Espoir

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Painting these flowering cherry blossoms was involved but somehow the French word for “hope” kept creeping into my mind and so that’s the name.

Radiance

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A particularly beautiful rhododendron living in an old friend’s garden inspired this watercolor.

Les Raisins

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A forced time healing from a fall led me to this view of grapes.  Loved all the colors and the time spent “elsewhere.”

Fall Rapture

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Inspired by the incredible colors of trees this year and ones we normally don’t see, a fall view of the woods.

French Fruit Bowl

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I love reading David Lebovitz’s blog from Paris.  He posted a photo that was the inspiration for this very French bowl with fruit.

Sunset Harvest

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Thank you, David Lebovitz, for posting this great photo which was my inspiration for this painting.   Giclees (archival pigment prints) available.

La Porte

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The beveled door to the hotel in Portland where I usually stay has a door that constantly changes due to what happens on the street.  I’ve painted it before but took a little different view this time.

Juicy Fruit

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Working from a food photographer’s image, I found painting the fruit to be a rewarding challenge.   Giclees (archival pigment prints) available.

On Parade

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Ranunculus at Filoli, an estate and gardens south of San Francisco.  I have always loved these flowers for their cheerful demeanor and vibrant colors.   SOLD

Grass Valley

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A Garden Tour of gardens in Grass Valley and Nevada City years ago resulted in a photo of a field of wild flowers, poppies and sweet peas.   Giclees (archival pigment prints) are available.

Mosaic

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Oak Leaf hydrangea leaves in the fall are brilliantly colored and these were outside my son’s kitchen window.

West Marin View

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I live in a beautiful part of the world and the hills offer time spent in nature and in admiration   Sold but small giclees are available.

Fireworks

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Some of the flowers are Gomphrena Globosa but “Fireworks” as a title fits the feeling of them so much more.   SOLD

Matilda Peony

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This peony lives in the front of my son’s house and people knock on his door asking what it is…a gorgeous peony, dinner plate size.  Painted in honor of the previous inhabitant, a dear friend who planted it.

Bodega Bay

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Bodega Bay is lovely and now fairly empty of visitors…this is the view of the harbor from Doran Beach.

Moules/Frites

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A friend shared a photo from the New Yorker restaurant review of Pastis and since I love good moules with frites, voila…a painting.  However, I did exchange the martini for a glass of Sancerre.   SOLD

Damien’s Fig Tart

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Damien, a fabulous baker and my French cousin, sent me a photo of his latest culinary triumph…it had to be painted if I couldn’t taste it myself.   SOLD

End of Summer

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The end of summer flowers…the roses have ended but the dahlias linger on.at the Russian River Rose Company in Healdsburg.

Rouge

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A visit to the local nursery and voila!  Lush red roses.   Giclees (archival pigment prints) are available.

Petit Dejeuner

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My favorite breakfast at the Abbaye des Vaux de Cernay.   2nd Place, Marin County Fair, 2019 4th Place, Napa Town and Country Fair, 2019  

Shadows

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Heuchera has the most marvelous textured leaves with the pop of color on the undersides. Saw these at the Mendocino Botanical Garden in May.   SOLD  

Rose Garden

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I loved getting lost in all the roses and leaves – painted on 400 lb. Arches paper.  This was painted as a triptych and framed together. Also known as “Menage a Trois.”   Giclees (archival pigment prints) are available.

Intime

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An intimate view of the center of a rose – I tend to go back to these as they are the closest I get to abstract painting

Red Lady

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Hellebores are some of my favorite flowers but it’s the colors that attracted me to this one. Giclees available as well.  

Mon Cheri

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This reminded a friend of the chocolates that had a cherry in the center, hence the name.  A lovely tree with cherries near Joue-les-Tours in France inspired this painting.   First Place, Napa Town & Country Fair, 2019

Poppies

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Will have to think of a better name for the flowers that remind me of France…but for now, it will have to do.   Honorable Mention, Marin County Fair, 2019 Award of Merit, Napa Town & Country Fair, 2019   SOLD BUT ARCHIVAL PIGMENT PRINTS ARE AVAILABLE.  

April

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April has brought on a spectacular display of rhododendrons in my garden. SOLD to someone who saw it at the Marin County Fair.  

