Friday, 22 April 2016

Dappled Shade

This is a photo I took last October from Porpoise Bay creek looking outwards.  Lots of good views in the Provincial Park.  The thing that caught my eye was the small blue pond reflecting the overhanging leaves, and just a bit of the sky.  I also liked the dappled shade on the gravel bed.

This is an acrylic painting on 24x30" stretched canvas.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Boat House

Sometimes you stand at your easel and the painting just seems to paint itself.  Everything just flows from the brush to the canvas.  This was not one of those paintings, but I was pleased with the end result anyway.  I took the photo in the summer on the beach in Roberts Creek.  I liked the shadow thrown on the boat house...the yellow canoe caught my eye, as did the colourful windsock, and the little yellow weathervane on the roof.

This is 18x24" acrylic on deep canvas.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Endless Summer

This is a cheery little scene you might find anywhere along our coast.  Foxgloves, dandelions, arbutus...and lots of water, of course. 

This is 24x8" format I normally use for my hummingbird scenes, but the arbutus seems to fit right in.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Evening Song

This is another 9x12" landscape with subdued evening colour.  Everything's so pretty in the early evening when you have that soft pink light.  And there's almost a hush in the air.  Well, it felt like that to me.   I went a bit poetic with the titles of these last two paintings, but, what the heck...

Friday, 19 February 2016

Evening Calm

A little 9x12" acrylic on stretched canvas, painted when I was in a reflective mood. 

Monday, 8 February 2016

Silent Forest

This is another of the Haida Gwaii totems.  I like the way the dappled sunlight shines on the totem.   I wonder how many people have passed this way?   If only the forest could speak. 

This is on an 24x18" stretched canvas.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Autumn Two Step (2)

This is the other half of the diptych.  Together they make a nice set, I think.  I took the picture many years ago near Stony Plain, Alberta.  It was a warm autumn day, and when I took the photo I figured some day it would make a painting...or in this case, two.

24x18" on stretched canvas.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Autumn Two Step (1)

This is the first of a diptych that I painted as a wedding gift for my daughter and new son-in-law, Rob.  It's a happy painting for a very happy occasion!

24" X 18".  NFS

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Among the Zinnias

You can never have too many hummingbirds.  They're zapping around like crazy outside.  I figure once in a while they need to take a break, too.

This is an 24x8" stretched canvas.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Afternoon Delight

Still enjoying painting hummingbirds in the garden.   I haven't seen any yet this spring, but I know they'll be here in no time.  Meanwhile, lots of robins in the garden.

This is a 24"x8" stretched canvas.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015


I've been away from my easel for a while, and I'm relying on some old favourites to get me back in the groove...namely, arbutus and hummingbirds (though not in the same painting).

12x24" acrylic on deep canvas.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Private Perch

I haven't been at my easel as much this past year.  I hope to rectify that soon.  Meanwhile, this little hummingbird puts me into a summer frame of mind.

This is an 8x24" acrylic on stretched canvas.  SOLD

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Nature's Palette

This is a painting of a photo I took in Manning Park.  It was a bright autumn day, and the colours were rather spectacular. 

This is a 24x24 acrylic on deep canvas.  SOLD

Friday, 5 December 2014


This is the granddaughter of a close friend of mine.  Vanessa is a lovely, spirited girl.  Also very artistic, as is her grandmother.  This was a pleasure to paint.  NFS

Friday, 21 November 2014

Summer Creek

Back to work on a few BC landscapes.  We had almost two weeks of lovely, sunny weather but now we're back to wild, woolly and wet.  It gets dark very early these days.  Glad I took a lot of photos so I can make good use of some down time.

This is a 15x30" acrylic painting on stretched canvas.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Autumn Colours

This is another little 9x12 bird painting.  Chickadees have such personalities bobbing around everywhere.  Fun to watch and fun to paint.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Big Blue Bucket

I'm rather behind with my posting and my painting, but will catch up now that summer is behind us and we're facing the rainy November season.  Mind you, for the 1st of November, it's a glorious day out.  This is a photo I took of a young girl at Katherine Lake.  Lots of paintings to come from just one lovely day at Katherine Lake.

