oil on canvas 50"w x 44"h Private Collection I brought my daughter and her friend to the historic Sperry House one afternoon to take some vintage-like portraits for a painting. While I was adjusting the settings on my camera the girls started playng with the tea set and cups so I quick shot a picture which turned out to be the most honest photo of the day and later became my painting.
"Angel of the Rocks"
acrylic on canvas 60"w x 48"h SOLD Painting was commisioned by Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, MN. The hospital wanted local art for their new addition and requested images that had a healing, restful and calming feel to them so I created this painting of a girl sitting on a rock in a stream. Painting water and its reflections were new to me but studying the nearby lake on my daily walks inspired and informed me about water.
"Hunting the Snark"
oil on canvas 72"w x 48"h "Hunting the Snark" is a painting of two boys sitting on a rock in golden field of grass. It was created as a companion piece to my painting "Angel of the Rocks" of one girl sitting on a rock in a stream. This painting's title comes from a nonsense poem by Lewis Carroll concerning a quest to catch a mysterious imaginary creature.
"Ralph and Vera"
oil on canvas 38"w x 27"h The charm of black and white photographs drew me to this image when I discovered it in a friend's photo album. The great allure of this image was the intriguing pose of the two figures as well as the flowered patterns on the wall, floor and couch.
oil on canvas 45.5"w x 77"h Private Collection This painting of a young woman reclining in a chair, in the corner of a sun porch, is a study of perspective and the effects of light and reflection in a room full of windows.
oil on canvas 72"w x 60"h Natural light flows in the window as two women sit at a writing table with their photographs and letters. The light, shadows and angle lines from the room and furniture give the painting a sensation of being in that space.
"Girl With Dog"
acrylic on canvas 46"w x 92"h Painted from a photograph purchased at an antique shop of a young girl wearing a long winter coat, standing on a sidewalk in front of a house dappled with tree shadows, and her faithful black hound at her side. The light and shadow of black and white photography adds a sense of mystery to the picture.
oil on masonite 48"w x 24"h A Hummel that once was part of my mother's figurine collection stands among an assortment of items including a monkey salt and pepper shaker, a comical ceramic chicken made by my youngest daughter, a handmade cake topper from my wedding and a carving created by my brother-in-law inside my china cabinet. To some a mere accumulation of oddities but to me a gathering of all-important representations of significant others who have been part of my life.
"Shroud of Mom"
oil on canvas 52"w x 42"h Private Collection A mother and daughter nap on a couch with a cat curled up nearby. This painting features numerous repeated shapes throughout. Includiing the rounded curves in the quilt and rug on the back of the couch copied by the arcs of the subjects' bodies. Also the zig-zag designs found on the couch upholstery is echoed in the icebox's wood grain, blanket's pattern and the cat's fur.
oil on canvas 52"w x 72"h The idea behind the farmer's market painting was to place the viewer at the end of a vendor's table to appear dimension and perspective wise as close to life as possible. This painting was inspired by my fascination with the beauty found in the many shapes and colors from the garden that a person encounters when visiting a farmer's market.
oil on canvas 36"w x 72"h I worked as a museum curator for thirteen years. This painting is representative of that time showing the many aspects of what that job entailed. Artifacts like the Indian peace pipe, railroad oil can, oak desk with its draw full of files, confirmation dress hanging above desk and a print of Millet's painting "The Angelus" each symbolize a facet of that occupation.
oil on canvas 45"w x 75"h Private Collection A young woman sits in a wooden chair with a winter scene outside the window behind her. The cold stark colors reflect the date of the stillbirth of our first child.
oil on canvas 15"w x 17.5"h Private Collection My portrait "tronie" of my youngest daughter with a cloth napkin draped on her head was modeled after the Johannes Vermeer painting "Girl With a Pearl Earring"