Monday 3 August 2020


Back to loving birds...poor little butterfly, but the baby wren is happy.  A bit greedy, but happy.

This is a little 6x12 acrylic on stretched canvas.  SOLD

Thursday 23 July 2020

Remains of the Day

This is the view from a rock bluff in Snickett Park here in Sechelt.  You can see the Trail Islands in the distance.  On the advice of my husband, I included the crow.  I think the crow adds a certain something to the painting.

This is a 20x16" acrylic on stretched canvas.

Sunday 23 February 2020


This is another favourite thing to paint...arbutus.  I tried to bring a bit of winter colour into it.

This is an 8x24" stretched canvas.  $165.00

Sunday 2 February 2020

Lilacs and Laundry

On a smaller scale, this is a little fun scene. I actually love the fresh, clean smell of fresh laundry flapping in the breeze.  Lilacs, too, although they don't have to flap.

This is a 6x6" acrylic painting on stretched canvas.  $55.00

Wednesday 22 January 2020

Birds 'n Blooms

There's something about birds and flowers that really appeals to me.

This is a 16x16" acrylic painting on stretched canvas.  $275.00.

Friday 6 September 2019

Raven in Retrospect

From here to there is sometimes a long way to go.  This painting is a 12x12" acrylic on deep canvas.

Sunday 16 December 2018

Summertime Blues

The dark days of winter will soon be behind us....I'm counting down to December 21 (it gets dark so early!) because gradually the days will get longer.  Well, all days are 24 hours, but more daylight will be welcome.  I've done enough fall and winter thoughts are turning to spring and summer. SOLD

Friday 2 November 2018

New Broom

Saw this scene driving the back road out of Gibsons, late spring.  Had to pull the car over and take some photos.  The burst of yellow from the broom was amazing, as were the cast shadows on the rock outcropping.

This is a 16x16" acrylic painting on deep canvas.

Don't Fence Me In

I'm so far behind with posting...this is an 8x8" alley scene.  Alley scenes are some of my favourites.  Just happy little scenes that get me in the mood for painting.  SOLD

Swimming Hole

This is the third little 6x6" bicycle painting.  They were a nice change from birds.  SOLD

Surprise Bouquet

The gentleman that bought the first 6x6" bicycle painting, asked for two more.  I was happy to oblige.

Thursday 28 June 2018

Peddlin' Flowers

Just a little fun painting for a change.  6x6 acrylic on deep canvas.  I do a lot of birds this size, and thought something summery would work, too. SOLD

Thursday 21 June 2018

Summer Cottage

Long hiatus from posting, although I have actually been painting.  This is a 24x24" acrylic painting of this marvelous cottage in Lower Gibsons.  I loved the rose trellis and the great shadows it cast.  I tried to stay a bit impressionist and not over paint.  I was actually quite pleased with the way it turned out.

Wednesday 3 January 2018

Home Tweet Home

I am so behind in posting!  This little fellow is safe and sound in his tree house.  I don't know if he's ready to's a big world out there.  Anyway, slowly getting back into painting.

This is an acrylic painting on 6x6" deep canvas.  SOLD

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Sunday Morning

Nothing like painting an arbutus to put me in a positive frame of mind!  Plus, I mixed up some beautiful acrylic colours for my paint getting a whole new set of crayons to colour with.

This is an 8x24" acrylic on canvas.  SOLD

Monday 2 October 2017

Ray of Sunshine

I've been away moving my mom from Saskatoon to BC, so I have a bit of catching up to do.

This spring we had three Goldfinches flitting across the yard to use the bird bath.  Bright notes of colour.  A real pleasure to watch.

This is a 6x6" acrylic painting on deep canvas.  SOLD

Wednesday 3 May 2017

Into The Light

I've been in Saskatoon so I'm a tad behind in posting.  I really like painting can sink so many soft colours into the shadows.

This is a 16x20 oil on deep canvas.  SOLD

Monday 13 March 2017

In the Pink

Still hopeful that spring is just around the corner.  The crocuses are blooming, the forsythia is getting ready, but it is still wet, windy and on the cool side.  Promises for sunshine and warmer weather next week, so maybe we'll see this little guy in a tree...somewhere, maybe.

