I am so proud to announce a three page spread of my artwork in a national publication: the September/October 2016 issue of Rocks and Minerals Magazine. More than a year ago I was contacted by the editors of this gorgeous magazine asking if they could showcase my work in their regular feature of artists whose art focuses on rocks and minerals. I was over the moon at the idea and am blown away with the results! Thank you to this wonderful publication and a special thanks to Susan Robinson for all her help in facilitating the process.
This is a portrait of a home which sits at the summit of a woodsy hill in Connecticut. It was a pleasure to paint! The front yard was of great importance to the owner of this house, however in reality this hill is so loaded with tall trees that the view of the architecture is severely obscured from the road. I simplified the trees but made sure to accurately depict and include all the huge boulders, the Mountain Laurel, Hosta, Hydrangeas, and of course the flags! I like to include critters where I can, so I placed a squirrel actively over looking the property as he clings to a tree trunk. I painted the deer, who are frequent visitors in this area, off in the distance. This piece is painted on a 20″ X 24″ wood canvas in acrylics.
I am not sure what this vintage bucket on three legs was originally meant to store, but I can picture it it holding anything from magazines to umbrellas to knitting supplies to hats and mittens to a large potted plant! I had fun painting the ocean scene with a lighthouse, beach, island village and seven hot air balloons. The views are loosely based on southern New England locales. I photographed every one of the balloons in the sky at festivals in Connecticut. The bucket is all wood with the exception of the two metal bands. The divider inside is easily removed. It weighs 7 pounds and stands 20″ tall (not counting the handle). The bucket is 10.5″ deep and tapers from 12.5″ in diameter at the bottom to 11″ diameter at the top. It is currently available for sale at $125 plus shipping and handling.
This charcoal-black single-seater bench is painted in Trompe L’oeil style with a collection of stones, slate, mica and natural crystal scattered on top. The bowl and the turtle are carved from stone as well. For a little something organic I painted two feathers and an autumn leaf. Of course there is a little lady bug, can you find it? If you are interested in having me paint something similar to this piece please send me an email or leave a comment.