College Cove, Winter Light, 2010
On a crisp winter morning, I wandered down the steep, rugged path to College Cove in Trinidad, CA. After 35 years of teaching others, I finally got back into painting.
Trinidad State Beach, 2010
California Poppies, 2010
Low Tide, 2010
Good Morning, Big Lagoon, 2011
I woke up early after sleeping in the back of my truck, and saw the amazing color of the sky through the window of my camper shell. I got up quickly and headed for the edge of the water at the lagoon. There he was, wading in the shallows and looking for his breakfast. This Great Blue Heron could be heard throughout the campground the afternoon and evening before calling out a haunting sound from a hidden nest at the top of the trees. Now he was revealed on a glorious pink and lavender morning.
Crab Shell, Big Lagoon, 2011
Harbor Seals, 2012
Derived from a composite of images/experiences with harbor seals while kayaking in Trinidad Bay.
Horse on a Hill, 2012
Above the Sea, 2013
Elk at Prairie Creek, 2013
Riley’s Egret, 2013
Sunrise at National Wildlife Refuge, 2014
Looking East at Dawn, 2014
Big Moon in June, 2014
Autumn Evening Mist, Big Lagoon 2015
Riley’s Indigo Sunrise, 2015
“Ancestral View”, watercolor, 2016
A view looking west from inside the historically-preserved home of Dan O’Hara in County Galway, Ireland.
Faerie Tree in the Connemara, 2016
I remember being moved to tears at the sight of the Connemara on the west side of Ireland just north of Galway. As I drove the narrow roads, I saw individual small trees here and there, and wondered why they stood so alone. I later learned that farmers leave trees in their pastures if they think they have found a “faerie tree” because it would be bad luck to interrupt the faeries.
Horn Head, County Donegal, 2016
Liscomb Slough, Arcata Bottoms, 2017
Egret in the Morning Mist, Big Lagoon, 2017
Just when Caterpillar thought her life was over, she began to fly, 2017
Backwoods of New Hampshire, 2018
Half a Million Strong at Yasgur’s Farm, 2018
In the fall of 2017, I visited upstate New York and the site of the Woodstock Celebration in 1969. Although I was sitting on an empty hillside, I imagined the masses of colorful, young people who came together at this historic place. I noticed some monarch butterflies dancing around in the grass and remembered Joni’s lyrics from the song that became the anthem for this phenomenal event. I knew what I would paint when I got home (with a little inspiration from Peter Max.)
“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” MLK, 2018
Inspired by a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.