This page and content is from the years in Houston.
One of the smallest mind-blowing bathrooms on
seated--nay, enthroned--at the center of a 16th century palace, with an oval hall before you. Behind and above is a canopied throne.
I couldn't have
painted this one on site.
The panels are
8 ft. high, but the floor measurment of the room is only 59 x 35 inches.
This was the initial concept of the
family, but the project blossomed into much more. My background in Art
History is very much in evidence in the oppulent Baroque and Renaissance
The doctor who commissioned this work
is now giving thought to transforming her other 1/2-bath into a Medieval
*POSTSCRIPT: When the couple divorced, the doctor retained cusody of her bathroom.
This is the crest I developed for the
family, with its water theme (Renaissance dolphin and waves),
as well as the French royal fleur-de-lis.
All of this, including a standing statue
is painted on the back of the actual
door to the room.
( A hinge and a bit of the marble
terrazzo floor can be
seen at the lower left. )
The level of detail in this series
of murals is VERY high, as can be seen in these close-ups
of the garden panel (left) and the
A little pixie looking through the
lightswitch aperture before installation...
become one of my favorite subjects, and this mural started it all.
My long time
friend Tundra Tom Faess invited me to paint a mural on the headquarters
of his company, Great Canadian Ecoventures, in Yellowknife, capital of
Canada's Northwest Territories.
Painted in exterior
latex housepaint, the picture combines day, sunset and night; spring and
fall; and depicts the open tundra, with arctic wolves, caribou, grizzlies
musk-ox, and a gyrfalcon.
A pure and passionate
love of that land is what inspired this painting. I have spent time in
that wild place, and its silence, its beautiful colors, its sweet perfumed
air, its rock and water will never leave my heart.
Over the years
and after having small children, I've become fast and efficient ( though
still dedicated to leisure and sensory indulgance ). This project was complete
in just two weeks, leaving enough time for me to fly out to the base camp
in Tom's float plane on a gorgeous sunny day that was so windy the mosquitos
were all blown away and so inviting that I walked right down the sandy
beach and into the clear arctic waters of Whitefish Lake.
That mural painted for a place I loved so much was destroyed, but I had the opportunity to paint a new one. Read the Tundra Love Story.
Healing Arts Medical Center Fantasy Landscape
Pictures for this
latest mural project will be up soon!
This mural was painted on a food court booth at the
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. It is done in acrylic on panels and depicts
a nostalgiac remembrance of a bygone era.
The stories are in the details, from a little girl
and her doll watching a man whittle, to boys playing with marbles and a
hoop, a couple on their promenade, two immigrant women talking and more.
The panels are 8 ft. high, so the figures are nearly
I enjoy creating facial expressions. It can be a
tricky business, though, since the slightest brush stroke can change the
The man in the center, above, seen
through an open door, is painted on the real door, closed. (You can see
the hinge and doorknob.)
This two-sided business sign for Buchanan's
Native Plants, in the Houston Heights, needed not only to be bright and
fresh and attract attention, but also to be ACCURATE in its flora, given
the nature of the establishment
.Not just any old flower from my imagination
would do, no matter how sumptuous or other-worldly it might be.
Hence, the plants in both panels, from
left to right, are antique roses (Souvenir de la Malmaison), Blue-eyed
Grass, Liatris, Rudbeckia, Echinacea (Purple Cone Flower), Gaillardia,
Varigated Liriope, and Salvia Leucantha.
The subtleties of the Liatris may be seen here.
A sign that is not only eye-catching, but has the
individuality of a painting sets your business apart.
This project was both a very large mural AND a multiple
business sign. It's bright colors transformed the rather plain cinder block
building in Yellowknife, NWT, Canada.
The lettering along the base of the building says
" Best selection in the NWT",
so the concept was a stylized tundra scene,....scattered
with furniture, of course!
In the details below, notice the musk-ox (left) and
the caribou (right).
Wall Multicultural Business Sign
The images painted around the circle illustrate shelters
and structures built by the Inuit, the Native Americans, the early trappers
and settlers and modern Canadians.
Other imagery on the sign represents
and honors the ethnic groups of Canada's North:
The red, yellow, black and white sash behind it is
part of the traditional dress of the Metis, the descendants of French trappers
and coureurs de bois and Native people.
I was pleased to work with Manuel and
Marta Jorge and to help give form to their vision.
This project came at the very end of
one of my visits and time was so short that I had ensconced myself with
a pot of coffee in their big work space to paint all night. When they left
me, the sign was bare except for the letters.
When they came down before breakfast
in the morning to see how much I could possibly have finished, or if I
might be curled up in exhaustion, they were shocked and also very happy...It
(I don't know how it happened. Actually,
I do. The muse visited me, as she always does....at some point!)
After I painted
a few commercial trucks in Canada, it dawned on me that living in the artcar
capital of the world ( Houston, Texas), I really ought to paint my own
vehicle, which is a 1985 Toyota Corolla.
A car like this
doesn't have a huge surface area, but if there's anything an artist knows
how to do, it's pack in the imagery.
Thus, the driver's
side depicts Texas, including the Hill Country (with a galloping white
stallion), the desert and cacti of Big Bend, and the Rio Grande valley.
The hood is painted
with a palace scene...
...and the roof
has my black eagle, wings spread across the galaxies.
The car was painted
entirely by brush, with exterior latex housepaint over a universal primer
applied to the lightly sanded car paint.