Friday, December 13, 2013

Snowy Hillside

Snowy Hillside 16" x 20" oil on canvas

Lately I've been enjoying how shadows describe time and space, I always think back to my landscape teacher emphasizing how important shadow shapes are for landscapes. This is a view out my window so I was constantly fighting the sun as it was setting. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Snowfall 16" x 20" acrylic on canvas

I painted this from my window around dusk, everything was fading into a blue shade. It reminds me of a Robert Frost poem about the woods on a snowy evening being lovely, dark and deep.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Into the Woods

Into the Woods 24" x 24" oil on canvas

I enjoy the idea of mixing realism with abstraction, especially with days that have a thick atmosphere, it's a kind of whitewash effect. The tops of the trees really appeal to me, I like how the branches mix with the sky.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Olympic Mountain Range

Olympic Mountain Range 8" x 8" oil on masonite

I used a palette knife in this painting in order to get a blurry scene. I decided to try something different since lately I've been thinking a lot about Monet's use of color and his application of paint.This is from a blurry photo I have of Seattle's Olympic Mountain Range, must've had a water droplet on the lens.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Kerr Memorial Fountain

Kerr Fountain 6" x 6" oil on canvas
This is a piece I did for my mom, it's from a photo of Kerr Fountain in the Public Square in Gallipolis.This painting was about light filtering through a tree onto the scene, I like the vibrant blues in the shadow areas.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Ohio Rain

Ohio Rain 10" x 10" oil on canvas

This is a painting that I reworked, the original didn't seem to have enough detail for me, especially in the land. I plan to make this 30" x 30," so I wanted more movement in the field. I love when trees clump together at a distance, the subtle detail in the woods is the most interesting thing for me.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Jack O'Lantern

Jack O' Lantern 6" x 6" oil on masonite

The movie Sleepy Hollow inspired me to do a scary gourd, it almost looks like the horseman could use this one as a head. I like the juxtaposition of orange against purple, very Halloween. It's endearing how jovial he looks, I got the expression just right.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Mini Pumpkins

Mini Pumpkins 6" x 6" oil on masonite
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I get excited going to the grocery store as much as the art store, there are so many different types of pumpkins. Besides the pumpkins, my favorite thing about this painting is the drapery in the background; drapery is so very dramatic, I might do a painting that is just cloth.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Gravitas #4

Gravitas #4 512 pixels x 512 pixels Digital Painting

In this painting I tried to layer the marks on top of each other as aesthetically pleasing as possible, but at the same time keep all my strokes horizontal. I love this gold color, it feels so divine and warm.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Autumn Flowers

Autumn Flowers 6" x 6" oil on masonite

These are flowers I got for my birthday last week, I love the autumn theme to it. There was a lot of purple in this arrangement, so I tried putting a chromatic blue juxtaposed against a red in order to create more vibrancy on the front flowers. When I read about how Georges Seurat did his paintings, it always makes my head spin at the complexity of it.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Gravitas #3

Gravitas #3 512 pixels x 512 pixels Digital painting

In these first few paintings I've done with ArtRage 4 I've really been trying to vary the brushstroke and palette knife lines, as well as layer tones so that the lighter ones sit mostly on top. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Gravitas #2

Gravitas #2  512 pixels x 512 pixels Digital Painting

I like the layering involved in digital painting, it creates a lot of depth, especially with all those tools in ArtRage 4. It's also nice to use the Ctrl-Z like the brushstroke never happened, sometimes when I'm oil painting in real life I miss it.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Gravitas #1

Gravitas #1 512 pixels x 512 pixels Digital Painting

This is one of my first digital paintings I have made with ArtRage 4, it is a program that simulates how paint acts depending on how loaded the brush is. Dave put my digital paintings in one of his environments for an upcoming game called Firearms. The map is an upscale gallery entitled "Gravitas," he put special textures on the artwork along with a sheen. It looks fantastic in a simulated reality, the paintings look like jewels on the walls. I will post screenshots when he gets all the wall and floor textures in.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Caramel Apple

