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Red & Ripe

Red & Ripe

There is nothing like the taste of real fresh strawberries, picked red and ripe and sweet! They hardly resemble the grocery store variety. And there's that lovely fresh strawberry smell....I just love fresh berries from the local farmer's market!

This larger-than-life painting was great fun, though it took me wayyyy longer than I expected. Each strawberry is a simple shape but contains so much intricate detail, with the rows of seeds and juicy highlights. I used quite a lot of masking fluid to preserve the seeds and the highlights, but then each tiny shape had to be softened and refined once the masking was removed. I enjoyed mixing all those rich reds and pushing the intensity of the color.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
Purchase Options:
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6" H x 6" W x 1.5" D   
$30.00    
Box Print - Red Sides
6" H x 6" W x 1.5" D   
$30.00    
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Rainier Cherries

Rainier Cherries

My tribute to the best tasting and most beautiful cherries in the world!

This original painting has SOLD.


Purchase Options:
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6" H x 6" W x 1.5" D   
$30.00    
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6" H x 6" W x 1.5" D   
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The Unstoppable Cheerfulness of Summer

The Unstoppable Cheerfulness of Summer

I just love the cheerfulness of sunflowers! They are summer's best smiles. A whole bucket full of them is just pure happiness!

This original watercolor has SOLD.
Prints are available.
Purchase Options:
Fine Art Print (mounted in 20" x 24" mat)
15" H x 20" W
$95.00    
Fine Art Print (mounted in 11" x 14" mat)
8" H x 10" W
$37.50    
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How the Honey Bee Sees the World

How the Honey Bee Sees the World

The honey bees are becoming somewhat rare these days. I know they are struggling. When my sedums bloomed last fall, I was delighted to see the honey bees back at work in my garden.

It's fun to get up close and take a really good look at these guys and imagine what the world might look like from the viewpoint of a honey bee.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
10" H x 14" W

SOLD
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Wisteria Veil

Wisteria Veil

When the wisteria in my garden is in bloom, it is just breathtaking. There's nothing like walking under a veil of the long, lightly-scented blossoms. Before we had our house, it was always a dream of mine to have a wisteria one day. My husband's parents purchased the plant for me 15 years ago when we first bought our house. My husband and father-in-law built the arbor for me. I love how with age, the plant just gets more and more beautiful.

In the painting, I tried to capture how the light filters down through the leaves and flowers and creates a sort of curtain or veil. The softness of the flowers is such a contrast to the geometric hardness of the arbor. The long rectangular design emphasizes the beautiful long blossoms of the wisteria.

Winner of the Lake City Framing Award
at the 2012 Kenmore Juried Art Show.

This original painting has SOLD.
Prints are available.


Fine Art Print
21" H x 8" W
$50.00    
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Ruth's Front Porch

Ruth's Front Porch

I have a few friends who are "artists of the home". Ruth is one of those friends who fills her house with charming, thoughtful details. Walking to the front door of her blue house with the blue delphiniums, the white railing matches the white rocking chairs perfectly and there is a painting just waiting to happen.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
8" H x 8" W

SOLD
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Buckets of Flowers

Buckets of Flowers

I love the farmer's market right here in Redmond, Washington, with its colorful flowers and fresh fruit and vegetables piled high! Such beautiful bounty all within easy reach! I enjoying buying directly from the hands of the people who grow my food. The farmer's market reminds me of the connection and dependence we all have to Mother earth and I always feel so blessed by her generous gifts.

This painting is part of my ongoing attempts to try to teach myself to paint only what's really important in a complicated picture. In this painting, the light on the buckets of flowers is what counts most. The sense of crowded busyness is achieved in the background with only simple shapes.


14" H x 10" W

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Black Plums

Black Plums

I just can't get enough of the summer fruit at the farmer's market! Peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots, and all the crosses between them. I have real trouble buying just a few!

Stumbling around the market with a camera, I sometimes come across the most interesting images. I just kept coming back to this image of the woman in the black dress. The sort of zig-zag composition is so much fun! And the black-plum color of the dress just sucks the light right out of the center of the painting. It's easy to make a connection between the woman and the abundant sensuality of the warm, sunlit fruit. Like mother nature in a little black dress, you can't help notice her sweet loveliness!

