Monday, April 12, 2010

Final Exhibition at the Doiron Gallery

Oil on Canvas
30 x 30"

The Doiron Gallery in Sacramento is closing down next month, so they are having a 'last blast' sale of gallery artists work. The gallery, on Del Paso Blvd is showing three of my Kokanee paintings, and are priced to sell! So if you're in the area, please pop in and take a look!

Dance of Life
Oil on Canvas
60 x 40"

Mixed Media on Paper
20 x 30"

Doiron Gallery is conveniently located in the heart of Sacramento’s Uptown Arts District, one mile from Arden Fair Mall and only six minutes from downtown.

From Business 80 North: Exit RIGHT at El Camino,
at 4th light LEFT onto Del Paso, after 2nd light on your right, past Winnipeg Street across the street from Bank of America.

From Business 80 South: Exit WEST at Arden Way, at 5th light, RIGHT on Oxford St; next light, LEFT on Del Paso, .on your right past Winnipeg Street, across the street from Bank of America.
From Downtown: Take 16th Street (160) North to Del Paso exit. On your left between Forrest Street and Winnipeg Street across from Bank of America.
From I-5/ Natomas: Take Arden/Garden Connector LEFT on Del Paso , on your left between Forrest Street and Winnipeg Street across from Bank of America.
Doiron Gallery
1819 Del Paso Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95815

Phone: 916-564-4433

Friday, March 26, 2010


Conte on Paper
30 x 22"

After careful consideration and soul-searching, I've decided to shelve the oil paints for a while until I've had my baby. So...what do I do in the mean time? Well, the Yu Ji lecture I attended at LTCC last week gave me some inspiration to focus on drawing again - so I'm taking this as an opportunity to really work on my draughtmanship. I really enjoyed this drawing, and I think doing more of this sort of work will improve me as an artist. I'm horribly impatient, and usually work far too fast, so I think being able to modify my speed might help my painting when I get back to it. I've also ordered some watercolours and a lovely new moleskine sketchbook. I'll get my colour fix that way, and hopefully learn to handle a medium I know almost nothing about. Here's to new challenges!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Two Fabulous Cupcakes

Two Cupcakes
Oil on Panel
6 x 6"

Here's No.2 in a series of lovely cakes from the Sugar Pine Bakery in Tahoe. Katie also makes wedding and other speciality cakes, pastries and scrummy artisan breads. You can email her for more details:, or call 530.542.7000

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Portfolio Development Class at LTCC

I'll be teaching the 'Portfolio Development' class at Lake Tahoe Community College in the Spring semester, starting on April 9th. Classes are on Fridays, 9- 10.50 am. This is the official description:

This course is designed to assist art students in preparing a complete portfolio which would be available for career and advanced study opportunities. The course will include the preparation, development and presentation of a portfolio of original art, photographing art in producing a slide and digital image portfolio, developing an artist's resume and an artist's statement. The course also addresses preparing the developing artist for the professional world of art: pricing of artwork, copyright, and an introduction to art galleries.

I'll also be covering a lot of online marketing and communications, such as blogging, building websites from templates, social networking, online newsletters and email etiquette.

The required text is 'Taking the Leap' by Cay Lang, available in the college bookstore, or online at (prices starting at $7.64 used)

Register now!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Fine Creation

A Fine Fruit Tart
Oil on Panel
6 x 6"

We've got a fabulous new bakery in Tahoe, and I'm so excited I just had to paint some of their creations. The hardest thing was not eating it before I'd finished. A friend suggested one bite would make for a more dramatic painting, ....but I'm pregnant, so there's no such thing as one bite!

If you're in Tahoe, please visit the Sugar Pine Bakery at 3564 G, Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe. You can read a brilliant article by Becky Bell on the bakery here: Tahoe Arts & Mountain Culture.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

8 on 80...

Charcoal on paper
14 x 11"

This is another of my portraits from the forthcoming book, 8 on 80 - written by Kim Wyatt, and published by Bona Fide Books. This amazing woman is in her 80's, still skis as often as the sun shines (which in Tahoe is a lot!) and is just an inspiration. She has the most beautiful skin, which you notice when you sit and draw someone for an hour whilst they're being interviewed. She also knits amazingly complex sweaters, one of which she was sporting for the interview. I couldn't possibly do it justice in a quick sketch, so an implication of the stitchwork on her shoulders was all I did.

