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Another workshop with Jim Scherbarth

Last weekend I drove up to Minneapolis for the pleasure of studying with one of my favorite artists, James Edward Scherbarth. I had taken a workshop with Jim last April at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point, WI. I really respond to Jim’s style of teaching and got so much out of the first class, […]

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Chicago Woods sold!

Thank you to Chris Martin for his recent purchase of “Chicago Woods”. It fits beautifully in your room, Chris! The work was inspired by the beautiful colors of late fall in the Chicago Forest Preserve near my home. Each time I drove by I’d literally gasp at it’s beauty – especially on the sunny afternoon […]

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Galleria refreshed

I have been renting a booth space at the Andersonville Galleria for a couple years now – it is a happy space for me. It was the first place I started showing my work, and not only have I made many sales, but I have also met some great people and been “found” by some […]

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Workshop with Karlyn Holman

I’ve just returned from a week long workshop with Karlyn Holman in Washburn Wisconsin. This is the 4th year in a row I’ve attended a workshop with her. Karlyn is such an inspiring person – she’s created a wonderful life for herself in the arts. She is a great artist, she teaches in her studio […]

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Encaustics and the discarded series

As another branch of my “Discarded” series, I have been incorporating antique photography into encaustic works. I have a fascination with antique photography. It’s sad and intriguing to find old family snaps and formal shots for sale at junk shops and antique stores. I can spend ages sifting through these crumbling old pages from someone […]

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One way to monoprint

There are lots of ways to create monoprints. I learned a fun way to do it in a workshop with Karlyn Holman a couple years ago. I’ve used this process to create probably more than 100 paintings by now. I’ve done series of flowers, vegetables an fruits, portraits, birds, and most recently I have come […]

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Opening on Friday May 10

I am one of 10 featured artists at the Deer Path Art League’s show “Art is for the Birds” opening Friday May 10 in Lake Forest, IL. Art is for the birds May 10-June 14 Deer Path Art League & Gallery 400 E. Illinois Rd, (2nd Floor) Lake Forest, IL 60045 Open Monday through Friday […]

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Absurdity birdity

A new series of monoprints has been inspired by an upcoming show “Art is for the Birds” at the Deer Path Art Gallery in Lake Forest, Illinois. I was looking at the bird paintings I’ve done in the past and at the many figurative paintings I’ve done in the past year and wanted to put […]

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Art is for the Birds

I have been asked to show 12 works featuring birds in the “Art is for the Birds” group show at the Deer Path Art League and Gallery – yay! I’ve focused on birds in many of my paintings and I will be showing a series of monoprints and encaustic works at this show. Very excited […]

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NBC’s Chicago Fire and me

Yow!! Got a screen grabs of my artwork on national TV! NBC’s Chicago Fire, filming in Chicago, has purchased 2 of my paintings for the permanent set and borrowed 4 more for use on temporary sets. Last night’s episode showed the character “Shay” rescuing an at-risk baby – a poignant scene. But all I could […]

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More paintings to be on NBC’s Chicago Fire!

Thrilled to find out NBC’s Chicago Fire selected 4 more of my paintings from The Leigh Gallery  – this time on loan – for use on their sets! I assume that since they’re on loan they’re not for the permanent sets but rather for single scene usage. Keep an eye out for them – I […]

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Two sold from Snow Day series

I am very pleased to report that I have already sold two paintings from my new series, “Snow Day“. Considering I only started this series about a month ago I’d say that’s great progress! First one sold was “O’Hare in the Park” (above) to my friends Scott and Roger – owners of the dog featured […]

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Two large-scale watercolors now part of the Tony Odisho collection

So, how cool is this? The fabulous Tony Odisho, owner of Exsalonce Salon and Spa in Chicago as well as Tony Odisho Extensions and Ostia Hair Products (who also happens to be my hairdresser!) called me a couple weeks ago for a favor. He asked if he could borrow a couple of paintings as staging […]

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Now showing at Pizza Rustica, Chicago

Big announcement! My first 1-woman show has now officially begun. Juliana Montebello-Roman and Chef Stefano Roman invited me to show my work at their beautiful and delicious Italian restaurant – Pizza Rustica. The restaurant is located at 3908 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60613 (just 3 blocks north of Wrigley Field, one block south of […]

