Tuesday, September 1, 2020

To the Light

Oil on canvas, 12”x12”


Saturday, June 13, 2020

My Back Yard

My Back Yard is an 8"x10" plein air oil painting on canvas that took me 3 or 4 sessions on my porch to complete.  Light changes so fast early in the morning that I only had about an hour each morning to work on it.  My back yard is a peaceful retreat from daily stress.  The colored stone walkway leads from the garage to my studio door.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Super Flower Moon

Super Flower Moon, 8”x10”, oil on canvas, plein air painting.  I sat on my back porch two evenings to paint this using a palette knife.

Saturday, May 2, 2020


Frisco, 10”x20”x1 1/2", oil on gallery wrapped canvas.  The Frisco Line (St. Louis-San Francisco) was in operation from 1876 to 1980. It was interesting learning about and painting Frisco.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

The Firefly

SOLD  The Firefly, oil on canvas, 10 x 20 x 1 1/2 inches.  The Firefly was a passenger train with the Frisco Lines from 1935 to 1960.  It served the Kansas City, Tulsa, Oklahoma City route.  This is a commission that I just completed.  It was a lot of fun to paint.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

The Gift

Oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 18 x 24 x 2 1/4 inches.  (The painting continues on the sides of the canvas.)  This is a scene from our farm in central Texas.  The sun was rising, and casting a golden glow on everything.  Mist was rising from the pond which was still in the shadow of the distant trees.  What a beautiful morning my dad and I witnessed from the hilltop!  I still miss him terribly, even though he moved to heaven over 8 months ago.  I've painted many paintings en plein air at the farm and from photos I have taken there.  It's a place of inspiration for me.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Le Procope

SOLD  Acrylic on canvas, 53 x 83 inches.  I painted this Paris cafe scene for Dinner and Dancing Under the Stars at the Museum of East Texas.  The theme for the party is Paris.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A Eureka Moment

SOLD  Oil on canvas, 12 x 12 x 1 1/2 inch gallery wrapped canvas.  (The painting continues around onto the sides of the canvas.)  We have lots of ruby throated hummingbirds right now.  I think it's migration season.  I took pictures of many of them and of my hanging baskets and put pictures together for this painting.  I am donating it to the auction at the Museum of East Texas fundraiser, Dinner and Dancing, which is this weekend.

Sunday, September 8, 2019


Solitude, oil on canvas,  20x24 inches.  This is a spring-fed pond on my son's property in East Texas.  I painted this from a photo I took when I visited him last fall.  It's a peaceful place in the country.  This painting is presently displayed in the annual Angelina College Faculty Exhibition through the end of September.

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Evening Meal

The Evening Meal, oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches.  I painted this from a photo I took at my dad's farm.  It is a peaceful, beautiful place.  I hope, when you see this, that you can feel the peace.

Friday, July 6, 2018

July Morning

July Morning, plein air, oil on canvas on panel, 12 x 9 inches.  This is another park painting, but I used "artistic license" to add water where there was no water.  It was a beautiful morning to be painting in the Grace Dunn Richardson Park. 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Beside the Lake

Beside the Lake, plein air, oil on panel, 12 x 9 inches.  What a beautiful day it was!  Three of us met at the Ellen Trout Zoo Lake and painted until it got too hot.  Here in East Texas, it gets hot pretty early this time of year. 

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Desert Willow at Brandon Park

Desert Willow at Brandon Park, plein air, 8x10 inches,oil on panel.  It was a beautiful spring morning at Brandon Park!    This tree with the pink blossoms caught my eye, and I had to paint it. 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Path

The Path, plein air, palette knife painting, oil on panel, 5 x 7 inches.  I was so mesmerized by the beauty of the morning that I painted a second scene in Herty Park.  There was no one else around except for one man who walked on that path while we painted.  It was such a pleasant place.

Herty Park

Herty Park, plein air, oil on canvas on panel, 12 x 16 inches. The weather was perfect this morning as we painted another park in Lufkin.  Herty Park is hidden in a neighborhood.  You would never find it if you weren't looking for it.  It's a beautiful, quiet place.  I loved the 8:00 am shadows and had to work quickly to establish the shadow pattern before it changed.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Watercolor Sketches

Wildflowers, watercolor on paper, 9 x 12 inches.  Sketching with watercolors is always fun and relaxing.  I love oil paints, but using watercolors to sketch is very freeing (is that a word?).

Spring Flowers, watercolor on paper, 12 x 9 inches.  I worked quickly on this one to get a fresh, painterly look.

Thursday, October 6, 2016


 GATX 2170, oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 10" x 20"
BNSF 4100, oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 10" x 20 "
A&NR 2000, oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 10" x 20 "

I love trains!  I see these trains rolling through town almost every day.   There are others I plan to paint, also.  I love to hear them--the rumble and the horns.  Even if I'm miles away, on a quiet night I can hear them.
These three paintings just returned from an exhibition at Angelina College.

Sunday, March 13, 2016


SOLD  Oil on canvas on panel, 5"x7".  This was painted from life.  Pomegranates are such regal fruits.   

Evening Beauty

Oil on canvas on panel, 9"x12".  This began as a plein air painting, but I completed it in the studio.  Evening is such a beautiful time of day!  This place is at my dad's farm in Leon County, Texas.  It's a beautiful place any time of day, any season, in any weather.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Painting the Parks

...Lufkin parks, that is.  Here are my 3 latest Lufkin Parks plein air paintings.  My friend, Barb, and I plan to paint all the Lufkin parks.  We started in April, and so far, we've painted 4.  All of these are 8x10 oil on panel.

From the Bridge at Grace Dunn Richardson Park

Beaver Pond at Kit McConnico Park
Sunshine and Shadows at Kiwanis Park

Friday, April 10, 2015

Spring in Chambers Park

SOLD Plein air 8x10 inches, oil on panel.  I met a friend at Chambers Park and we painted this morning.  It was fun, and the weather was perfect.

Monday, March 23, 2015


SOLD  Oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 6 x 12 inches.  The 1 1/2" edges are also painted.   I painted this from a photo I took at my dad's farm in central Texas.  Can you see how peaceful it is there?

Monday, March 16, 2015

On the Bank

Oil on canvas, 30x36 .  This is a lake near Longview, Texas.  It's the same lake I painted in A Pause for Thought, just a different view. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Pause for Thought

16x20 oil on canvas.  This is a lake in East Texas which is a really pretty, peaceful place.  I love places like this.  I used several photos which I took about a year ago.  I had fun painting this--the paint just seemed to flow from the brush.  That doesn't happen very often.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Primary Colors

SOLD  Oil on 1 1/2" deep gallery wrap canvas, 6"x12".  I often see these trains in the mornings, and I have taken pictures of them several times.  Occasionally, they were all three there at the same time.