Apr 13, 2017

Morning Walk on Deauville Beach


Only one person walked on Deauville Beach in Normandy, France this particular morning (besides me.) The 1 1/2" deep edges of the gallery wrapped linen are painted raw umber, and the painting comes ready to hang. Oil on linen, 14"h x 18"w.


Feb 19, 2017

Florentine Rooftops


After I returned home from Florence, this was what I missed most... sitting on my hotel's rooftop terrace at breakfast with a cappuccino and this view. The reference photo for this was taken on a misty November morning. Oil on 20"h x 24"w stretched linen. SOLD.

Feb 16, 2017

Along the Allegheny River II


These two people walking along the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, PA seem to be the only people who were not at the Steelers game on a cold, Sunday afternoon. Oil on 8"h x 10" stretched linen.

Feb 15, 2017

First United Methodist Church of Shadyside


I always thought this church in Shadyside was interesting. I liked the contrast between the warm colors of the stone and roof with the cool colors of the surrounding streets and hills. Oil on 6"h x 8"w stretched linen.

Feb 14, 2017

Along the Allegheny


This is a view of the walking path along the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh. The people in the painting are enjoying a quiet, yet cold Sunday morning with some of Pittsburgh's bridges in view. Oil on 14"w x 11" h stretched linen.

Feb 12, 2017

The Andy Warhol Bridge Study


My husband and I spent the night in Pittsburgh for New Year's Eve and were fortunate to wake up to a sunny New Year's Day. We took a walk downtown along the river where I snapped some photos. This is a study of the Andy Warhol Bridge.

View from Piazza Michelangelo


This is a view of the hills surrounding Florence, Italy from Piazza Michelangelo. I know it doesn't look real, but it looked that way in real life. I guess it doesn't look real to me because of the umbrella pine and cypress trees, which are completely different from the trees we have in Pennsylvania. Add a fortress wall and a Tuscan villa, and it looks like a made-up scene. But it isn't made up, it really exists in Italy! SOLD.

View of San Gimignano III


This is a view from one of the many lookouts along the hilltop town of San Gimignano, Italy. 

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Dec 22, 2016

Almost Dusk in Manhattan


I'm not sure where I was when I took the reference photo for this painting, but I loved the contrast between the warm light of the setting sun and the cool concrete. Oil on 18"h x 14"w x 1 1/2" stretched linen. SOLD.

Dec 16, 2016

Dexter the Cat


Dexter is my grandmother's cat, and I'm pretty sure he is related to my late cat Oliver, as they have similar appearances and personalities. Gray and white cats are my favorite to paint because the light, shadows and reflections create interesting colors in their fur, and the gray helps you know that those aren't really colors, they're just reflections. Oil on 7"h x 5"w stretched linen.

Dec 15, 2016

Along the Via di Belvedere


From the Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence you can see a winding wall going up the opposite hill, surrounded by olive groves. I wondered what was there, so I jogged up the hill one morning. Unfortunately, you can't really see over the high walls into the city or the olive groves, and the tall iron fences are sealed off so you can't see inside. I saw some pretty views of the wall's turrets and cypress trees, however. Oil on 7"h x 5"w stretched linen.

Wine and Cheesecake


If you can pair wine with cheese, you can pair wine with cheesecake! Oil on 5"h x 7"w stretched linen.

Available at Gallery on 43rd Street, Pittsburgh, PA

Dec 13, 2016

Drinking a Guinness


This guy seems to be pondering life at an Irish pub over a Guinness. Oil on 7"h x 5"w stretched linen.

For anyone looking for last minute holiday gifts (for me, that's the only kind of gift because I haven't even started Christmas shopping yet!) or if you simply want to spruce up your home or office during this often dark time of year, you can find my artwork in the following places:

Gallery on 43rd Street, Pittsburgh, PA
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Etsy.com

Nov 28, 2016

Etsy Shop Re-opened

After a brief hiatus from selling on Etsy, I have decided to add some of my older paintings to my Etsy shop. These are paintings I've had for a while, and I have decided to discount them a little. Please click on the link below to view the paintings I have in my store. The painting in the featured post above is one of them... It is a painting I completed in early 2015. I plan to upload several more over the next few days. All of the paintings can be shipped within in a week.

Nov 26, 2016

Alley Near the Duomo


The cool colors near the Duomo in Florence create the feeling of mystery, and contrast with the warm facades of the alley buildings. The 1 1/2" gallery wrapped edges of the piece are painted raw umber and the work comes ready to hang. Oil on 18"h x 24" stretched linen.


