Jan 3, 2014

Do you have pivotal points in your life where some little impulsive decision changed everything? This painting has a few of those--a phone call, a weekend at a bird sanctuary, a ride in a U-Haul truck, the job that sent me yearning for more... Different modes of flight...

Dec 26, 2013

It's All a Miracle

It's All a Miracle, 12"x70"

Sometimes when I can't sleep, I remember all the miracles in my life, but lately I've been forgetting some, so I thought I'd paint them.They're intensely personal, but maybe there's a universal thread there, too. This one has the car that broke down as we coasted to a house in a new town that we'd never been to before, volunteer movers who came to empty that house 30 years later when I couldn't lift another box, and the life that happened in between.

Dec 5, 2013

Found #4

Found #4, 26.5"x12"

"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you. See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands: your walls are always before me."-Is 49:15-16

Dec 3, 2013

Friends, Skyline Gate

Friends, Skyline Gate, 16"x16"

"All art is solitary and the studio is the torture area."--Alexander Liberman
Many thanks to Dana Zed for getting me out of the studio last week, painting out in the hills.

Nov 25, 2013

Three Boys Arm in Arm

Three Boys, Arm in Arm, 12"x12"

I'm dropping off new paintings today at the Studio Shop at Burlingame. It's like my children leaving home.

Nov 24, 2013

Keeping Watch

Keeping Watch, 18"x18"

This is a redo of a painting I first did when my son left home. The feelings are still there, 34 years later.

Nov 23, 2013

At the Boonville Hotel

Many thanks to the Boonville Hotel for hosting my work with such style, and for hosting my husband and myself for a wonderful weekend getaway. I can't imagine a better place to escape the Bay Area, just 2 1/2 hours away. -- www.BoonvilleHotel.com.

Nov 21, 2013


Breeze, 24"x60"
Sometimes I paint from ideas in my head. Other times photos help. Then I can take out the wrinkles and sags. A cheap face lift.

Nov 20, 2013

Blue House and Backyard Party

Blue House, 30"x24"                                                                 Backyard Party, 30"x24"   
Writers can do rewrites. How about artists? The painting on the left,"Blue House", always felt a little sad to me, like I was the one being left behind. I waited a couple of years and turned it into a gathering of friends. Thank you to the companions on the journey when the kids leave home.

Nov 18, 2013

Birthday Party - 6 Panels

One challenge for me as an artist is to keep painting fresh. My latest new thread that I'm following is what I call narrative sequences, groups of 5 to 8 panels, 12" tall, that can be rearranged in different orders, making different stories. This one is called "Birthday Party".

Rain Forest

I'm often asked where my inspiration comes from. My son and daughter have always been patient models, but now they are also thoughtful critics and insightful peers, sending me websites and videos and accompanying me to beautiful landscapes. Not to forget the man behind the camera as well...

Apr 12, 2013

Safe Hands

Safe Hands, 14"x14"
Much love to a little girl in Denver who is close to my heart....

Apr 10, 2013

Desert Two-Step

Desert Two-Step, 24"x36"
Another of my desert series. How many legs are too many?

Apr 8, 2013

Woman on Boulder

Woman on Boulder, 16"x16"
My daughter blooms in the most barren of places.

Apr 6, 2013

Feast in the Desert

Feast in the Desert, 36"x48"
I recently read my grandmother's diary. She lived through the Depression on a desert farm. I want to do a series of desert paintings.

Apr 4, 2013

Couple on Boulder

Couple on Boulder, 11"x25"
 One of those together-but-separate paintings, inspired by a recent trip to Pinacles National Monument

Apr 2, 2013

New Plants

New Plants, 30"x30"
Just got back from Denver, hanging with my sister and her brood. Such a contrast between the huge skies and the brown winter landscape, between pink babies and my empty nest.

Mar 31, 2013

Woman and Birch Trees

Woman and Birch Trees, 24"x24"
If you're moving into the unknown, at least have sensible shoes.

