Monday, December 28, 2009

"Dancing with Stars" Original 24x48 Acrylic on Canvas

Just finished up a new painting titled "Dancing with Stars". When Brandon and I have gone to the San Juan Islands in the past to photograph orcas, it is always amazing to watch the exuberance of the babies... they seem like they are twirling and dancing among the waves.

A large giclee print of this original will be hung in the Children's Clinic waiting room in Tualatin, Oregon. The original is a 24x48 on gallery wrapped canvas for $2,225. Please contact me if you are interested

Thursday, December 24, 2009

"Pili's Pond" Original 30x40 Acrylic Painting

Happy Holidays! We finally got a tree and decorated it last night....I have been so busy painting I haven't had the chance to do it before this.

It is a grand fir and smells great. Last night I delivered this beautiful koi painting titled "Pili's Pond" to my amazing friend and Spanish conversation teacher Maria Pilar Burgeno Asenjo Amanz de Frutos!

She loved it-hooray!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

"Kodiak Dreaming" Original 20x20 Acrylic Painting

Tonight's painting is titled
"Kodiak Dreaming"
It is a 20x20 Acrylic on canvas panels with wood molding and glass tile accents. The textured border wraps around the sides. It is a commission piece and is flying away to upstate New York tomorrow.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

"June and the Moon" 36x36 Original Acrylic Painting

Yeah! I am done with my large and very complicated commission piece titled "June and the Moon". It is one of my puzzle paintings and has a lot of texture as well as three dimensional clay pieces and glass tile accents. I just varnished it and tomorrow we are both traveling to Tacoma to its new home. It was a tricky piece but I had a lot of fun working on it.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

"Rainbow Roll for Two" Original 19x24.5 Acrylic Painting

A little (actually a lot of) sushi anyone?! My newest puzzle painting titled
"Rainbow Roll for Two". It is a 19" x 24.5" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas panels with wood molding and fused glass accents in between all attached to one back for $965. This is my last piece (of 12 )which will be going into the Elk Public House Restaurant in Spokane December 8th through February 8th. If you're in the area, be sure to check it out. The address is: 1931 West Pacific Ave, Spokane, WA 99204

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

"Penguin Family" Original 10x14 Acrylic Painting

First day of December, wow! Here is my Christmas card design this year. I am having them printed as "we speak"... trying to be a little more organized. This is an original acrylic on board framed with a black matte frame, 10x14 for $345.

Monday, November 30, 2009

"Galactic Trout" Original 10x20 Acrylic Painting

Hmmm it seems to be Monday again! Had a great Thanksgiving visit with my family in Oregon. Now I am back to my semi-clean studio to create again. Here is my newest titled "Galactic Trout" a 10x20 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas with the borders extending over the sides for $385. It will be the last thing going into the Tinman Gallery's Best of 2009 show, which opens this Friday, Dec 4th in Spokane

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

"Out for Sushi" Original 16x24 Acrylic Painting

This is a painting to celebrate Thanksgiving and a delicious big meal!

Titled "Out for Sushi" this is an original acrylic on canvas and wood with clay and glass tile for accents. It is 16x24 for $785. I am on my way to Oregon tomorrow to visit my family for Thanksgiving. These guys are traveling with me to go and live at the Attic Gallery in Portland.

"Goodnight Peck" Original 12x24 Acrylic Painting

Good Morning, one more day to finish up my last painting for the Attic Gallery in Portland as we leave tomorrow for the annual Thanksgiving pilgrimage to Oregon. Here is my latest titled "Goodnight Peck" 12x24 on canvas and wood with glass acents as well as semi-precious stones in the nest. $575.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

"Brownie Sunday" Original 18x36 Acrylic Painting

Painting a brown trout (along with a rainbow and brook) on Sunday inspired this title "Brownie Sunday" It was fun to do this colorful piece with lots of texture and movement in it. The border wraps around the two side edges. This is an original acrylic on an 18x36 gallery wrapped canvas for $1,275.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

