Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Königstein Ratsstuben II

Oil on 24x30cm wrapped linen canvas

Just finished this small commission for a lady who wanted a souvenir of Königstein.  This yellow building is a Greek restaurant called Ratsstuben in the village and it sits right in front of the arch in front of the castle.  It's a very quaint location in the village and I love painting it and the little houses around.

Monday, November 27, 2017

An Italian Scene

Oil on 12x16 linen canvas

Finished this lovely commission recently for a good friend and past collector.  I love doing commissions especially when I'm given creative freedom to make it "mine"!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

St. Katherine, Oppenheim Germany

Oil on 24x36 in canvas

I just finished this large commission for a customer back in the States.  This is a Gothic church in a village not too far from where we live in Germany.  It's a beautiful church in a typical old and quaint german village.  It says the church was most likely started in 1225!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Grand Canal, Venice

40x60cm on wrapped canvas

Just finished this painting of Venice.  We went there this past summer on our way to Croatia and spent the night.  Such a beautiful city it was truly amazing!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Katharinenkirche, Oppenheim II

Oil on 16x22 canvas paper

This is the 2nd study for the commission.  I like this one better so I will probably do something similar to this for the larger painting.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Katharinenkirche, Oppenheim

Oil on 16x20 canvas

This is a "study" for a larger commission I'm working on.  I say study but I really took it as far as I plan on taking the bigger painting so really I should call it a smaller first try to the bigger painting I will do.  I'm probably going to do a second try before I move on to the 30x40!  This is St. Katherine church in Oppenheim, Germany.  It's a beautiful church is a very quaint older village near Frankfurt.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Villa Borgnis, Königstein

Oil on 60x60cm wrap canvas

This is a restaurant and wedding reception location in the village we live in.  They have very good cake and it's a great place to go on Sunday afternoons.  Very quaint building overlooking a lovely park in Königstein.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Königstein im Taunus, Germany

Oil on 90x90cm (37x37 inches) deep canvas

The view of Königstein from the bedroom upstairs.  Lovely village in the Taunus mountains of Germany, about 20 minutes west of Frankfurt.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Kronberg in the Fall II

Oil on 80x140cm deep canvas

I finished this painting recently.  A friend of mine took a really nice picture of a village close by this past fall and I've been meaning to paint it ever since.  It really is a stunning view of this quaint village and the colors this past fall were so vibrant, it was a pleasure to paint!  It's a rather large painting so it took time and a lot of paint! :)  Unfortunately, the first picture has a little bit of glare so I'll try to take a better photo soon...

Friday, November 6, 2015

Kronberg in the Fall

Oil on 24x30cm linen canvas

I painted this scene because I wanted to capture the beautiful colors we've had this fall!  This is the view of a small village close to where we live in Germany, the castle at the top of the village overlooks the houses below and then all the beautiful fall colors all around, truly a beautiful sight!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

View of the Castle, Königstein im Taunus

Oil on 50x60cm linen wrapped canvas

I just finished this painting today.  This is another  scene of Koenigstein in Germany.  The castle ruins with the village below.  The kids and I love to walk around the old ruins and you can get really nice views of Frankfurt from the tower!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Annecy, France

Oil on 40x60cm Linen wrapped canvas
We visited family in Annecy a few weeks ago.  Annecy has a very cute old town and canals that go into a large lake, the water is very clear and has this beautiful light green color.  I highly recommend a visit if you can as it is well worth it!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Königstein, Germany

Oil on 11x16in wrapped canvas

Well after a few months of being away and not painting, here's my first painting in Germany!  This is a little down from where we live, a small quaint village about 15 minutes from Frankfurt.  I have to say it's been a little challenging moving to a different country, just lots of stuff to figure out and of course the language barrier too!  We're getting there though!  I got together with a group of very nice women to paint and that pushed me into getting started again, thankfully!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Koenigstein im Taunus Castle ruins

5.5 x 8.5 in Pen and Pastel on toned paper

Well, we're finally settled in Germany!  It's been a hectic month and lots of new experiences.  We're going to love living here, I can already tell, but it's always hard to leave family and friends and start new somewhere else.  I'm working very hard at learning German.  I did make it to the castle today to do a little sketching in pen and pastels.  I still don't have my easel set up and I need to go buy some paint to start painting!  The kids will go back to school at the end of next month so I want to be ready to start painting then!  Hope everyone is doing well and having a great summer!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Academy of Fine Art annual exhibition flyer - Join us!