Caramel Apple 6" x 6" oil on masonite
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My teeth hurt from eating this, I'm reminded of Gob from Arrested Development when he bit into a caramel apple. Natural lighting feels so soothing, it really reflects how it feels outside, especially on this autumn day.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Golden Trees

Golden Trees 10" x 8" oil on canvas

This is a plein-air study I did today at a park near my apartment, there was so many different hues within that golden tree since it still had some green leaves. I received a Sylvia Plimack Mangold book for my birthday so I got super excited to paint some of my own trees. I like squinting my eyes at this piece.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Buckeye Season

Buckeye Season 5" x 7" oil on masonite

I live in central Ohio so I hear all about the Buckeyes around this time of year. I'm pretty sure every Ohioan grandmother knows how to make chocolate buckeyes, it's magical.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Three of a Kind

Three of a Kind 7" x 5" oil on masonite
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This title also refers to my favorite X-Files episode, much thanks to Dave for coming up with the title. I got a silver acorn from a relative one year for Christmas with a little note that said the acorn was the ancient Nordic symbol of life. There was an old folk belief that carrying one in your pocket insured a long life.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Autumn is Coming!

Autumn Is Coming 7" x 5" oil on masonite

I can't get enough gourds, there are so much shapes, sizes and combinations. I love how jovial fall colors are, I tried to make my orange as robust and chromatic as possible in order to contrast with the purple-blue shadows.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Autumn Breeze

Autumn Breeze 11" x 14" oil on linen
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This is a park near my apartment, it's nice to have nature so close. I loved adding the sages with that pleasant plum color, rainy days are so moody but in a delightful way.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Juicy Fruit

Juicy Fruit 7" x 5" oil on masonite

I absolutely love that pink rose color, reminds me of bubblegum, especially juxtaposed against the robin egg blue. Recently I found out that watermelons have neat little swirls in the fruit, I like it when nature has organic patterns.

Sunday, August 11, 2013


Orvieto 6" x 6" oil on masonite

This is a picture from when I studied abroad in Rome, we took a day trip to Orvieto in southwest Umbria.  This clock tower sits across from the main square next to Duomo di Orvieto, I sketched from the site to get this composition. I like clock towers, the time is indicated twice, on the face of the clock and with the sunlight.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sunny Day

Sunny Day 10" x 10" oil on canvas

This is a plein-air painting I did about a year ago at Darby Metro Park. I like the immediacy of plein-air painting, rushing against the sun in order to capture a scene forces an artist to use the suggestion, which is often more powerful than expressing only the form; it shows an individual's perception of the world.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Brunch 6" x 6" oil on masonite
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Natural lighting is always fun to do because it's a race against the sun. I'm becoming fond of that purple-blue color, it's so jovial, especially in the shadows.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Olympic Mountain Range

Olympic Mountain Range 8" x 8" oil on masonite

This is from a few photos I took while in Seattle last week at Pike's Place. I did a couple of sketches in charcoal before I started and I think it went a lot easier, combined with the fact that the colors are mostly monochromatic. I used to live there when I was really young so it felt refreshing to smell the alpine again.

Sunday, July 21, 2013


Umbria 6" x 7" acrylic on watercolor paper

I painted this piece about a year ago and I found it today in pile of canvases. This scene is from a picture I took while studying abroad in Italy, we took a day trip to this region called Umbria, it sits right under Tuscany. My classmates and I were at an olive oil factory, where we got oil that was right off the press, I haven't tried an olive oil quite so good since then.