"Jungle Jewel" Original 17.5 x 24.5 Acrylic Painting

A relaxing Saturday... did a 2 hour yoga workshop this morning and then came home to paint "Jungle Jewel". This is a very pretty piece made up of gallery wrapped canvases of various depths, wood molding and fused glass tile all attached to a wooden backing so that it hangs as one piece 17.5" x 24.5" for $875. It has been rather gray, so it was nice to do a tropical piece.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"Grapes of Mirth" Original 19x24 Acrylic Painting

Yeah! I just finished this puzzle painting and it is a
beauty. Titled
"Grapes of Mirth" 19x24 an acrylic on various gallery wrapped canvases with wood molding and many "found" objects in the nest including garnets, turquoise, pearls, coins from my travels as well as a few screws and paper clips for good measure...all attached to a solid wooden back so that it hangs as one piece. Hope that you enjoy it!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

"Peapod Crow" Hanging Copper Sculpture

Hello again! Just finished up another copper sculpture titled
"Peapod Crow" He is a cutie acrylic and patina on hand-hammered copper with a strand of fresh water pearls hanging from his beak (approximately 9"x9"). This sculpture can hang inside or out for $165. SOLD

"Fancy Prancer" Hanging Copper Sculpture

Back to the copper sculptures for a little while. I had fun with this one...lots of pretty glass beads for his mane. This hanging copper horse sculpture is 12x17 and can be hung inside or out. $185.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

"Bathtub Turtles" 18x21 Mosaic Mirror

Good Evening...chilly with a bit of snow for us here. I finally finished my interior mosaic class, which I took from Jan Wilhelmi in Coeur d' Alene at the Creative Element. She is a great teacher and I learned a lot.

Here is my first project..."Bathtub Turtles". Appropriately it will go on the wall above my tub to keep my Mexican and Haitian sculptures company.

Friday, November 13, 2009

"June and the Moon" preliminary commission sketch

Hello all... today you will find my preliminary sketch for an upcoming commissioned painting titled "June and the Moon". I am very excited to do this painting as it will have passion flowers, pomegranates, great colors and new creatures to work on. I really enjoy commissions because they stretch my creativity and get me out of my "ruts" I'll post the finished painting when it has been completed.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

"First Kiss" Original 10x20 Acrylic Painting

Good evening, I have a pretty new puzzle painting for you titled "First Kiss" This is an acrylic on canvas and wood with fused glass tile accents in really nice irridescent colors. It is a 10x20 for $415. Now it is time to get to work on a couple of commission sketches...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

"Sweet Talk" Original 16x20 Acrylic Painting


Oh how daring...two blogposts in one day! I am on a leaf rampage I know... but I can't help it , they are so beautiful this year and soon they will be gone. This painting of Stellar's Jays is an acrylic on 16x20 gallery wrapped canvas for $625.

"Mountain Ash Memories" Original 11x14 Acrylic Painting

Good morning. I think I finally have my groove back and I'm excited about being in the studio and creating new things again. I stayed up way too late to finish this guy last night... but he was oh so much fun!

"Mountain Ash Memories" reminds me of my childhood with my cousin climbing in her Mountain Ash Tree in Oregon. This painting is an acrylic on 11x14 gallery wrapped canvas for $345. Please contact me if you are interested. SOLD

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

"Love me or leaf me" Original 16x20 Acrylic Painting

Sorry I haven't been uploading many pictures lately. Have been re-organizing the studio etc. but I am back on track so stay tuned for more! I just finished this new one titled "Love me or leaf me" -tee hee

a 16x20 on gallery wrapped canvas with the textured border running over both side edges for $625.SOLD

Friday, October 30, 2009

"Fall's Call" Original 22x28 Acrylic Painting

Another misty morning... I enjoyed the shapes of the trees as I walked beside the Spokane river with their dark bark and golden leaves-then a bald eagle flew past...ahhh! Here is a new painting that I completed last night, titled "Fall's Call" It is a 22x28 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas for $1,175. Please contact me if you are interested in it as it flies to Seattle today for a benefit auction (The Snohomish Education Foundation Auction) in November. SOLD

Monday, October 26, 2009

"Kelp Queen" Original 36x36 Acrylic Painting

My studio is pretty much cleaned up-yeah! So am back in business.