This original watercolor has SOLD.
14" H x 10" W

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Flamenco Flames

Flamenco Flames

The colors of these Calla lilies are so gorgeous! ...And I love the shapes - like twisting fabric on dancers or flickering flames.

I really wanted to push the look of movement in this composition. The flowers reminded me of flamenco dancers so I studied the shapes of the dancers' dresses.

I also emphasized the sharp-tipped flame shapes and repeated them in the leaves as well as the flowers.

I listened to salsa music the whole time I was painting this. The rhythms are so exciting you can't help but dance.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
24" H x 18" W

SOLD
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Hummingbirds in Columbine

Hummingbirds in Columbine

Don't you just love hummingbirds flitting around the flowers like little fairies? They make the garden magical. This painting was commissioned by a dear friend.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
14" H x 11" W

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My Cherry Tree

My Cherry Tree

Last spring, I cut down my cherry tree. For years, it was a thing of incredible beauty in my garden. My children played in the falling petals when they were babies. I would look out my window and see its pink blossoms glow in the moonlight. It was pure poetry in bloom.

As the garden aged, the cherry tree struggled as it competed with larger and larger trees for water and light. Over the years, it faded and most of it died. Early last spring, we replaced our deck and decided the mostly dead cherry tree would need to go, along with the old rotten deck.

Before they cut it down, I trimmed branches from the part of the tree that was still alive and forced them into bloom in a vase in my living room. This is the last of my cherry tree and my tribute to the beauty it gave us for so many years.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
18" H x 24" W

SOLD
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Pink Stars

Pink Stars

This cheerful plant is Schizostylis coccinea. It it the last thing to bloom in my garden in late autumn right up until the frost comes. I love these happy coral-pink stars! While the leaves are falling and all the other plants are giving up, they seem undaunted by the coming winter and put on their very best until their final moment comes.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
14" H x 11" W

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The Spring Rain Wakes the Plum Blossoms

The Spring Rain Wakes the Plum Blossoms

Growing up in Wisconsin, I remember the months of waiting for the snow and ice to melt and the liquid water to return. This watercolor captures those hopeful days when the warm rains wake the plum blossoms and the miracle of spring begins again. Each little raindrop is like a whole little world of reflections.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
Prints are available.
Fine Art Print
12" H x 20" W
$75.00    
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Cherry Blossom Ballerinas

Cherry Blossom Ballerinas

Every year when the cherry trees bloom, I want to stop time and enjoy the blossoms. Each flower is so delicate and beautiful and lasts for such a short time. I'm so glad to have captured and held the beauty of these blossoms in my painting.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
17" H x 10" W

SOLD
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First Breath of Spring

First Breath of Spring

I've been painting cherry blossoms and trying to capture the delicateness of the petals while using less and less color.

The cool spring sunlight is shown through the blossoms with only a hint of warmth. Rather than communicating colorful exuberance, these blossoms are like the first delicate, fragile hope and promise of spring!

This original watercolor has SOLD.
11" H x 16" W

SOLD
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Rainy Day Cherry Blossoms

Rainy Day Cherry Blossoms

I love to try to translate the delicateness of cherry blossoms into watercolor. In this painting, I used soft neutrals to communicate the translucency of the petals in more muted light.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
16" H x 18" W

SOLD
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Cherry Blossom Duet

Cherry Blossom Duet

A cherry blossom couple in their delicate spring dance.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
8" H x 8" W

SOLD
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Cherry Blossom Solo

Cherry Blossom Solo

A single cherry blossom reaching for the spring light.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
8" H x 8" W

SOLD
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Hanami, Seattle

Hanami, Seattle

In Japan, there is a tradition of "flower viewing", or hanami, to welcome spring and enjoy the cherry blossoms. This tradition happens spontaneously in Seattle at the University of Washington where 30 ancient Yoshino cherry trees bloom.

Crowds of people come to enjoy the blossoms and are enchanted by them. People take pictures of their precious children. Couples take selfies. Older folks recount memories of cherry blossoms in years past. For a moment, the whole world is in love with spring and life.

This original painting has SOLD.
Prints are available.
Purchase Options:
Fine Art Print (mounted in 22" x 28" double mat)
15" H x 22" W
$150.00    
Fine Art Print (no mat)
11" H x 16" W
$60.00    
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Pink Shadows

Pink Shadows

Sunshine through cherry blossoms is otherworldly, casting everything in a delicate pink light. There is a wonderful contrast between the solid, twisting branches and the floating fragile blossoms. The young girl at the foot of the tree is like the spirit of the cherry blossoms.