Saturday, July 20, 2013


Preston 11" x 14" oil on masonite
This is a commissioned piece my boyfriend asked me to make for his father, he's a retired Preston truck driver. I thought it'd be nice to have an Ohio farm scene behind it, since he now lives in the Philippines. It's an overcast day so the image doesn't have the same orange, I've found that I need to take a picture of a painting at 4 on a sunny day to get accurate color.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Lightbulbs in Repose

Lightbulbs in Repose 8" x 8" oil on masonite
This is a commission I was given by someone who bought by other Lightbulb painting at the CCAD art sale. She sent me a picture of this set up and I used my artistic license to change the composition and the colors. The burnt sienna on the table really compliments the mahogany floating frame I got for it.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Still Life with Wildflowers and Lilies

Still Life with Wildflowers and Lilies 16" x 20" oil on canvas
This is an arrangement my dad put together using the flowers in his garden, so much color! I've been thinking about Van Gogh's Sunflowers and how he created tactility in the paint, I also admire how he would create whole paintings in one session.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Southern Ohio

Southern Ohio 27" x 28" oil on glass
This is another barn window I did for my uncle in Gallipolis, the image is from a collection of photos I have of down south, the clouds were fantastic that day.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Summer Daisy

 Summer Daisy 5" x 7" oil on masonite
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I picked this flower about a week ago on a walk and it still lives! I decided to do a quick oil sketch to immortalize it.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Three Times a Day

Three Times a Day 20" x 20" oil on masonite
This is a piece I did for my dad's dentist office, I decided to add a lot of painterly effects like dripping paint and adding palette knife with brushstrokes. The dripping with turpentine medium got a little toxic- next time I will go outside for that.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Granny Green Apples

Granny Green Apples 7" x 5" oil on masonite
The colors are so jovial in this painting, like the purple/blue in the shadows or the electric blue color in the corner. I used a black background for this piece, it makes the contrast so much stronger.

Sunday, May 26, 2013


Mementos 4" x 4" oil on masonite
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I am using this medium called "Neo Meglip" it's been getting some interesting results, it makes the paint thicker as well as glossier; I plan to dilute it with gamsol so its more pliable. This is my Navajo necklace from Mt.Charleston, it represents new beginnings as well as progress, the lapis lazuli in the middle symbolizes creativity and power. I saw a blue jay the day I got it, it felt like a good omen. I used my Blue Jay painting as a background, I always like how paintings look painted inside a painting!

Saturday, May 25, 2013


Columbus 20" x 20" acrylic on canvas
This painting is an anniversary gift for a client at the gallery, she wanted certain images of Columbus along with pale greys and greens. I used a palette knife throughout to make it loose and abstract. The arch is a Short North arch from downtown Columbus, which is where the gallery is located. Underneath the arch is Main Street Bridge and Rich Street Bridge at the Scioto. In the water is Lindy's, where her husband proposed to her, the image blends into McPherson Park, which they frequent. I also hid their baby's initials and birth date in the painting.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Glazed Donut

Glazed Donut 5" x 5" oil on masonite
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I love Glazed Donuts, yum yum yum. I've been looking at Wayne Thiebaud all week, inspired me to paint a sweet bakery good. I mixed it up a bit and tried using a bright pink background, which I think came out fabulously with the purple and warm tones.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Setting Sun

Setting Sun 6" x 6" oil on masonite
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This is a plein-air painting of sunset, I had to scramble to get this image before it disappeared!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Clips 6" x 6" oil on masonite
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In this painting I only used blue, burnt sienna, black and white, it's almost impossible to create muddy colors in a limited color palette, especially with complements. It reminds me of the Coffee Time piece I did about a year ago.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tuscan Vista

Tuscan Vista 30" x 60" acrylic on canvas
This is a landscape I did for a gallery client, can't get enough of those rolling Italian hills! For this piece I used the grain of the canvas to get some painterly effects, usually I abhor the canvas grit but now I feel like I'm embracing it.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Sleeping In

Sleeping In 12" x 8" oil on canvas
This is a challenge from DailyPaintWorks, my main objective was to heighten the color and make it painterly.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Road to Paradise and Pine

