Mar 21, 2018

Mar 4, 2018

Mar 3, 2018

Feb 16, 2018

The Calling

The Calling, 25 x 37.5 inches, soft pastel on paper

Photo reference by the madly talented Elizabeth Gadd (used with permission)

Feb 12, 2018

I carry you in my heart

"I carry you in my heart". 24.5 x 35 inches, soft pastel on paper

My husband's cousin took the photo that I used for this reference, a couple years back.  This beach in particular, Maluaka Beach on Maui, holds very special meaning for me, but there are many more beaches on the island that have shared achingly precious memories, heartache, fear, inspiration, healing, and a peace and sense of connection to nature and self that is inexplicable.  It is a very special place.  This moment that Joel captured holds that heavy but cleansing moisture and soft light at the end of the day, an acceptance if you will.  It took a long time before I felt ready to paint it.  I hope you enjoy. xo

Jan 28, 2018

Jan 13, 2018

"Let It Be" - in progress photos

Let It Be, 25.5 x 38 inches, soft pastel on paper
I love to see the creative process of paintings and I can spend an inordinate amount of time studying the in-progress shots from other painters.  I thought it would be fun to show the progress of this painting, even though I'm still very much experimenting with my own process. This painting was done with Unison Colour soft pastels which I have so far been thrilled with, and on Lenox 100 by Legion paper.  It takes a surprising amount of layers despite its smooth surface. 
Hope you enjoy! Thanks for visiting!

Feeling things out...

Underlayer of main wave

Careful blending for going back!

Photo reference - I prefer to print things out but I started this one in a hurry :-)

Testing things out...

Resolving the water/foam edge with some blurring and an additional
barely-applied layer to suggest stones still under water

Jan 12, 2018

Dec 23, 2017

Dec 16, 2017

Nov 19, 2017


Honu, 15.5 x 27", watercolor on Fabriano 300lb Cold Press

Oct 20, 2017

Pulling For You

Pulling For You, 6x7", watercolor on Arches 140lb cold press

This painting was inspired by The Nature Conservancy's beautiful 2017 calendar (and great mission). 

Oct 15, 2017

Contemplating Change

Contemplating Change, 7x9", watercolor on 140lb Arches CP

*detail* Contemplating Change, 7x9", watercolor on paper