Oil painting of redish orange poppiesPete’s Poppies (plein air), oil, 10 x 20, $1450

Pete and Charlotte’s backyard is a wonderland of farm life. Outbuildings, fences, machinery, lamas and a garden of poppies are delights for the painter. The flush of poppies in peak bloom cried to be painted, so a few of us gave it a go. Talking ‘paint’ and listening to music, we got well acquainted at the beginning of our trip. New art friends and great memories made.


Oil painting of trees hanging over a creek Little Goose Creek (Canyon Ranch), oil, 6 x 8, $950

I painted this creek on a hot, sunny August day, biting flies and trucks dusting me as they drove by. Soon a horse trailer stopped and out came a Stetson capped western vision of beauty, independence and soft ruggedness. Sandra Wallop admires my painting, extends her hand and a friendship is forged. Life as an artist brings so many new friendships and adventures. I love this life!



Oil painting of downtown Big Horn, WYLast Errand Study, oil, 6 x 8, $950

Our group stayed at Peter and Charlotte Boyle’s farmhouse in Big Horn for a few weeks. How I cherished my time in this cozy haven nestled up to the Bighorn Mountain Range. Many evenings we walked to dinner at the Big Horn Smokehouse, passing Big Horn Mercantile on the way. I knew I had just to paint the nocturne as the last customers of the evening visited the store. I added the full moon as a compositional element and the enhanced mood it offers.