This painting is part of a series of watercolors depicting the breathtaking cherry trees at the University of Washington in Seattle.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
Prints are available.
Fine Art Print (mounted in 16" x 16" mat)
12" H x 12" W
$60.00    
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The Crocus Triumphs Over Winter

The Crocus Triumphs Over Winter

There's nothing like the first blooms of spring. The little crocus are like a fanfare of trumpets announcing that winter's oppressive reign is over and spring has begun!

Melting snow is an incredible thing to try to paint. It's opaque and transparent, fluffy and hard, reflective and dull all at the same time. What an interesting challenge!

This original watercolor has SOLD.
13" H x 26" W

SOLD
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Portrait of a Peony

Portrait of a Peony

This peony in my garden looks so happy to be alive and basking in the sun! One of my children said it looks like a school portrait of someone smiling. I like that idea so much!

This original watercolor has SOLD.
24" H x 18" W

SOLD
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Splash of Color, Tulips

Splash of Color, Tulips

A confetti-like spring celebration of bright tulips from the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival near La Conner, Washington. The parrot tulip in the foreground is a riot of color all on its own! All the tulips extend outward in a great exuberant splash.

This original painting has SOLD.
Prints are available.
Purchase Options:
Fine Art Print
21" H x 13" W
$95.00    
Fine Art Print
13" H x 8" W
$37.50    
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Neverending Tulips

Neverending Tulips

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, just north of Seattle, is really something wonderful! During the month of April, the tulip farms are just breathtaking!

Some people enjoy the open tulip fields and the long beautiful rows of solid colors. My favorite place is the display gardens at Roozengaarde. There are three and a half acres of never-ending tulips in those gardens and supposedly 250,000 bulbs! The tulips drift in and out of the trees and are planted in color combinations that mix and mingle like brush strokes in a painting.

I just had to paint this scene from Roozengaarde. I love the tulips weaving in and out of the light and flowing through the landscape like an endless river. The combination of festive colors reminds me of confetti - like spring throwing its own party to celebrate life renewed!

18" x 24"

This original watercolor has SOLD.
Prints are available.


Fine Art Print
16" H x 21" W
$95.00    
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Magnolia Blossom Opening #1

Magnolia Blossom Opening #1

The magnolia tree in my garden puts on such a show every spring! So many glorious white blossoms opening to the warm sun! Each blossom is a work of art!

The flowers come and go so quickly. I blink and the show is over. I am so pleased to finally have captured the essence of a few of these delicate flowers to enjoy year round!

This original watercolor has SOLD.
8" H x 8" W

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Magnolia Blossom Opening #2

Magnolia Blossom Opening #2

I have a magnolia tree in my garden. Each spring it is so lovely when it blooms! The flowers begin upright, each one like a candle flame. When the warm spring sunshine touches them, they open so delicately, like dancers unfolding their arms.

This original painting has SOLD.
8" H x 8" W

SOLD
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Bloom

Bloom

A celebration of spring and fresh young beauty and hope for the future. From the Bloedel Reserve in Bainbridge Island, Washington.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
18" H x 19" W

SOLD
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Apple Blossoms

Apple Blossoms

This is part of a small series of spring flower paintings. This series was the first time I have ever worked in a square format. It really is the opposite of the elongated Japanese-style rectangles that I prefer. In a square format, you have to work a whole lot harder to create a sense of energy and motion. In this painting of apple blossoms from my garden, the motion comes from the strong diagonal reaching toward the sunshine. The shadows inside these back-lit blossoms were so fun to paint!

This original watercolor has SOLD.
8" H x 8" W

SOLD
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Lenten Roses, Strong Women

Lenten Roses, Strong Women

If you grow hellebores in your garden, you know how wonderful it is to see their blooms appear so early in the spring. In my garden, they start to emerge in late January. What a welcome sight to see them blooming! They endure the frost again and again, and they last for months and months! To me they are a symbol of beauty in the midst of bravery, endurance, and perseverance. Just like some of the women I admire most.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
8" H x 8" W

SOLD
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To Age With the Grace of a Trillium

To Age With the Grace of a Trillium

My original plan with this painting was to paint a small, simple cheerful flower. I selected a photo from my garden of a native trillium. These trilliums begin as white as snow, and after they are fertilized and begin to die, they become even more beautiful by turning pink or red. This is an aging trillium.

