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Bits and Pieces on the Beach

Watercolor, 14 x 10 inches. $175 framed. The wet sand changes color in the shadows of the clouds. Even the small wet wood chip glimmers. All the shell pieces in their history and formation and destruction tell a story of life.

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Blue Hydrangeas

Watercolor, 12 x 16 inches unframed and unmatted, $90. Can you tell I like hydrangeas? They are both hardy and delicate. Here is a still life with Blue ones. One must “hurry” for hydrangeas slightly change shades over time.

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Blue Iris

Watercolor, 24 x 18 inches, unframed and unmatted, $150 From the hours in my grandmother Browning’s garden to the images of Georgia O’Keefe’s flowers taking my breath away, the blending of colors and lacy edges of Irises amaze me. When I study them I see fluid movement in both shape and value. As a child…

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Buttercups in Blue Vase

12 x 18″ · $140

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Celtic Cross, Ireland

Watercolor, 14 x 20 inches, unframed and unmatted, $70 The cemeteries of Ireland have these ancient Celtic Crosses. Before the average person could read, the carvers would put scenes from the Bible on the crosses to tell the stories. This one shows the Christ figure, Adam and Eve at the fruit tree, and Cain slaying…

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Chinle Spirits Formation

Watercolor, 8 x 10 inches, framed and matted, $70 Up on the mesa, not far from where we lived, there was this huge formation sometimes called “haystacks”. To myself I called them watchful spirits. Out of the flat sand rise these interlocking towers. As I painted this I imagined all the possible spirits there so…

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Coming East into Window Rock at Dawn – oil

Oil, 30 x 38 inches Dark wood frame, $300 I took this highway so many times, but one very early morning just as the sun was rising into full day it reflected off the mountain ridges and I counted seven. I pulled over, got out of my car to stare. I had never noticed them…

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Coming East into Window Rock at Dawn watercolor

Watercolor, 8 x 10 inches framed and matted, $70 This was at early morning as the road drops down off the Continental Divide into the town of Window Rock and the sun was rising over eastern mountain ridges.

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Coming Into Tsaile

Oil, 18 x 24 inches stretched canvas, $350 There is a road north from Chinle to Tsaile where I took Dine’ College art classes. The views change with each trip—it is a favorite route.

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Curiosity

Watercolor · Framed: 9 x 13 inches · $50.00

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Desert Modern

Watercolor, 10 x 14 inches unframed and unmatted. $40 This captures the many parts of beauty within the Navajo Reservation: the bluest of skies, the browns of the sand, the trees in the Chuska mountain mist, the use of turquoise in jewelry that has accents in the landscapes, to the beginnings of the starlit skies…

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Exotic Pause

Watercolor with pastel and silver paint accent 11.5 x 9 inches unframed and unmatted, $40 This portrait is from a photo of a dancer with a feather headdress after the end of a dance performance. Las Vegas or New Orleans or Brazil, I am not sure.

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Floral Vase

Watercolor, 5 x 5 inches light grey double matted, 10 x 10 frame, $40 Fresh field cut flowers still life.

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Frosty Winter Scene

Watercolor 15 x 11 inches. $75 It can get so cold the air crackles and takes your breath. Yet the frost settles in wondrous glow in the tops of the trees.

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Grandpa’s Farm

Watercolor, 14 x 20 inches unframed and unmatted, $40 Some of my best “picture memories” are spring days on Grandpa’s Tennessee farm. He always rose before the sun and the rising would accompany him to the barn for milking. I would stand at the fence a distance away and take in the whole scene. This…

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Grey Hills, Chinle

Watercolor, 14 x 20 inches unframed and unmatted, $25 When living in the desert I used to say, “If you don’t like what you see, just drive a while and it all changes!” Near home, the stark changes in landscape amazed me. Yes there is a “moonscape” area of grey green hard-packed dirt sand hills.…

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Here I Am

Ink on drawing board Framed: 18 by 18 inches $350.00 Framed and matted. Portrait from the Our Child series of Immigrant children separated from their parents at the border and imprisoned throughout the U.S. from 2018 to the present. This series can be uncomfortable as it invokes a human natural response to protect our children.

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Immigrant Woman 1

Charcoal, pastel on grey, 8 x 10 inches unframed and unmatted, $30 She has had her child taken at the U.S. Border.

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Leaves at Dusk

Watercolor, 10.25 x 14 inches unframed and unmatted, $120 Even at dusk their colors can be seen, holding out through the dark.

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Leaves for Thankfulness

Watercolor, 10.25 x 14 inches unframed and unmatted, $120 Fall is a beautiful time in Ohio with all the variety of trees. I am thankful for all the days of bright colors offered just before dark winter days.

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Leaves in a Puddle

Watercolor, 10.25 x 14 inches unframed and unmatted, $120 In Ohio the frost and rains of fall bring the leaves down too soon! The leaves fight back to hold onto their colors to the very last. The maples, oaks and Elms keep company while the cold comes.