This is a 14x11" on stretched canvas.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014


A good friend of mine went to Haida Gwaii this summer and took a ton of photos for me.  I'm looking forward to making that trip myself one day.  You talk about an area steeped in culture...well, this is it!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

One Summer

Here is another painting of Secret Beach, only looking away from the beach.  I loved the cast shadows on the driftwood and the way the sunlight lit up part of the meadow.  It was a pleasure to paint.  This is for our next show at the end of the month.  This is a 30x30" and I really enjoyed the larger format.  I took a lot of photos this particular summer day, and I'm looking forward to painting all winter long.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Summer Fun

Not had a lot of painting time lately, but this is one of the beach kids at Katherine Lake.  It's a 9x12 acrylic on stretched canvas.  SOLD

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Last Call

One of my paintings, Last Call, was featured in the book of lecture transcripts of Her Highness Princess Takamado held at the Osaka University of Arts, Japan.  Consul of Canada, Mr. Matthew Fraser was invited to lecture about Canada and its culture.  Of course, the entire book is in Japanese, but the pictures are pretty.  SOLD

Friday, 20 June 2014

Have A Heart

Hummingbirds and bleeding hearts.  A sure sign of summer.

This is a 12x24" deep canvas.  SOLD

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Summer Cottage

Summer time, and BC is the place.  This is a cottage overlooking Georgia Strait, in Roberts Creek on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.  Hope I've captured the warmth of the day.  SOLD

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Colourful Canopy

This is a 24x36 acrylic on stretched canvas.  I took the picture on one of those glorious autumn days when some of the leaves are turning colour.  I thought the blue boats set them off nicely.  SOLD

Friday, 25 April 2014


Arbutus trees have their own contorted beauty.  This one is doing a dance in celebration of spring.

Acrylic on 12x24" deep canvas.  SOLD

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Beach Bum

I'm busy painting the studio, so not much time for any other painting.  I finished this little guy for the new show.  We had some nice wave action at Davis Bay when I took this photo - just right for a boogie board.  This young boy was making the most of the water.  Bit of a cheeky lad. SOLD

Friday, 4 April 2014

Casablanca White

I have these amazing Casablanca lilies in the perennial border, and I've always wanted to paint them.  I enjoyed playing with the shadow colours, and loved the way the petals curl on the flowers.  These were actually quite challenging, particularly since most of the large canvas is white, but think it came together quite nicely.  Wish I could have captured their amazing scent!

This is a 24x36 stretched canvas.

Friday, 28 March 2014

The Zen of Waterlilies

This is another spot at Katherine Lake, just a bit beyond the place where I did the previous painting.  The water lilies and the reflection in the water caught my eye, and all those lovely brambles in the water.  A warm, sunny day.  I can almost hear the insects humming. 

This is an 18x24 acrylic painting on stretched canvas.  SOLD

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Perfection of the Morning

This was an absolutely lovely day we spent at Katherine Lake last summer.  This is a little offshoot pond with grasses, reed, water lilies and even a few resident turtles, although I didn't see any when I took my photos.  Still, good memories, and lots of good photos to translate into paintings.

This is a 20x24" acrylic on stretched canvas.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Hummingbird Diptych

And just for the heck of it, this is what the hummingbird diptych looks like.  I would love to see some flowers and hummingbirds...I think we've had our share of rain this February.  I know spring is just around the corner, but apparently there's a few puddles to work through, first.  SOLD

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

At Rest

When I need a break from larger paintings that take a little more concentration, I have fun with daisies or hummingbirds.  This is actually a diptych, which matches with the 'Yellow Snappers' painting I did a short while ago.