It's always a little nerve-wracking, showing someone their portrait after struggling with movement, gesticulation and shifting light. Drawing someone whilst they're talking is great because they're more animated than if you labour over a formal portrait for hours, days, or weeks - but it's not without challenge. I realise when I'm doing this how much I rely on studio lights to create exciting forms and contrast. Without that sort of control, and the pressure to create a believable likeness in a very short amount of time...well, it keeps me on my toes!

So the 'ta-da!' moment arrived after the interview was finished, and I turned around my sketchpad to show the sitter her portrait. My 80-something year old sitter simply said, "You made me look old."

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Private Tuition Available from March 2010

Wild Iris and Mount Tom, Bishop
Watercolour & Pastel
22 x 30"

Starting in March, I'll be tutoring adults and children at my studio in California. For kids, materials will be included, and we can work on coursework or anything else they'd like to try.

For adults, a no-pressure, supportive environment in which to learn, or refine artistic skills. I'll be offering still life, portraiture, figure drawing and painting from the model, critique service and in the warmer months, plein air painting around the Lake Tahoe area. Adults will provide their own materials, but I can help you select and order whatever you'll need.

Rates: $30 Per hour for children, $45 per hour for adults. Models are an extra $12 per hour with a two hour minimum.

I'm willing to travel to your home at extra cost if you are unable to make it to my studio.

If you are interested in private tuition (one or two people maximum) please email me at for more details.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Studio sale

Pitcher & Peaches
Oil on Panel

This painting is for sale on Ebay

I'm having a studio sale of small works, all at rock bottom prices. You can bid on these little collectibles by clicking on the link above.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Self Portrait 2010

Self Portrait 2010
Oil on Panel
6 x 6"

I've been a little blocked lately, so this is what I do when I can't face painting for a while. Self portraits aren't always about vanity, and sometimes aren't even about soul-searching. When I'm blocked, this is the perfect thing for me to do. I don't have to worry about a model, sales, or whether anyone else will like it. I do it for me, an exercise. I'm a familiar subject, but I've changed since last time I did this, so that's always interesting...and a little revealing too!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

8 on 80

Charcoal on Bristol Paper
14 x 11"

This was actually the first drawing / interview we did for our forthcoming book, 8 on 80. It's pretty challenging to draw someone whilst they're talking, and the light is shifting. It was almost dark by the time we'd finished, so I had to really stay on the ball and work fast. It's amazing to meet people who really embody that whole 'Peter Pan' idea, still living life to the full well into their 80's. This guy said that he rarely skis with anyone else, because they can't keep up with him! It must be the Tahoe air....

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

8 on 80...a sneak preview

Charcoal on Bristol Paper
14 x 11"

Kim Wyatt (of Bona Fide Books) and I are producing a book called 8 on 80. It's theme is rad 80 year old Tahoe locals, who still ski almost every day of the season. Kim is interviewing them, and I sketch them whilst they tell us about their lives, and reveal a little of the secret of staying active and living life to the full into their 80's. More to come...

Saturday, January 23, 2010

New Artists Statement

Artist’s Statement, January 2010

I have a busy brain, and I’m sensitive to body language, facial expressions, and other non-verbal clues about people. I tend to analyse everyone, looking for a story in their faces. The portraits and figure paintings I create are the result of the fascination I have with wordless storytelling.
The “widescreen portraits” are inspired by what I call “painterly films” such as The Piano, The English Patient, and Finding Neverland, which I find visually fascinating. I’m intrigued by the cropping and camera angles that create dynamic compositions, which when viewed as a still, speak of unseen drama and the bigger picture we can’t see.

When I paint nudes, I’m looking for what the body will tell me—about the individual in front of me, and of the human experience we all share. I’m also looking for the things I’m not supposed to know, the things we cover up. I enjoy the polarity of raw markmaking and carefully finished details, as an expression of the duality of primal energy and conscious control. These marks create the sensation of movement and stillness in the same person, on the same canvas.

Lately, I have been working with costumes, wigs, and make-up. The idea of partially revealing what is beneath the surface of things is continued in this series, using props to more literally disguise/reveal the real person. I wanted to capture a person in the act of applying or removing the disguise, or the private moment of doubt before “the show.”

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Limited Edition Giclee Prints

Divine Light
Signed Limited Edition Giclee Print on Archival Paper - Special Edition.
Prices start at $95.

I've added a new portfolio to my website, containing a new collection of prints available. Starting at just $95, these collectible prints are signed and numbered Limited Editions of 500. They come professionally matted with a neutral, acid free mat - ready to frame. Shipping is free in the United States, $20 worldwide.

I accept Paypal, the safest way to send money.

Please visit my website to see the full collection: