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Army Dock

How easy is it to look and not see? The story of this painting is rooted in my early years of growing up in Sedalia, Missouri. Part of my greatest memories as a child was spent visiting the Lake of the Ozarks, in south central Missouri. My family and I would travel...

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Army Dock
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Pots and Jars

On April 1, 1987 my family and I left Sonic corporate for the franchisee world. We had the opportunity to buy the remaining six corporate Sonic Drive-Ins in Arizona. The Arizona drive-ins had not done well with the Midwest Sonic name identification and were...

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Pots and Jars
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Skylight Iris

Faced with many Oklahoma days of being alone while my children went to school and my husband being at work in and out of town, I found that painting spring flowers made me feel like myself. I found a small picture in a magazine of a Dutch iris. I was a serious...

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Skylight Iris
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Good Morning, Hello!

At this time, 1986, we were living in Edmond, Oklahoma. I love gardening and flowers. I planted a beautiful pink geranium in an older terra cotta pot, and placed it on the ledge above the main sink in the kitchen. This wonderful plant greeted me every morning with...

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Good Morning, Hello!
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One O’Clock Jump

Sometime during your early professional life, one is presented with certain photo compositions that one did not create. This composition photo belonged to a student of mine. I offered to buy the photo, but the student willingly gave her full permission for me to...

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One O’Clock Jump
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Evening Water Tulip

Ahem….As part of my disclosure and honesty of writing, I will pull a George Washington-type confession in what exactly is the history of this painting. (I did not cut down a cherry tree, as George confessed to his father.) So here's the truth: the time was 1982, I...

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Evening Water Tulip
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Twilight Tulips

  This painting was painted at the beginning of my best period of working. I was still experimenting with the red outlining. The photograph came from the same group of photographs from 'The Pink Waterlily' of the lily pond at the Missouri State Fair. What a...

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Twilight Tulips
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Free-Hand Fireworks

This painting takes inspiration from the beautiful area of Tlaquepaque in Sedona, Arizona. I knew this was going to be a great place for me to explore the many compositions from this unique place. I look for beautiful compositions, colors, and shadows. When I see a...

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Free-Hand Fireworks
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Spring Sigh

After having such a successful painting with 'The First Sigh of Spring,' I decided to do another version. I need a strong painting for a win. Since the paper I selected was hot pressed or very smooth, the detail had to be more accurate. The first exhibition the...

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Spring Sigh
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First Sign of Spring

I was now beginning to understand what particular technique and composition made a painting a show winner. Although we lived in Oklahoma, my heart was still in Arizona. I had banked many photo shots from my favorite area in Sedona, Arizona, 'Tlaquepaque'. That was...

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First Sign of Spring

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