I completed this painting in June for a series that my church did titled "God Is Moving." (You can listen to the sermon series here by clicking on podcast and then scrolling down for the series title.) This piece is meant to be viewed in its stages of completion. Therefore, here is a slideshow:
The final piece was 3'x3' and materials used were acrylic and gold leaf on canvas.
(I heart gold leaf.)
 
 
This is one of the most unique/interesting commissions that I've had to date. -Partially because is not often that I get to paint a still life but also because of the subject matter. The commission was to paint a woman's grandfather's WWII medals. I'm totally honored to help commemorate a WWII veteran and had a lot of fun completing this.
12"x16" acrylic on canas
closer crop of the top row
 
 
Once again I have the pleasure of helping to commemorate a marriage. This painting was commissioned by the parents of the bride, who are owners of one of my other beach paintings. As always, it is a pleasure to aid people in celebrating and I hope this is something that brings the couple joy for many years to come.
12"x12" acrylic on canvas
 
 
12"x9" watercolor, colored pencil and acrylic on coldpress watercolor paper
This month my dear (and unfortunately far-away) friend Kori and her husband Andrew will celebrate their first wedding anniversary. I miss this woman so, SO much, am immensely glad that she and Andrew have so much fun together and would like to raise a virtual toast to many more anniversaries to come!  
 

Silas

08/17/2013

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I've been painting babies quite a bit lately. Silas is the youngest of my nephews. (I have five!) He's hilarious (which I hope is conveyed in this piece) and so, SO cute.
approximately 11"x8.5" watercolor, colored pencil and acrylic on cold press watercolor paper
 

Honor

08/15/2013

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Painting this sweet 'lil lady has been on my to-do list since before last Christmas. SO...I finally did it. Honor is my niece. She has crazy hair and a crazy personality to match. Love this girl.
approximately 11"x8.5" watercolor, colored pencil and acrylic on cold press watercolor paper
 
 
This series was commissioned by a gentleman as an anniversary gift to his wife of 25 years. They are a wonderful couple -a great example both of a solid marriage and a solid faith.
24"x18" acrylic on wood panel
all are 6"x6" acrylic on wood panel
 

Flynn

08/04/2013

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It was such a pleasure to paint this smiling face -commissioned by some friends back in Columbus, OH. 
12"x9" watercolor, colored pencil and acrylic on cold press watercolor paper
I actually painted Flynn's older brother, Wilson, previously (see below). Now they each have one. I can't decide which little guy is cuter.
 

Greece

08/03/2013

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9"x9" acrylic on 1.5" depth canvas 
This piece was commissioned as a 1st year anniversary present. It was painted from a photo taken on the couple's honeymoon in Greece.

On marriage: Happily, I've had quite a few commissions recently having to do with weddings and anniversaries. And in November my husband and I will celebrate our five year anniversary. At the same time, divorce -or simply marital difficulties- are beginning to surface more frequently among my peers. It reminds me not to take the relationship that I have for granted. It reminds me that relationships take work and some people are just lucky (I consider myself to be in this category) enough to land in a well-balanced union with a best friend; a relationship in which both people are interested in putting in the work necessary.

...All of this is culminating in my feeling honored to commemorate the marriages of others with my paintings and appreciative for the intimate and loving relationship that I have been blessed with in my husband. 
 
 
On the 18th I had the pleasure of participating in the Montana Art & Music Festival in Santa Monica. Here's a pic that a gentleman was nice enough to mail to me after:
As you can see, I had a table set up outside on the sidewalk and then I also had my larger paintings set up inside ABS. Any chance that I have to get my big paintings seen is relished and the ladies at ABS were such wonderful hosts.

PS: If you are interested in viewing some of my larger pieces in person just message me and we'll arrange a studio visit!