I had a birthday while I was working on this and growing older was rattling around in my mind as I painted. The trillium painting subconsciously became more of a contemplation of graceful aging than the cheerful flower painting I had originally intended.

The flower becomes more beautiful, more rich in color and intensity as it dies. The trillium is surrounded by dead and dried ferns, symbols of the last season's passed life. The shadow is rather menacing and dark - like the shadow of what is to come, yet on the trillium shines. And of course the little tree frog hides among the leaves, suggesting that life is in balance as it should be, and it is all part of the greater cycle of things. Oh, to age with the grace and beauty of a trillium!

This original watercolor has SOLD.
10" H x 10" W

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Alpine Meadow

Alpine Meadow

When the snow first melts away, the high meadows fill with avalanche lilies. Each flower is so small and delicate and beautiful. To see meadows filled with them takes your breath away! We saw this view on Mt. Rainier while hiking at Spray Park above Mowich Lake.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
17" H x 11" W

SOLD
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High Country Sunset

High Country Sunset

Our 2015 visit to the Grand Teton National Park was filled with breathtakingly beautiful scenes. Every sunset behind the peaks was an artistic performance. What a challenge to capture that special light at dusk! In this scene, the yellow wildflowers are almost in silhouette against the setting sun.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
18" H x 24" W

SOLD
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Olympic Sunset

Olympic Sunset

A commissioned work highlighting some of the the wonders of the Pacific Northwest - monumental trees, the Puget Sound, and the Olympic Mountains at sunset.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
12" H x 26" W

SOLD
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Unfurling

Unfurling

Aren't the fiddleheads of ferns remarkable? A whole fern frond wrapped up neatly in a perfect spiral package. A spring of organic life unloading its potential energy. A mathematical golden spiral unfurling a magnificent fractal form.

I grow several Tasmanian Tree Ferns (Dicksonia antarctica) in my garden. They're in pots and must be moved into the garage during the coldest part of the winter, but they love cool, damp Seattle weather. The fronds are huge and the fiddleheads are so very impressive as they emerge.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
8" H x 8" W

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New Ferns

New Ferns

I love the fern fiddleheads that emerge in the spring. They are like little spiral springs of energy ready to burst open! They represent the unstoppable life-filled potential of the earth that we all sense as springtime arrives.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
8" H x 8" W

SOLD
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Awakening

Awakening

Fern fiddleheads emerge like alien life forms signaling the earth's awakening in spring.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
26" H x 13" W

SOLD
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Together, Gliding

Together, Gliding

A pair of swans glide through a pond as the first signs of spring show in the surrounding trees.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
26" H x 13" W

SOLD
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Ripening

Ripening

Luscious grapes ripen in a range of interesting colors in a summer vineyard.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
14" H x 7" W

SOLD
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Comet Falls

Comet Falls

Hikers are dwarfed by the magnificent waterfall. Pictured here is Comet Falls at Mt. Rainier National Park.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
19.5" H x 12" W

SOLD
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The Bridge to Far Away

The Bridge to Far Away

Sometimes we just need a quiet place - a bridge to far away. The soft summer rain completes the mood in this contemplative retreat into a Japanese garden. This painting shows a scene we visited from Tatton Park in England.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
18" H x 24" W

SOLD
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Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls

A view of the falls and Salish Lodge from below.

This original Watercolor has SOLD.
Prints are available.
Purchase Options:
Fine Art Print (mounted in 11" x 14" mat)
8" H x 10" W
$37.50    
Fine Art Print (mounted in 16" x 20" mat)
11" H x 14" W
$75.00    
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Lilypond Reflections

Lilypond Reflections

I love how this exquisite lily is perfectly reflected in the pond. The water is dark and mysterious and full of so many beautiful shapes and colors. I wish I had a pond just like this in my garden, with a perfect waterlily that never faded.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
Prints are available.
Fine Art Print
20" H x 10" W
$60.00    
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King of the Forest

King of the Forest

This summer, my 12 year old son grew taller than me and his voice changed. As a mother, it is really something to watch a little boy change into a man right before your eyes.

