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  • “The Thunder Rolls”The Thunder Rolls

    "The thunder rolls And the lightnin' strikes Another love grows cold On a sleepless night..." ~Garth Brooks Deep and moody as the clouds that roll in with the contrast of the glittering lightening shooting through the sky. How many times have you watched a dramatic sky like this light up the night? Colored stain and alcohol ink on a 24” x 24” Birch plywood panel.

  • “Woodstock”Woodstock

    "By the time we got to Woodstock We were half a million strong And everywhere was a song and a celebration..." ~Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Inspired by the vibe of the 60's. Colorful, electric, controversial and a whole lot of fun and definitely celebration. I went to a mini-Woodstock and the energy there was as palpable as you could imagine. This piece is filled with that energy. Vibrant colored stains on a 24” x 24” Birch plywood panel.

  • “A Thousand Years”A Thousand Years

    "And all along I believed I would find you Time has brought your heart to me I have loved you for a thousand years I'll love you for a thousand more..." ~Christina Perri I created this piece with this title and colors as a kind of tribute to my daughter’s wedding in 2015. The title of the piece is a song is from the movie “Twilight”. My husband played it on acoustic guitar as Sarah walked down the aisle. The colors of light purple and orange were her primary wedding colors. The piece was difficult emotionally as I was trying to capture the glowing love of childhood sweethearts and the song that had so much meaning for them while incorporating the darkness of the “Twilight” saga. I tried to take dark and light and marry them into a beautiful memory of a very special day. It is vibrant colored Stain on a 36” x 36” x 1.5” Cradled Birch panel.

  • “Lights”Lights

    Hand stained with vibrant color. Birch wood. 25" x 25"

  • “Amazing - SOLD”Amazing - SOLD

    Hand Stained on Cradled wood panel. 36" x 36"

  • “Fire and Rain”Fire and Rain

    Hand stained with vibrant color on Aspen wood. 37" x 17" Framed.

  • “Akatonbo - SOLD”Akatonbo - SOLD

    “Red dragonfly in the red sunset sky, in the orange sunset sky” ~Peggy Lee (sung in Japanese) Inspired by the gorgeous Copper Matt Raku pottery, this vivid piece is worthy of any place you would like to show it off. Akatonbo means “Song of the Red Dragonfly” and that song was performed in Japanese by Peggy Lee many years ago. The first line of lyrics fits so elegantly with this piece. 12" x 12" x 1.5" Hand Stained on Cradled Birch

  • “Blues Beach”Blues Beach

    "Blues Beach It's rainin' I'm chillin' at the Manatee Bar..." ~Steely Dan Blues Beach - watching the tide come in, frothy on top, windy cool day with many different hues and moods. This mixed media piece of stain and acrylic will take those blues and melt them away with its soothing calm. Measures 12" x 12" x 1.5"

  • “Show Me the Way - DONATED”Show Me the Way - DONATED

    "Show me the way, show me the way Take me tonight to the river And wash my illusions away..." ~Styx The grain of the wood pulls the stain exactly right and calls you to the center of this vibrant, colorful art. The shimmer of the sparkle in the stain only adds to the light that wants to show you the way to the deepest part of your soul. Measures 12" x 12" x 1.5" on cradled birch wood.

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As a self-taught abstractionist, I create vibrant, colorful paintings on wood. I have been creative as long as I can remember. Many moons ago, I fell in love with drawing with pencil. That started a long line of creative endeavors that have included interior decorating, functional art, acrylic painting and now my true passion and focus, which is using my hands to create vibrantly colored art on solid wood. This is a long way from my former career which was always in some form of technology position, most recently as a web and graphic designer. I am happy to be in love with the marriage of color and wood. :)

artist statement

Words cannot describe my art. Emotions tell a bigger story. I tell these stories through vivid color, all forms of nature, my imagination and music. My “Second Touch” from God has arrived and my lifetime longing to be who I was meant to be is fulfilled.

My art is unique because I create abstractly with vibrantly colored stains on wood. Most always, I use only my hands. I enjoy the transformation of a piece of wood from simple, timeless and organic to vibrant, colorful and alive via its natural grain. Joy exudes from my pores as I feel the wood, push and caress the stain and fuel my soul. My intention is to create dimension, movement and ultimately, unique, emotionally charged works of art that have touched every sense.

Visual inspiration comes from a beautiful garden brimming with loads of color, breathtaking sunsets bursting with orange, the subtle but sublime metallic golds and coppers in Raku pottery, the magnificent Rainbow Eucalyptus tree or the beaming contrast and glitter of colorful elements of nature such as geodes. When creating on wood, the grain of the wood itself drives this art and is perfect inspiration alone.

Abstract brings my world and your world together by allowing each individual to see and feel their own story. The secondary emotion evoked by “hearing” the music or remembering the lyrics from the piece’s carefully researched song title will allow you to continue to experience the art in your head and heart each time you view it.


““Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer.” ”
Terri Guillemets
“If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. ”
Vincent Van Gogh