About Me

A multi-medium aging artist and an underwater photographer, I retired from Florida to live on the beach in St. Croix, Virgin Islands. I am delighted with the island’s historic architecture, sunny skies, blue seas, and wonderful reefs. So now my days are full of gardening, painting, diving and snorkeling.

Although I primarily paint in watercolors, I recently dabbled in acrylics and apprenticed with some experienced mural painters. My latest efforts can be seen at St. Patrick's school and Bernie’s, both in Frederiksted. As an avid member of the Palletteers, I paint plein air weekly at different island locations. I also attend water-media workshops, both locally and abroad.

I have donated many of my paintings to local charities and my artwork has been exhibited at many island locations. I hope you enjoy the artwork and phtographs generated here in my new-found paradise. Namasté.









Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September, 2014

When I don’t have an original idea, I copy for I think drawing is ever so important in developing a painting.   I can draw better than I can paint.     Further I find, if I work within a specific theme, creating different moods, my creativity seems to flow.    Last year I concentrated on waves.  This year I just finished 4-orchid paintings for the 10/11 Show and I am currently working on an exhibit of clowns and balloons for a February Art Thursday show to be called “Balloon Blast”.  Also I am striving to develop something for an Art Thursday show to be called “Spring Showers bring Great Flowers.   So flowers are on my list.  So painting something for the community is what drive me. 












     

Friday, May 23, 2014

May 23, 2014

Remembering angles. Sometimes I forget how effective layers of hatching and crosshatching can be in a pencil drawing to create the illusion of volumes in space. Building up line for highlight, midtone, and deep shadow means that all of a sudden I have a sharply turned form.  Trees are a good example of this process, and I have also included drawings created through the practice of Zentangle.









Tuesday, March 11, 2014

March 11, 2014 - Abandonment Project

The Art Abandonment Project ... I just found this group on the net and it seems there are 7,000 Artist participating with yet more to come.    The group suggests that you Create something for the joy of making it, and then leave it for an unsuspecting person to find--be it on a shelf at the library, a park bench, a table at a coffee shop or anywhere a stranger might stumble upon it.   I have created my first piece that I plan to abandon tomorrow .... I think I will staple it to a light post in Fredriksted.

 
 
 

Monday, January 13, 2014

January 10, 2014 - Sandcastle on the Beach, Frederiksted


Monet also said: “It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.” “When you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have before you, a tree, a house, a field or whatever. Merely think here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact color and shape, until it gives you own naïve impression of the scene before you.”     Then add some people to the scene.  






 


Thursday, January 9, 2014

January 9, 2014 - Watercolor

Watercolor is the very best medium for painting water because of its delicate transparency and its freshness.  It is majic to watch what ahppens as the colours blend on a wet surface or a raidly scrumbled brush expresses the vibrancy of shimmering color on the ocean surface.  Or when a few touches of a dark tone suddenly transform white paper into the bottom of a crashing wave.   Because water moves fast, there is something sartisflying about painting it fast.  It is nore than an impression...  it is an inner vision and it becomes an expression of myself.  

Sunday, January 5, 2014

January 5, 2014 - Happy New Year

With new knees I can now continue on...
Photo by Jenny Keith