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Florals

There's something so ethereal and incomparably unique about a flower to me!  I can't resist wanting to paint them all.  There is so much joy expressed in the unfolding petals and the rainbow of colors!  How can something as fragile as a petal withstand the harsh winds and Spring hail of New Mexico's high desert climate?  And yet, they do!  They surely possess a strength we cannot comprehend.

I love painting flowers, no matter the occasion.  If you have a special favorite flower you would like to see me paint and add to the collection here ... please let me know!  I believe watercolor to be the perfect medium for painting earth's profusion of blooms!

"A Dandelion For Annie"

"A Dandelion For Annie"

Prior to my vacation in Central Calif (my childhood home) in June '23, I painted this for my dear friend Annie, who is undergoing Chemo for a very aggressive & rare cancer. Dandelions are her "life motto" because they represent "new life" with their seeds that blow off into the wind, growing anew! My God heal her and extend her life, is my prayer! June 28, 2023 12" x 9" on Arches 140# -- NFS --

Requiem For Rozie's Babies

Requiem For Rozie's Babies

This was painted for a dear friend (Lindsey), Senior Elephant-Keeper at our Zoo. The mama Asian elephant (Rozie) has had three babies in the past 15 years, who have tragically all died in recent years, due to an elephant herpes virus. The flowers (and stalk of thorn!) in the jar are all to honor those babies: "Daizy," "Jazmine" (Jazzy), and "Thorn." They were all greatly beloved, and are terribly missed. Rest in peace, sweet babies! March 23, 2023 13.5" x 7.5" on Arches 140#

"Evelyn"

"Evelyn"

Another demo painting for my Spring 2022 "Still-Lifes & Florals" at the NMAL. I was particularly excited about using the color Manganese Blue as the foundational layer (under-painting) for this one. I found it to be very effective, rather than using a typical grisaille. May 23, 2022 13.5" x 9.5" on Arches 140# -- $500 --

"The Tie That Binds"

"The Tie That Binds"

This was a demo painting for the Spring 2022 "Still-Life & Florals" watercolor class I taught at the NMAL. I gave it to my nephew & his new bride, as a wedding gift, Summer of 2022. May 2, 2022 13.5" x 9.5" on Arches 140 -- Owned by Ryan and Jessica Andrews --

"Needles & Scarlet"

"Needles & Scarlet"

When you live in New Mexico, you HAVE to paint the occasional cactus! This is a "claret-cup" cactus -- so pretty! April 19, 2021 14" x 10" on Fabriano 300# • NMAL "In Bloom" exhibit, 2021 • Owned by Ryan & Nicole Vreeland (Wedding gift)

"My Neighbor's Rose"

"My Neighbor's Rose"

I painted this to enter into the NM Art League 2020 "In Bloom" exhibit, where it did not sell ... and since my daughter Rachel LOVED it, it became a Christmas gift to her. July 11, 2020 (8.5" x 6.5") -- NFS --

"Lighted Window"

"Lighted Window"

Another of my backyard iris, painted for the 2020 NM Art League "In Bloom" exhibit. June 14, 2020 11.5" x 8.5" on Arches 140# -- $375 --

"Anthurium's Anthem"

"Anthurium's Anthem"

In Feb. of 2019 I had my third cancer surgery, and my sweet brother & sister-in-law had beautiful Hawaiian flowers sent to me. So I HAD to paint them! This has been in a few floral exhibits at the NM Art League. April 25, 2019 10.5" x 8.5" on Arches 140# -- Owned by Wendy & Dan Cevola

"Spring In a Jar"

"Spring In a Jar"

I love painting glass and its reflections, and painted this one just for fun. It was displayed in the "Art of the Flower" exhibit at the NM Art League, Spring 2019, and then again in the "In Bloom" exhibit, Summer 2020, where it was featured in the Albuquerque Journal and SOLD. April 3, 2019 11.5" x 8.5" on Arches 140# -- SOLD --

"Four O'Clocks At El Morro"

"Four O'Clocks At El Morro"

From a photo our on our remote NM camping land. • NMAL "Art of the Flower" 2018. April 25, 2018 11" x 8.5" on Arches 140# -- NFS --

"First Rose of Spring"

"First Rose of Spring"

A beautiful white rose growing in our yard. It was so pristine, I had to paint its beautiful light that seemed to emanate from within. April 21, 2017 11.5" x 8.5" on Arches 140# • Accepted into the WFWS 2018 Exhibit, where it won an Honorable Mention. -- SOLD --

"Makin' Apples & Honey"

"Makin' Apples & Honey"

From a photo reference of apple blossoms in our backyard, in the Spring. April 21, 2108 11" x 8.5" on Arches 140# • NMAL "Art of the Flower" exhibit, 2018 -- SOLD --

"Easter Bonnet"

"Easter Bonnet"

An iris growing in my backyard, which I painted as a wedding gift for my niece Cyndi. June 25, 2015 12" x 9" on Arches 140# -- NFS --

"Glory Bound"

"Glory Bound"

A favorite hybrid iris of mine, growing in my backyard. It truly blooms with these spectacular colors, and is beyond amazing when backlit! This was painted as a wedding gift for my niece Erin. May 24, 2015 9" x 12" on Arches 140# -- NFS --

"Scott's Gift of Roses"

"Scott's Gift of Roses"

My wonderful son Scott ALWAYS provided me with a dozen roses, every week, when I was recuperating from each of my 3 cancer surgeries. And the roses were always stunning! Aug. 12, 2014 9" x 12" on Arches 140# -- SOLD --

"Spidermum Glow"

"Spidermum Glow"

One of my first watercolor florals, painted in 2012. It's been in a few exhibits over the years. March 1, 2013 8.5" x 11.5" on Arches 140# -- $375 --

"Thornbird"

"Thornbird"

Another favorite iris, illuminated by the sunset. I displayed this in several exhibits, including the NM Cancer Center March 2020 show called "Movers & Shakers: Artists Who Teach & Lead." It sold in that show, to my next-door neighbor, and watercolor student, Laurie! Aug. 5, 2011 8.5" x 8.5" on Arches 140# -- SOLD --

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