Thursday, January 21, 2016

My portrait in a digital illustration

I have done it! I made my very own portrait in Adobe Illustrator. I am very satisfied with the result  and I really looking forward to creating more. In Fact! I am going to make a bunch more!

these can be used on business cards, as logos, or for bios. If you are interested in me creating one for you, please contact me on my website

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A friend who is now an American

My dear friend has become an American Citizen! What an amazing story his wife told about his coming to America with his Scottish Mother and Father when he was 2 years old. and what they all went through to live here.  The opportunities for work and a different life for their family was their motivation. I was so touched by the passion they described in their story. I made this illustration as a gift to him to celebrate this impactful  and significant day. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Learning Adobe Illustrator

Recently, I have learning how to draw and design graphics in Adobe Illustrator. Graphic design was my first priority in study at school in my college days. I could cut and paste, and there you have it, it was a long time ago. But over the years, though I finished school with a degree in Painting and drawing, I have never left my desire to design. SO an opportunity came up when I was surfing the web and found If you don't know about it, Minted is a stationery company that uses crowdsourcing to find artists for their designs. Artists display their digital work to be judged by their peers and anyone who will vote on the platform. I was overwhelmed with the idea that I too could possibly design cards for a company and/or for my own business. I went to a meet-up and met some other minted artists who shared with me their own journeys and how they learned to apply themselves in this field. A really nice person told me about This led to me finding SKILLSHARE and CREATIVELIVE and numerous other sites. I have been taking classes though these sites and have become a member of the Adobe Creative Cloud. Here I have access on my computer to create design, illustrate and make graphics for print and production of other products, by using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and other applications.

Madison is my daughter and I made this for her.

Here is an example of something I completed for a course I took over at SKILLSHARE. The class is called Learn to Draw Digitally, Create Cute Drawings using Basic Shapes. This class is taught by Shelley Sequinot. She has a company called Iminkpressed. This class is wonderful and teaches you great steps to drawing in Adobe Illustrator. 

I am so excited to share this with you. I have been waiting for years for this journey of mine in the arts to make sense. It feels right to be learning all this. I feel really lucky to have found that all this available online.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Lark Bunting

Here is the work I did today in the Studio. It is painted in acrylic on board. This is the Colorado State Bird.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Painting again, after some time spent reflecting

II have been painting again after a "taking time off" period. I fell into this sadness and loss of enthusiasm for my art. I was not "feeling it" and the doubt I was experiencing was enormous. I then experienced all this out pouring of support and love from people who intuitively knew I needed them. It was surreal, I would get random phone calls and emails/texts and invites to chat. That was the push (hug) I needed to get my act together. It has been so incredibly uplifting, (while weird in the best way possible), and so very very necessary. If you were one of these people who reached out to me, I thank you. My husband, Tim has especially given me his support. I am proud to call him my best friend and biggest fan, as I am his.

 Here are my latest works:

Friday, March 27, 2015

Type, old wooden type

I love wooden block type! I don't know how to articulate exactly why.  Perhaps in another life I was an apprentice to an owner of a printshop in England, or perhaps I just like the smell of old ink, or maybe it is just me today. I lean towards typography, and I like to see, hold and feel the letters. I bought a huge lot of wooden type form someone in England when I lived there for quite a lot of money. I have it in a box stored in the attic and I just like knowing that it is there for me to have access to when I want it. Here are some that I keep close, I have them on display and with the rest, what will I do? I am not sure yet, but it is a comfort for me to have them.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Big City Studio

Here is my new Studio.  It is at a place called Prism Workspaces in Denver. Studios are roomy, the facility is very professional and the atmosphere is great. I have already completed a few projects and am thrilled to be here at work in my new space.

Monday, March 17, 2014


Here is an example of a recent commission I did for a client. It was accomplished in my studio from a photograph that had captured a sweet moment in time of a father and daughter out for a walk. I loved working on this painting because I could recognize and feel the emotion of this little girl holding her Dad's larger hand that wrapped her safely in his care. 

Commissions can be accomplished from most photographs, though I prefer to select from a choice of 3 or more to see which has the best composition potential. I am offering to work on a choice of sizes on either stretched canvas or Gesso boards. 

If you are interested in my price list for commissions, please refer to my website and/or email me at

Keep in mind that there is usually a time investment to consider, so the earlier you contact me the better if it is for a specific date. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Daily Painting Nearly

I have painted this in my new art studio. I titled this Little Green Apples. I named it after I found myself humming an old tune, "hmmmm hmmm hmmmm little green apples", a song I seem to remember coming from my parents stereo. I seem to recall it was performed by Englebirk Humperdink. Now, that might not be correct spelling of his fabulous name, but that is how the little girl (me) pronounced it all those years ago. I even named my little live turtle after him. Wow, I was silly. 

This studio space is nearly fully functioning the way I need it to. Just a few more things to invest in to really make it perfect. I am so pleased to have it. So my goal is to work nearly daily now. Perhaps I will look for good ol Humperdink on iTunes Radio or Pandora to play In the background while I paint. Wonder if they even would have that good old stuff. Will update you on that. 

Friday, February 28, 2014

The stage is set

I finally got to the hardware store and bought all the goodies I needed to get my still life stage done. I used the plans from Carol Marines artbyte to know what I needed and the "how to" instructions to construct the shadow box. I found an alternative to the tripod and in its place I bought a Rockwell jawstand metal saw horse. It has a function to go up and down for different height levels and will hold up my shadow box perfectly fine (with a little tweaking on Carols plan). It was around $59 which is a huge savings compared to the tripod that I would have bought. I already had the clip lights and I found creative ways to prop those up. I am so happy with how it turned out! The studio is looking good.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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