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Lucidity, a new fox painting

  Lucidity, 18"x24" original acrylic painting on panel, $1000 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. Please see the links below. please tell me more about Lucidity make Lucidity my own I'd like a payment plan please During the pandemic I obsessively  drew faces , then destroyed the linework, then teased out a couple facial features. This process transferred to the Talisman paintings which started around that same time. It continues to show up in my brushwork, the way I draw various shapes, and even inside my painting process. Create. Destroy. Rebuild. This cycle has become important to me. It reflects our current world, it is a story of survival, it is a metaphor for humanity's resistance to change. To create, destroy and rebuild one has to be vulnerable and relinquish control, knowing that what emerges afterwards will be different. Lucidity is all about this concept. The roses and peonies spin on their own axes (stems) so quickly that they have become little worlds

Dear, a new painting, now available

Dear, 23"x24" original acrylic painting on panel, $1200 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. Please see the links below. please tell me more about Dear make Dear my own I'd like a payment plan please We have a small herd of deer visit us nightly. Sometimes they linger under the gazebo and enjoy the moonlight. Or they amble down the brick walkway, directly through the hydrangeas and trample the wildflower bed to gather outside the family room window. To the untrained eye it would seem that they want to watch Netflix and chill. However, we know they are reminding us the bird feeders are empty. Which we are well aware of - we fill those in the morning. Because another thing deer excel at in addition to trampling flowers and driving dogs crazy is gluttony - deer do not share.  I am amazed by their solid bodies and spindly legs. And those giant, wet eyes that see straight through to your soul. I like to hold still and wait to see their breathing, then synch mine up with th

Meet Persephone

  Persephone, 24"x30" original acrylic painting on panel. Available at a future date.  inquire about Persephone Last week I was awakened by the image of a mother bear. She was staring me in the eye, daring me to follow as she turned and disappeared into the darkness behind her. I caught glimpses of sky, little holes punched through the veil she passed through. Her head was full of red and green, which I interpreted as apples on the branches. I'm never sure how much these visions are snapshots of my dreams or amendments of dreams with things extrapolated as I wake up. Regardless, I knew she showed up to be painted. I started two Momma Bear paintings that same day. Eve , yesterday's piece, was the first one. And Persephone, pictured here, the other. I rooted Eve in the Garden of Eden, and Persephone, the goddess of Spring who lives 6 months of the year in Hell, inhabited a space strewn with smoke and flowers. This set the stage for each rendition to contain its own valu

Introducing Eve

  Eve, 24"x30" original acrylic painting on panel. Available at a future date.   Please reach out  with any questions. inquire about Eve So many exciting things happening in the studio right now.  There is a growing pile of drawings that I pick away at each day Eve (pictured above), who I just signed and is drying on the easel Her sister painting Persephone, who is in process Lots of video footage that I'm piecing together for Saturday's 10am eastern livestreamed lesson which will feature the making of both Eve and Persephone ( you can join us - it will be recorded and streamable!) Plans for more Momma Bear paintings An exhibition opening this Saturday at   The Anton Art Center , 2-4pm eastern Some pretty stoked Detroit Lions fans The smell of a   homemade chicken pot pie   in the oven. Life is pretty good at the moment! If you are looking to enhance your own surroundings, I am sorry that I cannot ship you a slice of pot pie, but I can ship you some original art - the

January, an embellished monoprint

  January, 9"x12" original embellished monoprint on Fabriano watercolor paper, Available at a future date.   Please reach out  with any questions. inquire about January This last year I have tried to draw every day. Something shifted in November because I began drawing even more earnestly. I stopped thinking of the practice as warmup exercises for my easel time and started fervently exploring complex ideas and processes, allowing the drawings to become something important.  Along the way I discovered how to pull a single print off my drawings. This process is called "monoprinting." January is two monoprints layered, overtop each other (ie printed on the same page). The process of monoprinting, like any other printing process, requires precision. It can also be rather unpredictable. Unlike other printing methods, monoprints create a singular original (hence the "mono" prefix). January is called an embellished monoprint because i have added other, non printe


  Chickadees, 15"x30"x1" original painting, acrylic on canvas, sides painted so no pressing need to frame, $1500 plus s&h to the first asking nicely.   Please reach out  with any questions. purchase Chickadees I have always loved these little birds - they have delightful, delicate movements, with clever markings and round little bodies. I started adding them to fox paintings late last year, but in this piece I decided they deserved center stage. Informed by the snow and ice storm we got over the weekend (10" of snow overtop a couple inches of slush!), the resulting shoveling, scraping and limb cleanup that followed, and then recovery time spent on the couch watching them gather at the feeders, this painting is all about the last few days here in Michigan. The final touches were today's blue skies - just a hint in the upper right - and some snow holes punched into the darker shape of the branches. Don't forget, too, that I offer payment plans. A 30% non r


  Exhale, 50"x50"x1-1/2" original painting, acrylic on canvas, sides painted so no pressing need to frame, $6000 plus s&h to the first asking nicely.  This painting will ship rolled and required restretching by a framer at the buyers' end. Link to purchase is below.  Please reach out  with any questions. My paintings are not meant to be depictions of a singular moment, but more of a storyline or marriage of multiple experiences. Exhale pulled inspiration from so many places - a fox sighting in the wild coupled with memories of backlit sunburst locust trees in the fall. The way those leaves morph from their summer green gold to a vibrant mustard, and the sound of said leaves as they dance in a cooler crisp air. The sunbleached fur of a young vixen growing in her winter coat. My own childhood awe of watching the color shift and play out with each season - fall leading to the promise of a pale, whitewashed winter palette. And the rhythm of this seasonal shift and li


  Nocturne, 16"x20" original painting, acrylic on panel, $850 plus s&h to the first asking nicely.  Link to purchase is below.  Please reach out  with any questions. If you follow my socials, you saw how this one started as a response to a drawing. Just as I do with paintings that require a reference photo, the drawing defines a starting point, but it does not dictate the end result. I begin using basic ideas from the drawing and then I set the drawing aside. Next it's up to the paint to lead the way. Pens and brushes make very different sorts of marks, and the shift in scale impacts the design as well as the addition of color notes. The drawing inspiring Nocturne included a bird perched on the fox's head. At first I painted the bird as if she was singing the dawn into a dark sky, but further along I realized I didn't need her because while that was a cool idea, it wasn't what this painting's story was. The actual story here was how all-knowing Nocturn


  Quince, 24"x48" original painting, deeply textured acrylic on flat panel, $1800 plus s&h to the   first asking nicely . This panel is cleated on the back side for immediate hanging (it will float approximately 1" off the wall when hung from the cleat), but should ultimately be framed to prevent warping and protect the textured edges due to any humidity changes. She is also utterly gorgeous just sitting on the floor, learning against a wall.  Please reach out  with any questions. Oh my goodness, this one is so tender and delightful in person. She is a little larger than life, this young fox, wearing a crown of blooming quince, which was one of my Grandmother's favorite things. And mine, now, too. There is nothing that heralds the retreat of winter quite like the burst of quince blossoms, and it's a shrub that you don't encounter (at least that often) here in Michigan. We had one at our old home, and I would bring a few branches indoors each spring to cel