Mermaid transforms

After months of letting this painting rest, I decided to dive back in and create more detail in the undersea background. Also I was not happy with this asian siren’s tail so changed it. Adding seaweed and fish gave “Dorian” a more interesting finish.

Originally I wanted her to be surrounded in darkness since she is in the deeper waters.

A friend of mine who is a clay artist remarked that it’s so cool that you can keep changing a painting whereas once a piece of clay has been fired it’s done. This painting is 48 x 36″. acrylic , gallery wrap. 


As an older woman I still like to swim in the ocean and do a little boogie boarding. When you were out past the waves you see the ocean little bit differently as the light hits the crest of the waves changing the colors. In the reflections on the top of the water are different colors in the water itself. Noticing these little differences and then trying to capture that with paint is definitely a challenge. I worked in acrylic which does not blend as well as the oils but I think it works…anyway I am happy with the results.

“Uplifting” is 30×30″ gallery wrap 1.5″ width requires no frame. 

Mermaid with Baby

“Underwater Madonna” is 48 x 30″ gallery wrap acrylic painting. I actually started this painting last fall but set it aside until I could complete the painting. Sometimes as days go by working on areas of a large canvas, one may get lost in the details and not even notice issues that need corrections. Giving some space allows you to analyze freshly. Since I made the entire scene up, there were issues with light and also her form.

Tropical Island Landscapes

Recently I’ve been taking some of my old travel photography and painting from them. After the last hurricane destroyed much of the Abaco islands… Elbow Key, Hopetown, I was rather heartbroken because I had shot several weddings there and fell in love with a little bay.

Here are some of the paintings done of the bungalows at the Hopetown Lodge.

They are 24 x12″ and 20×10″. Affordable, small (for me) accent paintings. Inquire for more information.

The vibrancy of the Caribbean emulated with my deliberate, lively brush strokes.

Revising Older Paintings

The longer you work at your craft the better every painting becomes. Of course, you learn something with each work and so a painting you did several years ago, may use a fresh look and revisions. Recently I made revisions on for older paintings and I’m much happier with the results now. Here’s the before

and now:

Creating a series… Surf

Over the years of painting I’ve discovered that working on a series really helps with exploration and taking risks. I like to do several very similar paintings in different sizes and different shapes while exploring an idea. This allows for experimentation and going beyond your comfort level …since you’ve already worked on your original idea.

After being immersed in my highly texture fish series, which were done on very horizontal skinny gallery wraps and also being inspired by watching the surf when i get to the beach, I thought that these long skinny panels would work well.

36×12″ canvases worked perfectly. Also on this series i wanted to use heavy metallic golds and thick modeling plaster fir drama and interest.

I also did some smalls and mini surf paintings.