Swim Studies

It’s hot and humid right now in Atlanta and the best place to be is a swimming pool. I love swimming but struggle with some of the more advanced moves: diving and flip turns. Because I was not on swim team when I was a kid, I think have “adult” fears about hitting my head. I made a few colorful sketches in my art journal, hoping the act of drawing would help me better understand and appreciate the movement. IRead more


Spring is Atlanta’s most dramatic season: thunderstorms, extreme bursts of yellow-green tree pollen everywhere (unfortunately for allergy sufferers), and an explosion of flowers. Some days are gorgeous with clear skies, cool mornings and golden sunshine. The season seems to last a long time here compared to other cities I’ve lived in. I welcome it, before the heat and humidity of Atlanta’s summer.Read more

Forest Walk

My first painting in my people-in-nature series is a woman walking in the forest. A park near my house is a piece of forest with a trail that cuts across a winding creek. Other than the trail, it’s fairly undeveloped and wild. Trees fall down, get uprooted, ivy and weedy plants grow everywhere, tall pines tower above. I’ve gotten very close to great blue herons, hawks and owls here. For me, it’s a refuge from the crowded city of AtlantaRead more

Working in a Series: Color Studies

I started a new series of work, inspired by Lisa Call’s “Working in a Series” self-paced course. The last few months I explored the idea of combining people with elements of nature, by creating eight drawings in black and white. Taking it further, I created five color studies in acrylic and oil: small, loose paintings to experiment with color before committing to large canvases. I loosely based my compositions on five of my stronger drawings. Originally, I was inspired by theRead more

Classical Women Reinvented

For this series, I played with collage and watercolor to reinvent classical images of the women portrayed in Italian Renaissance art.  I created these portraits when  visiting Italy with artist Sharon Zeugin. Sharon is a master calligrapher and her influence shows as I incorporated writing and calligraphy. One of the portraits involved simply copying some of the words on the laminated tablecloth in our dining room where we were staying. Most of the paintings use papers from a copy ofRead more

Working in a Series: Drawings

I just finished  Lisa Call’s “Working in a Series” self-paced course. For 10 weeks, I received emails with lots of art inspiration and encouragement for creating a consistent, well-defined series of art. The series I defined for myself was to combine human figures with elements of nature. I was challenging myself not to do straightforward portraits, and to let the natural element be a significant part of the picture. Being the Oct-Nov time period here in Atlanta,  I was especiallyRead more

Dancing under the sun

I work at the nonprofit The Task Force for Global Health and recently had the opportunity to create art for our CEO’s office. The study I had done for the possible Moreland Mural Project (now on hold) seemed like a good fit. The Task Force programs work often in Africa, and many of my colleagues had traveled to various African countries. Using colorful, patterned fabrics from Africa, I set out to make a mixed media piece on a large panel.Read more

Dancing Studies

I usually create studies for large commissioned paintings. Although my studies are loose and abstract they often can stand alone as their own paintings. These were painted in gouache and acrylic. I also used collage — painted papers, tapa cloth and other fabrics — on heavy watercolor paper. I was aiming to capture the feelings of  joy and celebration with bold colors and textures.  Read more

“The Cell” Inspiration

30” x 24” acrylic and collage (copies from a 1964 Life Science book/tissue/painted papers) coated with UV protectant varnish I bought a set of beautiful Life Science Library books (published 1964) for $20 at a thrift store in Atlanta. Although the content is dated, the writing still gives a great overview of various scientific topics. In one book titled “The Cell,” I was inspired by a small black and white photo of Dr. Jonas Salk, who invented a vaccine forRead more

Sketching in Italy

I was able to spend two weeks in central Italy this fall, assisting an art class with Sharon Zeugin, a master calligraphic artist. Many times I sketched simply in pencil on site, sometimes I used watercolor, which could draw a crowd of curious onlookers. With Sharon’s incredible lettering as inspiration, I also worked on integrating words with my sketches.Read more