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"The Graduate" - 9in. x 12in.

It's been a good while since I've written on my blog and I'm hoping to change that going forward.  So much has happened since my last post that it would be impossible to share it, I'll just pick up somewhere in the recent months and move forward.  

The biggest news is my new commission works involving Pet Portraits.  Although I haven't put my still life and people portrait art aside, I have added this new genre to my portfolio.  

As an introduction to Pet Portraits, I have slashed my still life prices to about 1/3 of what my still lifes sell for. 

Here's one of the portraits.  
I hope you'll visit my dedicated pet portrait website:  to see  others.

Bosque Arts Center - Clifton, Tx

Went to the awards dinner of the 29th Annual Bosque Art Center Exhibit last night.  What a wonderful treat!  The quality of art was so impressive and the warmth of the members of the art council and guest was moving.   Three of my pieces were juried into the show and what an honor to walk into a crowded room and discover that  one of them, "Embroidered Treasure" had not only won the First Time Entrant Award but the Gold Award  for the Oil/Acrylic category and it had sold!   Another entry, "It's Appealing" had also sold!  What a wonderful event and evening!

 "Embroidered Treasure"

"It's Appealing"

Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibit - Mountainsong Gallery at Carmel-by-the-Sea

I've been a little  delinquent sharing some wonderful  things that have happened during this summer - one of which is the selection of "Blue Enamel & Eggs w/Slotted Spoon", to be in the Oil Painters of America Western Region Exhibit! I've posted a picture here...I'm also thrilled to share that it was chosen (along with another one which I'll post soon) as a finalist in the 2014 Artist Magazine  Annual Art competition ... with over 7,500 entries this year!

Blue Enamel & Eggs
w/Slotted Spoon
If interested in this work - please contact artist

Ever painted Lace?

When I paint clothe, I  learn so much about  values and  how they impact  form. This painting  pairs cloth with a  basket of eggs - mixed browns and creamy whites.    I used the chiaroscuro technique which I'm drawn to.  I love the drama the  shadows and light create with this method.

Eggs & Battenburg

14 x 22