SPS 18th International Show

I’m thrilled that my painting was juried into the SPS International Show at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. The pastel painting is titled Flora in Pot and is 24”x 20”.

Artist in Residence at Blue Ridge Mountain Art Center

I am honored to be the Artist in Residence at the Blue Ridge Mountain Art Center. I am teaching a workshop February 4th and will be teaching more later. To be announced by the art center. Please visit the art center open Tuesday through Sunday, my show will be up through March 25th. 

Photo encaustic pieces 10"x 8"

These pieces are considered mixed media and begin with a photo. The board is prepared with wax medium by fusing layers and embedding the photo. After the photo is secured in the wax you begin to build on it as you want. At this stage you can add whatever embellishments you desire.

Butterflies at the VIC

This June on our vacation we got to stop by and see a special friend of ours we met through the Chinook Camping Club, Porgy Smith. We had such a wonderful time! She took me to the Adirondack Visitor Center at Paul Smith's, NY. I took pictures in their butterfly house and enjoyed the current art show at the center. When I got home I created this encaustic as a remembrance of my great visit.

Southeastern Pastel Society new member gallery!

The Southeastern Pastel Society announced the completion of their online gallery.  This project has been one of the goals of the team responsible for developing the online program that the SPS website, online show entry and juroring, and now personal galleries for all of our members.  I have loved being a part of this team of Ron Pircio, Sallie Atkins and yours truly; it has been a labor of love that we are so glad to have accomplished a product we are all very proud of.
Here is my link.

2015 Purchase Award from the Snellville Art Commission

I'm thrilled to have received the 2015 Purchase Award for the City of Snellville's permanent art collection from their Art Commission for my encaustic Golden Grasses.

Embracing Encaustic by author Linda Robertson

I am so honored to announce that I am in the recently released ebook "Embracing Encaustic" by respected author and teacher, Linda Robertson.  My painting and the announcement below.

Little Encaustic Boxes

i have been wanting to make little boxes with encaustic so I finally decided to try it.  I haven't ever seen any before but thought that they would be neat for small special things.  These were my first two.

Bald River Falls, 31" x 36", Encaustic

This summer we have travelled all over from Georgia to Indiana.  One of the places we spent time at were these beautiful falls, Bald River Falls in Tellico Plains, Tennessee.  I have been painting from the memories in my mind of this summer along with photographs of our travels .  I chose the encaustic medium to portray the rushing water of the falls for the depth that you can create with this fabulous medium.

Part of the Southern Colours Show at City Hall in Snellville, GA

The Exhibit will hang from August 28, 2014 through October 31, 2014.  I have encaustic pieces in this show, but it is an all media show by Southern Colours Art Association.

Clothesline Gallery Exhibit, 963 Main Street, Stone Mountain, GA 770/557-1737

I will be participating in a Southern Colours Exhibition at the Clothesline Gallery in Stone Mountain, GA with an artist reception Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. with entertainment and refreshments provided.  The show will be available for viewing from August 2 through September 6, 
2014 during the gallery's regular hours.  I hope that you will be able to attend!
Street Jazz I, 20" x 16", Pastel

Street Jazz II, 20"x 16", Pastel

John's Creek Artist Center "Renaissance of Pastels"

I had two paintings accepted into the "Renaissance of Pastels Show" at John's Creek Artist Center with the Southeastern Pastel Society.

"Waiting" Pastel, 12"X12"
"Watering"  Pastel, 20" X16"

Accepted into the Randy Higbee 6X6 Show

I am thrilled that my encaustic painting "High View" was accepted into the Randy Higbee 6X6 Square Show in Costa Mesa, California.  It was the only encaustic in the show!  Acceptance of the encaustic into a show of traditional pastels and oils made me so proud.  This painting was from a trip we made along the coastal Highway 1.  We would stop at the pull offs and the views would be incredible.  Loved seeing all of the wildflowers everywhere.
"High View"

I Won! Southeastern Pastel Society Online Show

The Southeastern Pastel Society had their first Online Show in September and I decided to enter.  I haven't entered any shows in along time because of traveling and not knowing if I could deliver my paintings or pick them up if I got in.  So the Online Show was the answer for me!  I entered and to my surprise, Elsie Dresch,  the juror chose my painting.  "Beauty in the Okefenokee" won First Place and $150!  Hooray!!!  I'm honored and thrilled because there were so many beautiful paintings.

"Beauty in the Okefenokee"

The Outdoor Painters

I am honored to be part of the plein air artist group, The Outdoor Painters.  You can go to the link in the top right under the home page link, to look and see what is going on with this group.

Painting plein air is so inspiring and can be overwhelming when you are starting.  Looking out at the landscape and trying to remember that you don't have to paint everything is hard.  I have to keep telling myself "simplify"!  I usually start out by taking some photographs and trying different angles and views which helps me to focus down to a smaller view instead of the whole landscape.  In doing this something usually attracts me to it and I find the place I want to paint.  Most of my plein air work is done while we are traveling in our little motorhome.  I always take my pastels and supplies with me so I can paint along the way.

I love it when I get to paint with other artists.  I have painted with The Outdoor Painters group and look forward to more plein air events with this group.  You can look below and see some pictures of the group when we painted at Anderson Creek Retreat, a fabulous venue in the Ellijay area.