I am making a documentary about Climate Change for Kids. It's a positive, uplifting film and is in post-production now. It will be available soon. If you'd like more information, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Currently I live in Fairfield, Iowa. I lived in the Seattle area for 38 years and in 2017 I moved back to my home state of Iowa.
This page which contains Pet Illustrations as well as Portraits of Children that I have painted in watercolor over the last several years.
Here is a video I created about my cat in 2018. Please check it out! My Name is Flower Video
Aspen and Hemi
This is my last watercolor portrait. Aspen, the young woman, holds Hemi as a puppy. Hemi lived until he was just 7 months hold (that's him looking on in the background). Aspen's dad, Bob (see Jax, below) asked me to paint this portrait in memory of Hemi.
This is Jax. His owner Bob asked me to paint this illustration of Jax for his wife.
This is Bernie, he's also in the last illustration. He won a recent "People's Choice Award" on my Facebook Artist's Page! When I told his owner Clint, he said, "Bernie will be so proud."
Here are Bernie, Ebony and Ruby. Their owner, Clint, took the photograph on the left.
This was my first pet Illustration. This is Axl, my friend Kimberly's dog. We all lived in the Seattle area at that time. They now live in San Francisco.
Click on images for a larger view.
This is Jim with Amanda and Andrea, who were visiting him. I felt like I knew them very well after finishing this painting! The girls live on the East Coast and this was a gift for them.
I painted this portrait of these girls for their grandma to give to her son and daughter-in-law for Christmas. Here's what Grandma Karen wrote to me:
"My son and daughter-in-law Loved the portrait and were SO surprised!!! It was the perfect Xmas gift 🎅"
Thanks, Karen, for letting me know!
Ruby and Callie.
Eric is 10 and we had a great time collaborating on his portrait. He wanted to be sure that I included Venom, a Spiderman character.
This is JayLynn and Fiorella, two girls who stopped by to have their portraits painted. Fiorella's costume was somewhat ornate so I finished it in my home studio.
These are a couple of the portraits I at Molbak's. Grace helped with the watercolors of her portrait and Vivienne helped with her design!
Check out the August 2015 issue of Blue City Monthly Magazine based in the Seattle area for a story about these portraits!
Many thanks to editor Elizabeth Griffin who visited Country Village for this article. Click here to read it: Blue City Monthly.
I am posting this portrait of Torance in large format so that perhaps you can get a feeling of the lovely summer day when I painted it. Torance is my neighbors Jim & Lori's granddaughter.
Recently I painted portraits of Andrea E's four children: Caroline, Grant, Sophie and Benjamin. Caroline was featured in an article about the portraits in Blue City Monthly Magazine (see above)! Grant and Sophie worked with me to choose some of the colors in their portraits.
Benjamin was a little too small to hold still for a portrait so I took his photo and painted it in my home studio. When Andrea brought the portrait home and showed it to Ben, Andrea texted me, "Ben LOVED it!"
Grant, Isabella, Caroline, Siena, Veronica and Luca had their portraits painted on warm sunny days at Country Village.
I drew a picture of a princess for kids to color or paint. Vivien colored it today! Below you will see the coloring sheet which can be printed out on a printer and colored at home!
These kids came to the Country Village Farmers' Market on Friday and posed for portraits for their dads! Their names are Vivien, Leo, Izzy, Zachary, Lucas, Angelica, Amelia, and Addyson. Hope you had a great Fathers' Day with your Dads! And thanks to you Moms for stopping by my booth!
I painted Madison and Melaine on June 12. It was a beautiful day and it was fun painting and getting to know both of you!
May 2015 - Engaged couple Rosy & Bruce wanted to add a special touch to their wedding invitations and asked me to paint this portrait for them! Warm wishes to you both for a wonderful life together!
Here are a few portraits I drew on Mother's Day, 2015. It was fun to draw Teresa and her sister Stephanie, as well as Tattiana and Nicole! I also had the opportunity to
draw Dennis's two kids from photos as a gift to his wife. And I took a photo of little Keegan at Country Village and finished the portrait in my home studio.
May 2015 - This is Axl, dog of Kimberly. He was so good at sitting attentively for quite a few photos until we finally captured this expression. Axl is quite a special dog!