Magnolia Spring

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This has been an exceptional spring for magnolias…such magnificent and self-possessed blossoms.  Third in my series of magnolias.   SOLD  

Veranda

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I was intrigued by an image in Veranda magazine, featuring the work of Lewis Miller Designs in New York City.  Loved all the colors, the exuberance of the arrangements and it was a joyous experience painting the floral arrangement. This painting was included in Lewis Miller Design’s blog. http://lewismillerdesign.com/happy-friday/   Giclees (archival pigment prints) available… Read more »

Japanese Garden, Portland

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My daughter-in-law took the wonderful photo of the Japanese Garden in the fall…the colors, shadows…all caught my eye.  It’s one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens outside of Japan. Honorable Mention, Marin County Fair, 2018   SOLD    

Santa Barbara Roses

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Just outside my brother’s house were these beautiful roses and now that he’s moved away, a lovely reminder of sunny days.   SOLD and now lives in New Mexico however giclees (archival pigment prints) of this work are available.

Sea Ribbons

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The Oakland Museum has a room with a wall of undersea video images and I fell in love with the delicate dance of kelp, moving so gracefully.

Abundance

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I love red currants and they remind me of French markets.  French cousin Damien’s photo was especially lush and appealing. A good exercise in painting round things! Special Award, Marin County Fair, 2018  

Peter’s Market Basket II

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My son’s friend, Peter, posts on Facebook his purchases at the Farmer’s Market and while I didn’t love the composition, I thought this would be a good exercise in painting vegetables and fruits.

Trois

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I love back lit flowers and the play of color changes due to the light.   SOLD Archival Pigment Prints (giclees) available.

Crush MS Grapes III

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Last year’s attendance at a fundraiser in Napa, “Crush MS,” resulted in this photo of grapes in the vineyard.  Putting the wine glass aside, I wandered in the vineyard taking many, many photos  – one lead me to this painting, the third in a series of grapes.   SOLD

Serenity

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A lovely photo of a pond with water lilies in Kauai inspired this painting using my favorite blue colors.

Nutcracker Dreams New York City Window

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Mary, the intrepid traveler, was in New York City at Christmas and took photos of decorated store windows.  To stretch myself, I painted this one…quite the challenge and probably won’t be repeated again!

Autumn Blaze

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The ornamental pear trees outside the community center were a blaze of colors even on a day without much sun.  The variety of colors was amazing and could not be denied.

Persimmons

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The raccoons have ravished the persimmon tree this year…every day more broken branches and half eaten persimmons.  This is what I salvaged, the little raccoon bites are on the top right persimmon – hopefully this is not a portent of things to come next year.   NFS

The Thicket

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A trip to the DeYoung museum and the Boston Ivy arbor outside resulted in this painting.  This was one of the most satisfying paintings I’ve done…loved all the ins and outs of the twigs and background.   Giclees (archival pigment prints) available.

Portrait of the Artist Susie Rosenberg

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This portrait of the artist Susie Rosenberg shows her drawing out her painting with the projected image appearing in part on her back.  It made such a great photo so a commission followed.  I have to thank Cara Brown for her input on this painting.  All in all, very abstract and a joy to paint,… Read more »

Sweet Pea – Filoli

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The gardens at Filoli has the most glorious flowers – the sweet peas were gorgeous but difficult to capture with a photograph and the best of the lot resulted in this painting.   SOLD

Tomales Bay View

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We often go to Inverness near Point Reyes and this is a familiar view of the mountain known as Black or Fist Mountain across Tomales Bay. SOLD but giclees (archival pigment prints) are available.  

Heuchera

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The photo for this image was taken at a great nursery in Loomis…the play of colors and shapes of the leaves were so appealing. SOLD Giclee prints available.

Pink Dogwoods

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Dogwoods are such fascinating trees – love the white ones but in need of subject matter to paint, I used a photo of dogwoods at Filoli taken by Cara Brown.

Star Magnolias II

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I couldn’t get enough of the lovely tree next to the house so decided a companion piece for Star Magnolias I was needed.   SOLD

Peter’s Market Basket

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Peter posted a photo of what he bought at the farmers market and I was captivated by all the colors and textures.  I may never paint another orange though!

Roses, hanging

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This hanging branch of roses caught my eye in a garden in Bolinas in November where few flowers were in bloom. I love the look of blooms when the light is behind them.

The Beveled Door

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Finally after so many comings and goings, I decided the beveled door at the hotel was worthy of being photographed…and much later, need to be painted.   Giclees (archival pigment prints) available.

Foxgloves

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A person wearing these colors would be considered a tad gaudy but on foxgloves, you can pull off their natural color.     SOLD

Rhododendron II

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A friend’s photo of the rhododendron near her house led to this painting.  I was intrigued by all the swoops and twirls of the leaves. SOLD

Pumpkin planets

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It looked like an asteroid about to strike the planets at first, hence the name.  The Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa has amazing displays of pumpkins, gourds, vegetables etc.