Oct 12, 2016

New Art

Please stay tuned for new art! I have several new paintings on the way, including still lifes, cats, New York City and Italy scenes. This is a detail of a larger painting, which I plan to post to this blog later this month. The new paintings will be featured at Gallery on 43rd Street in Pittsburgh, PA and on UGallery

Sep 25, 2016

Parisian Waiter

This was painted from a corner of a photo I took in Paris. I hadn't noticed until recently how the silver tray reflected the sun onto the waiter's face from underneath. That, combined with the action of him wiping the table, created an interesting composition. Oil on 14"h x 18" w stretched canvas.

Sep 23, 2016

Tuscan Landscape

This was the view from one of the vineyards in Tuscany. I have no idea where, though. My husband and I took a bus tour from Florence last year, which took us to Sienna, San Gimignano, another small fortress town and to a winery about an hour from Florence. The tour was a whirlwind, so we didn't have time to explore the grounds of the winery. Just before dusk, between rounds of wine samples, I sneaked from the wine lecture to snap the reference photo for this painting.

Sep 18, 2016

Piazza Della Republica

Street sweepers clean the stone streets of Florence in the mornings, giving the city a fresh feeling at the start of the day. This is the newly cleaned Piazza Della Republica. Oil on 20"h x 24"w x 1 1/2" stretched linen.

Sep 16, 2016

Corner Bistro in Greenwich Village

I probably should change the name of this painting. I googled the address and found that it is actually in the West Village rather than Greenwich Village. The name of the restaurant is Tartine. My husband was kind enough to pose for me at one of the tables on the sidewalk.

This is one of the paintings I'm currently exhibiting at Greensburg Art Center in Greensburg, PA. The show is called "115 Years of Painting: Four Artists' Collective Years of Painting." It showcases my recent paintings as well as work by Jolene Joyner, Barbara Kern-Bush and Doreen Currie. The show will be in the gallery until October 22nd. I will upload my new work to this site over the next few weeks. If you wish to inquire about purchasing any of it, this is the link to the gallery's contact page.

Sep 1, 2016

Aug 31, 2016

Busy Street in Rome

The streets of Rome are chaotic as pedestrians and drivers alike navigate the city. The storefronts along streets such as this one offer many temptations in the form of coffee, crostini, pastries, and clothing shops. Everyone is in a hurry to see as many of these places as possible.

This oil painting is on 24"h x 30"w x 1 1/2" stretched canvas. The edges are painted raw umber, and it is ready to hang.

Jun 27, 2016

yART Sale

Many thanks to everyone who visited me and collected my work at the yART sale yesterday in Pittsburgh! My husband and I had a wonderful time chatting with everyone and hope you are happy with your new paintings.

Please check the Gallery on 43rd Street website for updates on my upcoming show in November! I have a lot of new work on the way, including scenes of Pittsburgh.

Jun 10, 2016

Washington Square Park at Dusk

It was a cool March evening in Washington Square Park when I took the reference photo for this painting. There weren't many people around except for a few people who passed by with their dogs. Oil on 18"h x 24"w x 1 1/2" stretched linen.

Jun 8, 2016

Unpredictable Weather in the Piazza Navona

The weather was unpredictable when we took a day trip to Rome from Florence last year, and we didn't have an umbrella. So, we just ordered another espresso at an outdoor cafe in Piazza Navona and waited for the rain to stop. It passed pretty quickly. The dramatic weather created interesting reflections on the wet cobblestones and created a rainbow for us to see by the time we reached the Vatican. SOLD,

May 23, 2016

Afternoon in Greenwich Village

As dinner time approaches, the streets of New York's Greenwich Village start to liven up even more . I visited in April during a warm, sunny weekend and enjoyed wandering the sunny streets at happy hour, stopping here and there for coffee or a glass of wine. Oil on 12"h x 18"w stretched linen.

May 9, 2016

View of the Ponte Santa Trinita

The Ponte Santa Trinita bridge in Florence, Italy, is bathed in the warm morning sunlight. This was painted from a photo I took during one of my morning jogs along the river. I would wake up as early as possible to catch the dramatic light on the domed buildings. This was difficult because of the long nights of wine drinking, but the plentiful espresso bars all over the city helped me accomplish my goals! SOLD.

Apr 22, 2016


A Painting of one of my favorite flowers. The shadow cast by an otherwise moody interior brings out the yellow pedals and green leaves. Oil on 14"h x 11"w x 1 1/2" stretched canvas. SOLD.

Mar 10, 2016

The Market

A transaction is in progress at the market at Grand Central Station. I'm pretty sure I placed an order for some exotic goat cheese after snapping the reference photo for this painting. Oil on 16"h x 12"w stretched linen.

Mar 9, 2016

Brunch at Cafe Central

This is a busy brunch at Cafe Central in Vienna. There is nothing like comfort food and warm coffee in a bright interior on a damp, rainy Sunday. Oil on 14"h x 11"w stretched linen. SOLD.

Mar 7, 2016

Comfy Cat

Stella was comfortably sitting on the sofa when I interrupted her to take the reference photo for this painting. I liked how she propped herself on the pillows to get a good vantage point of the birds outside. It was a bit of a challenge to distinguish between the cat and the pillows that almost match her calico fur. Oil on 9"h x 12" w stretched linen.

Jan 30, 2016

The Kitchen Supervisor

Since gaining the ability to jump onto the kitchen countertop, my kitten, Alfred, supervises the preparation of every meal, and also makes sure I clean up properly. He likes to chirp at the bubbles that escape the dish soap bottle and float into the air. Oil on 12"h x 9"w stretched linen. SOLD.

Jan 27, 2016

Curious Cats

My cats, Alfred and Stella, were curious about my chocolate cupcake (stuffed with a cherry and cheesecake filling) and shot of brandy. Of course, it was not a snack suitable for cats, but I did let them have a little bit of milk from the creamer. Oil on 11"h x 14"w stretched linen. SOLD.

Jan 23, 2016

Cat and Cake

This is the first painting in my series of paintings featuring cats and desserts. Though cats are supposed to like (and need) a protein rich diet, my Stella also likes carbs. Oil on 11"h x 14"w x 1" stretched linen. If you are interested in purchasing, the link below contains gallery contact information. 

Dec 22, 2015

Dinner at the Enoteca

This is a behind the scenes view of a cook working at an enoteca (wine bar) in Florence, Italy. He takes a break from preparing meat and cheese boards to pour a glass of wine for a customer. Oil on 11"h x 14"w x 1 1/2" stretched canvas. SOLD.

Dec 20, 2015

Where Are You

A lady sits on the ledge of a bridge in Florence, Italy. She appears to be texting someone she was supposed to meet to find out where they are. Oil on 20" x 20" x 1 1/2" stretched canvas.

Dec 19, 2015

Dec 17, 2015

View of Rome

We got lost on our way to find the Spanish Steps in Rome, and ended up climbing up a big hill. We were rewarded with this view, which contains Saint Peter's Basilica in the background. Oil on 15"h x 30"w x 1 1 /2" stretched canvas.

Dec 16, 2015

View of Rome II

My husband and I recently took a subject matter gathering trip to Italy. We stayed in Florence and took day trips to Rome and some of the smaller towns in Tuscany. This is the first picture I painted from the trip. I snapped the reference photo while walking across one of the bridges to Vatican City, and you can see St. Peter's Basilica in the background. Oil on 15"h x 30"w x 1 1/2" stretched canvas. SOLD.