Mar 29, 2013

Golden Thread

Golden Thread, 18"x48"

There's a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn't change.
People wonder what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can't get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time's unfolding. You don't ever let go of the thread.
-William Stafford

Mar 28, 2013

Big Step

Big Step, 24"x12"
There's Noah, striding into adulthood. I'm glad he has long legs.  If you want to see the person who inspired this, go tohttp://www.kickstarter.com/projects/noahaust/how-to-make-a-nightmare?ref=live.

Mar 5, 2013

Piggyback Ride

Piggyback Ride, 9x12
A writer — and, I believe, generally all persons — must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.

Mar 3, 2013

Burning House #3

Burning House #3, 24"x24"
Why paint burning houses? Fresh start? Get out while you still can? Goes so fast? You tell me.

Mar 1, 2013

Lighter than Air #8

Lighter than Air #8, 28"x14"
Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
-Theodor Adorno

Jan 14, 2013

Red Banner, 8"x10"

I went with Laura to the Hayward shoreline. She brought a big red curtain, and I photographed her running past the salt flats. Two months later, a painting apears...

Dec 17, 2012

Crossroads #3

Crossroad #3 - 30"x60"
Years ago I went with my kids to Death Valley. We had fun lying in the middle of a deserted highway, and I sketched this road then. It's come up in a couple other paintings, one of those symbols that always has a tug.
My kids have taken off down that highway now. Tonight the first comes back, tomorrow the second. I'm waiting and watching.

Dec 5, 2012

Running With Clouds

Running With Clouds, 43"x60"
I have an opening tomorrow night, December 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Studio Shop, 244 Primrose Rd. in Burlingame. Please come!

Dec 1, 2012

Updraft, 36"x10"

"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." --van Gogh

Nov 30, 2012

Streetlight #2

Streetlight #2, 27"x27"

"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." -Nietzsche

Nov 28, 2012

Lighter Than Air #4

Lighter than Air #4, 20"x30"

This one is based on some children at a church picnic.

Nov 26, 2012

Nov 19, 2012

Three Legged Race

Three Legged Race, 12"x12"
I don't know what I would do without my friends.

Nov 16, 2012

Armchair #2

Armchair #2
This is one of those paintings I started in Redwood Park and added the figure when I got home. It was taken to the Palestinian Territories last month as a gift. I hope it adds some peace to someone's day.

Nov 8, 2012

Card Game

Card Game, 16"x16"
Life bleeds into art and then becomes something more.

Nov 7, 2012

Porch Light

Dusk, 24"x36"
There's a little cabin at Mount Hermon that I'm always drawn to. We must've stayed there when I was small. I sketched it again last summer, and it turned into this painting a month ago. Then the challenge is, what are the people doing? Something thoughtful and quiet...

Oct 15, 2012


It's just one of those things you have to do, get over to New York now and then.

Sep 13, 2012

There's a new little book called Steal Like an Artist. The author, Austin Kleon kind of states the obvious, but it's nice to have permission, especially when you're stealing from a friend.

The flying sculptures on the left are by Laura Van Duren. I was painting at her studio one day, and look what happened!

Sep 12, 2012


Light, 27"x27"

"Art is made by the alone for the alone." -Luis Barragan

Sep 11, 2012

Another Miracle

I call this painting "Another  Miracle." I don't know if it's about motherhood or leaving home or just doing the impossible in this place and time. But I have done a lot of mothering and saying good-bye lately. It's hard to believe that I was hiking at Briones Park just 8 days ago with Noah and Sophie and Ed. I wonder how being an empty-nester will influence my paintings....

Sep 10, 2012

Street Lamp

Street Lamp, 36"x36" 
I fell in love with the 1979 animation called "Tale of Tales" by Yuri Norstein. This is what came of it.

Jun 20, 2012

Woman on Rock

Many changes happening here. My daughter just graduated from high school, my son is home for the summer, galleries are calling,and the beach is calling...