This country turtle crossed my path while walking in an open field, about a mile from the lake. I decided to transport the turtle to the lake. While walking, I thought about the Native American symbolism of turtle to represent Mother Earth, the giver and sustainer of life.
Turtle brings a message of persistence, endurance and to walk our own path. We have a responsibility to show gratitude and kindness for all of the gifts our beautiful living planet provides.
55” x 55” x 1.5”. oil on canvas
I pass by this tree on walks around the lake. The wooden steps draw my attention upward. Higher vision refers to an elevated viewpoint, a position of observation as well as an attitude of the mind. Gaining a higher knowledge. The base of the tree turns somewhat figurative to represent the personal aspect, while the tree top enjoys a bird’s eye view.
Similar to counting 1-2-3 before jumping into a swimming pool, the number sequence 1-2-3 refers to the countdown before embarking on a new journey. The countdown steps for mental preparation.
Discovery Green in Orange
87” x 53” x 2.5” oil on canvas
Discovery Green was parking lot transformed into a 12-acre park in downtown Houston. A venue that combines nature on a grand scale with the visual and performing arts. The grounds are amazing.
I love walking the pier, surrounded by lilies. Floating circles. Always in motion. I would sit on the pier for hours while capturing the spirit of the lilies. The color orange in the title refers to the season the painting was started. The color orange suggests change. After summer, before winter. The greens evolve into orange before changing into brown.
Art-Park Lily Drawing
75” x 51” not framed
mixed media drawing on Reeves archival paper
This drawing was inspired by the lilies planted in Discovery Green. The city park about nature and art. Made a picnic with Belgian beer, dark chocolate and drawing supplies.
Once at the studio, several drawings merge and reworked larger. Layering drawn images of floating circles. Capturing the ‘essence’ of the art-park lilies.
70” x 59” oil on canvas
This painting is an abstracted palm tree. It captures the spirit of my mother. I was in the process of accepting my mother’s sudden death years after her passing while I painted this piece. My brother and I went to Palm Desert to sprinkle ashes and to let go. It is this very tree where I said goodbye AND hello to a healthier way of processing her death. I was blessed with an incredible loving mom.
65.5” x 96.5” x 1.5” oil on canvas
This painting is more about questions rather than making a statement.
The “shiny object” is just out of reach. What is behind the motivation to obtain this goal? Is this desire in my best interest? Or, is it a symptom of something else? Emotion has a powerful pull on choices. Reality or Illusion? Risk versus reward.