Wednesday, July 1, 2015


This is the second of the commissions i had donated to 
West Coast Boxer Rescue as a fundraiser item. The lady who won the bid 
wanted a portrait of her deceased Luke. 
I've done a lot of Boxers and have gotten to know the bread quite well. 
With this one, i did the eyes first and he could watch me work 
and keep me company. 
We became good companions as i felt his warm, gentle spirit. 
Watercolour, 12 X 16 on Arches 300 lb. CP paper. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

"Julia's Mom"

This was a tough one.
I had donated two 1/4 sheet watercolour commissions to a dog rescue 
group for their annual fundraiser. 
One of the winning bidders wanted a portrait of her mom 
and not a Boxer! Yikes! 
The challenge lay before me. It took a long time for me to get to it 
because i kept putting it off. But once i got started i had a lot of fun 
and think it would be good to not limit myself to just doing cows. 
There are many options before us. 
Watercolour on Arches 300 lb. C/P paper. 12" X 16".

Sunday, June 21, 2015


This is a favorite model. She belongs to a lady in the Netherlands. 
I've painted her in watercolour and had it published in "Splash 14"
but thought an acrylic 
would be appropriate and much larger too! 
She is on display at the "Ruberto Ostberg Gallery" in Calgary. 
Delilah is on canvas, 20" X 24" Acrylic.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

"Elvis's Pup"

A young lady i know commissioned me to do this for her boyfriend. 
His name is Elvis. 
So it is not really the Elvis you might have thought it was, 
but a different Elvis. 
I loved doing this one. The photo was not very good.
You could just make out a pair of boots in the snow, 
so i thought i would put in a pair of boots so the dog 
has something he is looking up at. 
These are actually the hiking boots i long for. 
Had a pair when i was much younger and they were the best. 
Acrylic, on gallery wrapped canvas. 18" X 24" 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

"Blu Street"

This is a commission piece for a young lady who wanted one similar
a while back. Sadly, her husband would not let her have it.
 A short while later she got rid of the husband
and now has a painting! :)
Husband was gone probably not because of the painting
but it's fun for me to think so.
It has been a long while
since i painted watercolours and a village.
I was very happy to do this. They are such fun.  
Watercolour on Arches 300 lb. cold pressed paper. 16" X 22" 

Monday, June 8, 2015


This little girl is on her way to an art gallery in Fort MacMurray called 
"Points North". 
She is acrylic 18 X 24 on gallery wrapped canvas. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015


A new girl in town. She is headed off to the Rouge Restaurant to be on display 
in their couples dining room. This room entertains couples only on special 
occasions. Deirdre' is replacing "Dreamer" who was purchased by a couple 
celebrating their 16th Wedding anniversary. 
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 24 X 24 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

"Who You Calling Chicken?" aka Guard Cow

Can't stop painting these bovines! 
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 24" X 24" 

Friday, May 15, 2015

"Sunny Brooke Farm"

I'm enjoying incorporating whimsical backgrounds in these recent cow paintings, 
I've been borrowing from my watercolour landscapes. 
Can't wait to see where it goes. 
This is acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, 
24"  36".

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


This little
guy had just 3 legs.
I believe he was born that way. His life was not easy
and he lost his battle not too long ago. The owner was very sad to of course seeing wee Ajax struggle and suffer so, but missed him terribly when he was gone. A friend commissioned me to paint her a portrait of Ajax. I couldn't decide which photo to work from so  i did both. His sweet sole was so evident in the photos they provided. These are both watercolour. 12" X 17".

Thursday, February 5, 2015


I've painted this same sweet girl several times and love her as a model. 
My favourite thus far though i have many. 
 I've several angles of her and intend on doing them all. 
This is a commission for a lady who saw one of my other ones. 
She wanted a specific size to go on the wall with a painting of a wolf she owns. 
This is acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas and the biggest one i've done so far. 
I really enjoy painting the larger canvases. 
30" X 36" 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


Gerta here is the newest member of our family. 
I've been having fun playing around with the backgrounds, 
incorporating some whimsical scenes. 
I see the background as a playground in need of exploration. 
Gerta is acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 
24" X 24". 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

"Cairo and Sophie"

Two new pup portraits for a family who lost them both within a month of one another. 
The first little guy is Cairo and the second one is Sophie. 
I had fun with the backgrounds once i figured out what it was i wanted there. 
Both are acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 
24" X 30".  

Saturday, January 3, 2015

"Big Sister" and Happy New Year!

Thought it best to start the New Year with a "Cow" painting. 
This is a new version of "Little Sister". This cow is a favourite model as i 
have several angles of her. She is quite the beauty and i love her expression. 
I'm also hoping to post more, paint more, blog more, explore more 
and promote more in 2015. Perhaps a painting a day would be good. 
This is acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 12"X12". 
She is in her forever home as well! 
Happy New Year everyone. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

"Duffy's Pond" Merry Christmas!

One more before Christmas. 
This is a commission for a young lady who wanted to 
have her son and two dogs in a painting. 
Her son is #19. 
I had fun with this one. 
It had been a long time since doing a watercolour 
and very much enjoyed working with this medium again. 
This painting is off to Kamloops B.C 
to be placed under someone's tree. 
12X20 on Arches CP paper. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014


I hesitated to post this one because i cannot for the life of me remember where i found her image. 
Usually i keep a record of all my sources and contact owners for permission. 
But i love this one so much i had to post her 
and hope if someone recognizes this girl they will let me know. 
She was painted especially for an animal rescue group in our city for their 
annual fund raiser and was given to the highest bidder. 
I'm sure she found herself in a good home of animal lovers. 
And too some needy pups and senior dogs were helped in the process. 
She is acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 24 X 24 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

"The Girls"

 I have been working on quite a few of these all 12X12 on Gallery wrapped canvas.
They're such fun to do. I see these smaller ones as work studies for larger paintings. 
My plan for the New Year is to get going on some 4 or 5 foot canvases
using these as my models. 
I am so grateful for several photographers on Flickr who 
graciously let me use their photos. I do have some photos i take on my own 
but find all manner of interesting shots by much better photographers than myself. 
They also get quite a kick out of seeing what i have done with their 
beautiful work. 
Hope all are doing well and these girls made you smile.
Oh their names are, Bossco, Grey Beard, Rosy and "Pick Me!"

Saturday, December 6, 2014


A new cow painting. 
This is not the usual composition for me as i most often do the 
portrait with just head and shoulders.. 
I really like the outcome and will do more from further out and perhaps with herds or multiples. 
Just can't stop painting these guys. 
They make me smile. 
This is acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 12' X 12". And she's sold! :)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

"Morning Star II"

I've painted this sweet girl a few times now from different angles. 
She is a commission for a lady who wanted her for a special spot in her home. 
I was not sure if it would work using red here for the background because there 
is a fair bit of red in the subject, but i really like the outcome. 
Hopefully the client will agree!
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014


A wee watercolour, 14" X 18" about a family and all their memories rolled into one. 
There is the cabin by the seaside, a raft with children, the sail boat they sailed around the world on, a kayak with hubbie and family pet and all the other marine vessels they've owned. 
I had a binder full of photos to work from and put this together for them. They said they liked it! I'm happy with that. 
Watercolour on Arches CP paper.