Sunday, January 22, 2017

 Mountain Gems, Roufous Hummingbirds
7x 11 inches, watercolor

 Little Jewel, Roufous Hummingbird, male.
8.25x5.5 inches, watercolor

 Little Jewel, Roufous Hummingbird, female.
8.25x5.5 inches, watercolor
This hummer is flying off to a new home so she is no longer available.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Painted Drum

I painted this drum which dear family members made. It was gifted to our grandson.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Hummingbird Paintings

Tiny and territorial these beautiful birds arrive early spring in Alberta and BC, Canada, and winter in Mexico. Having the opportunity to watch and photograph these mini wonders of flight is a joy.
All these mini-paintings have flown off to new homes and are no longer available.

Summer Blossoms; Rufous Hummingbird, Female.
 7"x 8" Watercolor

"His Majesty" Rufous Hummingbird, Male 
5.75"x 5.75" Watercolor

The Queens Flight: Rufous Hummingbird, Female.
  5"x 7" Watercolor

Feisty Lady: Rufous Hummingbird, Female
5"x 7" Watercolor

Sky Dancer; Rufous Hummingbird, Male
 5"x 7" Watercolor

These hummingbirds have migrated and are no longer available.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Upcoming exhibition at the Wildbird Gallery

My husband and I will be exhibiting our work Oct/Nov 2016 in the beautiful revamped Wildbird Gallery at the Wildbird General Store in Edmonton.

Pleinair and Native Sunflowers

 Pleinair painting of Native Sunflower growing in my backyard.

 Cut Native Sunflower brought into the studio to paint.

Another Studio drawing.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Portraits at The Paint Spot Edmonton

I entered two paintings in the Big, Big Portrait Show at the Naess Gallery, The Paint Spot, Edmonton, July 7-August 23, 2016. The show ran in conjunction with the Edmonton art walk.
Off my right shoulder is a painting of my daughter incognito with a squirrel on her head and above her, the orange cat on blue is my painting. I love that the call for portraits was an open call and that the work produced displays a wonderful range of talent from pure beginners to very accomplished artists. 

Under my Spell
12x12 Acrylic on canvas
This neighbourhood cat had to be painted due his wonderful intense expression. Recently I simplified the background by covering it with ricepaper collage and repainting (the original of it is posted earlier on this blog). Sometimes paintings take a few years before they become what they need to be, I now consider this painting completed.

Crazy Squirrel
12x12 Acrylic on canvas
I painted this fun piece for my Zany fun-loving daughter Melony, who is an exceptional artist herself.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Exhibition Art Gallery of St Albert

June exhibition at the Art Gallery of St Albert Alberta, Teresa Stieben in the upstairs gallery.

Article written by Scott Hayes about the exhibition.

Monday, May 30, 2016

New Painting headed to the Art Gallery of St Albert for June 2015

Hide and Seek at the Falls, Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel
Acrylic on canvas, 24x16

These cheeky small critters delightfully entertain tourists at the base of the falls in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Spring Blessings

Native crocus painted with watercolor and gouache, inspired by the blooms at Nisku Prairie.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Zany fun loving portraits

 "Squirrel" NFS
12x12 Acrylic on canvas 

My daughter incognito

"Grandparents Blessings" NFS
12x12 Acrylic on canvas 

Our Grandson, whom is a blessing to us. 

Though in the past I've painted portraits in Watercolor or Chalk Pastel, I'm presently challenging myself with painting portraits in acrylic. It becomes challenging to create with fast drying medium and I don't use retarders preferring to keep my work area as non-toxic as possible. 
I have to admit I am having great fun with this. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Dancing For Joy updated

Sometimes a painting needs to settle for awhile. The previous version of this was hanging where I saw it every morning after it came back from an exhibition. It felt unfinished to me so back on the easel it went for a work-over. The painting now has depth and is I believe a stronger piece.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

HerWork juried exhibition, Stoney Plain Alberta

First juried exhibition of 2016
Showcase of the recent pollination project started six months ago. Ten crochet "Earth Spirit Vessels" pieces selected for one month exhibition in March.

