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  • “Akatonbo”Akatonbo

    âRed dragonfly in the red sunset sky, in the orange sunset skyâ ~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 âSong of the Red Dragonflyâ 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”Show Me the Way

    "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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artist bio

As a self-taught abstractionist, I create vibrant paintings on wood and canvas with colored stain, acrylics or mixed media with both. 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 specialty, which is using my hands to create vibrantly colored art on solid wood. This is a long way from my actual career focus which has been 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

I am a maverick artist specializing in creating wood art pieces using vibrant, colorful stain. I feel I am nurturing nature by infusing the grain of wood with new life using mostly just my hands. On occasion, I will use a small paint brush for detailed work. I add layers of color to create magnificent three dimensional pieces with beauty that is very hard to capture in a photograph.

This original form of art on wood must be seen and touched.

I also create with acrylic paint by pouring. The swirl and anticipation of watching each color unite with another to form a union of the unexpected is as captivating as the cells being formed from a chemical reaction.

My inspiration comes from magnificent sunsets bursting with orange, the subtle but sublime metallic golds and coppers in Raku pottery or the beaming contrast and glitter of colorful elements of nature such as geodes.

I title my art with song titles. Sometimes this is because of the music I am listening while I’m creating, sometimes the title just fits and sometimes it’s entirely sentimental. Whatever title I give my art, it truly comes from an emotional place of wanting to capture the essence of the painting through song.


““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