Aug 20, 2020

Dinner in Lyon

 

We were originally supposed to fly into Aix en Provence last year, but due to two consecutive days of flight delays, we changed our route to land in Lyon, which saved us another day of delays. The reference photo was taken in a section of town where the streets are lined with outdoor restaurants, and was reminiscent of Saint Germain des Pres in Paris. Oil on 30"h x 24"w stretched linen. 

Aug 6, 2020

Summer Night in Aix


During a warm week in Aix en Provence, people took advantage of the cool evening weather and visited the town's cafes for dinner and drinks. The trees took on a yellow glow from the street lights. Oil on 16" x 12" stretched linen. 

May 28, 2020

Daffodils and Whisky


I've been pretty obsessed with flowers lately. I had been painting seasonal daffodils and tulips as part of my still lifes. I took this past week off from painting to plant more flowers in my garden. Oil on 8"h x 6"w stretched linen.

May 19, 2020

Daffodils, Grand Marnier and Macaroon


I painted this at the beginning of the quarantine when I was trying to make myself feel better by surrounding myself with pretty things. It worked for a while. Oil on 8"h x 6"w stretched linen.

May 4, 2020

Orange and White Kitten

This was one of six kittens I found last fall on a busy road at night. I took them home with me and ended up finding them all homes, and I adopted the last one. I really wish people would spay and neuter their pets and keep them indoors, especially if they live near a busy road. Oil on 8"h x 6"w stretched linen.

May 1, 2020

Roses and Mimosas with Chambord


A morning mimosa get together with friends inspired the artist to use the drink’s components as subject matter. The roses happened to be there and added to the ambience. The painting’s 1 1/2” sides are painted raw umber and it comes ready to hang.

Apr 23, 2020

Market in Aix


I miss the days when we didn't have to social distance, and could slowly peruse markets and grocery stores without worrying as much about contaminating ourselves or others. This is a scene from the market in Aix en Provence last summer. Hopefully we will all be at farmers' markets again soon. Oil on 9"h x 12"w stretched linen.

Apr 7, 2020

Morning Coffee in Aix


The best way to start a morning in Aix en Provence is drinking coffee at an outdoor cafe before the sun gets too hot. Oil on 20"h x 16"w x 1 1/2"s stretched linen. SOLD.

Mar 9, 2020

Canal in Nimes


A walk along the canal in Nimes, France is refreshing on a hot summer day. It is an oasis in a town otherwise filled with Roman architecture. There are also many fountains where dogs and kids frolic to cool off. The streets are pretty quiet on a hot day, but at night all the squares are jamb packed with people on their way to dinner at one of the outside restaurants. Oil on 14"h x 18"w x 1 1/2"d stretched linen.

Jan 20, 2020

Trivia Night at the Pub



I'm not sure why I never posted this painting from last year. It is of a crowded pub in Edinburgh on trivia night. We had no idea this activity would take place, or we would have timed our visit better so we could participate. Oil on 12" x 18" stretched linen. SOLD.

Jan 10, 2020

Alley in Siena


I've never painted a street that dips down, then back up again. I wanted to see if I could re-create the effect. Oil on 12" x 16" stretched linen. Painted from a photo I took in Siena, Itay a few years ago. SOLD.

Jan 3, 2020

Houses in Shadyside


 Houses on a bright, fall day in Shadyside, Pittsburgh. Oil on 14"h x 11"w stretched linen. SOLD.

Soft Shell Crab


While I'm not a vegetarian, I do feel bad for all the animals I eat. I wanted to capture this guy on canvas at least, so we would not forget he lived, and helped me live. Oil on 6"h x 8"w stretched linen.

Bowl of Clams


A bowl of clams that I started painting from life, and then finished from photo so I could cook them before they spoiled. Oil on 6"h x 8"w stretched linen.

Parisian Restaurant


People linger after a long lunch in Paris. Oil on 16" x 16" stretched linen. SOLD.

Red and Yellow Tulips


I painted these tulips from life, as in the previous painting. Oil on 6" x 6" stretched linen. SOLD.

Tulips


I painted this tulip painting from life. It was difficult because they changed position every day. Oil on 6" x 6" linen. SOLD.

View of Rome


A painting of some Roman ruins. Oil on 24"h x 48"w stretched canvas. SOLD.

A Walk in Aix


A family walks down an alley in Aix en Provence on a hot summer day. SOLD.

Oct 4, 2019

A Square in Aix

We had an arduous journey to Aix en Provence, via Canada. We had two consecutive days of flight delays, and were rerouted to Lyon instead of Marseille, so we missed our first planned day in Aix. When we finally arrived, we threw our bags down in our apartment, and sprinted to the nearest square for drinks. The billowy umbrellas and mist from the cooling devices under the gnarly trees was a heavenly sight. Finally sitting in the square with a Pastis and a meat & cheese board was one of the most rewarding experiences. This was the view from our table. SOLD.

