Monday, October 26, 2015

Donkey Oatey!

A Valiant Heart                                                             18 x 24"                  oil - linen panel
This past spring, as many of you may know, I bought a know, like a REAL donkey.  He's as sweet and gentle as a summers day.  To top things off, I got a tax deduction for purchasing him as a model for my art business.  So tell me, what artist doesn't need a donkey?!  Here's a recent painting I did of him, dressed to the nines and ready for work.  This painting will be included in the 2016 The Russell: An Exhibition and Sale to Benefit the C.M. Russell Museum.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

MPA Comes to Uptown Butte!

The Copper King                                16x12"              oil-linen panel

The Montana Painter's Alliance is coming to Uptown Butte, MT!  The opening is between 5- 9pm during the September 4th, First Friday Event, held at U.S. Bank on South Main.  The show will be on display for the entire month of September.  Please join us for what is sure to be a fun evening! 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Icons of the West

Orphan                          20 x 13"   oil-canvas panel

This painting is heading over to the Dana Gallery in Missoula, MT as part of Icons of the West art show.  The opening is this coming Friday, May 15th from 6-9pm.  Click on the link to contact the gallery for more information.

This painting was chosen for the Jack Richeson Award of Excellence!  Woohoo!!!!
Thanks Dana Gallery!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

2015 Russell Art Auction - Malos Pollos SOLD!

My husband snapped this photo at Saturday's Russell Art Auction.  Several bids were offered from the large crowd of collectors who attended this years auction, with the winning bid coming in by phone!  I couldn't be happier!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Out West Art Show Kicks Off Tonight at 5pm!

The room is up and ready and will be opening at 5pm tonight!  

Monday, March 16, 2015

Farm Boy II

Farm Boy II                                                        8 x 6"  oil - canvas panel

This little Farm Boy will be added to the paintings heading to the Out West Art Show.
The show opens Wednesday night at 5pm. again at the Heritage Inn in Great Falls, MT.  I'll be in room #166.  We are all very excited for another successful year!

UPDATE:  This painting sold during the show, and is no longer available.  Thank you Jon & Sharon!

Sunday, March 15, 2015


Orphan                                     20 x 13"  oil - canvas panel
Here's another painting using the same subject as Prairie Pet.  Many pioneer women and children adopted wildlife found seemingly abandoned on the vast prairie landscape; often as a cure for the loneliness of living in such a remote and isolated place.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Out West Art Show

(Kit &) Kaboodle                                                                        30 x 30"  oil-linen
This painting will be exhibited at the upcoming Out West Art Show, starting next Wednesday at 5pm, during Russell week in Great Falls, MT.  The show has taken some twists and turns the past few years, but some wonderful folks have taken the helm, and have more fun and exciting activities planned.  The event is being held once again at the Heritage Inn.  I'll be in room #166 as always, hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Charolais Pair

Charolais Pair                                                                                                18 x 24"  oil - linen panel
I created this painting for the up coming Out West Art Show, which is coming up during Russell Week here in Great Falls.  The subject is one I've wanted to do for a long time, and features cows on the Cobb Ranch just west of Augusta, MT, and the Rocky Mountain Front.  This is Haystack Butte, a prominent feature and landmark for safe passage into the mountains, and the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

UPDATE:  This painting sold the day I posted it here, and the collector was generous in letting me hang it during the show.  It received a lot of compliments from locals who are familiar with the landscape featured in this painting.

Friday, February 27, 2015

iWeb Replacement - EverWeb

Many of you may already know that Apple discontinued iWeb a few years ago.  My website was constructed using this amazing tool, so the thought of rebuilding it, much less learning a new program, has sent me into small panic attacks.
I'll be honest, I have NO desire to learn html code, no matter how "easy" it is.  For some reason I have it in my head that this method is archaic.  I mean really, in this day and age! Okay that made me sound old, but for Pete's sake, I'm not building this website on a Commadore 64!  There has to be a better way!
Anyway, my old iWeb website was still functioning, so I was willing to wait until a suitable replacement could be found; limiting updates and only adding minimal changes.  I frequently checked with Apple's community forums and it looked like several companies were stepping forward to fill the need.  But things like this take time, especially to work out bugs etc., so I waited.
Finally last year, it looked like EverWeb would emerge on top, so I made the plunge.  I don't usually give endorsements, but Rage Software has indeed created a suitable replacement for our beloved iWeb!  I was able to recreate my website to look much the same as the old one, and tech support was never lacking.  I can't thank them enough!

Heres a link to my new website, plus one that will take you to the Everweb app download.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Rosie                                                                                                         18 x 24"  oil - canvas
Another donkey to add to a series I'm working on entitled Beasts of Burden.  This subject was inspired by woven palm mats I saw while vacationing in Mexico.

