thought that would be an easier material to capture likeness of children than the dark bronze…but I was wrong.  I missed the color..of the skin and the dark hair and eyes.  The small one was the trial run (“Flowergirl”) and a remembrance for Elizabeth of a wedding that she was in.  The larger one is a portrait of her which proved to me the difficulty of getting the shapes exact enough to truly be happy with the likeness…and the life.  She has big brown eyes and dark hair.  I was lucky to find a man in Texas, Rick Van Hellen, who made a plaster mold for me from my clay model, and then a lovely lady here in Spokane, Wanda Carson, who was willing to tackle pouring, firing and finishing the porcelain.  It is tricky, very fragile, and takes more patience than I have.  A friend, Terry Mazzie, made the bases out of walnut from a tree he cut down and is using in his woodwork.  It sure helps to have friends!