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Leaves in Winter Frost

Watercolor, 10.25 x 14 inches unframed and unmatted, $120 I took leaves and dabbed them in a color and put them down on the dry paper to get the edges and veins of the leaves. This palette reminds me of crisp, icy winter days.

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Left Ashore

Watercolor, 14 x 10 inches. $175 framed. I collected these and placed them in a cluster in the sand, as if hugging one another after being left there from the familiar sea.

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Lies Sideway – Crow Brave

Watercolor from Edward Curtis photograph unframed and unmatted. $70 Portrait from an Edward Curtis (c1908) photograph. His photographs and study are amazing. I just don’t know if any of the monies made from these photographs ever came back to help the Native American people. I only hope.

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Memorial Day

Watercolor, Plein Aire, 10 x 14 inches unframed and unmatted, $40 I was at this cemetery to paint outside just after Memorial Day. This was the veteran’s section. Having an uncle who died in war, a father who served in the military for 20 years, and four other uncles who served during WWII and now…

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Navajo Powwow Fancy Dancer

Watercolor Unframed, 11 x 15 inches · $150.00 Time at any indigenous Pow Wow of ancient dances and artistic symbolic dress inspires. Families pass down the art, and the meticulous care taken to costumes and the dance steps honoring ancestors.

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Nouveau

Watercolor, 10 x 14 inches unframed and unmatted, $40 The intention was to take a design and make it one’s own in a nouveau style.

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Paris Night Cruise

Watercolor 12 x 18 inches. $75 unframed. Influenced by a visit to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam I’m sure. But I am not so conscious of how, it just happens when both a painting captures and then a live scene consolidates in the heart and mind. On the night cruise, I kept thinking “he…

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Rain on the Mesa

Watercolor, 8 x 10 inches unframed and unmatted, $70 In the desert one can see for 70 miles at times. I was so amazed as I watched the storms move across the vast spaces. With sun shining where you stand and rains, blessed rains falling on the horizon.

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Shells at Fort Morgan Beach

Watercolor, 14 x 10 inches. $175 framed. The Shells are larger on Fort Morgan beach. The curves and designs of nature are intriguing and show differently in white than in grey or black. The sand is so soft it collects in a way that leaves flowing and weaving edges as the edge of each wave…

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Shells on a Beach

Watercolor, 10 x 14 inches. $70 unframed. I have been a collector of shells on beaches around the world; these are a few of my favorites.

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Shells on Shore

Watercolor, 10 x 14 inches framed, $175 These shells on shore are near enough to still get periodic edges of waves to soak the sand around them.

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Spider Rock Inspired

Watercolor, 22 x 15 inches unframed and unmatted, $95 My husband and I lived for four years in Chinle, AZ. Canyon De Chelly National monument was 5 miles from our home. We would often go there in all seasons and times of day. Spider Rock sits deep in the canyon and is known for the…

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Spreading Swirl

Watercolor 18 x 24 inches. $120 unframed. As I work with “Brusho” watercolor powder the colors explode and with the water spray, they run wild on the page. It accents the beautiful detail of leaves in motion.

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Spring at Sandy Ridge Reserve

Watercolor, 8 x 12 inches unframed and unmatted, $40 This is a favorite place to watch migrations of birds in spring and fall. But on this clear summer morning there is this wonderful reflection of the sky, and water lilies.

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Spring Flowers

Watercolor, 10 x 14 inches unframed and unmatted, $40 A still life of fresh flowers in a vase, hopefully bringing a smile to someone’s face.

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Touring in the Rain

Watercolor 11 x 15 inches. $50. Standing on a bridge in Ghent, Belgium in the rain, hardy tourists came by on a boat tour. This image always makes me smile.

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Tulip Tree

Watercolor, 10 x 14 inches unframed and unmatted, $70 Impressionistic tulip tree bloom, again using my observation, memory and Charli’s photography, I could both mask out parts to resemble the flower while also letting the washes and colors run throughout.

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Where Am I?

Watercolor · Framed: 14 x 11 inches $150.00, Framed and matted One in the series of Our Child. This series represents the children taken at our border and imprisoned from 2018 to the present. This image is from a news photo taken of a very young boy looking out the fenced window of a cage.

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Whimsical Glass Vase With Flowers

Watercolor 18 x 24 inches. $120 unframed. I love the drips and flows watercolor forms. Always the interaction of control yet out of control, that is the balancing act of the artist.

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White Hydrangeas

Watercolor, 20 x 14 inches Unframed and unmatted, $120 I won this crackled vase filled with white hydrangeas as a table prize. This still life was a result. There is an oil painting also.

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Winter Field

Watercolor with pastel accent, 8 x 10 inches unframed and unmatted, $40 There are many snowy fields during Ohio’s winter. Once in a while the sun sets across the snow reflecting the cold clouds and this gold, peachy color.