Here is the lovely "Kelp Queen" a cold water mermaid, with a number of rockfish species swimming about her among the kelp fronds. This is an acrylic on wood and gallery wrapped canvas panels with airdry clay and fused glass accents. It is made up of 9 individual 12"x12" panels and hangs in three pieces as a triptych. It has a lot of gold, copper, bronze and irridescent colors and would look spectacular in a stairway or as a centerpiece in a living area.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Messy messy studio

Wonder why I haven't posted any new paintings? When I left for Tacoma my studio was a disaster, now it is even worse! Brandon is building new shelves and cabinets for me,and in a few days it will be much better. I will have room to paint and sculpt again... please be patient!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

"Emma's Peaches" Original 15x30 Acrylic Painting

Good morning! Here is a little taste of summer...mmm peaches. I painted this awhile ago, but it never ended up on my website. "Emma's Peaches" named for my neighbor girl who couldn't wait to pick the peaches on my tree as they ripened. An acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas 15x30 for $825. SOLD

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Melissa at the Tacoma Art Museum Gala

Yeah! Back from my Seattle/Tacoma trip and I'm so excited to settle back into a routine... clean up my house and studio and figure out what to create next. This is a picture of me at the Tacoma Art Museum's Benefit Gala. The theme was Bollywood, so the outfits people wore were amazing! Sold some originals, so that was nice.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

"Rainbow's Gold" Original 11x17 Acrylic Painting

A rainy morning and I seem to have a cold-blah! I finished this little gem last night. It is titled "Rainbow's Gold" and has all kinds of pretty irridescent colors in it. 11x17 acrylic on wood and canvas with fused glass tile accents for $365.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"Seahorses" Original 24x36 Acrylic Painting

Went for a chilly but very beautiful run today beside the river. The trees are becoming golden and a bald eagle flew right beside for awhile-spectacular! Here is an older piece titled "Seahorses" that will be going into the Red Shoe auction, sponsered by the Spokane Ad Federation. If you are interested in this painting please contact me SOLD

Monday, October 12, 2009

"Star Swing" Original 10x10 Acrylic Painting

Hooray! Back from Pennsylvania. The leaves were beautiful and I was the kid magnet with all of Brandon's little cousins! I'm glad to be home, I have too much to do to get ready for the Tacoma Gala next weekend-benefitting the Tacoma Art Museum. Here is a new little piece titled "Star Swing" Acrylic on a 10x10 gallery wrapped canvas for $195. SOLD

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

"Tough Guy" Original 8x8 Acrylic Painting

Okay... we're off to Pennsylvania! I'll be back on the 11th, so no posts for a little while. This 8x8 original on canvas is "Tough Guy", a little crab with a big attitude for $125.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"Rumba Salmon" Original 8x16 Acrylic Painting

A chilly morning. I am on my way to the Entree Gallery in Reeder Bay, ID to say hello and check it out. Tomorrow we leave for Pennsylvania for five days to visit Brandon's family. Here is a new little piece titled "Rumba Salmon" . Acrylic on an 8x16 gallery wrapped canvas for $245.

Monday, October 5, 2009

"Heron Hugs" Original 16x25 Acrylic Painting

Good Morning! Made it home at 1:00am last night... returning from Issaquah Salmon Days. Thanks so much for everyone who came to see me and the new people I met. Sunday was a beautiful day and it was a fun show! This is "Heron Hugs" painted just before I left. It it a "puzzle" painting of acrylic on various canvases all attached to one backing. 16"x 25" for $725. SOLD

Friday, October 2, 2009

"Copper Rainbow" Hanging Copper Sculpture

Good Morning.... I am off to hang the Fall Art Walk Group show this morning in the Hutton Building on First and Washington in Spokane, and then driving to Issaquah for Issaquah Salmon Days (Booth #82)

Here is "Copper Rainbow" patina and acrylic on hand hammered copper for $145. If you have any questions please feel free to email me

Thursday, October 1, 2009

"Ladron" Hanging Copper Sculpture

Brandon is on his way home from diving around Vancouver Island, BC and I am getting ready to leave tomorrow for Issaquah Salmon Days.

Here is my sweet "Ladron" the thief with the jewels in his beak... Acrylic and patina on hand hammered copper. This piece can hang either inside or out for $175. SOLD