This is a 6x6 acrylic on deep canvas. SOLD

Sunday 26 February 2017


Back in Arbutus Land...this is a cheery little arbutus painting with wildflowers.  We have an abundance of wildflowers in the summer, although on close inspection they might be mistaken as dandelions and weeds.  Ever the optimist....

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

Friday 10 February 2017

Spring Has Sprung


This is another happy little back alley scene.  I say 'happy' because that's what colour does for me.  When I dream the scary dreams are always in black and white.....happy dreams are in colour.  Just set me loose with a box of crayons and I will colour your world :}

This is a 9x12" on stretched canvas.

Monday 6 February 2017

Young Love

There were definite signs of spring....walking through Davis Bay and my garden, snowdrops were poking their little heads out. we have six inches of February snow.  Oh, well, I painted something with Valentine's Day in mind, and hopefully the snow will be gone in a few days and we'll be back to that lovely rain.  I hope my snowdrop hasn't been squashed.  There's one that pops its little head up in January, the rest follow suit in February.  Huh.  Snow...

This is a 10x10" acrylic on deep canvas.

Tuesday 3 January 2017

Weight of Snow

I can remember scenes like this when I lived in Saskatoon and Edmonton.  The weight of the snow pushing the branches down...running outside to shake the snow off the bushes, and getting awfully wet in the process.

This is a 10x10 acrylic painting on deep canvas.

Monday 2 January 2017

Winter Coat

This is from a photo I took one wintery day in Porpoise Bay Provincial Park.  It was a fairly complex painting, but I really enjoyed the challenge, and I'm pleased with the result. 

This is a 16x20" acrylic painting on deep canvas.

Friday 30 December 2016

Back Alley Colour

This is another scene from my trip to Saskatoon.  I never realized how much fun it would be to paint alleys!

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

Monday 26 December 2016

Winter Song

This is another little chickadee for our winter show.  He's a happy little fellow who doesn't seem to mind the snow.

This is a 6x6" acrylic painting on deep canvas.  SOLD

Sunday 11 December 2016

Crisp Morning


Birds notwithstanding, I have painted the odd winter scene.  I find it difficult to wrap my brain around a large scene, but smaller paintings seem to be manageable in 20 or 30 minute increments.  This is an arbutus on a crisp, chilly morning.

This is a 24x8" acrylic painting on stretched canvas.  SOLD

Winter Red

Another little chickadee painting for our Christmas Show at the gallery.  I've actually started a couple of larger landscapes, but time to sit and paint large pieces isn't happening right now.  So, chirpy little birds it is.

This is a 6x6" acrylic painting on deep canvas. SOLD

Wednesday 30 November 2016


I've always loved colouring poinsettias.  Every Christmas mom would give us a Christmas colouring book.  Lots of holly, snowmen, angels and poinsettias.  Poinsettias were the best.  Guess I still get to colour them.

This is a 24x8" stretched canvas.

Saturday 26 November 2016

Winter Blue

This is one of several little 6x6 paintings for our winter show at the gallery.  Somehow they all ended up being of chickadees...probably because they're such cute little birds.  SOLD

Wednesday 23 November 2016

Early Snow

I was in Saskatoon this fall, and we had an early, surprise snow.  It didn't last that long but I grabbed my cell and took some pictures of back lanes.  We don't get snow that often on the Sunshine Coast, so I (almost) welcomed the chance to walk through the slushy snow :}  Almost...

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

Tuesday 1 November 2016

Rocky Cove

I was happy with the outcome of this painting, especially since I've been rather slow getting back to the easel.  It's always nice having something new hanging in the gallery.

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

Saturday 15 October 2016

Gone Fishing

It has been a while since I've been at my easel.  Finally managed to finish this scene from a photo I took in Pender Harbour some time ago (well, a few years ago).  Felt more comfortable doing this painting in oil. I was happy with the end result.  I've done the block-in on several other paintings and looking forward to spending a lot of time at my easel this fall and winter.  Where on earth does the time go?

This painting is 24x36" on stretched canvas.

Monday 11 July 2016

Full Bloom

This has been hanging around the studio for some time.  It just needed a little work to complete, so I finally dragged out my oils and finished it.  I put it in a black drop-in frame which provides a nice contrast to the colourful roses.

This is a 16x16" oil painting on stretched canvas.

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.  SOLD

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...SOLD

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.  SOLD

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.  SOLD

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. SOLD

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.