UPDATE:  This painting was sold during the Out West Art Show last weekend.  Thank you Sandy!!!

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Russell - 2015

Malos Pollos                                                                                                        24 x 40"   oil-linen
This is my painting entitled Malos Pollos, which was accepted into the The Russell - Sale to Benefit the C.M. Russell Museum, coming up in March.  The lot number is 258 and will be in the Saturday night auction.  To say the least, I am honored to be part of such an amazing event!
Also I will be exhibiting at the Heritage Inn once again, room 166, during the new Out West Art Show.  Hope to see many of you there!
Click on the links to see details about the two shows.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Another from the Archives

Heres another favorite from the archives.  My husband modeled for this back in '08, around this same time of year.  Temperatures are dropping this week, giving us our first taste of snow.  After living most of my life in Montana, I'm still always amazed at how quickly the weather can change.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Work mode....

A Passing Presence                                 SOLD                                    24x30"  oil-canvas

I've been hitting the studio hard the past few weeks and thought I'd stop by the blog for an update.  I've been working on several paintings at once, trying to catch up after a busy season on the ranch.  I like to remind myself during these times, that one (my art) would not exist without the other (the ranch.)  The Muse is fickle that way, and I try to attend to her needs whenever possible.
So heres one for the Muse, an old favorite of mine.  I love Pronghorn, sometimes called Antelope here in Montana.  They live out here on the ranch among the cows.  Soon they'll gather in large herds for mating; a spectacular sight to see, as hundreds gather en mass to roam across the prairie.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sleeping Paint Horse

Sleeping Paint Horse          12 x 16"       oil/canvas panel
Heres a subject I never get tired of.  My paint horse Bones.  He's been a good cow horse for me for many years, and is just coming into his own.  He's got more gas than this image portrays, but I love how peaceful he looks while he's napping.  This  is a larger version of a painting I did a few years back called Tail Wind.  It is hanging at Latigo & Lace in Augusta, Montana.

Friday, March 28, 2014

In the Heat of Harvest - sold!

      In the Heat of Harvest           36 x 46      oil-linen    SOLD

More wonderful news!  This painting from my Harvest Series sold recently from the Creighton Block Gallery in Big Sky, MT.  Another big thank you goes out to Colin Matthews, the gallery owner, and also to Kevin and Cynthia, who purchased this painting for their home in Colorado!
Along with the Russell Art Auction and the Western Master's Art Show, my head is still spinning...its been one amazing week!

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Russell Art Auction - First Strike

Ceste de Flores                      18x24   oil-linen      SOLD

This painting sold last Friday at The Russell Art Auction.  The event was well attended and the bidding went high!  A big thank you goes out to Bridget, who had the winning bid, and also to the C.M. Russell Museum for putting on such an amazing event!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

YAM Art Auction

      Cable Knit         10 x 8"         oil/linen panel

This painting was recently part of the Yellowstone Art Museum's annual art auction in Billings,  Montana.  Thank you Jane!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Back to the Blog

             Cowpony           30 x 36"                 oil/linen      SOLD

This painting sold last summer, to a super nice gal from Canada.  Thanks Caenie!  Hope to see you again this year during Russell Week!


After what seems like the longest year in history (2013) ....I'm back.
Ranching can do that to a person.  Like someone once said, "Its all fun and games, until someone buys a cow."  Okay, I made that up...but what I'm tryin' to say is, during that time it did feel like I was given a proper stomping.  As we all know, there's just not enough time to do it all.  Between the ranch and working in the studio, something had to give.  So this Blog took a back seat to "Everything Else."
I decided to drag all previous posts to the archives, as a way to start fresh.  So if you'd like, you can click on "The Archives" link over on the side and see what was going on last year around this same time.

Speaking of back seats; heres a favorite photo of mine.  My husband likes to haul calves in the car.  Who needs a trailer, right?

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Best Buds - revisited

 Bareback Rider        36 x 30"  oil/linen

Another piece heading for the Western Master's Art Show.
(See information about the show in previous posts.)
This painting was first created using a small study I did a few years ago.  I had always wanted to make it larger - made a few false starts, then settled on this composition.
Click on the image to zoom in.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Russell - Western Master's Art Show

Coming up soon!

The Western Master's Art Show during Russell week in Great Falls, MT.
My little donkey entitled A Little Overdressed - Lot#42
 and the harvest piece I created last year, Harvest Wagon - Lot #191

Download the auction catalog here:

Heres a brief low down on the dates, but visit the website links above for more detailed information on the schedule of events.
I will be in Room #166 at the Heritage Inn again this year.  Hope to see you there!

