Monday, December 26, 2011


This one was definitely a learning experience for me. In the past I might have just tried to capture the likeness, but since I've grown as an artist, I really wanted to try to capture the play of light as well. Her face is mostly in shadow and I was a little worried she'd come out looking "dirty" rather than shaded, but I'm happy with how it turned out and the hair was lots of fun! I made some changes after this photo but I didn't get a chance to take a new one before handing it off.

Thursday, December 1, 2011


This is the second time the person that commissioned this has made me paint outside my comfort zone and I'm very grateful to her for that. Both times I was intimidated, worried and uninspired in the beginning, but in the end thrilled at doing something completely different somewhat successfully (if I do say so!). Seriously, it really made me rethink my perspective and realize that sometimes I just don't know what's cool.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ferris Wheel

This painting is 11x13, which is smaller than I've ever painted. I've been inspired by the daily painters who start and finish a painting each day. Not sure if it's for me, but it seems like a great exercise and a good way to build up inventory. I just hope I don't run out of ideas!

Friday, October 28, 2011


This is my son. I've been wanting to paint him for a while and I loved the colors in this photo. This was one that felt like it flew out of my brush. Unlike a lot of others, there were no major struggles and it was fun and exciting the whole time. For some reason, the ones that seem effortless, turn out to be my best paintings. I just need to figure out how to make that happen for all of them!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


These are the same two kids from the last painting. The person commissioning the painting sent several photos to choose from and I picked this one because I thought sharing a milkshake had a Rockwell charm to it.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Well I think this is my best duo portrait yet. It seems usually one kid looks slightly better than the other and there is a nice balance here. I'm always excited to paint anything resembling polka dots, too. They're fun and they really pop out. I was a little rusty at first after taking a bit of a break this summer, but it feels good to be painting again.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


It's been challenging finding time to paint during the summer, with no child care and traveling a lot. Every time I got into a groove with this one, it was time to take off somewhere. I guess all that waiting makes it all the more satisfying to finish, though. I really liked the colors and contrasting patterns in this one. Most of my portraits have a solid background, rather than actual scenery so this seemed refreshing. Btw, this is the younger sister of Ruby, who was one of my first portraits.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


This is truly one of my best portraits. I couldn't have asked for a photo more suited to what I love about portraits. This child is now 6 but you can clearly identify her even though she's only a toddler here. This feels like a great accomplishment, although it probably has more to do with her unique features than my skill. It was nice to take a break from expanding my horizons and slide back into my comfort zone for a while.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


A friend commissioned this painting and boy was it a doozy. It seemed like every inch had something going on so now I'm itching to do another portrait, where there's a little room to play with.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Hyde Park Laundromat

Well, this was one of those happy accidents. I went with a friend in search of a painting scene at a coffee shop and stumbled across this old-fashioned laundromat instead. I really loved the tile and the yellow chairs together. The tile seemed to be a complex geometry problem but I finally decided it wasn't the focus so it didn't need to be perfect. I'm no Escher and I don't aspire to be that complicated, although I do admire him. More Austin on the way!

Thursday, March 3, 2011


This one was commissioned by my Grandma, a loyal customer. I'm quite happy with the likeness of my grandfather. Anyone that knows him would recognize him immediately and I'm afraid I can't say that about all my portraits. Maybe the better you know a person the easier it is to get a good likeness, maybe it was just luck, or maybe I'm just getting better. I admired this horse as a child, his name was Ketchup.
I'm going to be painting a set for a play over the next couple of weeks and then hopefully get back to some Austin paintings!

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Jo's is a great spot in Austin for coffee, tacos and people-watching. This painting is quite a bit larger than what I'm used to (24x30) and it felt like it took forever to finish. I was really challenged by all the little straight lines in the bar stools, building, light post and platform but I have to say I'm pretty happy with the end result.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Austin Skyline

A friend of mine commissioned this piece and I was a little nervous about painting buildings for the first time. I was tempted to try to use a straight edge but opted not to so the buildings are not perfectly straight. I'm okay with that, though. I was also worried about painting the water, but it ended up being fun and it's probably the best part of the painting in my opinion.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail

Painting water is fun! Little tiny people and pets, not so much. I'm really enjoying doing Austin scenes and now when I drive around, I analyze my surroundings, wondering if they'd make good paintings or not. Austin is truly colorful in many ways.

Friday, January 7, 2011


Plaid! Pleats! What a challenge. I realized pretty quickly that I could not paint plaid in oils since they blend so easily, so I used acrylics for the first time in years to paint the dress. I love this little girls curls and I think the subtle background color really makes her pop out.