Oysterdale Farm

"Oysterdale Farm" Watercolor on Paper, 9" x 12" $100 | Available on Etsy

“Oysterdale Farm” Watercolor on Paper, 9″ x 12″ $100 | Available on Etsy

I drive by the front of this farm every day. One day, I decided to turn off my route and check it out from the back. I was not disappointed with my decision.

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Incoming

Incoming

“Incoming” Watercolor on Paper, 9″ x 12″ $100 | Available on Etsy

I was out walking one morning and spotted beautiful red-tailed hawk circling in the sky above me. We walked together for a while and then suddenly, he swooped down, chasing something in the field. He was pure energy…and like that, he was back in the sky, far above me, searching again.

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Gold Finch Brunch

"Gold Finch Brunch" Watercolor on paper, 9" x 12" $100 | Available on Etsy

“Gold Finch Brunch” Watercolor on paper, 9″ x 12″ $100 | Available on Etsy

How do you know it’s summer? The gold finches arrive! Their exuberance and joy fit right in with the sunshine and warmth of the days. Just seeing them brings a smile to your face.

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White on White

whiteonwhite

“White on White” Watercolor on paper, 9″ x 11″ 2014 | $100

This painting was inspired by an arctic wolf who I photographed at Lakota Wolf Sanctuary many years ago. While the arctic wolf is not “on the brink,” as are many wolves in the US, they are still threatened by humans. Climate change and industrialization both affect their habitat, and hunters pursue them for their beautiful coats…which personally, I think look much better on the wolf!

Remember, wolves are essential to the environment. They help maintain the balance by keeping grazing herd populations under control, which in turn allows vegetation to grow, helping to minimize erosion, and on and on.

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Why Is the Big Wolf Bad?

"Shadow Dancer" Watercolor on paper, 9" x 11" 2014

“Shadow Dancer” Watercolor on paper, 9″ x 11″ 2014 | $100

I grew up reading stories about the big bad wolf terrorizing sweet little pigs and eating grandma, and yet, I never developed a fear of them. The fact is, I also grew up with large, fuzzy dogs who gave me a love for all things canine…includng the big bad wolf. I wonder, though, where the hatred so many people have for wolves comes from. Why is the bad wolf a central figure in so many tales? Why do we hunt them to near extinction? We love our dogs, but hate their closest relative…why? I am always inspired by their grace, their love, their beauty. They need to be cherished…they need to be saved!

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I Never Saw a Purple Cow

"I Never Saw a Purple Cow" Watercolor on paper, 9" x 11", 2014

“I Never Saw a Purple Cow” Watercolor on paper, 9″ x 11″, 2014

I took a break from my “Personal Best” series painting today to work on a new watercolor. I had taken a great photo of a cow at one of our local farms last year and had been meaning to use for inspiration one of these days. Well, that day was today!

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