Harvest Wagon                                              36 x 46"   oil/linen

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Beary Pickin'

Beary Pickin'    30 x 36"   oil/linen

Finishing this painting has taken awhile.
I actually put this piece away for a year or so, trying to decide how to proceed with the foliage.  At the time it seemed like a fairly daunting task.  I'm not a lazy artist, but...all those leaves...whew!  I wanted chokecherry bushes, like the huge patches that grew near my childhood home.  So I took this summer to study their grown patterns; actually cutting some large branches to bring into the studio.  In the end, I think it was worth the extra time it took to get it right.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Unemployment Line

Unemployment Line              16 x 42"    oil/canvas

This is a painting I've been working on for that past week or so.  The idea came to me about a year ago, as I was browsing through the many sleeping horse paintings I've done in recent years.  With the collapse of our economy, its sort of sums up our current state of affairs.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Water Girl

Water Girl   14 x 24"  oil/canvas panel

A recent painting I did of a young farm girl, carrying a buffalo stomach water bag.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Website Update

All Decked Out   9 x 12"   oil/canvas panel

One from a few years back.
I've resolved most issues with my website and its now ready for viewing.
Thanks for your patience!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Prairie Waif...sold!

Prairie Waif   16 x 11"  oil/canvas panel

A painting I sold recently at Latigo & Lace Gallery in Augusta, MT.
Thanks Sara!

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Lands Flow

The Lands Flow                                            oil/linen       30 x 30"

Cooler temperatures have finally arrived, bringing with them rain and even some snow.  The forest fires that have plagued Montana all summer, are now put to rest...for this year.  It feels as if the land is breathing a sigh of relief.  So in honor of how forgiving Mother Earth can be, here is one of my rare landscapes untitled The Lands Flow.

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Time Management? Seriously.

Frontier Girl   16x12"  oil/canvas panel - sold

A painting I sold recently.  Thanks Scott!

This has been one LONG, HOT summer!  Our region has experienced one of the worst droughts in recent history.  On the ranch, it has caused our strongest wells to drop about 20 feet, burning up one pump and forcing us to lower the others.  Pasture grass grew about 4 inches then stopped, so our cows are not as chubby, or content.  Also our best efforts at growing crops turned into a dismal failure, as wheat kernels dried to nothing in the husk.  Add to this wildfires that are ravaging our state; burning out one neighbor who lost 2000 acres of winter pasture and all this seasons hay (thankfully no one was hurt) and creating smokey skies that hang endlessly on the horizon, giving an eery pale yellow hue during daylight hours, then blood red sunrises and sunsets.
Am I complaining?  Why yes, I guess I am.  But no one ever said ranch life was easy in Montana.  Some years are better than others, and this is just not one of them.
We have actually been fortunate.  To make up the difference, my multi-talented husband has been building a few log cabins in some gorgeous country to SE - in mountains where its been cooler and received better precipitation.  Not that it matters much for cabin building, they don't need water to grow, but I want to mention this because not all of our state is on fire, although it seems like it from here.
So while he's been gone, I've been running the ranch by myself.  Normally we have a hired hand to help with things, but to make this work DH took him to the mountains so the jobs wouldn't take as long...3 months later they are finished...with the first one.  Needless to say, I'll continue to take up the slack, at least until the snow flies and the boys come home.
So where am I going with all this? Well...obviously my plan to overhaul my daily schedule did NOT work.  iPaddy can "Boing! boing! boing!" all day long, reminding my of my next scheduled event, but I've learned to ignore it.  I did hear it one day, as I was driving the water truck out to fill stock tanks for the cattle.  It happened to be in my pack on the passenger seat.  I figured it was the springs going out on the pick-up from hitting so many gopher holes.
Until next time...

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Retired Percheron - Grant Kohrs Ranch

Perchin' on a Percheron   12 x 16"  oil/canvas panel

This is another painting I created for the Montana Painter's Alliance annual exhibition being held at the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT.  The show is called Historic Ranches of Montana and will run through the summer until September 3rd.