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Just won an IWS Award of Excellence for my painting, “And then I lost it”

Big news – last night I was honored by winning an “Award of Excellence” at the Illinois Watercolor Society’s Annual Member Show for my painting “And then I lost it” (shown below)! I am over the moon thrilled about this. My first award since taking up painting again 2 years ago. I walked into the […]

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Monoprints in oil

A fun side product of this new technique I learned from instructor Lisa Pressman at her recent workshop (written about in the previous post) are a series of monoprints. Using the R&F Pigment Sticks, draw on the surface of you painting, throw a piece of paper over it and use a rubber roller over the […]

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Felines & Canines – a very worthy cause

Last year I met some wonderful people. An amazing group of people who dedicate their lives to taking care of cats and dogs who have found themselves without homes. And they were right around the corner from where I’ve been living for the last 6 years. Felines & Canines is a no kill dog and […]

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Painting in thirds

Three years in a row  I’ve taken a week-long watercolor workshop with Karlyn Holman, in Washburn Wisconsin. I find this woman so inspiring – not only is she a truly gifted artist and painting instructor – but she also has such a verve for life you can’t help get wrapped up in her exuberance. During […]

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Return customer

Brian Kozlowski hired me a few months ago do create a portrait of his partner’s parents as a surprise gift. He and his partner Jonathan Carbonell were so happy with the result that they came back and commissioned a second portrait, this time of Brian’s parents. I’m thrilled to present a photo they sent me […]

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Sold!

I love it when a client sends me a photo of my work on their walls. Leslie Anagnostakis of New York recently bought two of my original paintings (thank you Leslie!) She purchased “Autumn Shine” for her sister, and “Rita’s Back Yard” for herself. I was so excited to get the following photo! I think […]

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90 degree winter

It’s been so hot in Chicago lately that I was inspired to paint a couple winter landscapes, below. Nearly monochromatic, these were created using only four paint colors – 3 blue hues and one red. I am totally digging the stark quality.

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Spring further

I have continued working on the study from the previous post, “Spring Forest“. I have posted both versions of the painting below for comparison. I deepened shadows, pulled out yellows and whites and created more of a focal point with dappled light filtering through the right side of the painting. I experimented with a new […]

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Chicago spring

This spring has been so unusually warm and pleasant that Chicago has sprung into green more quickly than usual. I snapped a few photos recently in a forest near my house and here’s first attempt at capturing the moment in watercolor. This painting is basically a study – a small version (11″ x 15″) working […]

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“Discarded Memories” – opening reception May 19

(Pictured above, “The Spinster Sisters Do Mexico”, 40″ x 40″, acrylic) I’m thrilled to be able to invite you to the unveiling of my newest series of paintings, entitled “Discarded Memories” at the Phantom Gallery on May 19. I’ve always been drawn to vintage photography, often standing for ages in antique stores sifting through boxes […]

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A new direction

Painting from life I am thrilled to report a new direction in my art. Back in art school I used to really look forward to my painting from life classes. I love the immediacy of standing there and painting what you see and feel from another human being, right on the spot. It’s amazing to […]

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Now showing in Lincoln Park

On Thursday I installed my paintings at the new art gallery opening soon in Lincoln Park. It’s called “Fortunate Discoveries”, it’s located at 1022 W Armitage, and is a similar business model to the Andersonville Galleria. I’ve signed a lease and I get a wall all to myself. Fortunate Discoveries’ focus is original artwork of […]

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Portraits make incomparable gifts

Last month I was commissioned to create a double portrait. My new client wanted to give a very special gift to his partner. This man had lost his mother years ago, and even though his father has since remarried, a family portrait of them still hangs in his father’s house. She was a very special […]

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Show at the Phantom Gallery – St Paddy’s Day

The AQUA Series Opening night Saturday March 17, 7pm The Phantom Gallery 4161 North Damen Show runs through mid April and the gallery is open daily 6-8pm and all afternoon Saturdays and Sundays. Appointments off hours are also available. The Phantom Gallery is transient and at this time it’s located in Ravenswood. I’ll be showing […]

