My new favorite person is from Nova Scotia

Just found out a collector in Nova Scotia picked up three of my paintings at the Leigh Gallery this month. Yahoo! The three pieces are from my Strata+Sphere series about my life growing up in Milwaukee. They are the same size, 12″ x 12″ x 2″, and are all watercolor on board, employing transparent techniques.

I’m super excited to hear about this sale! Thanks Leigh Gallery, and thank you new collector, whoever you are!

The Popcorn Stand is Open, 12" x 12" x 2", watercolor on board

The Popcorn Stand is Open, 12″ x 12″ x 2″, watercolor on board

Downer Avenue Bike Race, 12" x 12" x 2", watercolor on board.

Downer Avenue Bike Race, 12″ x 12″ x 2″, watercolor on board.

The Coffee Trader, 12" x 12" x 2", watercolor on board.

The Coffee Trader, 12″ x 12″ x 2″, watercolor on board.


Entered into IWS competition

I just entered the above painting, “Faded Chalkboard Memories” into the Illinois Watercolor Society’s annual member show. It’s a juried show so fingers crossed my painting will get noticed. I had a good spy of the competition when I dropped off and there are some serious contenders in that room!

schoolThe painting is a continuation of my “Discarded” series which features images inspired by vintage photography picked up in antique stores and junk shops. I like the idea of taking a discarded memory and giving it new life.

This particular painting was inspired by an image I found of a group kids lined up for their annual class photo (at left). It got me thinking about the commonality of that memory for most American kids, and how much memory fades as time goes by. I changed schools in first grade and as a result I can’t remember more than one or two kids from my kindergarten class.

Faded Chalkboard Memories measures 22″ x 30″ x 2″ and is watercolor and watercolor pencil on aquaboard. For pricing, inquire within.



At The Edge

Abstracts on Aquabord

A while back I bought a few aquabords, inspired by a demo I’d seen with another artist. Aquabord is an Ampersand product – a board treated with a porous clay surface that works well with aqua based media. I bought the boards and then they sat there – for a long time. I had no idea what to do with them.

A couple weeks ago I took a class in a totally different medium, oil and wax. The techniques I learned in that class got me thinking about those aquabords again. I pulled them out last night and below is the result.

With aquabord, you have a lot more flexibility in watercolor than you ever would working traditionally on paper. The surface of aquabord allows for you to remove paint and build layers of marks and washes in a totally different way to the permanent nature of working on paper. I am thrilled at this first attempt and can’t wait to try more.

Here’s a video that shows a bit how aquabord can be used.


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