Road to Paradise and Pine 24" x 36" oil on canvas
My parents came up with the name, it sounds like a wicked Led Zeppelin song. It refers to where my grandpa lived in Las Vegas, this is the view on the way there. Mt.Charleston is part of the background mountains, I also got Mummy mountain in there too!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Blue Jay

Blue Jay 3.75" x 2.75" acrylic on watercolor paper
I did this quick little study of this Blue Jay today, I'm going to use this image as a prop for a still life later tonight. I haven't tried acrylic on watercolor in forever, but I certainly like the result.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Full Bloom

Full Bloom 4" x 4" oil on masonite
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This is my teacup orchid that I got last year for my birthday, it's the first time I've gotten an orchid to bloom again, hooray for spring!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Happenstance 6" x 6" oil on masonite
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Dave helped me come up with this name, it was a bit of happenstance I got the flower. It was also fortuitous accident that I painted it an hour before it finally drooped. My teachers always said that you should seek still life set ups, as if you found them on accident. I tried to get the flower in as fast as I could, swift and sure. In a crazy way, the rose is gazing at the viewer just as inquisitively as a painter would a flower.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Ohio Rain

Ohio Rain 10" x 10" acrylic on canvas, wire on back, ready to hang
This landscape is five minutes from my home, it's nice to have nature so close. My favorite part of any landscape is the dense trees,  I like how the trees are fuzzy, it gives the image a rainy feeling.

Friday, April 12, 2013


Gazebo 24" x 24" acrylic on canvas
This is a commission from the gallery, the client proposed to his wife underneath the gazebo in Goodale Park, very sweet story. They live out in California so now they'll have a piece of Ohio in their home :)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Ohio Frost

Ohio Frost 6" x 6" oil on .75" thick masonite
These are some woods near my house that are in front of a field, it has a snow covered mound in the middle. My favorite area is the tops of the trees, the part where the leaves mix with the sky. Dense woods always elicit a feeling of mystery, of easy wind and downy flake. The woods are dark, deep and lovely.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tiramisu Temptation

Tiramisu Temptation 10" x 10" acrylic on canvas
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Alliterations flow off the tongue smoothly, I think that titles should be poetic. My painting teachers always told me to look at poetry for imagery, like how gold always portrays luxury and red represents temptation for food. This piece is different in person, the light picks up the silver and gold, I put quite a bit of metallic paint in the cake. I entered this in at my local Utrecht for a people's choice competition, the theme was to use gold/silver/copper paint, I'm excited to see what everyone else did!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Caramel Cheesecake

Caramel Cheesecake 6" x 6" oil on 1.5" thick canvas, painting wraps around edges, signed on side
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Here's another fancy cake I got from a local chocolate shop. This cake totally melted before my eyes, it made me paint much faster. These paintings remind me of Wayne Thiebaud, that blue/purple always feels so happy and joyous.

Monday, March 11, 2013

White Chocolate Raspberry Delight

White Chocolate Raspberry Delight 6" x 6" oil on 1.5" thick canvas, painting wraps around edges, signed on side
I've never eaten something so decadent, it's like out of the rococo period or something.  This raspberry iced dessert has white chocolate sides with chocolate mousse on the inside with a little wafer on the bottom; those little ornaments on the top were chocolate too! Anyway, about the painting, I feel heavily influenced by Wayne Thiebaud, I love the pop-art quality. I like the happy feeling associated with that purple/blue/pink color, it creates a jubilant atmosphere. I also like observing the color choices the chef had made, like that pale green juxtaposed against the alizarin crimson.The top of the cake is an effective sculpture because it looks like a playground, if you imagined yourself mini.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Wabi-Sabi 6" x 8" oil on canvas
Wabi-Sabi is an aesthetic which focuses on imperfection and asymmetry, it's a Buddhist concept that centers on transience and acceptance. I used to blown glass in college and this is one of my vases, it has so many bumps and thicknesses, but at least it stands. I will have a better picture tomorrow, there's really nothing better than outdoor lighting.