Pencil Portrait

pencil portrait

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Free and loose water color

 Working on ideas for native wildflowers. Painted large on sheets of linen paper.


 Blue Darner

Bumble bee with Shooting Stars

Friday, March 4, 2016

Monday, June 15, 2015

Green City Window 2015

I participated in the Green Window project once again creating window displays for two establishments on 104th St this year. As it was in conjunction with Pride week the displays flowed with color.

Colorful handmade mobiles of hand-painted plastic mesh completed with yarn tassels.
boxes made from fence board cast offs and a discarded table colorfully  re-painted
Recycled skirt from the juried Skirts Afire event was requested to be on display by the manager of  C'est Sera, so it gains another public viewing. When the window display comes down the skirt will be returned to The Edmonton Reuse Store boardroom for others to enjoy.

Hand collage and painted column with bouquets of florals created with vegetable netting, paper, wire and baskets at Original Apparel.
Hand-painted mesh screen to hang behind the mannequins.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Flora and Fauna

In southern Alberta the sticky Gumweed blossoms were thickly in bloom. When I went to photograph them I noticed a wee bunny sitting so still so as not to be seen. 
"Hiding in the Gumweed" SOLD
 Acrylic on  wrapped canvas 5X5 inches

"Listening to the wind that swept over the mountain"
Acrylic on  wrapped canvas 5X5 inches

"Cheeky Gray forest spirit"
Acrylic on  wrapped canvas 5X5 inches

Time spent camping in Waterton National Park each year has given much inspiration for painting bears and wildflowers that are abundant in spring. It makes braving the cold, rainy fog and showers worthwhile especially when the sun pops out and mountain views are stunning.
"Little Black" SOLD
 Acrylic on  wrapped canvas 5X5 inches

At days end when exciting the parking lot at Red Rock Canyon this wonderful view met my eyes; two Elders (an old tree and the mountain) silently watch over the spring blossoms.
"The Two Elders"
Acrylic on  wrapped canvas 12x12 inches
Available at The Art Gallery of St Albert

We enjoyed watching momma bear and her cub from the previous year as they ambled amongst the wildflowers digging grubs, roots and bulbs. The cub was wearing a lighter colored saddle blanket which was wonderfully distinct.
"Saddle-blanket and Mom"
Acrylic on  wrapped canvas 10x14 inches
Available at The Wildbird General Store, Edmonton

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New Growth and new paintings

I love the rich colors abundant in the wilds. As an artist many hours are spent in the field researching, watching, photographing birds and critters that are found there. Immersing oneself in Nature is good for the spirit, and the bonus is watching animals watch us as this quirky young male moose did.

"On Still Waters Sweet Memories Glide"
Acrylic on wrapped canvas 5x5 inches

Acrylic on wrapped canvas 5x5 inches

"Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird"
Acrylic on wrapped canvas 5x5 inches
available at
"Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird"
Acrylic on wrapped canvas 5x5 inches
available at

Waterton Lakes National Park was brilliant with blossoms last spring giving us the opportunity to view many different black bears grubbing in wildflower meadows. Cameron Falls are right in the townsite, this view of the falls is a summer view. I've painted a spring view though having trouble photographing it and getting acceptable coloration. Acrylic painting look different dependant on the lighting when taken, as well the camera tends to pick up more underpainting color than the eye actually sees so its usually a two day job just photographing half a dozen paintings.
"Cameron Falls"
Acrylic on wrapped canvas 16 x 20 inches
Available at the Art Gallery of St Albert

"Rocky Mountain Black Bear" 
Acrylic on wrapped canvas 10 x 14 inches

"Masked Cinnamon Bear in Wildflower Meadow" 
Acrylic on wrapped canvas 16 x16 inches

"Watching The Hikers"
Acrylic on wrapped canvas 16x24
Available at The Art Gallery of St Albert

"In The Wake of Loons"
Acrylic on wrapped canvas 12x24 inches
available at