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Welcome to the website of my watercolor paintings. You can scroll down to see all the work, or use the navigator bar on the right side to skip to paintings related by subject matter. T More paintings will be posted several times a year. Please leave your email in the Contact section if you would like to receive updates and notices of shows. Enjoy!

All paintings, except those with an asterisk, are available for sale. Contact me about purchasing work. Prints are also available.

Bug Out

The entomological society of America says that there are 10 quintillion insects crawling around our globe. We’ve named only 1 million of the 30 million bug species that exist. It’s unlikely that any other phylum of co-inhabitants of our earth is more numerous or ubiquitous. Insects have been found mating on the snows of Antarctica, flying miles high far out to sea, and in caves deep under the earth.

When I was a girl, I used to spend hours bellied up to the edge of the lawn, watching ants and beetles and earwigs and jumping spiders maneuvering in their world. Those hours changed my perspective. I felt like either I had become small enough to be in their world, or they had grown in size to exist in mine. Raising my eyes, breaking my gaze and looking back into the usual world gave me a shock.

I try to bring the extraordinary diversity of insects into larger life in my paintings. I am interested in providing a bit of that perspective shift, that shock, so that you can come away agreeing that what we often overlook, the tinier inhabitants in the visual spectrum of our world, are worth taking a closer look at.

My latest works are multi-media, combining watercolor insect portraits with vintage buttons and some embroidery.

Mayfly

Mayfly

Green Beetle

Green Beetle

Grasshopper with Flowers

Grasshopper with Flowers

Processional Moths

Processional Moths

Leip Bya Butterfly Dreams

Leip Bya Butterfly Dreams

Pink Beetle

Pink Beetle

Whirligig Beetle Larvae

Whirligig Beetle Larvae

Ladybugs

Ladybugs

Walking Stick

Walking Stick

Dragonflies

Dragonflies

Praying Mantis After Hokuba

Praying Mantis After Hokuba

Yellow Longhorn Beetle

Yellow Longhorn Beetle

Wandering Glider

Wandering Glider

Virginia Flower Fly

Virginia Flower Fly

Spider Hunting Wasp

Spider Hunting Wasp

Titanic Longhorn Beetle

Titanic Longhorn Beetle

Stink Bug

Stink Bug

Redkneed Tarantula

Redkneed Tarantula

Poplar Beetle

Poplar Beetle

Plant Bug

Plant Bug

Leaf Hopper

Leaf Hopper

Jewel Wasp

Jewel Wasp

Hoverbee

Hoverbee

Green Swallowtail

Green Swallowtail

Green Carob Beetle

Green Carob Beetle

Giant Fungus Beetle

Giant Fungus Beetle

Firefly

Firefly

Dragon Hunter

Dragon Hunter

Common Blue Butterfly

Common Blue Butterfly

Blue Spotted Beetle

Blue Spotted Beetle

Bess Beetle

Bess Beetle

Water

Water and its reflective surface captivates me because it is paradoxically so ordinary and so mysterious. I enjoy painting its many forms and its reflective surface. I like depicting the disorientation of the mix up of below and above on water’s surface. Water’s reflections can be mirror perfect, or through movement, become kaleidoscopic abstracts. Same surface; different moment. Wow.

Star Reflections

Star Reflections

Underwater Waterlilies

Underwater Waterlilies

Abstract Water

Abstract Water*

Water Geometry

Water Geometry

Autumn Reflections

Autumn Reflections*

Golden Reflections

Golden Reflections*

Sand Pond 2

Sand Pond 2

Botswana Piranha

Botswana Piranha

Ship

Ship

Reflections

Reflections

Fog on Lake

Fog on Lake*

Ancient Lake Fish

Ancient Lake Fish

The Unseen Made Evident

Painting has taught me to see, to see more, and then to really see what I thought I had already noticed. Although I’ll paint anything that interests me, I often paint the unseen, the invisible elements.

I like to paint the energetic auras surrounding trees and rocks and people. I’ve also been experimenting with painting sound, like birdsong and language and alphabets. The illusions and the unseen act for me as the gateway into the mystery of all that we live amidst.

Creation's Flow: Alphabet

Creation’s Flow: Alphabet

Birdsong

Birdsong

Flashpoint: When the unseen and the seen are both evident

Flashpoint: When the unseen and the seen are both evident

Blue Forest I

Blue Forest I*

Blue Forest II

Blue Forest II

Miscellaneous

This category includes fog paintings and nebula, and a night bird on a nest painted on crumpled wax paper and gesso, and other experiments and excursions. I’ve recently added the moonflower series, my first experiments adding vintage shell and mother-of-pearl buttons in watercolors.

Moon Flowers 6

Moon Flowers 6

Moon Flowers 5

Moon Flowers 5

Moon Flowers 4

Moon Flowers 4

Houses on a Hill

Houses on a Hill*

Goose On Woman's Head

Goose On Woman’s Head

Urogram

Urogram

Empty Room

Empty Room*

Foggy Mountain

Foggy Mountain

Foggy Road

Foggy Road

Sierra Abstract I

Sierra Abstract I

Sierra Abstract 2

Sierra Abstract 2

Sierra Obata Homage

Sierra Obata Homage*

Refinery Fire

Refinery Fire

Moonflowers 2

Moonflowers 2

Moon Flowers 3

Moon Flowers 3

Moonflowers 1

Moon-
flowers 1

Dusty Road

Dusty Road*

Night Bird

Night Bird

Dark Hedges

Dark Hedges

Nebula 1

Nebula 1

Nebula 2

Nebula 2

Mosaics and Mixed Media

This is the most playful group of works I have produced. The two robots are made of broken tile mosaics, game pieces, old metal and miscellany.

The Creations Flow and Birds and the Retirement Preserve are a mix of collage over watercolor.

The flip book portrays the dishes on my kitchen cabinet. I used ordinary objects that had significance in my life: buttons, crocheted yarn, paper bags and books and watercolors. This is my homage piece to James Castle and his whimsical use of ordinary materials in a magical way.

Creation's Flow: Birds

Creation’s Flow: Birds*

Retirement Preserve

Retirement Preserve

Dominiobot

Dominiobot*

Gameboy

Gameboy

dishes-animated