Virginia, United States
I guess you could say I was born an artist! My intrinsic artistic abilities appeared around the age of 1½ years old when I began scribbling colorful imagery on my bedroom walls, later carving designs and cryptic messages on my parent’s fine furniture. Over the years, I have continued my artistic endeavors working as a monotype printmaker, painter, mixed media artist, and jewelry maker.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas


“Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart. 
To a customer, service. 
To all, charity. 
To every child, a good example. 
To yourself, respect.” ~ Oren Arnold



Christmas greeting from a letter written by Italian friar and painter Giovanni da Fiesole (Fra Angelico) 1387-1455:
“I salute you. I am your friend, and my love for you goes deep.
There is nothing I can give you which you have not already, but there is much, very much, which though I cannot give it, you can take.
No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in today.
Take heaven.
No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this precious little instant.
Take peace.
The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach is joy. There is radiance and courage in the darkness could we but see; and to see, we have only to look.
Life is so generous a giver, but we, judging its gifts by their coverings, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard.
Remove the covering, and you will find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love, and wisdom, and power.
Welcome it, greet it, and you touch the angel’s hand that brings it.
Everything we call a trial, a sorrow, a duty, believe me, that angel’s hand is there, the gift is there, and the wonder of an overshadowing Presence.
Our joys, too, be not content with them as joys. They, too, conceal diviner gifts.
Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty beneath its covering, that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven. Courage, then, to claim it, that is all! But courage you have, and the knowledge that we are pilgrims wending through unknown country our way home.
And so, at this Christmas time, I greet you, not quite as the world sends greeting, but with profound esteem now and forever.
The day breaks and the shadows flee away.”

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Winter

View from Bent Mountain 3.75 x 3" watercolor and gouache (C) gls


Winter is here. 
Christmas is around the corner. 
2011 is knocking on our doors. 
Wishing everyone  a safe, healthy, and peaceful season. 

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Mother Nature

Sometimes, there is nothing to say...
listen to and observe nature's beauty. 

Afternoon by the Creek  Altered Photograph (C) gls

(click on the image to enlarge.)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Commission Work The Bear Hunting Dogs

The Bear Hunting Dogs  
oil 8x10 inches


A co-worker, petite and cute, goes bear hunting in Craig county on her free weekends with her boyfriend. She enjoys it so much and just loves the hunting dogs. These are the first two of the dogs she commissioned me to paint for her boyfriends birthday. I have to say, I really enjoyed doing something different, and something in oil. 

Monday, October 11, 2010

Autumn Sunset

"Autumn Sunset" 6" x 8"
Monotype on clayboard (POR) no reasonable offers refused!


I am making way to create new pieces and am offering reasonable offers on selected works for a limited time. Last year, I had the online "Yart Sale". This year I thought I would try something a little different. 


If you are interested, make an offer, or offer for a barter, etc. Please contact me via email if interested. Thanks!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Celebrate the Parkway!

Next weekend should be another beautiful day! 
Come on up to Floyd and enjoy the music and art!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Ah Flowers...



More flower photos...
'Datura 3' (C) gls POR

'Water Lettuce and Clouds' (C) gls POR

'Peony 2' (C) gls POR



'Seedlings' (C) gls POR

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

More Altered Flower Photos...

Datura (C) gls POR

Familiar (C) gls POR

Water Lettuce (C) gls POR

Water Hyacinth 1 (C) gls POR

Lamb's Ears (C) gls POR


Hydrangea (C) gls POR

Phlox 1 (C) gls POR

Phlox 2 (C) gls POR

Datura 2 (C) gls POR

Crocosmia (C) gls POR

Sunday, August 1, 2010

August Flowers

All spring and summer, I have enjoyed gardening. My quest was to re-plant where I had put in a rock wall in the back yard and to add to the two new beds I created. I am in the process of photographing some of the flowers.

Waiting for a snow day (yeah...snow...) so I can paint these on canvas.

Datura Blossom (C) photograph 8" x 10" POR

Peony (C) photograph 6" x 6" POR




Friday, July 23, 2010

Printmaking

I got involved with Green Door 's International Print Exchange. I like challenges and accept quite a few of them ranging from jewelry making, collage, and now printmaking.

I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the simplicity of the wood block prints.
Wood block printing can be quite involved, especially when you get into layers and different colors, etc. For this project I created just a simple black and white image of 'Jazz' my now 14 year old cat who loves the garden.
Garden Cat woodcut (C)

Garden Cat photo (C)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Large Pastels

I was going through works, straightening out files, etc.
I came across a few of the many pastels I did one summer.
Gee, I think I will do a few more....soon!


Along the Lake pastel (C) 14 x 14

New River Light pastel (C) 14 x 14

Waterway pastel (C) sold 12 x 16


Coastal View, California pastel (C) sold 14 x 14

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Flowers...

This piece is called, Resemblance of Flowers.

I thought this image was appropriate to post because this morning, upon waking and stepping outside for my morning coffee, I noticed the tall phlox and cone flowers were gone. ....
There is a very hungry doe that lives nearby. (It makes me sad to she her all skin and bones.) Apparently, she decided to come in a little closer last night and have a midnight snack...I hope the pruned flowers will come back.....I also hope she finds other foliage in the woods to feed on...


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Belle Armoire Jewelry


YAY!
Belle Armoire Jewelry (Stampington.com) included a few of my jewelry pieces in the Summer 2010 issue! I am so excited and appreciate the opportunity to be featured (pages 122-23) in their gallery section!
Thank you!





*I was also featured in Volume 3, September 2007!
http://www.stampington.com/html/ba_jewelry_vol3.html

Rain Makes Fog


Fog makes for mystical mornings!



Morning Flowers mixed media

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sidewalk Art Show 2010

Saturday's display

Sunday's display

View of the Market and Show


This is my friend, David Eakin's display of magnificent art!

What a great show! I was so happy the weather held out! It was fantastic, hot, but fantastic! Good friends, good weather, and fantastic art!

Sidewalk art show winners announced

The show featured artists from all over the country, but Virginia had a strong representation.

The Taubman Museum of Art announced the winners of the 52nd annual Sidewalk Art Show on Saturday.

Some 160 artists displayed their wares outside of the museum, giving them the chance to meet and talk with patrons. The show featured artists from all over the country, though there was a strong representation of Virginia artists.

Gary Dodson of Arrington took home Best in Show, with Kurt Kindermann of Bedford and John Wilson of Roanoke receiving second and third prizes, respectively.

Memorial awards were given to Jamie Nervo of Boones Mill, John Wilson of Roanoke, Vera Dickerson of Troutville and Robert Flowers of Summerfield, N.C.

Awards for various categories were given to a number of artists. Gina Louthian-Stanley of Roanoke received the drawing/original printmaking award, Brian Sykes of Charlotte, N.C., received the fine craft award, David Eakin of Lynchburg received the mixed media award, Nancy Stark of Roanoke received the painting award, Susan Bidwell of Roanoke received the photography award, Robin and Daniel Cater of Sparta, N.C., received the sculpture award and Vonnie Whitworth of Virginia Beach received the watercolor award.

Monday, May 31, 2010

A Day to Create


New works...

Stars in the Sky

Earth # 2

Earth # 3

Earth # 1

Earth #4 (won 2nd place mixed media, Bath County Art Show 2010/SOLD)