Sunday, February 22, 2015


"Lakota" 19"x30"  Watercolor
This magical moment happened during an Honoring the Elder's powwow I attended, she was amongst the dancers, enjoying the music, the energetic dancing and dancing with her grandma. 
It's the little moments that really touch me.

Monday, December 29, 2014

I am honored to be accepted into IWS Mexico

"Hummingbird"  will be included in the International Watercolor Exhibit in Mexico City!  I am beyond excited as it has been a long time dream of my mom for my paintings to be shown in Mexico. It's doubly exciting that they have chosen a painting of her. 
You can see all the selected artists here:

Monday, December 22, 2014

Doña M II

"Doña M. II"  20"x14" watercolor
I've been working overtime on Doña M's blouse, it was lots of work and I think it came out pretty good.  I've decided that I really like that "what was I thinking" factor of painting because it keeps me focused and makes me push myself to do better.  I'll be having more of those moments in the new paintings I'm working. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Watiq' Oniq' On

Watiq' Oniq' On 17" x 13" watercolor
Did I mention the love/hate aspect of painting hair?  I love the way it turns out in the end and though I don't hate painting it, it is time consuming to layer colors upon colors without making it look overworked.  I really like the perspective of portraits when they are turning away from you, tricky not to make it flat or look like they're in full profile. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Tiny Dancer

"Tiny Dancer"  10" x 8" watercolor
I love watching the smaller kids learn the dances at powwows.  So cute and fun to watch them walk around and try out the steps that more accomplished dancers are showing them.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

This Little Piggy Went to Market 4

"This Little Piggy Went to Market 4"  17"x13" Watercolor
I rarely paint fruit so I thought it would be a good time to try it again, I love the color of these pears and the taste even more so! 

My favorite molcajete is always fun to use and painting the texture is a good challenge for brush techniques.  I've said it before and will say it again, I have no tricks up my sleeve, just good ole' fashioned straight forward painting. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Ma 'Anax'+' Alaptipu

"Ma 'Anax'+' Alaptipu" 18"x 24" watercolor
Sometimes I can't really express the feelings I have working on a painting and surely this is one of them.  Let me just say how honored I am to be able to be able to paint this Chumash brother.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Slop it on and make it work! . . . that's my go-to motto!

 It's been a busy summer so far what with kids out of school and a summer track and field club (my son not me!) But I've been managing working on some new paintings.  This is what I'm currently working on.  Can't wait to finish!

 Here's the slop in my palette.


Here's the make it work part!

Monday, May 26, 2014

My latest painting

 "Untitled" until further notice.  24"x 18"
I fell in love with this regalia, so beautiful with intricately woven feathers into the headdress and cape.  With so many of them similar in color, I had to focus on the nuances in each feather to make them come alive visually, as if they weren't already stunning to me! 
Here's some process photos.  :0)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Under The Influence 1

"Under The Influence 1"
I hear Peeps are poised to take over the candy world this year infiltrating the store isles with a variety of flavors and even sizes now!
So, since they want to go even more global. . . this is my take on some guy who put Campbell's Soup cans on the art world map  ;0)
Oh, and Happy Easter everyone! 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"Life Lessons"

"Life Lessons"  18" x 24" Watercolor
Because at some point in your life, you're just going to have to learn to float!

This painting was pretty tricky, never having painted sparkly water let alone submerged/floating people before it created another one of those "what was I thinking" moments.

I think my thought process was something like this.  .  What a great image!  I should paint that!, well, maybe not, it looks kinda hard, but then again, it would be a great painting, oh I don't know, I've never done anything like it before, well what better way to learn!, Ok, I'll try it!, I think . . .  maybe after I do some easier paintings. . .oh, I'll just go for it! Ok I'll do it . . wait,  
I'd better stock up on chocolate. . . yeah, chocolate will make this easier.  ;0)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Totes Adorbs

"Totes Adorbs"  8"x8" watercolor
Here's a more current take on the Sweetheart Candies. . . love notes in the texting/tweeting world! 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Spoonful of Me & You

Spoonful of Me & You
8" x 8" watercolor
How is it that I've never painted chocolate for Valentines?  Hmmm, maybe if it lasted long enough for me to paint? 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday Feature on Carrie Waller's blog

I'm very honored to be the featured artist on Carrie Waller's blog this week.  I had lots of fun answering questions and sharing stories about my, uh, mysterious past. 

(yup, that's me at about 1 1/2 years old)
Make sure to check out Carrie's blog by clicking on her name below and see some of her amazing work!  Thank you Carrie!  :0)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Eh Kneek II

"Eh Kneek II"  16"x16" watercolor
Finally finished with this new painting of an amazing young girl turning out to be an even more amazing young lady.  Here are some of photos of the steps I take to get to the finished painting:


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Currently on my easel

Ok, so I don't paint on an easel and I have several things I'm working on but I thought since I haven't updated my blog in a little while I'd let you see one of the things I'm working on.  Thanks for checking in, I'll have some new paintings to show you soon!  ;0)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Peeps y'all!

"Equality for all Peeps" 6"x6" watercolor by Pablo
"A Fistful of Peeps" 11"x14" oil on canvas by Geraud Staton
"Happy Hour Peeps" 10"x10" watercolor by Kathleen Ballard
"Little Bo Peep" 6"x6" watercolor by Chris Beck
(Jelaine Faunce is having a showdown with the Internet so as soon as she's laid down the law at the OK Coral, I'll post her image ;0)  )
All of the sudden, peeps are all the rage!  Lately I've seen more peep posts and pictures than I can remember.  I don't remember what got me started on painting peeps a few years ago and I never meant for them to take over but they have a way of, well, invading my space!  This year has been no exception even though I swore off peeps. 
I've been challenged by some of my most creative friends this time so how could I have turned it down?  I went simply for something I feel is important this time: 
Equality for all Peeps!
Make sure to check out every one's blogs by clicking on their names and enjoy the stories behind their paintings! 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Valentines Challenge!

"OXO"  8"x10" watercolor by yours truly
Three boxes of Sweethearts and a bag of large Sweethearts later, I had the still life I wanted to paint!  Ok, four boxes but who's counting after the first two!  This was a sweet challenge to be a part of. . snicker snicker, had it not been for the candy, I might not have powered through a touch of the flu during the painting!  Suffering for art was not part of the plan but I'm so glad I was able to finish it in time to be part of the challenge with a fine group of painters.  Please check out their blogs to get the story behind their paintings!  just clickity click on their names  :0)
"Heart full of Hearts"  10"x8"  watercolor by Kathleen Ballard

"Candy Love"  6"x6" oil by Geraud Staton
"Playing with the Queen of Hearts"  6"x6" oil by Jelaine Faunce

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Desert Primrose

Desert Primrose 10.5" x 8"
I love these flowers, such a beautiful pink and a warm yellowish glow in the center, and then there's the lovely darker pink veins. . . in the spring, they look like a carpet of pink in the desert.  But really what got me to paint this watercolor was the bee on the glass.  So cool.
If you'd like to purchase Desert Primrose, please email me at

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Gumby Bears & Pokey Dots

Gumby Bears 

Pokey Dots
Happy New Year everyone!  I thought I'd start out the new year with a little fun.  I used to watch Gumby and Pokey when I was little and thought they could make an interesting painting, of course I had to put my own twist on them!   
I hope you had  safe and wonderful holidays, time to move forward!