This painting was done from a family photo that was taken a few years ago on a hike. My son was so proud of himself for scaling that big rock! He was larger than life and king of the forest!

I imagine he must feel much the same way now, as he grows into his towering body with the confidence to take on the whole world.

Original watercolor has been SOLD.
Prints are available.


Fine Art Print (mounted in 12" x 16" mat)
8" H x 12" W
$60.00    
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Windows and Doors

Windows and Doors

This painting was inspired after a visit the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon. What a truly remarkable place! Nestled on one city block, smack dab in the middle of downtown Portland and surrounded by concrete and skyscrapers, is this little island of paradise!

Although the size of the garden is limited, the number of special places in the garden seems almost endless. Countless windows and doors frame perfectly-designed views, each view worthy of a painting. Every slight turn of the head reveals another beautiful scene in the garden!

I loved this doorway. Not just a door, but also a window and a picture frame and a magical portal from one place to the next.

This original watercolor has been SOLD.
18" H x 24" W

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Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones

This is a scene in the Portland Japanese Garden. I really enjoy the movement in the composition - how the stepping stones lead you right up the levels in the Japanese lantern.

I love stepping stones. They are a very helpful symbol to me. I tend to be the sort of person who impatiently charges ahead and wants to see the end result right away. I forget that it's the journey that matters; that every step along the way is important. Stepping stones remind me that all I can do today is take the next single step forward.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
18" H x 8" W

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Moss Garden Lantern

Moss Garden Lantern

Another scene from the Portland Japanese Garden. I love these timeless, mossy places. I had fun with the layers of reflections in the water. Can you see the koi?

This original watercolor has been SOLD.
18" H x 7" W

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Moss Garden Pond

Moss Garden Pond

I was lucky enough to visit the Portland Japanese Garden in February. I've been there several times before, but always in spring and summer.

In winter, the garden has a beauty of another kind. The elegant branches of the Japanese maples were fully exposed. And the moss! The moss was very happy when we visited in February! It was misting (of course) and there was such a peaceful stillness with the soft green moss. The Northwest winter at it's best!

In addition to the beautiful moss, this scene fascinated me because of the different levels in the pond. There is the bottom of the pool with it's rounded gravel, then the fish in the water, and the various reflections at the surface.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
Prints are available.
Fine Art Print (mounted in 20" x 24" mat)
15" H x 20" W
$95.00    
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Dancing Branches

Dancing Branches

I love Japanese Maples. They are so sculptural! They remind me of people - like dancers waving their arms. This painting was selected for the 2012 Woodinville Garden Tour Poster.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
26.75" H x 18" W

SOLD
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Lace Leaf

Lace Leaf

Light filters magically through the leaves of a lace leaf Japanese maple in my garden.

This original watercolor has SOLD.

26" H x 13" W

SOLD
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Under the Japanese Maple

Under the Japanese Maple

To the embarrassment of many of my friends and neighbors, I have this strange habit of peering under Japanese maples. In public places, in parks, even in people's yards, I know no shame.

Lace-leaf Japanese maples are everywhere in the Northwest. The huge majority of my neighbors have them. They take decades to grow, but the old ones are absolutely incredible. Under each tree's umbrella of dappled light is a hidden world. When I look under a Japanese lace-leaf maple, it makes feel very small, like a fairy living inside the moss and twisty branches.

I did this painting after a recent trip to the Portland Japanese Garden - absolute heaven for a Japanese maple peering person! Underneath, the moss just vibrates with life. The frog hides nearby, giving his approval of the health and vitality of the place.

18" x 24"

Original Watercolor has SOLD.
Prints are available.


Fine Art Print (mounted in 20" x 24" mat)
15" H x 20" W
$95.00    
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Within the Willow

Within the Willow

Sometime in your life, you probably sat underneath a willow tree and watched the light stream in through the branches. There might have been a pond or stream nearby reflecting the sparking light. Perhaps, as the wind made the graceful branches sway, a calm and restful feeling came over you. You were hidden inside the tree in a special place. You were enchanted by the willow.

Many cultures give the willow tree magical properties or special significance. Native Americans used willow bark to relieve pain and fever. (The bark of the willow is actually filled with salicin, a precursor to aspirin.) Countless myths and legends from throughout the world give the willow special spiritual powers. An old willow is undeniably a special tree!

