Saturday, December 20, 2008

Tiara Rado 18th

View from the 18th tee. This original oil painting is hanging on the wall at the Tiara Rado clubhouse which you can see above the green in the distance.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Monument Cedar

This original oil painting depicts one of the Colorado National Monument's beautiful cedar trees as the sun goes down. It was painted from a photograph taken by Brad Butler.



Thursday, September 4, 2008

Colorado River Sunrise

This is an original oil painting of a sunrise in the Grand Valley with the Colorado River in the foreground and the Grand Mesa and Mt Garfield in the background. It won a blue ribbon in the Brush and Palette club show at the Art Center in Grand Junction in October 2008.

16x20 sold

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Grand Valley Sunrise

This spectacular view is looking east from Grand Junction Colorado with Mt Garfield on the left and the Grand Mesa on the right.
11x14 Sold to St Mary's hospital Monument tower and hangs on the 8th floor

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Mushroom Rock

Mushroom Rock can be seen on the east side of the canyon from Monument Canyon trail in the Colorado National Monument. With the sun shining on it in the early morning it really stands out.

11x14 sold Oct 2010

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Balanced Rock

Balanced Rock can be viewed from Rimrock Drive on the Colorado National Monument as you descend from the Visitor's Center towards Fruita.

There is a pull-out along the road for you to stop and enjoy the scene.

11x14 $200

Gorilla Rock

This rare view of the Colorado National Monument cannot be seen from Rimrock Drive but can be seen as you enter the monument through the west portal, looking east.

The gorilla sits on the west side of Wedding Canyon and can also be seen from Highway 340.

8x10 sold

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Mt McKinley

From a photo my husband took in 1978 from Mary Carey's Lodge along the highway from Anchorage to Fairbanks looking north. Framed in a blue/gray similar to Walk on the Grand Mesa frame (with linen set).

16 x 20

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Special Paintings

Father and Son

Painted for our son, Mike. It's of him and his father walking along the Old Spanish Trail in Orchard Mesa.

12 x 16

Bookcliffs Overlooking Palisade and the Grand Mesa

Painted for our daughter, Angie.

12 x 16

Cumberland Falls, Kentucky, near where both of our children live.
Painted for Angie.

Painting is my passion

Both of my grandmothers painted using oils. As a young girl I watched my Father's Mother paint and quietly stowed away the thought that I too could paint like she painted. She painted Alaskan landscapes where we both lived. She also painted totem poles. My Mom's Mom painted in two very different styles. The first set of paintings she did while she was taking classes before she was married. They are still life. The others she did from memory, after all seven of her children had grown up and left home. They are of scenes from her childhood; the old plantation they lived in, clowns, scenes from her trips to Alaska. During the years she wasn't painting she used her talent to make beautifully embroidered dresses for her daughters. She also made beautiful cake icings for all occasions.

In 1974, I painted two paintings; one a hot, orange and black desert scene and the other a cold, blue and white view of Mt Susitna which was visible from my parent's second story house overlooking Elderberry Park in Anchorage. They are both hanging on their wall above the entry way in that same house.

I retired from my 40 hour a week job in 2001 and started absorbing information about oil painting from books and our local Art Center. Most of my paintings are landscape and flowers. The landscapes are either of Colorado where I currently live or Alaska where my family still resides and I visit annually.

I live in a beautiful, richly colored area with the Colorado National Monument visible from my dining room. My paintings capture the depth of the scene using values contrasts. The shadows are subtle but the areas in the sunshine glow.