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Twilight Rose
I have a friend who does organic farming on Taveuni Island in Fiji. She lived near me in West Sonoma County for a few years, and grew magnificent roses; breathtaking actually. She made rose jam from the roses. I never tasted anything like it. Every morning she went into her rose garden and hand-picked the aphids off the petals. She would allow nothing to taint the flavor of that delicious, pink concoction that paired so well with Screaming Mimi’s vanilla ice cream. Here’s to you, Amy! Fiji is lucky to have you.
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Twilight Rose

Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper $500

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

The framed original of “Twilight Rose” is available. To see the painting mounted and in its frame, and for information on how to purchase the painting click here.
Twilight Rose
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Dogwood
Dogwood trees have always enchanted me. I appreciate their delicacy, the texture of the flowers, and their ability to grow and bloom in harsh climates. I used to stare out the classroom window at an old and beautiful dogwood tree in bloom. I was hardly able to concentrate on my schoolwork because the tree was so captivating.
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Dogwood

Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper $500

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

The framed original of “Dogwood” is available. To see the painting mounted and in its frame, and for information on how to purchase the painting click here.
Dogwood
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Begonia
I fell for begonias the first time that I visited the begonia house at the Mendocino Botanical Gardens. I was surrounded by blooming begonias in every color. I remember turning, bending, and going on tiptoe, to catch the best views of each flower. Ever since then I have been growing begonias, enjoying their beauty at each stage of their life. This is a portrait of one from last year.
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Begonia

Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper $500

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

The framed original of “Begonia” is available. To see the painting mounted and in its frame, and for information on how to purchase the painting click here.
Begonia
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Moonlight on the Water
Maybe this is a nighttime, full-moon view from the shore of Lake Biwa, on the island of Honshu in Japan. I’ll know it when I see it.
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Moonlight on the Water

Watercolor/Fine Silver Leaf on Paper $500

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

The framed original of “Moonlight on the Water” is available. To see the painting mounted and in its frame, and for information on how to purchase the painting click here.
Moonlight on the Water
Watercolor & Silver Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Gardenia
Gardenia bushes lined the front of my bure (Fijian-style thatch-roofed house) on Naitauba Island in Fiji. When the gardenia’s bloomed hundreds of the fragrant, white flowers dressed up my simple quarters. The fragrance was overwhelming. I swoon just thinking about it.
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Gardenia

Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper $500

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

The framed original of “Gardenia” is available. To see the painting mounted and in its frame, and for information on how to purchase the painting click here.
Gardenia
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Springtime at Shell Beach
The northern coast of California is rugged and oozing beauty. Calla lilies line Highway 1 adjacent to dunes and ice plant. I love the sea, I love the sun, I love calla lilies. Does it get better?
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Springtime at Shell Beach

Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper $500

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

The framed original of “Springtime at Shell Beach” is available. To see the painting mounted and in its frame, and for information on how to purchase the painting click here.
Springtime at Shell Beach
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Peace Rose
In the spirit of the season I painted this peace rose surrounded by sunlight reflected on water. May the end of this year be peaceful and light-filled for all of you my friends.
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Peace Rose

Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper $500

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

The framed original of “Peace Rose” is available. To see the painting mounted and in its frame, and for information on how to purchase the painting click here.
Peace Rose
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Mango Calla
I really like painting calla lilies. The flowers are so strong, and their form is so classic. The leaves, too, are so supple, and are such a pleasing shape. I have painted a number of them, mostly white. So, I thought I would try another color since they appear in such an array of vibrant colors. Voilà, a mango calla.
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Mango Calla

Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper $500

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

The framed original of “Mango Calla” is available. To see the painting mounted and in its frame, and for information on how to purchase the painting click here.
Mango Calla
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Asian Poppy
Asian poppy’s are another of my preferred flowers. Of course, they are lovely in their pink, orange, and red colors, but the thing that endears them to me is the wild stem that they grow. It runs this way, then that, and reminds me of dancers. One of my Asian poppy paintings alludes to this in its name; “Shimmy in the Garden”.
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Asian Poppy

Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper SOLD

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.
Asian Poppy
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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A Perfect Night
A chrysanthemum in its perfection being viewed with the light of the full moon. In Japan there is a tradition of inviting guests to your garden when the chrysanthemum is in perfect bloom, timing the gathering with the full moon. A night of taking in beauty, quiet wonderment with a little green tea.
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A Perfect Night

Watercolor/Fine Silver Leaf on Paper SOLD

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.
A Perfect Night
Watercolor & Silver Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Calla 2
I have always been a great admirer of the calla lily. I love the structural quality of the flower and plant, the simplicity of line. I love it that you can find these flowers growing wild along the California coast.
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Calla 2

Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper SOLD

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.
Calla 2
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Sunlight on the Water
Looking at the sunlight on the water has been a lifelong enjoyment. There is just nothing quite like it. Peace is what happens to me when I sit and contemplate the brilliant patterns of light dancing on water.
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Sunlight on the Water

Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper SOLD

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.
Sunlight on the Water
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Cataleya
I was six years old when I moved to Fiji. My favorite service when I arrived was caring for the orchids in the large orchid house that was already established. The orchid house was a large reed and thatch bure; a Fijian-style structure. The airy building was filled with orchids of many varieties and colors. My favorites were the Catalayas with their large, frilly petals and soft, pastel colors.
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Cataleya

Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper SOLD

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.
Cataleya
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Lightfall
When I asked a friend what his favorite flower is, he replied "a Japanese maple, even though it is not a flower." I agreed wholeheartedly. Maples have the most amazing delicacy, and their leaves change to flower-like colors each year. Their branches come in all kinds of shapes and textures, and some of them also change color with the seasons.
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Lightfall

Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper SOLD

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.
Lightfall
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Twice in a Blue Moon
I hung the bright moon on a pine-branch there;
   Then took it off,
      and hung it on elsewhere.


               Hokushi
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Twice in a Blue Moon

Watercolor/Fine Silver Leaf on Paper SOLD

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.
Twice in a Blue Moon
Watercolor & Silver Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Calla 3
A number of people have asked me to paint a calla lily similar to my original painting. I always enjoy it. The forms are so much fun to play with, and the gold leaf “pops” the flower out of the background marvelously.
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Calla 3

Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper SOLD

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.
Calla 3
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Height of Summer
Dahlias are another flower that I grow and admire. I delight in their beauty, structure, and striking colors.This painting is a continuation of my flower series. This time I drew inspiration from Art Nouveau, creating a detailed halo to further celebrate the central dahlia.
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Height of Summer

Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper SOLD

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.
Height of Summer
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"

Inspiration

in homage to the masters

  • Japanese Screens (Byōbu)
    Japanese Silk Screen Panel showing Red-Crowned Crane in Foreground with gold foil surrounding.

    I have always been impressed by the delicacy and refinement of byōbu, the silk screen paintings done by Japanese masters. They make liberal use of metal foils in many of them, and the effect is beautiful and dramatic. Gustav Klimt, an artist that I also admire, was equally inspired by their use of gold leaf.

    Japanese Silk Screen Panel showing Red-Crowned Crane in Foreground with gold foil surrounding.

    The scenes depicted in the screen paintings are beautifully composed and delicately rendered, a delight to the eye.

    Japanese Silk Screen Panel, floral composition with liberal use of gold foil.
  • Japanese Woodblock Prints (Mokuhanga)
    Mt Fuji Island River, Woodblock print by Hasui
    Mt Fuji Island River 1942 - Hasui

    A few years ago I visited an exhibition of mokuhanga at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. There was a display of one of the creations of the great Hokusai. Each of the carved woodblocks for a single print was displayed in a glass case. I think there must have been 12-15 individual blocks, precisely carved and stained with the pigment that was used on that block. That single image represented the skilled work of numerous people.

    Full Moon in Magome, Woodblock print by Hasui
    Full Moon in Magome - Hasui

    I have loved the "feel" of Japanese woodblock prints, the soft pastels, the beautiful full moon night scenes, and the deep and long perspectives since childhood. Hiroshige first caught my attention, and then Hasui. They are my favorites. But many other woodblock artists have done work that enchants me and inspires my imagination.