This particular willow was at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island. Painting a willow is an amazing challenge. The willow tree branches are not solid at all. They don't form shapes that have a light side and a dark side. They are all light and movement and transparency. I hope I've captured a small bit of the willow tree's magic in my painting.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
15" H x 24" W

SOLD
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Autumn Treasures, Chestnuts

Autumn Treasures, Chestnuts

When I was little, I always looked forward to collecting chestnuts behind my grandmother's house. Inside the spiky hard covers I would discover these jewels of smooth beautiful redness that were more magnificent treasures to me than gold coins.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
Prints are available.
Fine Art Print
8" H x 8" W
$37.50    
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Mother Mushroom

Mother Mushroom

These are amanita muscaria - the quintessential toadstool. It's so amazing the way these things just push themselves out of the ground where you least expect them; bright red and covered with spots like something right out of a storybook. Such lovely, earthy things!

This original watercolor has SOLD.
8" H x 8" W

SOLD
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Red Carpet

Red Carpet

The nights are getting colder and the tips of the trees are beginning to change. Soon autumn will be here in all her glory, rolling out her carpet of red and gold.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
8" H x 8" W

SOLD
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Autumn Study in Red and Green

Autumn Study in Red and Green

Aren't these colors fun? The reddish-purples connect with the reds and greens and together they create such a beautiful tapestry! Do you see the spiral in this watercolor? The spiral composition keeps your eye moving around the painting.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
8" H x 8" W

SOLD
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Fireworks Finale

Fireworks Finale

This tree is just around the corner from where I live. The rest of the year, I barely notice it's there. In the fall, it's the most beautiful thing on the street! There's something about the way the light filters down through those gold and red leaves that just glimmers!

This original watercolor has SOLD.
Prints are available.
Fine Art Print
20" H x 15" W
$95.00    
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Autumn Stained Glass

Autumn Stained Glass

Clear autumn days can be just magical. The low-angled sunshine highlights the drama and color of the changing leaves. Walking under the trees, I feel like I'm in a cathedral surrounded by colorful stained glass windows as the trees sing hymns to their maker in the golden light.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
19" H x 15" W

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Keyhole Tree

Keyhole Tree

This is a very fun watercolor commissioned by one of my collectors. The branches in this unusual old tree grew back into each other and created a keyhole window. This special tree was growing in their backyard overlooking Puget Sound until a recent wind storm broke the top off. Apparently a family a raccoons had been living in the tree, too! I'm so glad to have been able to recreate this fascinating tree in its all former glory in a painting.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
24" H x 18" W

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Holly #1

Holly #1

So often artists focus on painting the red berries of hollies, but holly leaves are so interesting - stiff and waxy and spiky. They seem to hold a sort of tension inside them. The hard curves along the tough edges of the leaves break out into sharp points, almost as if to break some sort of uncontainable tightness. The holly seems to emanate a much different energy than the cheerful, lighthearted symbol of Christmas most people see at first glance.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
8" H x 8" W

SOLD
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Fern in Snow

Fern in Snow

A dusting of snow brings out the structure and pattern in this beautiful sword fern.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
11" H x 14" W

SOLD
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The Weight of Winter

The Weight of Winter

It is always difficult for me to see the garden fade with the coming of winter. It seems such a pity to see the flowers fade.

The roses don't give up easily. There always seems to be a bud or two hanging on until Christmas, blooming against all the odds.

For me, winter has a weight to it; a burden to bear. It comes a such a cost to the delicate things. In my painting, this fragile rose struggles on and shows its beauty in spite of the cold and the snowy burden it bears.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
Prints are available.
Fine Art Print (mounted in 16" x 20" mat)
11" H x 14" W
$75.00    
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Methow Valley Sunrise

Methow Valley Sunrise

This is a view from above Winthrop, Washington looking across Hwy 20 and the Methow River Valley. Our family has visited this area several times a year for probably twenty years now. The place has a beauty and character all its own. In the winter, the cross-country skiing is fabulous! It is a wonderful welcome winter escape from soggy, dark Seattle to the beautiful sunshine and snowy bright light of the Methow Valley!

I believe this is my first real winter landscape painting ever. Usually, winter scenes are a bit desolate for me, but in this scene, I love how the rising sun dusts everything with it's colorful glow. I'm also very interested in incorporating more atmosphere in my paintings and I love this misty valley.

