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.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Whole Series

This is my series complete!

Traditions du Perigord

This is my last painting in my series of scenes from the quaint, medieval villages I had the opportunity to visit on a trip to the southwest region of France.  My goal was to try to capture the texture in watercolor of the buildings that dated way back to 15th century or was it 16th century?  In other words, it is old with so much history.  Once again, this was from the Village of Sarlat.  The wood is weathered and sagging in places but they are still standing and solid as a rock.

Monday, March 2, 2015


Wisteria is a flowering vine that I have been wanting to paint for some time now.  I finally did it!  Here it is and it took awhile.  During these long winter months, it was inspiring to work on something that would remind me of Spring.  I used Cheap Joe's Kilamanjaro watercolor paper 23x30 and Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Whole Painting!

Here is my latest painting "The Bishop".  It is called "The Bishop" because the mask has the name because of the shape of it's hat.  It is modeled after what bishops wear on their heads.   Along with the bishop is a harlequin mask and a bishop chess piece incorporated into the still life. The masks all come from Venice.  All of this is resting on a rich, colorful background and design from France.  I put this still life together in the summer and the light was filtering through the window and casting shadows and creating light and shaded areas on the subjects.  In the corners of the painting you can see some vintage script laying on the table.  I had hoped that the American Watercolor Society would have accepted it into the show this year but the judges did not pick it.  Other paintings and other shows to come!