We'll be having our annual exhibition at The Academy of Fine Art next week, it should be a fun event and lots of good art to admire!  The week after, my family and I fly to Germany for our 2-3 year assignment!  I haven't had time to paint lately nor admire all of my blogger friends' work so I apologize for being absent!  Hopefully, when we're settled in our new home, I'll get back to the painting world!  See you soon and keep painting!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Heidelberg, Germany

Oil on 30x40inches deep wrap canvas

I just finished this painting after working on it for a few weeks.  It's a large one, 30x40, and so many details!  This is from us visiting Heidelberg in Germany a few months ago, such a beautiful town!  We were standing on the castle when we took this picture.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Barn in Plein Air

Oil on 8x10 deep wrap canvas
We did an afternoon of plein air last week at the Academy.  A lot of fun but I definitely need an umbrella if I'm going to paint outside, it was hot and I got sunburned!  I really enjoyed painting the red barn and being outside, a nice change from painting in the studio.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Finished Cast Painting

Oil on 20x26 Wrap linen canvas
After many many months of work on this project, I finally completed my cast painting last week.  This is what I've been working on in the mornings in my studio at the Academy.  The bust painting itself was completed about a month ago but then I had to get started on the lace around it.  It was a challenge but so happy that I stuck with it.  An invaluable lesson in patience and technique! 
Below is a collection of pictures I took throughout the weeks, ignore the glare in some of these, it can be hard to photograph!  I also included a picture of the setup in my studio.

Friday, April 3, 2015


Ink pen and Pastel
I have to say that I'm enjoying bringing my sketch book with me.  I've always avoided sketching because I didn't enjoy the pencil and pens tend to dry up quickly but I found some new ink pens and I love adding the color of the pastels.  Definitely easier than bringing my paints!  I did this sketch this morning during my daughter's horseback riding lesson.  It was cold so I could even stay in the car!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sketches from Florida

Ink pen and pastel on 5.5 x 8.5 in toned sketch paper
I did some sketching while in Florida this past week.  I really enjoyed doing ink pen with pastel as it was easy to carry with me and different to work with then oil paint.

Friday, March 20, 2015


Oil on 18x24 canvas paper
This is the latest life figure painting from the Academy.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Portrait Day 5 - Final

Oil on 24x18 Canvas paper
Today was the last day for this portrait.  I mostly worked on the hair, the background and the shirt trying to get it to a finished stage. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Portrait Day 4

Oil on 18x24 Canvas paper
It's amazing how many things still need to be worked on after 4 days!  I never thought I could spend so much time on a portrait in the past but the Academy is certainly teaching me a lot!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Portrait Day 3

Oil on 24x18 Canvas paper
Day 3 of the portrait class, 2 more to go!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Portrait Day 2

Oil on 18x24 Canvas paper
Day 2 of portrait class, 3 more days to work on it!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Portrait Day 1 and Life Figure

Oil on 18x24 Canvas paper
Day 1 of 5
Oil on 18x24 Canvas paper - 1 day study
We started a portrait class this Tuesday so this is from day 1.  I'll have 5 more days to work on it so still at beginning stages.  The life figure is from today.  I only had today to work on it since we'll be going house hunting in Germany next week!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Woman Reclined

Oil on 18x24 Canvas paper
Just finished a 7 day pose at the Academy.  Such a treat to paint a beautiful lady during her last few weeks of pregnancy!  She was a trooper and it was fun to see the baby moving around!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Life Figure

Oil - 18x12 on Canvas paper
Oil - 18x24 on canvas paper
Well it's been awhile!  I guess last time I posted something was before Christmas and we all know how busy a time that it!  Not that I haven't been working or painting!  The paintings above are from Figure Life classes at the Academy.  The woman is a 3 hour study whereas the man was a 6-day.
I have big news!  In June, my family and I are moving to Germany for a few years for my husband's job!  We'll be living in Frankfurt and I'm very excited!  I'll have to put school on hold for a few years but hopefully pick it back up when we return.  I'm hoping for a lot of painting inspiration while we're in Europe. :)


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Nude - Life Figure Class

Oil on 18x24 Canvas Paper
We finished a 5-day life figure pose last week.  I was glad to get both light and shadow sides as I was working on bringing those colors out and showing the bright light coming down on the model from above.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Nude - Life Figure Class

Oil on 24x18 Canvas paper
We just finished a 5-day pose in Life Figure class.  The pose was a challenge for the model to hold as it was not the most comfortable.  I really like how it turned out though so I'm happy she stuck with it!  Finally getting to paint at the Academy has been so much fun, I'm spending a lot more time on paintings and it's really fun to see how far you can take it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Chris Portrait

Charcoal on 18x24 Grey Tinte Canson paper
Just finished a 6 week portrait class of Chris.  I worked on grey paper and used white charcoal for the highlights. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Golden Leaves

Oil on 24x36 Canvas

Fresh off the easel!  I love the golden leaves in this very serene landscape.  I added the cyclists to give it some interest on the road.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Life Figure - Martin

Oil on 18x24 Canvas paper
Just finished a 9-day pose for life figure class.  It was my first class with paint at the Academy, so exciting!  I really enjoyed it, trying to get the exact flesh tones and the subtle temperature differences.

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