Wednesday, November 2, 2011


This summer I was honored to be asked to participate in the Trinity School Spotlight on Art market. I also recently discovered that one of my representing galleries, Gregg Irby Fine Art, will be a featured gallery. You can see my work more than once! Am looking forward to the show, which will be held February 6-11.

Gregg Irby will also be holding a "Masterpiece and its Minis" November 16- December 23rd. Stop by to pick up small versions of your favorite paintings.

dk Gallery in Marietta, GA will be holding its Small Works show December 2nd, from 6-9. It is always a fun party at dk shows-great music, great art and great people!

This painting is titled "Sophie", and is 30" x 40". It is available through my website.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Brown-UPS might be onto something......

I opened a catalog of delicious fall clothes this week, and the line that caught me was "brown and black DO go together." Do they? Is brown the new black? If it doesn't hide 10 lbs then I am going back to my staple black. I like the color, but realized that I NEVER use it in my paintings. I don't wear it much-I only have black boots and shoes, no brown. In my never ending quest to be more streamlined and chic, I have removed all but white, black and gray from my wardrobe. If you can call it a wardrobe. Actually my wardrobe is anything that doesn't have paint splattered all over it, mothholes or kid related stains. If it does, I usually wear it out anyway, but my WARDROBE is hidden away for when I actually pretend to have a life.

This lack of other color in my life led me to try brown in a painting before I commit to a new sweater. I do have to say that it can be fun . There are so many nuances to it. I like it with turquoise. Not sure if I am ready to order the outfit yet. I wouldn't be able to wear it anyway, until I have hid it for 2 months from my husband and say "what this? I have had it for ages..." This painting is 40" x 40" and is available at Sunshine Limited in Watkinsville, GA.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Juicy Color

I heard the term "juicy color" this week and just love it. What a great description of those intense, saturated colors that artists are always struggling to find. It is the fun part of the painting, when you get to come in and put some bling on, some gorgeousness.

A gallery owner remarked to me yesterday that she feels the need to show paintings with color and happiness right now. The economic news can make anyone feel like they are sloshing around in layers of gray. My antidote to the gloom is to put on NPR for some beautiful music and get into these very happy, very juicy colors. I just have to turn the radio off when the news comes on!

This painting is 30 x 30 and is available through dk Gallery.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The cure for high blood pressure.....

This morning I was rushing around my house, trying to get ready for a VERY important appointment with a VERY prominent gallery. As always, the hubby had things to say, and the children were dragging, as they had been up all night. I had no clean clothes and had too much coffee. The school called just as I was parking in front of the gallery, which is across town from our house. Luckily the school nurse took pity on me and agreed to send the sick (allergic) child back to class until I finished my appointment. As I opened my car door in front of the gallery owner, a huge pile of my kids' McDonalds wrappers fell out from their nutritious dinner on the run last night. I dropped my purse. It flew open. I wanted to crawl under a rock.

Then I entered the gallery and every care I had just flew away. It was a sea of gorgeousness. Just as delicious as anything could be. That is when it hit me that I had a new cure for stress. Every doctor should send their patients to a gallery for an hour a day. They just need to sit and take in the beauty. We would all be so much healthier. Even more so if we stopped eating at McDonalds.

This painting is titled "Golden Moments" and is available at DK Gallery, my newest gallery. Donna and Mary are the coolest chicks around and know their stuff. Stop in for some destressing.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Amendment to Row vs. Wade

I really have nothing witty to say. I just wanted y'all to see my new painting. 40" x 40" and now available at Gregg Irby Fine Art.

Saturday, September 10, 2011


I think all of my water/boat paintings are my way of telling myself that I need to go to the ocean immediately. ASAP. Stat. NOW.
I just know that I will suddenly be bombarded with offers from all of my friends & family to take care of my kids while I am gone. Hello? Anyone? Anyone at all......don't be afraid to speak up. Why do I hear crickets?

"Seaworthy" is 36 x 48, and available at Gregg Irby Fine Art.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

This put some wind in my sails.......

