Niagara
16" x 20"
On Canvas Panel

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I found plenty of pictures of Niagara Falls in my photo box. I am originally from western NY state. Born in Buffalo, got married, and lived on Grand Island. It's a pork chop shaped island in the middle of the Niagara River. We lived on the sixth 5-acre lot from the river edge. We'd often take a walk down to the river and we could see the mist of Niagara Falls in the distance. And Canada was what appeared to be a stone's throw across the river. It is a beautiful area. I miss its three seasons, spring, summer and fall... but hated the long, cold snowy winters. There is plenty of family and friends there so I know we'll go back and visit again. 

Stand In the Light
30" x 15"

Oil on 1.5" Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Original Oil Painting is
SOLD
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It's hard not to smile when you see a sunflower. They are such a happy flower. I can remember growing them when I was a young girl. In this painting you can feel the warmth of the light shining on the tall sunflower petals and stem. In general, as they grow, they have a tendency to face the sun. Their yellow color symbolizes vitality, intelligence, happiness and also traditionally symbolizes friendship. Sunflowers are also associated with spiritual knowledge and the desire to seek truth and light. This sunflower is standing in the light.

Aquatic Symphony
24" x 18"

Oil on 1.5" Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Original Oil Painting $1000
Original and Giclees available in store

In Aquatic Symphony, you can almost see the graceful melodic dance of the lotus flower and pods swaying in the light fog. It gives a zen-like feel with a turquoise blue background and green leaves that have hints of purple and gold. Back when I made silk floral arrangements, many times I used the dried conical pods to add interest to the floral design. The lotus flower is fragrant and symbolizes beauty, grace, harmony, spiritual knowledge and serenity.

Where Love Begins
24" x 24"

Oil on 1.5" Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Original Oil Painting  $1200
Original and Giclees available in store

 

Prickly pear cactus are abundant in Arizona. The pads and flowers come in a variety of colors. The flat pads look like large thick leaves and have clusters of fine spines that protect the plant. I love this one in my garden because of its bright orange color. When I see the cactus pads full of buds, the anticipation begins... waiting and watching for them to open and display their beauty. The great thing is that they don't open all at once, which makes it a long blooming delightful show! When the sunlight shines on them, the petals glow with illuminating color. This is where my love begins!

Bright and Beautiful
12" x 12"
Oil on 1.5" Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Original Oil Painting is
SOLD
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A few years ago, I purchased a small package of sunflower seeds. I planted the seeds and this beautiful flower grew. It must have been a different variation of sunflower because it didn't look like a regular tall plant I was used to. The flower was short, maybe less than 12" high with an interesting center and had huge leaves. I took photos of this plant so I could remember it. I loved the soft delicate petals with the curls, twists and turns they made. This flower is truely bright and beautiful.
 
Almost Paradise
12" x 12"

Oil on 1.5" Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Original Oil Painting is
SOLD
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Many years ago, my husband and I went to Hawaii on our honeymoon and I immediately fell in love with all the tropical flowers. My favorite was the bird of paradise and I figured I would plant one in my garden when I got back home. Sadly, I found out they do not grow in Buffalo, NY. It wasn't until we moved to Arizona in 1998 when I saw the bird of paradise growing in the yard of a house we were viewing. We didn't buy this house but now I knew I could plant my own. After purchasing our home, I soon made it to the nursery and bought two bird of paradise (sterlitzia) plants. Now I get plenty of my own blooms which makes me feel like it's almost paradise.
 
Love is a Rose
12" x 12"

Oil on 1.5" Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Original Oil Painting  $395
Original and Giclees available in store

 
One of my favorite places in Arizona to go and explore is the Phoenix Botanical Gardens. They have so many garden trails loaded with desert vegetation and other unique plants. It is home to thousands of species of cactus, trees and flowers from all around the world. One bright sunny day at PBG, I photographed this orange rose. The sun shining on the petals made it look like it was glowing. I took a photograph so I could save the image. When looking thru my photo box, I thought it would be great to paint and try to catch that glow. This is one of my favorite roses that I love.
Always and Forever
20" x 16"

Oil on 1.5" Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Original oil painting in artist's collection
Giclees available in store

 
After weeks of updating our masterbath, it came time for the finishing touches and I needed something for the wall near my vanity. I wanted a water scene and these swans with their elongated, curved necks and white feathers stood out. My masterbath was done in neutrals, grays and taupes and I didn't want blue water. A good friend, who is also an artist, suggested I paint the whole work in neutrals... even the water. I wasn't sure how I'd like that but as I started, I immediately knew it was the right direction. In the research of painting these swans, I've learned that swans have been counted among the few animal species that form lifelong pair bondsmate for life...  so I named it always and forever. 
'Tis the Season
6" x 6"
Original Oil Painting
on canvas panel
Unframed $85
Original available in store

 
I wanted to paint something 'holiday' and use it for my first Christmas card for my family and friends. As I thumbed thru my Christmas photos, I kept stopping at those beautiful red blooms. So the poinsettia won the bid for the card. After all... 'Tis the Season.
Essence of Joy
30" x 15"
Oil on 1.5" Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Original Oil Painting $985
Original and Giclees available in store
​Every spring, I've gone to Costco and purchased their cut lilies. They have stately long stems and large fragrant  flowers... and most times it's too strong of a scent! But that scent reminds me of springtime and Easter. I photographed these beauties outside and created this painting from individual photos. It is an essence of joy for any season.
Staring at the Sun
18" x 24"
Oil on 1.5" Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Original oil painting in artist's collection
Giclees available in store

 
You may have noticed, this is a different angle of the same sunflower titled Bright and Beautiful. Years ago, I purchased a small package of sunflower seeds. I planted them and this beautiful flower grew. It must have been a different variation of sunflower because it didn't look like a regular tall plant I was used to. The flower was short, maybe less than 12" high with an interesting center and had huge leaves. I loved the soft delicate petals with the curls, twists and turns. I took several photos of this plant. This one looked like its face was turned and was starring at the sun... so I used this one for my first oil painting. 
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