Nov 25, 2016

Misty Morning in Tuscany


This is a view from the top of Piazza Michelangelo in Florence on a misty fall morning. Not only are the clouds misty, but the fluffy leaves of the olive trees in the foreground also create the same effect. Oil on 12"h x 16"w stretched linen.



Nov 23, 2016

Saturday in Brooklyn


This is a busy corner in Brooklyn, as hoards of people are lined up waiting to order pizza from Grimaldi's. From this venue, you can see the silhouettes of Manhattan buildings in the distance. Oil on 18'h x 24"w stretched linen.



Nov 20, 2016

Coffee, Eggs and Butter


From the past few paintings I've uploaded, one can probably see that I love breakfast foods. To repay the chickens for providing nutrients to my diet, I only use free-range, cage-free eggs. I hope I don't offend any vegetarians, as I greatly appreciate the ability to meet one's nutritional needs without meat. However, I think if one must eat meat, the animals deserve a decent life since they help sustain ours. Just something I wanted to say... I love all animals, even if I do eat them!



Taking Time to Smell the Zinnias


My mom's cats like to hang out on the kitchen counter to signal that they want food. Here they are taking a break from begging to smell the zinnias from her garden. Oil on 12"h x 12" stretched linen. 

Nov 19, 2016

Sending a Text


This is a painting of my cousin's girlfriend checking her phone before one of our dinners. I feel grateful that my family puts up with dinner sometimes turning into a photo shoot for artistic subject matter. I still socialize, though... I can talk and take pictures at the same time! Unfortunately I sometimes prevent people from eating right away if I see a potential painting. Oil on 14"h x 11"w x 1 1/2" stretched linen. This is one of the paintings in my exhibit at Gallery on 43rd Street in Pittsburgh, PA.

Nov 14, 2016

Dinner Time in Greenwich Village


It is late afternoon in Greenwich Village. The weather is a bit cool as people walk looking for dinner, but the aromas coming from restaurants and pizzerias help take one's mind off the chilly air. Oil on 16"H X 20"W X 1 1/2" stretched linen. SOLD.


Nov 12, 2016

Sunflowers


I was surprised to see giant sunflowers at our local farmers' market this summer, so I had to scoop some up for a still life. This was my first encounter with teddy-bear sunflowers, they really were as cute and fluffy as a teddy-bear. Oil on 20"h x 16"w Gessoboard. SOLD.

Nov 11, 2016

Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge


My husband and I visited New York City in April. We have been there several times, yet still always find something new to see. For the first time ever, we saw and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and visited the Dumbo area. I didn't realize you had to walk across the top level of the bridge, and it was a little scary to look down at times! I was glad we did it, though. Oil on 16"h x 20"w x 1 1/2"d stretched linen. SOLD.

Nov 10, 2016

Breakfast II


I had posted part of this painting last month... this is the entire composition. I was trying to make an omelette, and the egg missed the bowl. I was going to clean it up but liked how the light hit the egg and the slight contrast in texture between the egg white and the countertop, so I took a few photos first.

Nov 9, 2016

Dessert


This cheesecake with strawberries was almost too pretty to eat! But I needed something to go with my wine. Oil on 12"h x 12"w stretched linen. You can view this painting and many others at my current exhibit at Gallery on 43rd Street in Pittsburgh, PA. SOLD.

Nov 5, 2016

Misty Morning in Indiana


For anyone who is familiar with Indiana, PA, this is the view from the top of Water Street looking toward town. I painted this from a photo I took on a cold morning last winter. I liked the misty atmosphere and the smoke coming from the chimneys. Oil on 11"h x 14"w stretched linen. Framed with gold plein air style frame. SOLD.

Oct 29, 2016

Night Time in Shadyside


This painting is perfect for this time of year. It is a mysterious looking evening in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. It isn't meant to be a Halloween painting, but it definitely conveys the atmosphere of the season. Oil on 9"h x 12"w x 1" stretched linen. Available at Gallery on 43rd Street, Pittsburgh, PA.

Oct 27, 2016

Breakfast


This is a painting of my mischievous cat, Alfred, trying to steal my breakfast from the kitchen countertop. Oil on 11"h x 14"w x 1"d stretched linen.

This is one of the paintings that will be at my show of new work at Gallery on 43rd Street in Pittsburgh, PA. The exhibit runs from November 4 - December 31, 2016. This collection of work mostly revolves around the idea of home.  Home can be anywhere including my house, town, country, family homes and anywhere in the world where I feel peace.  Included in this collection are paintings inspired by Pittsburgh, New York City, Paris and Tuscany. SOLD.

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. SOLD.

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.