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