This week I'm getting an overhaul on my time management skills.  If you're an artist working at home, you already know what a challenge it is getting to the studio.  Along with running a cattle ranch, I'm doing double duty trying to organize things.  I call it the, Flying by the Seat of My Pants Schedule and needless to say, it hasn't been working.
Recently I received an iPad for my 50th birthday and I must say, I love the little bugger!  I am just now learning all the nifty things it can do for me.  And after enlisting the help of my daughter, who knows gadgetry much better than myself, we sat down and created a work schedule for me to follow.  This is so cool, because little (i)Paddy here will not only track these details for me, but also nudge me in the right direction as the time approaches.  It makes this little springy sound, "Boing! Boing! Boing!" as if to say, "Hop to it!!"
This is why I'm posting here today, because Paddy told me to.
Thank you Paddy!! :O)

For purchase information on this painting, contact the C.M. Russell Museum by clicking here.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Montana Painter's Alliance - 2012 Spring Paint Out

Arrowleaf Balsamroot   16 x 12"   oil/canvas panel

Last weekend I headed out to our bi-annual 2012 MPA Spring Paint-Out. This year it was held at the beautiful & historic Blacktail Ranch near Wolf Creek, Montana.  The location could not have been more inspiring; with scenic views in all directions, old farm machinery from by gone days, plus a unique tour of a prehistoric cave dwelling.

These are two plein-air studies I did on location.

Wet Blankets  12 x 16"  oil/canvas panel

Although, my best work (I think) came from my drawings.  I got really excited about these and could see future paintings materializing out of each of them.  By isolating values this way, it is much easier to see the compositional outcome of a finished painting. personal favorite, this old, battered ponderosa tree.

Heres a photo of the MPA group.  We had such a great time!  Thats me kneeling on the far right.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Calves in a Spring Blizzard    12 x 16"   oil/canvas panel

Dana Gallery's Icons of the West, starts tonight in Missoula, MT.  This painting will be hanging in the show.  The opening coincides with First Friday Artwalk tomorrow night, and if you've never been to this event, its worth the trip to experience Missoula at its finest!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Clymer Museum Art Auction

Wranglin' for a Wreck    16 x 20"  oil/linen panel

Today is the Clymer Museum's Art Auction, held at the Swiftwater Cellars on the grounds of Suncadia Resort near Seattle.  My painting, Wranglin' for a Wreck will be in the auction and is also featured in Western Art Collector Magazine this month.   Woohoo!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hay Stacks - Beck Ranch     18 x 24"  oil/canvas panel

Tonight is the opening of the Montana Painter's Alliance's annual exhibition entitled, Historic Ranches of Montana.  The event is being held at the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT and runs from 5 - 7 pm this evening.  This is one of the paintings I have featured in the show.  Hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Opening at A.L. Swanson Gallery

I've been busy all month getting ready for several shows coming up this spring. First up is our show at A.L. Swanson Gallery in Helena, Montana, which will also feature the artwork of Montana artist Amy Brakeman Livezey. The opening is next Friday, April 20th from 6 - 9pm. We are hoping for a fantastic turnout, so please join us if you can.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Western Master's Art Show and Auction

Buffalo 8 x 10" oil/canvas panel

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Here we go! Tonight is the start of the Western Master's Art Show. It runs through this Saturday. I am sharing my room with Dave Powell this year. We are at the Best Western Heritage Inn, Room 166. Hope to see you there!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Grand Moeder

Grand Moeder 12 x 16" oil/canvas panel

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As some of you may know, I've become a Grandmother this year, and this painting was inspired by the feelings I have being placed in that role. Whats so surprising for me, is I never thought I'd be into it. You know, those goofy grandparents pulling photos out of wallets, pockets and purses, gushing over their grandkids? I always looked at the photos and nodded politely, thinking - 'eh, its a kid. But I'm here to tell you they really are...dare I say it?...delightful! So heres one for all you Goofy Grandparents out there.
I get it now!
By the way, Moeder is the Dutch work for mother.

This is another painting heading for the Western Master's Art Show (formerly the C.M. Russell Art Auction.) The show times and dates are listed in the side bar of this blog. Subscribers, click the link at the bottom of your email notification to access the blog and see the time and dates. Hopefully you can all make it down this year...we really do have SO much fun!!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Little Traveler

Little Traveler 8 x 6" oil/canvas panel

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Most of the paintings I post in the next few weeks will be at my room for the Western Master's Art Show in Great Falls, MT during Russell Week. I'll again be at the Best Western Heritage Inn - Room #166 - from March 14th thru 17th. Hope you can make it to town and join us for this annual celebration of western fine art.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Prairie Waif

Prairie Waif 16 x 11" oil/canvas panel

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I did this painting on one of my "toothy" 12oz. canvas panels.
With the way it pulls the paint off the brush,
I took the opportunity to add a little texture to this piece.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Cowpoke 10 x 8" oil/canvas

A painting of mine that sold recently over the internet.
Thanks Alan!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Poor Boy

Poor Boy 10 x 8" oil/canvas panel

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Another of my many farm kid paintings. I liked the cap, so gave this painting a title with dual meaning.

Update:  I kept thinking this wasn't such a great name for this painting so renamed it Scottish Emigrant.