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Winter in Chicago

Winter in Chicago, where are you? There’s been so little snow this year I used a photo from last year’s snow to create this painting. After a snow fall I like to walk through the city streets and green spaces and see what catches my eye. There’s almost always something that grabs my interest so […]

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Pet portraits from photos

I recently finished two new pet portraits. A portrait makes a wonderfully personal keepsake to remember someone who has passed to to commemorate a beautiful moment in your life. The portrait of Allie below was completed some months ago but was only just given as a gift over the weekend for the owner’s birthday. I […]

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Valentine’s Day at the Galleria

Woot! Thank you to Scott and Ken at the Andersonville Galleria for featuring one of my Valentine’s paintings in the front window display. I’ve just finished 4 new small lovebird paintings in time for the upcoming holiday. New greeting cards will also be available soon. Looking out the window right now with the snow coming […]

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Remembering Grandma

This Christmas, to commemorate the passing of my wonderful Grandma Gertrude 10 years ago, I did a couple portraits of her to give to family members. I had wonderful source material – my mother had taken a series of beautiful black/white photo of Grandma years ago, so that was my starting point. Making the paintings […]

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My painting hanging in Germany!

How cool is this?  One of my paintings is now hanging in a home in Cologne Germany! And I must say she chose a lovely place for it. Thank you to Tania Danilenko for her patronage and for sending these great photos – love seeing where art ends up!

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Winter Birds – a great holiday gift

Since the first set of 6 has nearly sold out and I’m getting requests for more, I went ahead and created 6 new small canvases of winter birds. I focused on Cardinals and Bluejays. I just need to get the hanging hardware attached on the backsides and then it’s off to the Galleria for hanging. […]

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Red balloons

(Pictured above, Red Balloons – original acrylic painting on canvas, 12″ x 12″) Another to add to the moody series – this one more melancholy a bit sad and reminiscent. Dead tree, floating balloons, small red heart. What does it make you think of?

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More moods in blue

Finished up the second moody blue canvas last night. This one I am calling Ice Storm. Pictured above,  Ice Storm – 12×12 canvas, acrylic

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Moody blue

Working on some new canvases – kinda moody. Here’s the first one, “Blue Night”, 12×12, acrylic.

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Acrylic cardinals

Great night last night at the Andersonville Galleria’s December First Friday. Wow – what a crowd! I was told it would be busy but actually seeing the check out line winding all the way down the hallway was a wonderful sight. I have no idea of the actual head count but in the three hours […]

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Sweet attack

Wayne Thiebold made a name for himself during the pop art movement by painting cakes and pastries – and I can see why he chose them. They’re so pretty! Like making a painting of a sculpture, it’s art inspired by art. While the Pop movement was about glorifying objects of mass culture, my inspiration is […]

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Pet Portraits R Us

I just finished a commissioned puppy portrait of Maya – a gorgeous Great Dane. My client purchased this painting as a birthday gift for her friend, Maya’s owner. I always like to have a few paintings going at once so I’m not sitting there watching paint dry, so, while I was at it, I also […]

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Cleaning house and inspiration

Featured above: “Up early” – watercolor painting inspired by Milly’s garden For every finished painting, there are also a few that are started and then set aside. They’re always in the back of my mind as I am working on other things, waiting for the day I am inspired to finish them up. I finally […]

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Nuts for fruit and veg

I’ve been working on a series of fruit and veg for the last couple months and finished them up over the weekend. I was going for fun and funky, and certainly colorful. These are the same technique I’ve used for florals in the past – a mix of monoprint, collage and watercolor that I learned […]

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Sun through trees series

I’ve been getting so many positive responses to my original “Sun through trees” based on a lesson by Karlyn Holman, that I decided to try another one. Kind of fun. The success is all in the vibrant color and the perspective of the shadows. Maybe next time I’ll try it grand sized. Pictured above, “Autumn […]

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Size counts

(Pictured above, “Roadside daffodils”, watercolor painting, measures 22″ x 30″, framed original $800.) For a long time I’ve been trying to “get big” with my paintings. If you’re not familiar with watercolor paintings, it’s kind of hard to work big. First of all since the medium is watery, it makes it mostly impossible to work […]

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