Sometimes, I paint, and usually on big canvases. There's nothing tidy about my process, and more paint often seems to cover the house and dogs than the canvas. Last year was lots of riotous flowers. This year, I'll probably go back to landscapes with giant clouds...
My mom grew daisies like this along the fence by our patio at my childhood home. I loved them so much that I named the puppy Daisy that my parents gave me for my sixth birthday. To this day, they are a happy reminder of barefoot summers at home as a kid, and they find their way into lots of my paintings.
This was painted with pure emotion. We all have ways of expressing ourselves when words elude us. For me, it is often paint. So, when the overwhelm was creeping in late one night, I painted this with my hands and poured the chaos onto the canvas. Somehow it all translated into joy. I love the happy energy in this one and have kept the original. But giclee prints are available on both canvas and fine art paper.
24x36 on canvas. This was painted after a hike at Radnor Lake in Nashville, Tennessee. Since college, that has been the peaceful place I return to recenter and regroup. My husband loved this one so much that he asked for it framed for his 50th birthday, so now it hangs framed at our house.
24x36 canvas. This one looks like it needs something, right? Like a boat or a ball or a bird...But really, this is the view, and it's my family's favorite place to be. This is Ocracoke, NC, a little island in the Outer Banks where my husband, John, and I have been going since our honeymoon. Most of this island is a National Park, and the residents have done an amazing job keeping the rest of it pretty undeveloped, too. Ocracoke boasts lots of riptides, gray sand, and no easy access to the beach. It also provides long stretches of lonely beach, just like this, where you can walk without seeing one other soul. We think it's perfect, and when we look at this, we feel the peace this quiet beach provides.
This is what happens when you intend to paint a field of sunflowers and run out of yellow! Maybe it's because I lay that paint on so thick. This floral can be hung vertically or horizontally. It is a happy riot of primary colors, with thick, dimensional paint, perfect anywhere you need a pop of color.
Where paint gets on the curtains, apron, hands, dogs, and sometimes the canvas. Here's a peek at my happy place. My dogs hang out with me while I paint. The puppy's favorite spot is under table the table where I work, and my lab mutt tends to lean against my apron. If you stop by, you'll likely see them running around with paint in their fur!
Painted as part of my series, "Where the Wild Things Grow," these free-spirited daisies remind me of divas outshining a stage of backup singers. They are bringing show-stopping energy to the foreground, while being supported by their more solid peers. I love how the daisies' centers draw from the supporting background colors. This painting looks great vertically and horizontally, too. It would add a happy vibe to a business or a home setting.
One of the more neutral of these floral paintings. This one is soft creams and whites, with touches of gold and lots of green. And of course, there had to be some blue mixed in, since I can't seem to paint without blue...
Here's a detail shot to show the dimension in my paintings. Somehow it translates on the fine art paper giclees, too. Those are printed at a state-of-the-art lab in Nashville and the color is absolutely amazing. I've hung some of those in my house, as well as originals.