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.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

To the House

This is an 8"x10" oil on panel plein air painting of the driveway leading up to my dad's farm house.  The huge tree is an old elm that is beautiful in all seasons. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Wilton Bailey

NFS 10x8 oil on panel.  This is a portrait of my Uncle Wilton.  I started this portrait from a photo I took of him about 2 years ago, but I got busy and had to put it aside.  I decided I was going to finish it this week, and I did!  I hope you can see what a kind and wonderful man he is.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


SOLD Oil on panel, 9"x9"  My dad made pancakes for breakfast, and I added strawberries and bananas.  It was delicious!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Portrait of Mrs. A

SOLD Oil on linen, 18"x14" detail.  This is a commissioned portrait I just finished.  Painting portraits is a challenge, but one I love.  Although I love to paint landscapes and almost any subject, the human face is still my favorite.

Monday, October 13, 2014


Plein air, 8"x10", oil on panel.  It was such a beautiful, peaceful day with clouds slowly floating overhead at the farm.  I just HAD to paint the scene!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pond in the Morning

Plein air painting, 8x10 oil on panel.  Yes, another farm painting.  This one was painted early in the morning (around 9:00) looking toward the east. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Watercolor Sketches

Morning Sunlight--watercolor & ink sketch, 5x8.  These are in my sketchbook from our recent visit to my dad's farm.  I like to sketch with watercolors--they're quick and fun. I liked the way the shadowy foreground contrasted with the bright morning sunlight on the distant pasture.
Deer--watercolor & ink sketch, 5x8.  One evening, these 2 deer, casting deep shadows, came down to the pond for a drink.

SOLD Cows Grazing--watercolor & ink sketch, 5x8.  These cows aren't really purple; they're black, but in the evening light, they looked purple.  There has been a lot of rain this summer, and the grass is tall and plentiful.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Summer Evening

Plein air painting, 8"x10" oil on panel.  This is the third painting I did  at the farm last week.  I didn't quite finish it, so I finished it tonight.  I guess I can still call it a plein air painting since I did almost all of it on location.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Pink Lillies

Plein air painting, 8"x10" oil on panel.  These were so pretty in the yard at my dad's farm!  I loved watching them every day as they changed.  As some drooped, withered, and died, other buds grew and opened into these beautiful delicate blossoms.  I painted these on the third day we were there.