Wandering the Western Slope

Several weeks ago my husband and I drove over the Rocky Mountains to explore what’s known here in Colorado as the “Western Slope.” Specifically, we went to learn something about the Grand Valley, where the Rocky Mountains give way to the Colorado Plateau, where the Colorado River meets the Gunnison and where a city appropriately-named … read more

Searching the Shale

Sitting at the edge of a landfill isn’t what I envision when I’m anticipating an afternoon of landscape painting, but that’s exactly where I found myself a few weeks ago. The way this happened is nothing new. When my husband and I travel, each of us gets to select a natural feature, historic site or roadside oddity that … read more

Wind and Wildness

I’m back home after my month-long artist residency in southern Wyoming. Besides working on my book project, I hiked its hills, painted its mountains, presented my journals to a group of its schoolchildren, toured one of its small-town museums and drove its dirt roads to the back of beyond, but I can’t say I have … read more

In Wild & Woolly Wyoming

As I picked my way carefully across one of the high passes in Wyoming’s Medicine Bow Mountains on my way to the artist residency, I thought the worst part of the drive was the snow-packed highway, the fierce wind and the blowing snow that obscured my vision. I was wrong. When a tractor-trailer passed me in the … read more

What’s an artist residency?

As I mentioned in recent posts, I’ll be heading to the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga, WY, in a few days to start an artist’s residency. Friends are asking a lot of questions: How did you hear about this? Where is it? How did you get this? What will you do there?  Will your husband come … read more

Not such a bad thing…

Last month I wrote about going to paint outdoors on a very cold day. To those of you who wrote with concern about my sanity, I have a confession to make: once I got out in the bitter cold that day, I just couldn’t make myself sit in the snow to paint. I took photos instead and then retreated to my … read more

Wishing You A Little Peace on Earth

I’m standing at my office window contemplating the scene outside. The sun is rising, but its faint glow is barely discernible behind a wall of clouds. In the growing light I see a thick blue-gray blanket of snow covering streets and yards. It is 8 degrees out there. View from my office window This morning my plein air group will meet … read more

Colorado Yellow

When you fly out of Atlanta in mid-October, as I did a few weeks ago, you rise up out of a forest of green, as the trees haven’t yet turned color with the change of season. As my plane lifted into the sky the green was swallowed up by clouds and the ground didn’t reappear again … read more

Visiting with Rachel Carson

I just returned from a trip to Maine and am still reveling in the beauty I discovered there at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. A sanctuary for migratory birds and for people like me seeking a retreat from the stress of modern life, the refuge stretches along 50 miles of the southern coast of Maine. The approach to the … read more

Why Paint Landscape?

Evening, Soapstone Prairie – gouache on cradled panel, 12 x 24, 2016 As I sat here yesterday putting the finishing touches on the painting above, I was aware of just how much I love painting landscape. And why is that, you may ask? Beauty is the first reason. My work is about place, and the places I … read more