Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Goodnight Moon Limited Edition Prints

Goodnight Moon
Giclee Prints available from now until December 10th
24" x 24" 
signed, limited edition
printed on archival watercolor paper

I have had so many requests for prints of Goodnight Moon (must be the title!), I have decided to do a limited edition that will be available leading up to the holidays. The price is $375 plus $15 for shipping. (if you are nearby I will  deliver it to you!)
Email me by December 10th if you would like to order one, and I can get it to you by Christmas.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Portrait of Plutarque on the cover of JAVMA

I am honored that the oil on panel I did of Plutarque (aka Plume) is on the cover of  the October 15th issue of the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association. This is especially exciting because I love veterinarians! Thanks to Michael Connor, Plutarque's owner, for submitting the painting! To read more about Plutarque click here.

Friday, October 3, 2014

For the Love of Dogs

As a compassionate lover of dogs and as an advocate of animal rescue I am constantly seeing animals who are saved by rescue organizations that are in heartbreaking physical condition from neglect and abuse and in dire need of veterinary care. Every time I see one, I want to respond with a donation to help the organization to save the dog. A couple years ago I decided that I would start doing portraits of dogs and that each time I did a portrait I would make a donation for a specific dog in need that had captured my heart.

Recently the timing of this was like clockwork. A dear friend asked me to paint a beautiful spaniel named Milo. It was to be a thank you gift for her close friends who live in Italy. Milo has the most glorious life a dog could imagine in a beautiful place, going out on boats regularly and playing on the beach. His owners love him deeply and take very good care of him. His coat shines, he is athletic and healthy and has a huge smile. It was a joy to paint such a happy dog and it was also a joy to paint his surroundings of blue sky and cobalt water with the Capri Faraglioni behind him on the horizon.  Just after I painted this little portrait, I heard about another dog- Griffin, who had just been rescued by Second Chance Rescue in NYC. When Griffin was found he was so emaciated he couldn't raise his head. He needed immediate and intensive vet care and Second Chance set up a fund for him- which I was able to contribute to because of the portrait of Milo. Two dogs worlds apart in their life situation and their health, but I truly believe that animals share souls and in some strange way Milo and Griffin's souls will always be connected.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

More Dogs on Wheels...

Beagle and Beamer, oil on panel, 9" x 12"
Chevy with Terriers, oil on panel, 9" x 12"
Here are two more paintings in my
Dogs on Wheels series. These were both done on request of specific dogs, and in the case of the top one- in specific cars. Happy Summer!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Forest Nocturne

Forest Nocturne

I am easily disoriented by
by the shortening days
as winter’s breath creeps up
and darkness looms.
But I forget,
and take a walk
that is a little too long
for the allotted daylight.
As the sun begins to settle
behind the trees
and the shadows lengthen
into nothingness,
I feel a presence in the woods.
The warm earth cools
and the rising mist
veils the rock masses
and fallen trees.
And the audience begins to assemble
in their usual places
for the evening concert.
I am the uninvited guest.
So I hasten my pace

towards home.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

My book Mr. Hubbard's Heart- a story about one man's journey to discover compassion within himself, has just launched as a book app on iTunes and Amazon. I have been working on this book for close to sixteen years, and it means the world to me to finally have Mr. Hubbard out in the real world. I would love to have a hardback print version produced but the app is really wonderful because the paintings are beautifully illuminated on an ipad or kindle fire, and the music, which was composed by my nephew, Ethan Freeman adds magic to the story.
 Here is a link to iTunes
and to Amazon

And here is the trailer.

Monday, April 7, 2014

When the Size of a Painting and the Size of a Wall don't Match Up

Sometimes it happens...A person falls in love with a painting they see in an exhibit. They take down the dimensions at the gallery, then go home and measure their wall, and they come to the conclusion that it doesn't quite fit.  In some cases the wall is expansive and the painting is just not quite large enough to engage the space. And in some cases the painting is too big or not the right proportions.  In the past year I have had two clients who originally saw one of my paintings in the gallery, but then asked me to do a similar piece for them, custom designed for a particular location in their home. I love to do this as it allows me to get to know them, and see the environment where the painting will go. It also gives me the opportunity to make the painting more personal.

I painted Oliver's Dream last fall after visiting the client in Hobe Sound, Florida over the summer. They live very near the ocean but do not have a view, so she asked that the painting open the space with a view of the water, and she also wanted to bring some of their tropical surroundings into the room. I used a palette that related to the interior while introducing some new colors such as the vibrant clementine wall.  I  painted a tile floor and worked with multiple point perspective with the eye level on the eye level of someone standing in the room to give depth and a feeling that one could walk right into the painting. I also incorporated some architectural elements from the room, such as the large Palladian windows, and symmetry.

My client asked that their adorable King Charles spaniel named Oliver be the main character in the painting, so he sits rather royally in the arm chair on the left, making eye contact with the viewer.  He loves to chase salamanders so there are salamanders of various colors hidden in the flora of the fabrics as well as on the glass table top and in the flowering vines. The client had especially liked my mermaid paintings so we placed a mermaid sitting on the windowsill, playing the flute for Oliver and the various seabirds. There is also a painting within the painting of her grandchildren, and the couple dancing below the palm trees by the water represents her three happily married sons.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Cello and Painting

Several years ago, I was listening to NPR and I discovered the music of the cellist Zoe Keating. I have never been the same since. Her cello has inspired many the the paintings in my recent show at the Jane Haslem Gallery and has fueled my creativity in general. I put it on in my studio and it makes my mind more fluid and lets emotion rise to the surface. Here are three of the paintings that are directly related to songs from her album "Into the Trees". And here is a link to her website. 
Thank you Zoe.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Into the Trees

This is a painting I just finished titled "Into the Trees". It is oil on linen, 36" x  48". It will be exhibited at the Jane Haslem Gallery during February and March. There will be a Valentine's Day opening from 5:30-7:30 pm, so come and bring someone you love (spouse, partner, child, significant other, granny or grampa)
There will be a lot of drawings and  paintings, including "Stories from the Woods" and a number of "Love Letters".