This is an 8x24" acrylic on stretched canvas. SOLD

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Secret Afternoon

I never get tired of painting Secret Beach.  There are so many different angles and views.  It's such a lovely, secluded beach usually only frequented by locals (and we're not talking!).  I still seem to be having problems with my camera and colour.  This might be one of those times when I actually need to read the instructions. 

This is a 15x30" acrylic on stretched canvas.

Monday, 27 January 2014

By Invitation

Back to painting things I love...hummingbirds and flowers.  I'm still struggling a bit with my new camera because the colours are a bit too blue, but I'll figure it out.  These are a nice break from the larger, more intense landscapes.  I hope you enjoy looking at them because I do enjoy painting them.

This is an 8x24" acrylic on stretched canvas. SOLD

Wednesday, 22 January 2014


A daisy or two, just for fun, in between the larger pieces.

This is 10x10" acrylic on deep canvas.  SOLD

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Runner's High

For a change of pace, this is a 16x20" oil painting of the seawall in November. NFS

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Yellow Snappers

Finished this little guy, and have another started.  Birds and flowers are some of my favourite things to paint because they're so cheery.

This is an 8x24" acrylic painting.   SOLD

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Friday, 20 December 2013

Forest Green

I took this picture of Angus creek in the summer, in one of our provincial parks.  There was a green glow all around.  Lots of moss hanging down from the trees.  It was very magical.

This is a 24x30" acrylic, painted on wrapped canvas.  SOLD

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Nesting Greens

Here's another little guy for our Christmas Show.   A suggestion was made to paint a little Santa Clause hat on him, and maybe I will.  SOLD

This is a 10x10" acrylic painting on cradled wooden panel.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Fur Tree

We've had a lot of problems with raccoons over the past year, so I'm not especially fond of them.  But, this little guy is awfully cute, so I may change my mind.   

This is a 10x10" cradled wooden panel.  Wood is an interesting surface - there's no 'give' as there is with canvas, but it worked fairly well.

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Saturday, 19 October 2013

Winter Berries

This little chickadee is for our Christmas Show.  Nothing says Christmas like red berries.  Well, that's not true...a lot of things signify Christmas, but I liked the chickadee and I liked the berries.

This is an 8x8" acrylic, painted on deep canvas.  SOLD

Friday, 4 October 2013


I've been away from the easel for a bit, but with fall approaching that's where you'll find me.  I finished this painting for our new show at the Landing Gallery.

This is a 20x20" acrylic painting.  $600.00.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Last Peach

There were a lot more peaches, but they all got eaten.  This was the last one.

This is an acrylic painting on a 10'x10' deep canvas.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Clear and Sunny

The sunflowers are just in their glory, and I'm sure the Stellar Jays are anticipating a good harvest.  This is acrylic, 8x24 format.  SOLD

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Sitting Pretty

Yard work has been keeping me busy, but I did manage to finish this little guy.

This is a 9x12 acrylic.  $150.00 SOLD

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Grey Creek Rumble

This painting is from a picture I took last October of Grey Creek.  The day was overcast, and it took me a while to figure out the light source before the painting finally came together.  

This is a 24x36 acrylic.  $1500.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Cherry Sunday

These are two of my favourite things...cherries and roses...and this is Sunday, hence the title :}

This is a 10x10" acrylic on deep canvas.  $135.00
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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Beach Stripes

It was a perfect beach day when I took this picture.  Sun, sand and stripes.
This is a 10x10" acrylic on deep canvas.  $135.00  SOLD
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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Everything Has Its Own Beauty

This painting is for our summer show.  It was challenging and took a while, but very enjoyable to paint.  Just an old moss-covered tree standing in the forest. SOLD

Friday, 10 May 2013

Happy Daze

And a daze is what I'm in...we've been staining the sundeck and parts of the house for the last two weeks.  Not as much fun as painting on canvas, and I'll be a happy camper when we're done.  So, keeping it simple with daisies.

This is a 10"x10" acrylic on deep canvas.  $135.00  SOLD

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