Paintings With Soul

Since October 2006 I've been a daily painter, creating a new pet portrait at least 5 times per week. Over the years I've expanded my offerings to include a variety of animals, pets, race horses, children and other treasured heirlooms. In addition, I accept a limited number of commissions each year.

In 2015 I am honored to be the Kentucky Derby Artist.

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Meanwhile, thanks
so much for your continued support of my artwork.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Kentucky Derby Week - David+Austin

David+Austin, 36" x 48", acrylics on panel, $3925 with free shipping, available through UGallery

It's Derby Week!! In the past, as the days before The Kentucky Derby approached, I would busy myself with daily paintings of race horses and equines. However, in 2015, my Derby Week experience was the penultimate dream - I spent it in Louisville, being feted as the Official Artist of the Kentucky Derby. The entire year was a marvelous opportunity, from the out-of-the-blue phone call offering me the project, to months of research and painting surreptitiously, to the reveal party at Churchill the November prior, then a presentation at the Kentucky Derby Museum during their birthday gala in April, and finally experiencing Derby Week first hand as a special guest. I will always be grateful to the powers that be for delivering the best project at the best moment in my life - Clare and Pat, you have special spots in my heart.

Here's the link to a photo essay of my journey.

The full 2015 Kentucky Derby painting is depicted below; Kentucky Oaks posters (the far left hand side of the composition), Kentucky Derby posters (the remaining 2/3rds of the composition), and artist prints (the entire image) remain available through Horse and Hound.

The notoriety that came with being The Kentucky Derby artist allowed me to reduce my overall commission load so as to focus on growing my own skills. I spent the following years studying with some remarkable artists (Vianna Szabo, Stanka Kordic, Lisa Daria Kennedy, Carla Sonheim, Lynn Whipple and Ardith Goodwin are just a few). I came to an understanding why the horse has always been my muse, defined a visual vocabulary that more adequately expressed that connection, and began painting imagery birthed from deep inside myself.

David+Austin is one of those paintings from that glorious time frame. It resonates with love, respect, heritage, acceptance and simple joy. And, of course, there is a nod to my Kentucky Derby roots with those luscious roses. It will be an absolutely stunning focal point in your home or office. Again, it is available through UGallery with free shipping (a marvelous deal given it's size!).

I can't wait to share more outstanding equine paintings with you this week.

Meanwhile, who is your Derby pick?

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

She who wonders is never lost

She who wonders is never lost (Siren #31), 24" x 48", acrylics on panel, $1499 plus s&h. Inquiries may come to me.
Today was a gray and drizzley day, which made photographing her all the more challenging. I will have to have another go at it when the sun decides to show herself.

Thanks for following along with my art!

Thursday, April 19, 2018


Dream, 15" x 30", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas, $799 plus s&h. Inquiries may come to me.
Another encaustic piece. This time I wanted the horses to melt into the space. Layers of nuanced pours, scrapings, scratching and drawing.

Next comes a BIG one. At least I think so.........

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


Protect, 15" x 30", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas, $799 plus s&h. Inquiries may come to me.
I've been playing with an acrylic based encaustic-like process - basically suspending my pigments in a translucent, pourable medium sharing many of the same properties as melted wax. This allows me to blend, scratch into, layer, suspend, dribble and do all sorts of delightful things with the paint.

So much to learn!!

Friday, April 13, 2018

And So They Rise

And So They Rise, 24" x 48", acrylics on panel, $1499 each plus s&h. Inquiries may come to me.
Paintings like today's make all the tears, sacrifices, self-doubt, tantrums and paint-overs worth it. This one gives me chills - quite literally. She's extra special - relevant for this perilous moment in time and simultaneously timeless. She carries a bit of my heart and the fortitude and grace of all the women I have loved.
Payment plans available - let's talk if you want her to be flying in your home.
Thanks to Sue Schultz for the title!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


ABOVE ON TOP, Two (green yellow), BELOW, Two Budgies (turquoise blue). Each original is 8" x 8" x 1/2", acrylics on panel with the image painted around the sides, $159 each plus s&h. Inquiries may come to me.

I am thinking about lines, and how they are far more than just edges. Trying to make each of my brushstrokes line-like. It's turning my brain inside out a bit, although I expect my brain already was a bit inside out to begin with.

Anyways, these would make glorious Mother's Day gifts. With a paypal payment, I can get them to you in time for gifting that first Sunday in May.

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