Friday, July 26, 2013

Summer 2013

Parkway Series #408   12 x 16   oil   Donated to Faith Christian School

This is the last of a Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring collection of paintings of the Buck Mountain Road/Parkway Overpass.  This bridge borders the property of Faith Christian School and hopefully, the series will help raise the much needed funds for the new school.  It has been very interesting to me to see how my paintings have changed over the last four years as I have completed one each year.  

Monday, July 8, 2013

Incredible View

                                      New Castle, Virginia        15 x 30    oil     Sold

This view of the Blue Ridge was commissioned by Tom Palmer of New Castle.  It is the view from the front deck of his home in New Castle.  It makes you want to take a deep breath of clean, invigorating Blue Ridge air, and feel the morning sun as it rises higher and higher.  So many are too busy to experience this, even occasionally.   Can you imagine soaking this in, every morning, with a cup of coffee?

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Color and Light

Parkway Series #407    16 x 16   oil   $250.

Several people have asked for another bridge painting.  This one is at milepost 118 and is in a square format.    I enjoyed working with purple, yellow and green on a red background.  Color and light....that's what it's all about.

Late Afternoon on the Parkway

Parkway Series #406   12 x 16  oil  Sold

This is the finished demo for a day spent with the Bald Knob artists in Rocky Mount.  Thank you to all  for your encouragement.  It was great fun and I'm glad the painting turned out as well as it did.  I never know when I am painting and talking at the same time what will happen!

Smith Mountain Lake Park

Parkway Series #404  12 x 16  oil   $150.

My plein air group scheduled a day to paint at Smith Mountain Lake Park.  Beautiful weather... fun day!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Eternal Nature

Parkway Series #405   24 x 36   oil     Sold

"It's my sense that these long-enduring mountains are like magnets to that unseen part of ourselves.  We recognize in them something of our ancient, eternal nature - far most vast, deep and high than the passing identities and roles we maintain in Flatland."  Liza Field

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Fallingwater Cascades

Parkway Series #403    18 x 24     oil      $500.

This is a remake of #200 in the Series.  I am now going back and painting some of my favorites in larger sizes.  I remember this hike to Fallingwater Cascades vividly.  This is at the very bottom of the waterfall as you walk over the bridge and head back up the hill.  It was a very hot and humid day in August.  I love the hike but I will never do it again in August, not because of the weather, but because of the snakes!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Blue Ridge Marathon 2013

Parkway Series #402    12 x 24   oil    Donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway

I knew painting #394 needed something else but not until I talked with Pete Eshelman did I realize that it was destined to be the new "marathon" painting.  I took some of his photos from last year and added the runners and came up with painting #402!  Sometimes it is amazing how paintings take on a life of their own!

Sunday, February 3, 2013


                                          Parkway Series #401       12 x 24        oil    SOLD

This is a commissioned painting of rolling hills around a treasured homeplace.  There are many who have their roots deeply in the land on which we live.  The vistas of Spring in the mountains, the smells of apple blossoms or wet grass, the memories of walking over the rolling hills, of planting gardens, of sweat and even of tears can, in a small sense, be captured by artists who also have a deep connection to the land.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Artistic License at Otter Creek

                                             Parkway Series #399      12 x 16   oil     $150.

It is snowing!  With the Parkway closed, I decided to paint snow scenes from photos taken last summer.  This is an image of Otter Creek with snow and ice superimposed over the greens of summer!  Actually I really enjoy the creativity of making up the season and only using the photo for the basic idea and composition.  After painting 400 parkway scenes, I am now adding artistic license to my repertoire!

                                             Parkway Series #400   12 x 16   oil        $150.