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Ahhh…February. A sign that spring is around the bend. I don’t know about you, but I feel a sense of hope. Winter might (might…) be ebbing. February is hope and romance. Valentine’s day. What images and smells come to mind when you think of February? Chocolate? Roses? Can you smell it? Close your eyes and imagine.

For Valentine’s day this year, I painted a special piece, a work that expresses hope, joy, and love. Something we need to remember. When asked about what Valentine’s Day means to me, a word came to mind.


Definition, 1) take or clasp in the arms; press to the bosom; hug; 2) to take or receive gladly or eagerly; accept willingly, to embrace an idea; 3) to avail oneself of: to embrace an opportunity. 4) to adopt (a profession, a religion, etc.): to embrace Buddhism; 5) to encircle; surround; enclose.
Such a wonderful word. And, especially, I believe, at a time right now when there is much anger and discontentment among many in our nation. Embrace. Remember to embrace each other. Do not focus so much on division, but inclusion.
To illustrate that feeling, this painting invites you in and envelops you in a luscious bouquet of flowers, of overflowing blossoms, engulfing your senses with petals; a deeply floral, earthy scent. Bury yourself in the blooms and feel the embrace of the bouquet. Carry that sense with you today and share it with those around you.
Embrace, 20x16, original watercolor painting on Plexiglas

Embrace, 20×16, original watercolor painting on Plexiglas


This painting will be in our new group show at Tumalo Art Company. The show is entitled “The Joy of Everyday Things”,  and is tied in with Bend’s Joy Project #bendjoyproject.

Enjoy the new work, and find it and other paintings of mine at Tumalo Art Company, Hood Avenue Art, and other venues. The Source and other new work is currently installed at North Soles Footwear in downtown Bend, OR.

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I painted “Wishes” to describe the intricate lifelong relationship between sisters. It can be an incredibly complex relationship, filled with friendship, imagination, hope.

My own sister is 8 years older than I. I tagged along with her everywhere she went. Being raised on a farm provided many opportunities for imaginative play and adventure. In my eyes, we were not only best friends right then, but would be for life.

My sister and I in our Sunday Best.

My sister and I in our Sunday Best on the Colorado farm.

We spend all day together on our farm. Whether doing chores, riding bikes, playing, fixing something, or working with the animals, we were joined at the hip dawn to dusk. Even though she was so much older than I, she tolerated, and even seemed to enjoy, our time together. I treasured her and looked up to her for guidance and adventure. When she left to go to college, then married and moved away during my pre-teen years, I felt as though a chunk of my body left as well. She had children and a husband and a different life. Our connection dwindled down to occasional visits, maybe once or twice a year, and even those visits didn’t manage to fill the void in my chest.

During a visit to Willamette Valley this spring, I happened upon a dynamic scene of two girls with their mother, out for a stroll at the tulip farm. During the outing, an older girl bounded up to a bench among brilliantly lit tulips. The younger girl, not wanting to be left out, skipped to the bench to see what amazing ideas her sister had discovered. Conversation, planning, and imagination between them led to some secret world only they were privy to. It reminded me of my sister and I and our childhood.

In painting the girls, I wanted to impart the magic of imagination, play, and friendship between these two girls, but I also wanted to impart a wistful feel. I placed lighting at late afternoon, haloing their hair in a beautiful way, but also suggesting the end of the day. Their time is ending. Not only for the day, but some time in the future when they will no longer be together. They will have separate lives, separate families, and perhaps live far apart. That very close, magical friendship and companionship will change.

Wishes, detail.

Wishes, detail.

It might become richer and deeper as time goes on, or life, death and circumstances might wedge between them in a way that keeps them apart. The title, “Wishes”, conveys the bittersweet moments in which I wish for my sister and our companionship we once had.

Whether it is your own sister, your children, nieces, grandchildren, or even a life-long friend you call a sister, take time today to call them if you can and remind them that they are important in your life and that you cherish every moment. Remember the fun times you had together as children. Reconnect and renew your friendship.

Wishes, 20x16, $750

Wishes, 20×16, $750

And for this, I say to my own sister, thank you for the magic. And I love you.


“Wishes” is available at Tumalo Art Company in Bend, Oregon. When you go to see it, make sure to notice the repeating pattern of bench latticework in the collaged paper and gridded texture of the gesso. Notice, too, a dreamlike state of the sky and fields at the top of the painting and the suggestion of distant trees. Tulips in the front are dripping color and left to the imagination, further enhancing a magic feel.

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