Cool Sailings, pictured here, sold this week, thanks to the gang at Gregg Irby Fine Art.

Makes a girl want to shop. After all, as the quote goes from Steel Magnolias, "The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize". I may have paraphrased that a bit. So many cute fall outfits in the stores, so many many. Alas, all of my money goes to the fine state of Alabama to support our student there. I am sure he uses it for study materials and healthy food. It helps to live in my imaginary world. Anyone is welcome.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Row vs. Wade

This has been one of those home from shows sleep due to mentioned a disaster. Thankfully I have many wonderful friends who have all simultaneously offered to bring over margaritas. This worries I known as the needy margarita girl? As one friend put it so well, they are much more fun and effective than chicken soup. You may not feel any better about life when you sober up, but at least for the duration of the tequila you just don't care. Alas, I have refrained from the fun and just relied on triple lattes, and not enough of them. I was able to finish this painting, 40 x 40, titled Row vs. Wade and now available at Gregg Irby Fine Art.

Monday, August 22, 2011


We had a wonderful opening for the emerging artists show at Anne Irwin Fine Art. Anne's new space is huge and gorgeous and was filled wall to wall with people. I loved meeting artists I had heard of for years and new art patrons. As I told my husband, I felt like Cinderella!

Now Cinderella needs to get moving and paint. Thanks so much to all who came and supported me either in person or online-so appreciate you all!

Thursday, August 18, 2011


I remember finding all of my mother's nude drawings from her college art classes. I was 7 or 8 at the time. While I was mortified that she would actually have seen a naked person, let alone drawn one, I was also fascinated at her skills in depicting these people. My little mind grasped even then that being able to render the human form was something special. I took my first human figure painting workshop not long ago. It was not as awkward as I thought it would be. I enjoyed working with skin tones and their special nuances. There are many models in the Atlanta area and one day I hope to be able to work with these professionals, however that can be pricey. Finding people in the meantime would be weird. "Hey, want to come to my studio and pose naked?" Friends suggest using my husband as he something of a Greek god, physically. Perfectly proportioned. Quite dishy in fact. He is too embarrassed to even disrobe in the doctor's office so scratch that idea. Male nudes don't sell anyway. I think I will try the group drawing classes at our local artists' center. In the meantime this painting is 24 x 36, and is available for 2 weeks at Anne Irwin Fine Art.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Morning in My Dreams

Would love to be in Europe right now. I want to sit and have coffee and watch a little village wake up. Smell and see and hear the day start. Of course there would be some decadent pastry on the table too, however I didn't want to tempt myself by painting that in. My reality however is hearing "Mom, what's for breakfast" and "Honey, where are my car keys" and hearing our dog bark at the neighbors. That is the wonder of art-it transports you to other places and times. Think I will now paint myself a palm tree to go sit under.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


I am very happy to be asked to donate a painting to the High Museum High Arts Day coming up this fall, as well as one to the Swan House Flea Market. I am so proud to be included with this very talented group of artists!

Also on tap on August 19th is the Anne Irwin Fine Art emerging artist show. This will be held in Anne's gorgeous new space on Miami Circle and is sure to be a fun show. It runs through September 9th. The painting above "Aren't You Glad I didn't Say Banana?" will be shown there.

More good news from Anne Reynolds at Sunshine Limited, a fun gallery in Watkinsville, Georgia. I have been fortunate to have several recent sales thanks to Ann. She has such a wonderful place and is great fun to visit with. All you Bulldog fans need to be sure to stop by during football season!

Summer season in Georgia lake country is in full swing. Three Lakes Gallery is in a new spot and has some fun new work. My painting "Flat Broke" featuring a truck in Cashiers, NC is featured there.

Gregg Irby Fine Art is representing my Recess series of retro girls and her space in Buckhead is so cool. Be sure and stop by and see Mary Margaret, Grace, Amy and all their friends playing on Gregg's walls!