I was at the Arts & Crafts Market in Clearview on April 18 and drew these two kids for Mother's Day presents. Thanks, Emily and Walter! It was fun getting to know you. And thank you to Kat Summer, organizer of the Summer Market that supports the Maltby Food Bank.
These were painted at c'est la Vie. They are located in Edmonds, WA. Here are Will, Owen, Elizabeth and Desmond.
I drew portraits of Isaiah, Isabelle, Kay, Tralynn & Mike, and Faye & Karl on Valentine's Day. Also Sophia, Elizabeth, Ryder and Isabel. It was fun drawing all of you. Thank you for your patience! Also thank you to Mary Berg and Lisa Moses at Molbak's for this great experience!
February 4, 2015: Here are recent portraits of Monet, Olivia and Davis. I drew Monet at their home--this is an example of a 30-minute portrait. I took photographs of Olivia and Davis and worked on them in my home studio. Thanks kids, and thanks to your mom, Julie, for the chance to paint your portraits!
Here are Ryker and Kinley, who live in Iowa and are cousins.
This is Brook. She and her family were at Wight's for their after-Christmas sale.
This is Lilli. She had a fun owl on her shirt.
I drew portraits of Jacob, Caspian and Marsali at the Edmonds Art Walk on December 18 at the Ombu Salon + Spa. Even though Santa was there, a storm was forecast for that evening which kept a lot of people away. :( Regardless, thank you to everyone who came and also Beth Sanger for the opportunity to draw at the Salon!
I drew one portrait at MaJe Gallery today. Thank you, Zaynah and your dad for stopping by the Gallery and staying for a portrait.
FYI, MaJe Gallery has some wonderful Holiday gifts at reasonable prices. Everything is made by artists in the U.S. and many in the Northwest. The address is 409 Main Street.
I drew portraits of kids and adults at Wight's Home & Garden in Lynnwood http://www.wights.com
I want to mention something about the black & white drawing of Adelaide, above. Adelaide wanted to go home and paint the drawing herself, so I took a picture of it in the drawing stage and e-mailed it to her!
Thank you, Tatum, Gavin, Adelaide, Mollie, Lindsey, Olivia and Olivia for allowing me to draw you! Also Hailey & Tegan who posed next to a Christmas tree and I painted them in my home studio.
I've started drawing some portraits at Brookdale which formerly was called Merrill Gardens Northgate. My friend Gyla lives there and she introduced me. This is Welma, one of the residents, a lovely lady. I hope I've captured her essence.
Sunday, November 30: I drew portraits of these three kids today, Cole, Luca and Ali at MaJe Gallery in Edmonds. Owner Manya Vee has a wonderful collection of gifts available for Holiday shopping in her gallery. Here's her website: http://www.majegallery.com
The address is 409 Main Street in Edmonds. I invite you and a friend to come check out the gallery and sit for a fun portrait!
I drew these charming girls, Lydia and Molly, at my sister Cindy and brother-in-law Jim's home over Thanksgiving weekend. Thank you, girls, for the opportunity to draw you while I was on vacation!
October 25, 2014 -- Today at Wight's Home & Garden in Lynnwood I drew portraits of kids. Here are 6 of them. They took about 25 minutes each. Thank you to all of the kids for posing so patiently. It's really fun for me to draw and paint the kids, and talk with them about how their lives are going. Thank you also to Wight's!
Thank you for your comments! I'm happy that you visited my site. If you'd like to purchase a poster or some greeting cards, click the STORE on the left column of this page. You can purchase through PayPal with a debit or credit card. Thanks again!
October 13, 2014 -- I had the pleasure of drawing all of these kids at the Seattle Children's Festival yesterday, plus 8 more who I didn't think to photograph! It was very fun and I think that the kids enjoyed it too. Thank you, kids! and thank you Seattle Children's Festival staff for the opportunity!
Thank you to everyone who voted for my painting! There were 14 Honorable Mentions in the Drawing/Painting category at the Kenmore Art Show. They were all really good! I felt very honored to be recognized as part of that group.
See GALLERY page for a close-up of this oil pastel painting and the STORE for how to obtain a print.
February 2014: The Alice Through the Looking Glass posters have been a long time coming, but they're now available for sale! In addition to text from the story by Lewis Carroll, I've designed them with words that are inspiring to me--sayings I'd like to have on my own walls to remember each day. I hope you enjoy them! They are made for children's rooms, but they will also brighten up anyone's home, classroom or workplace!