Puff Sleeves


Puff Sleeves, oil on canvas, 12″x16″, oil on canvas. For sale on etsy.

Like many people who spent their awkward years in the 80’s and early 90’s, I’ve had an aversion to puff sleeves for a long time. This blouse though, could make me get over it.  The trick is to have the ‘puff’ at the bottom of the sleeve rather than at the top.

I’m still not over my aversion to perms, frosted pink lipstick, or balloon curtains though.


The Kidnapping of Edward Pink. Part Fifteen.


The Kidnapping of Edward Pink. Part Fifteen.  Oil on canvas, 12″x16″. For sale on etsy.

I think I may have painted Truman Capote in the background at this Black and White Ball.  Notice how our kidnapper is brave enough to wear hot pink gloves? Yes. She’s a rule breaker.


The Kidnapping of Edward Pink. Part Fourteen.

The Kidnapping of Edward Pink. Part Fourteen. Oil on canvas, 12″x16″. Sold.

I suspect that poor long suffering Edward Pink covets the coyote’s freedom. At least I think that’s a coyote.  I’ve never seen one in real life and I didn’t bother to research what one looked like.  So it could be a big dog or a wolf.



Mai, 20″x24″, oil on canvas. For sale on etsy.

At first I was going for an ingenue look, then I changed my mind halfway and steered her towards a coquettish look.  I failed at both, but I don’t mind.  She’s complicated and obviously doesn’t want to be stereotyped.  And here’s another example of smashing stereotypes.




The Lilac Thief

The Lilac Thief, oil on canvas, 7″x9″. Sold.

I’m giddy with excitement over our lilac tree’s green leaves.  Green leaves!  After six months of grim winter grey and blecky brown… finally there is green in the garden. I’m also hopped up on allergy medication which is making me even more giddy.  And it’s Friday! And there’s sunshine and I’ve just discovered the best recapper in the world (is that even a word??) of the reality show that I pretend I never watch but I really do privately– Southern Charm.  Anyone who can draw an accurate comparison between Game of Thrones and Southern Charm gets a check mark in my book.  Here’s the recap from the last episode if you do watch.  If you don’t, please don’t hold it against me. I know I’m going to wake up in the middle of the night and wish I hadn’t wrote this.

Have a great weekend!


Moon Flowers

Moon Flowers, oil on canvas paper. 16″x20″. Sold.

With spring underway, I thought I might switch things up a little and experiment with some canvas paper.  There’s something about it that makes me paint a little differently– more sketchy.  I’ve got a number of them on the go, but here is the first one.  These paper sketches have to be framed as they have no stretcher, but that’s cool.  Has anyone tried out Framebridge yet?  It seems like a pretty interesting way to frame.

On a slightly less cool note, I want to thank everyone who was super supportive about the copyright infringement situation.  I’m relieved that no one else has mentioned seeing these things anywhere else– fingers naively crossed.  I will provide an update once I get more information.

Have a great weekend!


Another knock off.

Unfortunately, there appears to be another knock off making the rounds. This one is from my painting ‘The Duchess’.  As you can see they have copied the figure and the dog, but what makes this knock off so special is that they have also taken the bouquet of flowers from another painting of mine ‘The Runner Up’ and supplemented it for the purse. Two infringements in one!

This knock off was spotted in a large European retail chain called ‘Leroy Merlin’.  They have been unresponsive to my request to have it removed from sale. While I figure out what the next step will be, I wanted to let customers know that this is not my painting. From what I can tell this is likely Chinese sweatshop art, just like the last group of infringements in 2013.

I don’t want this to sound like I’m complaining or seeking sympathy, as I have accepted that this is now an unfortunate part of my business— dealing with sweatshop knock offs and the corporations who support this form of ‘art’. However, I wanted to bring attention to this just in case there is confusion.  I don’t dumb down my work to have it mass produced. I also really appreciate (and rely on) all my savvy supporters who inform me of potential infringements by snapping a quick photo when they spot something questionable.  If it looks like one of mine, but something is a little off (usually simplified backgrounds or no artist credit) please take a photo and let me know. Sometimes it’s the only way I can find out where these copies have ended up.

Lastly—and this is a direct message to retail corporations who sell these ‘paintings’:  I register my copyrights with the US Copyright Office and I have successfully enforced my copyrights through legal means in the past and I will continue to do so in the future.  Be aware of copyright laws before you purchase art from Chinese art factories who have little to no knowledge or respect for intellectual property laws.  If you are selling it, you are liable.