Category Archives: pastel

Taking Flight on a Summer Afternoon

Years ago I watched a documentary on the whooping crane, this huge, graceful white bird whose population had decreased to fewer than 20 birds from habitat loss and hunting by the early 1940s. Very early conservation efforts managed to save these birds from total extinction, though today there are still only around 600 birds including […]

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How Many Sunsets Have Warmed This Place

How many sunsets have shone on this site in Carnegie, the angled sun shining nearly horizontally on the cliff about the creek. Currently, it’s Ross Colonial Cemetery, named so for the Ross family of settlers around the time of the Revolutionary War, but the site has been a lookout for millennia as one can stand […]

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Burnished Waves, Sold Original

Original paintings don’t sell too often so it’s always a celebration when I do. This painting was purchased by the person who bought most of my other waterscapes, and who grew up on the shores of this lake. This original pastel was painted en plein air as I stood on a beach at sunset on […]

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Sweet Summertime: 25% off all Summer Originals and Prints

It’s hard to believe the longest day of the year is past already! It’s sweet summertime. Windows open to the long days, lots of sunshine along with the heat and storms of summer, I may not enjoy the last two so much but I do love the freedom of leaving the windows open day and […]

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Let’s Go For A Ride

I was honored that this painting was recently featured on Facebook by Keith Linwood Stover. When I was little I remember hearing, “Let’s go for a ride.” This meant going for a ride in the car to look at things, to see new places, and just to get out of the house. Funny how just […]

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The Quiet of a Summer Field

It’s not about the trees and grass and sky, it’s not about what you can see, it’s about what you can’t see–the hush of a hilltop field on a summer afternoon, the whisper of a breeze, rustle of grass, one bird whistling, and that sense of eternity that I find in the quiet stillness of […]

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Summers Years Ago, “The Rope Swing”

How did we kids lived through our childhoods with things like rope swings available to us? I was thrilled to find a rope swing the first time I went exploring off the trail years ago and took a few swings on it myself just for fun, and when my great nieces and nephews came to […]

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A Special Gift for the Cat Guy in Your Life

In 2010 a friend and customer Carolyn said she’d like to commission me to create a portrait of her brother-in-law and his cat as a gift for his retirement from 40 years of teaching high school biology. The cat, Simba, was a great love of Fred, and had been for all Simba’s 17 years at […]

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Peaches and Peonies, a Moment of Inspiration in June

While Peaches appears in dozens of sketches and hundreds of photos, this is the painting that captures her, pretty, petite, unassuming, a creature of feline habit in her adopted home at the age of 16 after she’d spent a lifetime with someone else, perfectly relaxed and assured that she belonged on the table having a […]

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