Saturday, April 15, 2017

"Bon Bons"

When I was in the Southern Region of France a few years ago, I was visiting a few medieval villages (as some of my paintings already show) and outside of one of the shops was this basket with hanging fuchsia and with this chalkboard sign that said "Bon Bons".  I simply liked it and decided to do a watercolor.  I learned something from this painting although it is not one of my best.  What I learned will take me into an idea for another.  Sometimes when you work on a painting that is more of an experiment and can be a stepping stone to another.  There is so much to do and learn in watercolor.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

"Wisteria" Painting Accepted Into 150th Annual International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society

I am pleased to announce that "Wisteria" has been accepted into this special Anniversary Exhibition in the historic American Watercolor Society at the Salmagundi Club in New York City!  This out of all the shows that I have participated in is the most special to me.  I won the Gold Medal of Honor back in 2007 for my painting "Venetian Gold" and now I have the honor of returning for their special celebration of being in existence for 150 years.  The masters that have been part of this society through the years is impressive. Thank you AWS for letting me be a part of all this.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Notecard Designs

This is my series from the Villages of Sarlat and Monpazier in the South of France. You can order a series or individual notecards. Just take a look at my Etsy store!


I have come up with notecard designs featuring my watercolor paintings!  Here are a few examples of      my French Boulangerie series.  If anyone is interested in purchasing, just click on the "Etsy" symbol at the top of my blog.  I also am offering Limited Edition Prints.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

au petit Versailles

This is my latest painting. "Au petit Versailles" which is the name of the patisserie I visited in the Marais district of Paris.  I enjoyed working on this painting.  I love old world Paris and there was something about this window display that immediately called to me to paint. This was done on Arches cold press 23 x 30.  Comments are welcome!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial Traveling Exhibition

My painting "The Bishop" has been gone for over a year!  It has been traveling all around China.  If only I could have put a hidden camera in it to see all what my painting saw.  You see, it was picked to go on a traveling exhibit.  I recently heard from Zhou Tianya letting me know that the tour is over and I will soon see my painting again.  If only my painting could talk!  We could sit and talk about the experience.  Zhou sent me the map of all the museums and cities it had been too. See below, it really got around.
What else was special about it was the fact that I showed with the masters of watercolor both here in the USA and abroad.  

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Rainy Day in Monet's Garden

I wanted to honor my experience of visiting Monet's Garden in Giverny, France last May by creating watercolors of what inspired me.  As anyone knows who has been able to visit there, Monet created beds of flowers that complemented each other.  They were created with an artist's palette in mind. Closer to the house, and of course this was springtime, the tulips were in bloom along with forget-me-nots. Because it had rained that day and everybody was walking around with umbrellas, I wanted to convey a misty atmosphere. I soften the area around the tulip bed.  Monet's house is pink with green railings and shutters. If you are interested in a print, please contact me either through my website: or leave me a message on my blog.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Monet's Garden and Studio

 I recently had the privilege of going to Monet's Garden and House in Giverny, France.  It had rained off an on that day in May.

 But it was a wonderful experience.  I stood in his studio and could myself there.  Here are some of the photos that I took that I would like to share with my watercolor enthusiasts.  I believe you will see some of my watercolors inspired by Monet's Gardens!

This is his studio.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

International Artist Magazine Challenge

I participated in International Artist Magazine Floral and Gardens Challenge and became a finalist!
My painting "Peony" was the one accepted.  You can view it in the June/July 2016 109 issue. Thanks IA for the exposure!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Received Shenzhen Biennial Catalog and Certificate

I believe it is necessary to say that I have never been so impressed with the incredible level of watercolor expertise from an exhibit as what is shown in the shows catalog! 
I wish I could have attended and will seriously consider attending the next one.

The catalog is fabulous and the certificate that I received is one that I will cherish.  My painting was even mentioned in an article that was written by one of the jurors:  Hui Shang Ph.D who happens to be Executive Editor-in-chief of "Arts" magazine, China and vice Director of the Commission of Theory of the China Artists Association (CAA).

I would recommend that if you can purchase the catalog for yourself, you will have a chance to expand your vision of what watercolor is all about.

Sunday, January 24, 2016


Have a brand new painting just completed entitled "Peony". It is 19" x 34" done on Arches 260 lb. watercolor paper.  I have been interested in doing florals and hope to continue adding to a series. I wanted to show it in a garden with rays of light hitting the pedals and creating shadows and shades of crimson pink surrounded by a seeded eucalyptus also caught in in the backlight of the sun.

Photos from Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial

I wanted to share with you some photos that were sent to me by Maggie Wu, Assistant Curator for the Shenzhen Watercolor Biennial.  It appears to be a really impressive and well attended show in China.  I can hardly wait to receive the catalog from the show to see all the works of art that were accepted.  I am happy to be included in such a prestigious exhibit.  Only makes me want to pursue more and continue to keep refining my art and ideas to the next level.  Thank you Maggie Wu for taking the time to send these images. 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Judy Morris in Shenzhen, China

This is my good friend and fellow artist, Judy Morris with my painting in the show in Shenzhen, China.  I am grateful to her for taking a photo of it as I could not make it to China to see the show myself.  She reported back that is was one of the most top-notch shows to be in as the quality of the paintings were exceptional.  She said I should be very proud.  Which I am!  I have always admired Judy's work and it had been a wonderful experience to attend her workshop in the Southern region of France in 2013.  I hope our paths will cross again soon.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

"The Bishop" accepted into Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial!

I am so pleased to hear that I made it into the Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial for 2015-16 exhibition!  Now I am beginning to believe that I have arrived.  I received this information from another artist that will be part of the show the statistics on how many entered:  233 paintings out of which 118 were chosen from 3,779 entries (2182 artists from 72 countries) worldwide.  I am honored to represent USA.