Category Archives: landscapes

September Nature Desktop Calendar: September Morning, Carnegie Park

Morning mist illuminated by the rising sun, long shadows across the dry ground with dewy grass, and just a touch of turning color in the leaves on the trees—after a long, hot summer the cool nights of autumn have arrived. This painting is tiny, just a quick 6 x 6 sketch, layering a base of […]

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Sold Original: Emerging Spring

Emerging Spring was the featured artwork for this year’s Seasons on the Panhandle Trail exhibit. I had the feeling I would sell this original painting around Rock the Quarry this year, but I never take it for granted. There are a few people who have purchased different genres of my original art over the years, […]

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August Nature Desktop Calendar: Atlantic Sunrise

I’m going all the way back to the beginnings of my landscape/waterscape painting for this month’s featured artwork and desktop calendar, and this painting is one of the very first.  My cats inspired me to draw them in the late 80s and my first actual painting of one was in 1988. After my first trip […]

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Accepted Into an Exhibit, “How Small Beneath the Sky”

I entered this painting into two back-to-back exhibits through the 2021 Westmoreland Art Nationals: the Westmoreland County Community College Exhibit and the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival. I was pleased that this painting was accepted into the Westmoreland County Community College Exhibit, which opened in May and just closed at the end of June. I […]

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July Nature Desktop Calendar: Geraniums and Parsley

An artist in one of the groups I post in said she could feel the “absolute joy” in this painting. Yes, the exuberance of nature on a beautiful summer day, and my joy at even just a little bit of life and color to be inspired by in the year I didn’t have a garden. […]

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June Nature Desktop Calendar: The Perfect Place

Just one little careful study of sun on the bench and flowers, from anothers’ garden. My own garden bench should be so well landscaped. I loved this scene and the way I managed to capture it with the coarse board I had prepared, but in the years since then I have found this little painting […]

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April Nature Desktop Calendar: Emerging Spring

A scene tucked away along my favorite trail, I’ve visualized this spring painting for probably all the 20 years I’ve been walking this trail. Carefully tiptoeing through the brush at the edge of the opposite bank I leaned out, holding on to a sapling for balance, to see the suddenly brilliant mosses contrasting with the […]

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Honorable Mention in North Hills Art Center Exhibit “Where Love Dwells”

Ironically, I wasn’t going to enter this painting, but a friend presumed I would enter “Studio Morning Shift” and I reconsidered. It was honored with an Honorable Mention in the Winter show at the North Hills Art Center. Looks like home to me! Where Love Dwells benefits Hello Neighbor, a Pittsburgh nonprofit “committed to supporting […]

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Another Painting and Essay Published in “Woods Reader”

In 2018 I submitted for publication a few of my paintings and their stories to nature-themed magazines and websites. Woods Reader responded with interest and in 2019 they published “The Rope Swing”. When I sent my submission to them I had sent one painting and essay, and later as we discussed other possible stories I […]

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Dusk in the Woods

I took the reference photos for this painting on January 30, 2005, so it’s an anniversary of sorts. It’s a painting of the woods in snow, but in addition to how I love snow and to be in the woods, it’s also deeply connected to several other things in my life in a special way. […]

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