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17" H x 11" W

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Last Light, Winter

Last Light, Winter

The winter days are so short. We always seem to run out of daylight when we are out cross-country skiing. In the Methow Valley where we often ski, the mist comes in as the light fades. The valley fills with shadows and mist and the temperature drops quickly. The warm, pinkish light of the sunset catches the hillsides just before it disappears.

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18" H x 24" W

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Snowy Branches in Sunlight #2

Snowy Branches in Sunlight #2

Our winters in the Seattle area are so dark and dreary that just looking at bright snow and sky blue seem to improve my mood. It's quite interesting to try to paint that perfect sky-blue. There doesn't seem to be any particular single blue watercolor paint that really captures the right color. My cheerful sky-blues here are a combination of mostly cobalt and manganese.

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8" H x 8" W

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Encased in Ice

Encased in Ice

It was one of those dark winter mornings when I woke to find the trees coated with ice. The elegant forms of the Japanese maples in my garden were even more beautiful in their sparkling icy glaze. I especially like the warm red and yellow-green tips of the branches trapped in the ice and set against the cold background. The color is a sign of the life still inside the barren branches and the promise that spring will come.

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16" H x 9.5" W

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Bushy Tail Blanket

Bushy Tail Blanket

This gray squirrel has the most wonderful bushy tail that he can wrap around himself like a blanket when he gets cold. He's also rather fat and fluffy, which helps, I'm sure. This is a view from my kitchen window. I see this furry guy there everyday. He jealously watches me make peanut butter sandwiches through the kitchen window. I think he may be looking over his shoulder at me in a rather guilty pose after stealing from the bird feeder again.

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8" H x 8" W

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Chickachook

Chickachook

This barred rock chicken was notorious for her attitude. This painting was commissioned by the owner in memorial of this much-loved creature.

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12" H x 12" W

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Remembrance

Remembrance

It's remarkable the way a single candle flame cuts through the darkness. There's so much hope in one little flame! We often light a candle to remember someone special or an event we never want to forget. This painted flame never flickers, never burns down and holds its light forever in time.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
Prints are available.
Purchase Options:
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6" H x 6" W x 1.5" D   
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8" H x 8.5" W
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So Shines a Good Deed

So Shines a Good Deed

Watercolor paintings are sort of known for being pale-colored. I've seen some oil paintings recently that really capture the glow and drama of candlelight. I wanted to see if this same drama and glow could be achieved in watercolor. This still life was set up from an old candle in the Christmas box and nandina berries from my garden.

The title of this painting is taken from a quote by Shakespeare from the Merchant of Venice:

"How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world."

In a season of cold and darkness, we can choose to be hope and light and warmth to the people around us.

This original watercolor has SOLD.
Prints are available.
Purchase Options:
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6" H x 6" W x 1.5" D   
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6" H x 6" W x 1.5" D   
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The Light Shines in the Darkness

The Light Shines in the Darkness

The darkness this time of the year can be really tough on me. I'm always counting the days until the winter solstice when the days start lengthening again.

Painting snowy winter scenes makes me feel cold. Focusing on the light and warmth of this candle flame was so much better! The surprising dramatic darks and warm glow I was able to re-create with watercolor was great fun!

The title of this painting is taken from the Bible verse John 1:5:

"The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it"

During the darkest days of the year, there is no better hope than light. At Christmas we celebrate how Christ, the Light of the World, came and darkness fled!

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8" H x 8" W

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Sunflowers for Finn Hill Winery

Sunflowers for Finn Hill Winery

These sunflowers were done for Finn Hill Winery for their Sauvignon Blanc Label. The two flowers remind me so much of the lovely couple that owns the winery.

13" H x 19" W

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White Cherry

White Cherry

This white cherry branch was done for a Chardonnay wine label for Finn Hill Winery.

14" H x 20" W

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Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms

Another lovely wine label for Finn Hill Winery. This is a Kwanzan Cherry. Quite amazing how very many delicate petals each blossom includes. How extravagantly full and lush these trees look when in bloom! It gave me great joy to paint these gorgeous blossoms during the darkest days of winter!

14" H x 18" W

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Finn Hill Trilliums

Finn Hill Trilliums

This was a commissioned painting done for Finn Hill Winery in Woodinville, Washington to be featured on the label of a new Pinot gris rose.

