Studio Works

While most of my plein air pieces are small, once I move indoors, I can increase the scale. Here's a sampling of studio works developed from my own photo references and field sketches.

Seattle Night Scene
Portal to Tuscany
Cassanova Rosso
Near Ghost Ranch
Fractured Cliffs
Daffodil Weather
Reflecting on Beauty
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Seattle Night Scene

Seattle Night Scene

Well, I started this as a plein air piece- painting from a rooftop on Queen Anne Hill- but I would have needed a miners lamp, so finished bulk of it in my studio. Pastel on paper

11"H x 14"W

Portal to Tuscany

Portal to Tuscany

This pastel on archival paper was done from my own photo in Monterrigioni, Italy. This small hill town had a great view of Tuscany through the back gate in the fortified walls.

15"H x 18"W

Photo by artist

Cassanova Rosso

Cassanova Rosso

This pastel was done from my own photo of the winery on the estate where we stayed in Tuscany with some other artists. Our favorite wine with our nightly feast was Cassanova Rosso!

12"H x 16"W

Photo by artist

Near Ghost Ranch

Near Ghost Ranch

It was too threatening to paint, but I was able to revisit those amazing hills near Ghost Ranch through my photo. Pastel on archival paper.

9"H x 12"W

Photo by artist

Fractured Cliffs

Fractured Cliffs

This piece is based on plein air pastel painted at Cape Disappointment- except using photo from a sunny day. I actually painted this out in the sun in my garden to immerse myself in the feel of what I remembered from that day. I was sucked into the geology of the cliffs and the wonderful reflections in the wet sand. Oil on canvas panel

16"H x 20"W

Daffodil Weather

Daffodil Weather

I took a photo for reference just before a storm hit. When I finally did this pastel from the photo, it brought to mind the big thunderheads I had seen in Santa Fe. This helped me give just the right intensity to the clouds over Mt Vernon!

9"H x 12"W

Photo by artist

Reflecting on Beauty

Reflecting on Beauty

My daughter Kristina posed in summer kimono for a figure drawing event. Most of this piece was completed as part of a demo during the Summer Arts Festival. It's amazing it worked out so well given all the interruptions!(I do love to talk to people about Pastels and my work)

11"H x 14"W