Los Olivos Twilight, with oak tree California impressionist oil painting

“Los Olivos Twilight … with oak tree”
Backroads California impressionist oil painting
11 x 14 inches, oil on plein air linen panel

We attended a friend’s wedding in Los Olivos many years ago, and while we were in the area, we saw this remarkable sunset with incredibly vivid pinks, oranges and violets. The silhouette of the old oak tree made a lasting impression on me, and I’ve always wanted to paint the scene. If you look carefully, you can see golden grapevines on the left side of the road.


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Red Fox portrait oil painting

“Red Fox”
9 x 12 inches, oil painting

It’s not uncommon for me to do pet portraits of dogs or cats, but I think this is the first wild animal portrait I’ve done. The fur was challenging but the eyes were the most fun. The native plants in the background are apricot mallow, a drought tolerant California native plant indigenous to high desert and chaparral areas, as well as valleys.


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California Golden Hills and Oak Trees oil painting

California Golden Hills and Oaks
18 x 24 inches, oil on canvas

This is a theme and location that I will keep returning to — California’s beautiful rolling hills, studded with majestic live oak trees. The rain has been light this year, so the hills are not as green as we have seen them in the past; which means the swaying grasses will not be as tall this summer and fall. But it’s all a cycle and will be repeated again and again. I’ve even seen some of the local oaks starting to re-sprout that were scorched by last fall’s fire. Nature renews itself endlessly.


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Yosemite Chapel in Autumn oil painting California impressionist contemporary art

Yosemite Chapel in Autumn
10 x 8 inches
oil painting

Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year at Yosemite, and this little wedding chapel is never more charming than when framed with fall color. The deep afternoon blues of the walls are a perfect complement to the warm colors of the trees. I wonder how many thousands of weddings have been celebrated here?


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Breeder’s Cup Bronze oil painting

Breeder’s Cup Bronze
9 x 12″ oil painting

This weekend is the Breeder’s Cup race at Del Mar Racetrack.
This painting is of a Breeder’s Cup statue at Santa Anita Racetrack, where the races were held in 2016.


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Naturally Napa – California vineyard impressionist oil painting

“Naturally Napa”
12 x 16 inches
Oil on canvas

This recent painting was completed before the terrible wildfires swept through the Napa and Sonoma areas. I was afraid to look at the fire maps for fear that this beautiful vineyard, quite close to the city of Napa, had been harmed. Thankfully, it seems to have survived just fine. I look forward to my next painting trip to the area.

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El Capitan Summer Yosemite oil painting

El Capitan Summer
9 x 12 inches
oil painting on oil primed linen

The view of El Capitan from the Merced River is one of my favorite sights in Yosemite. I always enjoy returning to paint there, any time of year. One of these days I’ll brave the elements and do a winter painting with snow capping the rocks. For now, the summer greens decorate the scene.


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Superstition Mountains Sunset – Arizona western oil painting

“Superstitions Sunset”
Superstition Mountains, Phoenix Arizona area
11 x 14 inch oil painting

This past February I had the opportunity to paint in Arizona for a week, and I couldn’t resist the allure of the Superstitions. I had painted them once before, from a client-provided photograph, but seeing them in person was a different story. The dust in the air turned them even redder than they were naturally. Overall, a super-natural treat!

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I have a new website page dedicated to just my paintings of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah – wherever you find beautiful canyons and red rock scenes.
You’ll find paintings of the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Monument Valley – and paintings of Arches National Park, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon and Canyon de Chelly to come.
Look for it here: Red Rock Paintings of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico

Sunny Day, Laguna Beach seascape oil painting

“Sunny Day, Laguna Beach”
12 x 16 inches, oil painting

This plein air style painting was fun to paint, capturing the breezy, easy warmth and salt spray of Laguna Beach, California. Marine paintings and seascapes always take me to a happy place.
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Roses and Tulips still life oil painting

Roses and Tulips Bouquet
9 x 12 inches, oil on wood panel

This colorful bouquet came from an anniversary bouquet from my husband – I love the bright freshness of it and immediately wanted to paint it. He really knows the kind of flowers and colors I like. When painting botanicals, it’s very important to keep my palette very clean. I use a glass palette, so I can scrape it down with a razor blade to get ride of colors that get muddy. Even that may not get it clean enough sometime, and that’s why I wipe it down with alcohol after the razor blade removal of the big patches of color.

Speaking of color, for the past several years, we’ve been working on developing a floral garden at our house to provide me with fresh painting material about 9 months a year. We’re almost there!
Follow along the progress of our garden at My Facebook Garden Page, Artist in the Garden

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