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As a child I used to get into trouble for sketching figures and images in the margins of my homework. One day an insightful teacher, Mr. Hexom, seeing my need to express myself, handed me a set of colored pencils, a drawing pad, and an application to the local student art show. The result was “Gotcha!” a Siamese cat tangled in yarn, his teeth and claws wrapped around what was left of a ball of yarn and a very satisfied look upon his face. It won first place, a cool plaque and $25.00……I was thrilled! 

Below are a few more of my "Artistic Expressions."

 


Dressing the Cobra
 Digital montage

Depicting the tenderness yet danger of dressing a pet cobra. This piece was entered into an art show at the Gualala Arts Center. The Theme of the show was, "Living on the Edge".

Back Story

Henry is a temperamental snake; however, he shines when he is on stage. People pay to see him do his little dance and the hat is the costume for his performance….It takes concentration and a steady hand to make sure he looks handsome for his adoring fans.


Are We There Yet?
Digital photograph

 

We were driving the very long and curvy highway along the California coast. Poncho loved riding in the car and this was one of his favorite places to keep tabs on the driving and the road. When a curve came up he would lean into it as if he were driving the car himself.


Lady Tea Cup

 Acrylic paint on canvas

 

This painting is only 10" x 7.5" and was entered into a show with the theme "Small Things" at the Gualala Arts Center.

Back Story

A tiny young woman taking a hot bath in a tea cup. She gazes longingly through the nearby window. Her thoughts turn towards a possible excursion outside of her safe realm. The thought of the endeavor makes her heart race. What wonders might she see out there? What dangers might she encounter?


Man's Best Friend

B&W Digital portrait

 

This photo was taken late in the evening about six days after Poncho was diagnosed with cancer. The look of desperation is apparent.

We miss him dearly.....the pain of losing him still lingers.


Koda in Trouble Again

Pencil drawing

Koda is my son's dog. He's big, clumsy, and rambunctious, but sweet as can be. In this drawing, Koda knows he's done yet another bad thing and tries to console my son.


Warm Breeze

Pencil drawing

This is kind of a self portrait. I was going through some stressful times and had rented a room for myself in Fort Bragg on the coast. I was sitting in my car watching the ocean and there was a bench in front of me. The weather was beautiful and I imagined myself sitting there, relaxed, feeling the breeze. This was a therapeutic drawing that I later entered into an art show and subsequently sold.


Molly in the Mist

Photograph

This photo was taken at the Gualala Point Park on the California coast. It was early in the morning and I was walking down the trail with our elderly Labrador Molly, who had picked up a large heavy piece of wood and had just set it down to rest.

I cut and painted the matting to give the feel of looking through a hole into another dimension.


Where is Everyone?

Collage

 
Do you wonder if we are alone in the universe?  Highly doubtful, but sometimes it sure seems like it. This piece was in the "Living on the Edge" art show at the Gualala Arts Center along with my montage, "Dressing the Cobra."


Cosmic Kiss

Acrylic paint on canvas

 


Icy Embrace
Acrylic paint on canvas

I actually got this idea from a  Calvin Klein magazine ad. It was a  photograph of a
topless young woman wearing jeans and hugging a block of ice. 
Just to look at it made you shiver. I tried to get the same effect here. 


Summer Love

Acrylic paint on canvas board


 

The Pinnacled Peaks of Ucuri

Acrylic paint on press board

 

A scene enspired from my sci-fi book"Friend."
(coming soon)

 

 

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