Posts Tagged ‘commission horse art’


Hello New Year!

January 7, 2015
Neskowin Sunset, 6x6 Oil on Canvas Panel

Neskowin Sunset, 6×6 Oil on Canvas Panel

Happy New Year! I am still riding a high from a wonderful Christmas break spent with my family. It’s our second year in Portland Oregon and in comparison to where I was this time last year (recovering from back surgery post move!) I am feeling great about closing the door on 2014 and saying hello to 2015.

Tigger, 8x10 oil on canvas panel

Tigger, 8×10 oil on canvas panel

I was almost a roll, back in the studio after the Carol Marine workshop. I completed this painting of ‘Tigger’ for a dear friend as a wedding gift early October, came home and wound up with SHINGLES a few days later! Lets just sum that experience up to, if you have the chance to get vaccinated, do it! Worst pain EVER!! Yet another reason to wave bye-bye 2014.

Templeton Hillside, 6x6 oil on canvas panel

Templeton Hillside, 6×6 oil on canvas panel

I was able to close the year out with a couple new landscapes inspired by a trip to San Luis Obispo County in California. Also, I finished the first commission I have taken on since I have moved to Oregon. A lovely Quarter Horse mare named ‘Sassy’. It felt good to hear happy client feedback again, after a two year break from commissioned work.

Sassy, 12x12 oil on canvas panel, commissioned artwork

Sassy, 12×12 oil on canvas panel, commissioned artwork

I am working towards regular hours in my studio again.  My hope is to stay injury and illness free for 2015 so I can maintain some kind of consistency in my artwork. I continue to find myself inspired by the amazing landscapes here in the Pacific Northwest. I plan to paint whatever inspires me, whether it be a beach or a horse on that particular day. I am also working on overhauling my entire web presence. I am moving from to a more formalized and web friendly In the meantime my old site will continue to redirect.  So a toast to 2015, may it hold many great memories and new paintings!

Manzanita Day Break, 6x6 Oil on Canvas Panel, sold

Manzanita Day Break, 6×6 Oil on Canvas Panel, sold


A Chestnut Gelding Named Justin

June 29, 2011


Some behind the scenes sleuthing went into my latest commission off the easel.  Justin, an Arab X gelding, is owned and loved by a recent university graduate. Her mother secretly arranged our photo-shoot, selected the studies and subsequently arranged a surprise presentation of the completed painting! This was a graduation gift to Una from her family. A feel good project all around, Justin’s owner was thrilled with her painting. Thanks Una, enjoy ALWAYS 🙂

Here is how the project evolved:

Sketch Study #1:

Oil Sketch Study of Justin, 8x10 oil on canvas

Study #2:

Alla Prima Oil Painting of Justin, 8x10 Oil on Canvas

The glow, unique pose and likeness in study #2 of Justin lead us to choosing this layout & palette for his final portrait. To be completed using several layers of glazes and smooth details.  Here is the final product:

'Justin' Final, 14x18 Oil on Canvas

Thank you for following along. The Original Studies of Justin are currently available for purchase. Click the images of the studies for links to purchase online, or email me, to inquire. Back by popular demand, Dutch Auction has also made a return!! Four paintings are still in the running, prices are dropping $20 Wednesday’s weekly, until SOLD.  Click HERE for remaining paintings, don’t wait too long, or they might be gone!