Patowmack

21″ x 27″
pastel on paper

This painting was created based on a photo I took at Great Falls National Park.  It was my last visit to the DC area, as my daughter and her family were moving to Florida a couple of weeks later.  I took my two grandsons to the park, where we climbed on the rocks to enjoy the various viewpoints of the Falls and the Potomac River.  The name of the painting comes from the old spelling of the Algonquin name of the river, as well as the name of the company formed by George Washington to make the rivers in the area navigable.

Late Walk

18″ x 24″ pastel on paper

This painting was created based on the view from my daughter’s deck in Northern Virginia.  The deck overlooks a wooded area, which was rather bare in the early morning light in winter.  I envisioned a painting as I sat in solitude drinking a cup of chai tea.  In my mind, I saw the color in the trees and underbrush.  The view is so different from the morning view from my Florida patio.

Loners

18″ x 24″
pastel on paper

As with several of my paintings, this one was inspired by the view from my daughter’s deck in Northern Virginia. It was winter, the trees were bare, and I found great beauty in the shape of these two lone trees against the setting sun.

From the Pier

19″ x 27″
pastel on paper

This painting was inspired by a view from a pier when I was with a group of girlfriends. We were on our way home from a road trip to Savannah. We got off the highway to drive over to the coast at St. Simon’s Island. There was a beautiful golf course, wonderful huge twisted oak trees and the lighthouse. The view didn’t look as good as the painting, but for some reason, I decided this was the scene I wanted to paint from that area.

Countryside

21″ x 27″
pastel on paper

This painting came completely out of my head. I started with an abstract underpainting, created a landscape painting on top of it, and this is the end result. I love the splashes in the underpainting.

Heaven and Earth

18″ x 24″
pastel on paper

This painting came from viewing several photos I had taken of various tree scenes. I just combined them all in my head, chose my color palette, did a loose underpainting, and then followed the drips to create an imaginary scene.

Low Country

18″ x 24″
pastel on paper

This painting was inspired by the miles and miles of this view that you see when you drive along I-95 anywhere from South Carolina to Florida. I have made that drive many times. It doesn’t look this good in real life.

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