|Acrylic on stretched canvas|
Hi, I'm an artist. I can say that now because recently I had ten pieces accepted into an Artisan Market. So, that kind of made me feel like maybe I had a chance. I love to paint things that will make someone smile and spark a moment of appreciation for what God has given us or just inspire us to be more positive about our surroundings and ourselves.
|Acrylic on barn wood from Tennessee|
Until 2010 any art I was able to accomplish was just to make ends meet. But because of the need to feed the family I was pushed and challenged to work on subjects and use mediums I may have never tried. This resulted in the ability to use various mediums and work in many subject areas as well. So it was a good thing.
|Colored pencil blended with rubbing alcohol on wood panel|
|Gray, black and white acrylic on wood slats|
Speaking of being a bit unconventional at times, I have my favorite canvas to be wood, preferably old barn wood. But you will also discover my work on canvas, wood slats and various artist boards and papers.
|Pastel on matte board|
I have always loved the softness of pencil. Pencil has a tranquilizing effect itself and with the right subject can make a statement to those viewing it.
|Pencil on Bristol board|
It's interesting to take the same subject and turn it into a painting.
|Acrylic on barn wood|
One of my favorite things to do, but not always possible, is to add reality to my paintings. I mean, literally. The painting below has real butterfly wings in it. After painting the background, I went to my butterfly and moth collection. I dissected the wings from their lifeless bodies and carefully placed them onto the painting. With a few blades of grass added after applying the butterflies, it gives a bit of a 3D effect. I thought maybe I played my part in giving them another life for us all to enjoy again.
|Acrylic and real butterfly wings on stretched canvas|
I also love to make happy illustrations for children to hang in their rooms. I love being a part of creating something that will inspire and encourage a child.
|Water color pencil, marker and acrylic on illustration board|
|Water color pencil on burlap|
A couple more unconventional experimental pieces:
|Water color pencil and marker on lace stretched over canvas|
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