Flowers Among The Rocks

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We lived in New England for about a decade and I fell in love with it’s beauty. There is so much water but also so many rocks! I noticed that even on a rocky coast flowers will still struggle to find a way to bloom! Isn’t that true for many of us who struggle to thrive during hard times?
I find comfort in God’s promises to never leave me during the many hard challenges in this world…

French Country Road

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As a former layout artist, all of my work had to be tight and exact. When I began to paint on canvas I worked very hard to “loosen up”. This is one of my first paintings trying a loose impressionistic style. The image is of a road that appears and disappears as it moves away from you through the countryside. So much fun playing with the colors of the distant mountains.

Lazy Stream

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Early on in my journey with pain I realized that living with chronic illness is isolating. You don’t travel anymore, you don’t go out to events and your world becomes pretty small. So I paint places I would like to visit but can’t. There is a hidden path – can you find it?

“Lazy Stream” was painted during my early days and I took comfort in the soft colors and gently moving water. The background was applied with a sponge and gives it the texture needed for the fall season. I find this painting very serene and I leave it hanging in my studio because it makes me happy!

 

Fuchsia

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This painting is simply called Fuchsia. That covers the name of the flower AND it’s color too! I find it so interesting that centuries ago they decided to name this vivid purplish red color after the Fuchsia plant! Well, why not. It is a great color and was fun to try to develop a contrasting background. This intricate, cascading flower was a delightful challenge!

Shadow of Leaves

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This is an early painting. It was inspired by a photo from a friend. I was enamored of the leaves above casting interesting shadows on the leaves below. Something we see every day but painting this gave me the time to really study it. These were the days I was learning to cope with daily headaches and I could be totally distracted from them when painting. Pleasant memories every time I look at this “Shadow of Leaves”!

Cerise Rose

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This is the second in a series of Macro paintings. When I was a floral designer I could finish a vase of a dozen roses pretty fast. They called me the “Rose Queen”. This perspective is about as close as you get to a rose to inhale it’s lovely scent. The name of this painting comes from a little used word, Cerise, which means a deep to vivid reddish pink. This is 2′ x 3′ painting is mounted in a large black carved wood frame.

Sea Shell Peony

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This is the third in a series of three Macro painting. Peonies have very thin crepe paper like petals. I was trying to capture the delicate petals contrasted with the heavy foliage in the background. This canvas is 2′ x 3′ and is framed with a wood carved Italian made frame.

The Big Apple Core

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Because of the chronic illnesses I live with I don’t travel well. So I use pictures I find to take me away. When I saw this photo of Manhattan, NY I loved the perspective and wanted to capture it. This is a 2′ x 3′ canvas with a gloss varnish to add to the ethereal feeling. When I was half done someone walked in a said “Oh, Manhattan!” You can imagine how happy I was that the city was that recognizable! I always imagined Manhattan to be the center of New York City’s activities hence the title … The Big Apple Core!

Pilgrim’s Gate

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The “Pilgrim’s Gate” is inspired by the famous book Pilgrim’s Progress; an allegory of a Christian’s journey through this life. It is one of my favorite books and this gate plays a big role at the start of Christian’s journey. I made the background vague so that each viewer can decide for themselves what is on the other side of the gate.