For more information about Finn Hill Winery, please visit www.finnhillwinery.com
14" H x 18" W

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Red Roses for Finn Hill Winery

Red Roses for Finn Hill Winery

This commissioned painting for Finn Hill Winery in Woodinville, Washington is featured on the label of Finn Hill's 2013 semillon ice wine from Rosebud Vineyards.

An ice wine is interesting as it requires very unique conditions. It's made from grapes that are frozen on the vine which results in a sweet dessert wine.

For more information about Finn Hill Winery, visit www.finnhillwinery.com.

14" H x 18" W

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Cottage Lake Gardens Logo

Cottage Lake Gardens Logo

This is a commissioned piece that is the current logo for Cottage Lake Gardens, a local nursery that propagates nearly every species of trilliums in the world!
www.cottagelakegardens.com

11" H x 16" W

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2012 Trillium Tour Poster

2012 Trillium Tour Poster

This painting was a commission done for Cottage Lake Gardens of Woodinville, Washington to advertise their spring trillium tours. To find out more about Cottage Lake Gardens and to purchase posters, go to www.cottagelakegardens.com

18" H x 14" W

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Trillium Tour Poster 2013

Trillium Tour Poster 2013

This commissioned painting was featured on the 2013 Trillium Tour poster. This artwork features trillium sulcatum, a red trillium native to the Appalachian Mountains in the eastern United States. To see other poster art and to find out more about the Trillium Tours, please visit www.cottagelakegardens.com

18" H x 14" W

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2014 Trillium Tour Poster

2014 Trillium Tour Poster

This is my third trillium tour painting. This artwork was featured on the 2014 Trillium Tour poster for Cottage Lake Gardens in Woodinville, Washington. The painting features trillium luteum, a large yellow trillium with beautiful silvery mottled leaves. To see Trillium Tour posters from other years and to find out more about Cottage Lake Garden's amazing botanical garden, please visit www.cottagelakegardens.com
18" H x 14" W

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2015 Trillium Tour Poster

2015 Trillium Tour Poster

This watercolor is featured on the 2015 Trillium Tour poster for Cottage Lake Gardens in Woodinville, Washington. This year's artwork, (the fourth in a series) features trillium chloropetalum, an impressively large trillium with bright pink upright flowers. To see earlier Trillium Tour posters and to find out more about Cottage Lake Gardens, please visit www.cottagelakegardens.com
18" H x 14" W

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Psuedotrillium Rivale

Psuedotrillium Rivale

This is another commissioned watercolor for Cottage Lake Gardens in Woodinville, Washington. Cottage Lake Gardens is one of the only places in the world where all 48 of the world's trillium species can be seen growing in one location! The tiny little trillium in this painting is Pseudotrillium rivale.
18" H x 14" W

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Trillium Nivale - The Snow Trillium

Trillium Nivale - The Snow Trillium

This watercolor, created for Cottage Lake Gardens‚Äč, features Trillium nivale, the Snow Trillium. Trillium nivale is a tiny little trillium, native to the Great Lakes states. It blooms so early in the spring, that sometimes there is still snow on the ground.

Cottage Lake Gardens in Woodinville, Washington is a remarkable place - one of the only places in the world where you can see all 48 of the world's trillium species growing in one location! I've painted a number of trilliums for Cottage Lake Gardens over the past several years. For more information, visit www.cottagelakegardens.com
18" H x 14" W

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Trillium Grandiflorum in Birch Meadow

Trillium Grandiflorum in Birch Meadow

Another painting commissioned by Cottage Lake Gardens in Woodinville, Washington. This watercolor features Trillium grandiflorum in the meadow of Himalayan birch (Betula utilis var. jacquemontii) at Cottage Lake Gardens. Other plants featured include pulmonaria (with the mottled leaves), anemone nemerosa, and sword fern (Polystichum munitum).
18" H x 14" W

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Gardening Angel

Gardening Angel

This was a piece commissioned by Susie Egan of Cottage Lake Gardens in Woodinville, Washington. It features Trillium ovatum and the double Trillium ovatum 'Edith' being looked after by a gardening angel.

This painting is featured on Cottage Lake Garden's 2018 Trillium Tour posters.

For prints of this painting and more information about Cottage Lake Gardens, visit cottagelakegardens.com
18" H x 14" W

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