Sep 27, 2019

Cassis Beach


A painting of people enjoying their weekend on the beach of Cassis, France. One of my favorite beaches ever, as you can walk the calanques to other remote beaches, or just sip a glass of wine while eating fresh seafood at one of the many beach side cafes. Swimming in the Mediterranean is very refreshing, but I had to wear water shoes with all the small rocks. I seriously want to move there. Oil on 18"h x 24" w stretched linen.

Available at Christine Frechard Gallery

Sep 19, 2019

Market Day in Aix


I assembled a wonderful meal from the ingredients found at this market. It isn't typically much of a vacation when you have to cook, but in this case, trying to live like a local was a vacation. Oil on 24"h x 18"w stretched linen. SOLD.

Sep 17, 2019

Cassis Boats

Boats docked in the beach town of Cassis, France. Next time I visit, I need to spend more than a day there. There are many beaches, some of which require a lengthy hike to reach. 



Sep 13, 2019

Cats Being Catty


These cats are giving each other the cold shoulder after exchanging paws. Oil on 12" x 12" stretched linen. Available at Christine Frechard Gallery until October 12th. SOLD.

Sep 9, 2019

Honfleur Cafes

Oil on 24" x 30" stretched canvas. Available at Christine Frechard Gallery until October 11th during the "Summertime" exhibit.

The painting was inspired by the peaceful cafe scene in Honfleur, France. The air is still crisp on a May morning before the town becomes lively with tourists. SOLD.

Aug 17, 2019

A Walk in Aix


Midday in Aix en Provence is hot and bright. Many people are eating lunch or spending time indoors at this time of day. But, it is a great time to explore the city due to fewer crowds, and the city's trees and gardens are at their most colorful. Warm afternoon light casts rich blue and purple shadows on the sidewalk and walls. Oil on 11"h x 14"w stretched linen

Aug 15, 2019

Valensole Lavender Fields


A moody sky over the cheerful lavender fields of Valensole, France, just before a thunderstorm. This is my first painting in a series inspired by my recent trip to Provence. Oil on 11"h x 14"w stretched linen. SOLD.

Mar 13, 2019

Seussen Van Floofen


This is my first painting of our new addition, Seuss. We met last summer while rucking in town with some friends. We decided to do a hill ruck with our weighted packs for a tougher workout and suddenly this cat jumped out at us and started following us. I posted it on Facebook later, and found out that the cat belonged to another friend, and she had just gotten her. A few months later, Seuss wasn't getting along with her other cat and she needed a home. After thinking about it, we decided to give her a chance. Though she is small and mostly toothless, she chased my other cats around the house for weeks. Finally they suddenly started to ignore her, and now they co-exist. I'm glad they can keep the peace and am happy to have her to snuggle with on the sofa. I'm sure there will be many paintings of her in the near future! SOLD.

Jan 22, 2019

Walking to the Park II


This is the view facing north from Washington Square Park in New York City. Several people seem to be walking toward the park on this perfect summer afternoon. Oil on 24"h x 18"w x 1.5"d stretched canvas. 

This painting is available through the Crate and Barrel | UGallery Artist Originals partnership!

Happy Hour in Manhattan


New Yorkers enjoying a sunny Friday with dinner and drinks outside. Oil on 20"h x 16"w x 1.5" stretched canvas.

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Cafe in Saint Germain des Pres


My favorite neighborhood in Paris on a sunny day. Oil on 20"h x 16"w x 1.5"d stretched canvas. 

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Cafe in Saint Germain Des Pres at Night

This is my favorite neighborhood in Paris. I love to wander the streets alone and absorb the atmosphere. When you walk with others, you have to compromise. Walking alone you can fully absorb the environment and have the freedom to visit any establishment you want for a meal or a drink. Oil on 24"h x 18"w x 1.5" stretched canvas. 

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Evening Lights in Montmartre


The street traffic in Montmartre is starting to wind down from the day, while the cafe lights have been turned on to prepare for the evening ahead. Oil on 24"h x 30"w x 1.5" stretched canvas. SOLD.

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Cafe Parking in Venice





This is the equivalent of a sidewalk cafe in Venice, complete with a view of a "parking lot." Oil on 24"h x 30"w x 1.5"d stretched canvas.

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Montmartre Cafe at Twilight






A painting of a sidewalk cafe during a busy spring night in Montmartre. Oil on 24"h x 18"w x 1.5"d stretched canvas.

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Alert Cat


A painting of my sleek Alfred with his ears in the alert position. Oil on 4" x 4" stretched canvas. SOLD.

This painting as well as the following nine paintings were included in the Holiday Exclusive Mini Masterpiece Collection at UGallery.com. Many thanks to those who added my paintings to their collections!

Cat Bath


A  painting of my sweet Oliver cat enjoying a bath. Oil on 4" x 4" stretched canvas. SOLD.

Hot Chocolate


A painting of an espresso from a cafe in Budapest. Oil on 4" x 4" stretched canvas. SOLD.