    The Maple Trees at Mama, Tekona Shrine and Tsugi Bridge - Hiroshige
    The Maple Trees at Mama, Tekona Shrine and Tsugi Bridge - Hiroshige
  • Mughal & Rajasthani painting
    Emperor Jahangir weighing his son Prince Khurram by Manohar Das
    Emperor Jahangir weighing his son Prince Khurram - Manohar Das

    Rajasthani and Mughal paintings, particularly of the 17th and 18th centuries are the epitome of romantic art, especially the Kishangarh school paintings. Typically they depict court life during Mughal rule. Although Mughal in style, many of the paintings depict Krishna and Radha, a favorite subject of the era's painters. The tales of Krishna and Radha are the world's greatest love story.

    Full Moon in Magome, Woodblock print by Hasui
    Mughal Miniature Painting

    The Rasa Leela is represented in many paintings of the era. The romance of court life; the beauty, serenity, and peaceful love that is communicated in these paintings is the stuff dreams are made of.

    Radha and Krishna in the Boat of Love - Nihal Chand
    Radha and Krishna in the Boat of Love - Nihal Chand
  • Claude Monet
    Water Lilies - Claude Monet

    I was wandering through LACMA one afternoon. I turned a corner and was confronted by a huge canvas of Monet’s Water Lilies. In fact, Water Lilies consumed my entire field of view. It was breathtaking. And, surprisingly, I wept. That is not typical of me, but that is how moved I was by that vision.

    Garden Path at Giverny - Claude Monet

    I was already mesmerized by water before I really noticed Monet’s work. In my early teen years I gained a great appreciation for his use of color and his technique, especially his paintings of his lily ponds.

    Water Lilies 1906 - Claude Monet
  • Georgia O'Keeffe
    Yellow Calla Lily - Georgia O'Keeffe
    Yellow Calla Lily - Georgia O'Keeffe

    O’Keeffe’s watercolors , her close-up paintings of flowers, and the desert landscapes she painted have been an enjoyment that I have returned to throughout my life. She had the knack.

    Pawpaw Tree, Iao Valley, Maui - Georgia O'Keeffe
    Pawpaw Tree, Iao Valley, Maui - Georgia O'Keeffe

    O’Keeffe’s sensibilities and her expressiveness were unique. Her paintings communicate a simple and uncomplicated approach and relationship to her work; that’s what I see in her work. I think that living in New Mexico was a wise choice for her. It allowed her and her art to “flower”.

    Jack In the Pulpit #4 - Georgia O'Keeffe
    Jack In the Pulpit #4 - Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Gustav Klimt
    Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer - Gustav Klimt
    Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer - Gustav Klimt

    Klimt is another painter whose work I fell in love with at first sight. His paintings are so strong and bold, yet delicate and refined, also. Of course, his use of gold leaf set him apart. He tired of being asked to always include it in his commissions, but whether or not he was weary of being constrained he never failed to deliver a beautiful image.

    The Kiss - Gustav Klimt
    The Kiss - Gustav Klimt

    Klimt’s figurative work with the inclusion of bold patterns makes a compelling combination. I have worked with the Neue Galerie in the publication of numerous books and catalogs. Neue represents the best of the 19th and 20th century Eastern European painters, and Klimt is one of them. The association that I have had with Neue Galerie has fanned the flames of my interest in Klimt and many other pre-WWII Eastern European artists. Woman in Gold is a fascinating movie about Klimt's painting, Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer.

    Golden Apple Tree - Gustav Klimt
    Golden Apple Tree - Gustav Klimt
  • Pacific Ocean
    Smithereened - Nara Pilgrim Wood
    Smithereened - Nara Pilgrim Wood

    The Pacific Ocean has been a source of wonder and inspiration for my entire life. When I am far away from the ocean I miss it. When I return I can feel the ocean from a hundred miles away. It is a part of my home.

    Everywhere, All At Once - Nara Pilgrim Wood
    Everywhere, All At Once - Nara Pilgrim Wood

    The sea is always changing. It is unpredictable; extraordinarily powerful and beautiful, both. It is best to approach the sea humbly, understanding that it, without any intent, can humble you in a moment. The sea requires respect and reminds one of his or her place.

    Rise and Fall - Nara Pilgrim Wood
    Rise and Fall - Nara Pilgrim Wood