Saturday, July 16, 2011


Time for a vacation. The heat has boiled me and I am so wanting
an ocean breeze. I love the water when it turns that clear turquoise, like the Caribbean. South Florida or the keys. I remember staying at the Boca Raton Resort. Once you sat on the beach someone would put a little flag pole beside your beach chair and when you wanted another drink you just ran your flag up. Gosh, that was a wonderful idea.

This painting is 24 x 36, and is available at my etsy store or by
contacting me at

Thursday, July 7, 2011


Recently, I was able to visit the studio of one of my favorite artists, Dennis Campay. The man is amazing, and his wife is one cool chick. I want to be them when I grow up. His art is so alive, and so fantastic. He is such a generous man. He discussed the mindset of a creative person and how to open yourself to what is really in your soul and in your heart. I felt like a lightening bolt had hit me. There was a true, giant, all encompassing "AHA" moment-Oprah would be so proud.

I came home from Dennis's funky, urban place of inspiration and looked around my suburban, white bread home filled with old english furniture. My surroundings cannot dictate my creative flow!! At least for now it will have to do. I ran upstairs to my in home studio and whipped out a wild and crazy painting with drips and scraping and splatters. I was scared, appalled and excited. What had I done?? One of my galleries had called needing more art. Dare I? I didn't have much else so I did. I took that wet & wild painting in there, full of trepidation and more than the usual insecurities. My friendly gallery owner took a look at it, kind of mumbled and smiled, then moved it to to the side of my pile of art.

At least I had tried to release that creative, wild thing inside of me. It was scary but I heard Dennis in my head saying "It's only paint-what are you afraid of?" Halfway home I got a call from my gallery. The piece had just sold.

There is paint now splattered everywhere in my studio. It reminds me of the first time I tried to cook spaghetti. I have strange things scattered around that I hope to use in my paintings. My next few attempts have had mixed results, but I am raging forward, opening that part of my self that is a little scared to come out. This painting is 24 x 36, and now dried and recovered from the violence of its creation and is available by contacting me at

Sunday, June 26, 2011


This painting is another version of the Chattahoochee River paintings I have been doing. It was a commissioned piece, number 5 for the same collector. I enjoy the drips, and scraping and sanding that I get to do with these. Another version of this is hanging in the HOA office of Country Club of the South, which is appropriate since many properties there border this part of the river. Hopefully I can get outside and take some photos of other vantage points. If I fall in can someone pick me up in the Gulf?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

"Flipping Out"

Atlanta has already been broiling and I still haven't done the

dreaded swim suit shopping. So far I have been able to pass the kids
along to my husband for pool visit,s but now that school will be

out, I will be poolside. This is "Flipping Out" and is 36 x 36.

Please contact me at for more information.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A departure...

I needed a change up for a short time and recieved a commission for a nude-my first! I enjoyed it so much that I have done a few more figures. This is "Evening Out" and is 22 x 28, oil on canvas. Please contact me at for more information.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Can you tell that I am excited for a summer beach trip? This is titled
"Jack and Jill" as they do have a pail and might fetch some water!
It is a big one- 48 inches by 72 inches, on wood panel.
Please contact Gregg Irby Fine Art
at for more deatils.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


"Amy" is 48 x 72, oil on gallery wrapped canvas. She is available by contacting me at

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Margaret is 24 x 36, oil on canvas.

Tomorrow you will meet Lucy and Amy.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


I love painting these girls......this is Sally and she is 30 x 40, gallery wrapped, oil on canvas. Hopefully she and her friends will be playing in a gallery soon......

Friday, January 21, 2011


Time for recess!!

36 x 48, oil on canvas, gallery wrapped sides.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Lady who lunches....

You can say it. It's out there. I know it, and I am ok with it.

I am tired of painting happy pink flowers. I have several retro works in progress. Hopefully you will see more of this lady and her friends as they go off to their lunches at Mary Mac's Tea Room. Not your standard figure painting but a whole lot of fun!

30 x 40, untitled, oil on canvas