Monday, August 27, 2012

Sometimes it's a nice change to be on the other side of the canvas!  Artist friend, Morgan, painting my portrait.  I sat for about four hours while she painted.  It was a great experience to be a model and help a friend practice her skills.  But I can't imagine how she would get any better? 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Persona Swimwear Video

The new Persona Swimwear video.  A big thank you to 2twenty2 Productions and Kori Michelle for modeling.  I'm excited!  It's fun to see the swimwear in motion.  Check it out and let me know your thoughts......

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I Want to Hear your Ideas (

Please check out the swimwear site I've been working on.....seems like it's been a lifetime! But I am happy with how it looks and works.  It would be interesting to hear what you think about the layout, navigation, and how the wording flows.

Here is the site:

Thank you for your support!  It's been a journey, an exciting and creative one. Here's hoping for a busy swimwear season.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Another Creative Project: Persona Swimwear

Hello! I have been using my artist skills to design and draw swimwear.  It's been a long process, so it's exciting to see the swimwear come to life!  This is the "Paris" swimsuit.  The online store should launch soon.  Persona Swimwear....Make a Splash! Put on a Persona!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Morgan and Mark

It's amazing when you change your palette how it effects the way you paint. I changed it to have more earthtones, which has made it easier to paint flesh tones. The palette I was using before was more effective for landscapes because of the saturation of color. I'm always happy when I have the opportunity to paint people-it's a challenge. One that I enjoy.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Birthday Party

I snapped this picture at my nephews birthday party. She was not happy to pose for the photo, but I thought her expression was priceless. I've enjoyed painting her face. A few details in the piece need to be perfected-like the sky and hand. I have all sorts of paintings that all need the finishing details, it's the hardest part for me. I get excited to move onto the next piece!

Large Scale Nude Painting

This piece has proved to be a challenge, but I think I need to be patient and give it more time. Because of the large size, I need to work in sections, building up the paint. The top portion of the back needs more paint, with lighter tones on top. I will step away from the piece for awhile and see what direction I want to take next.

Abstract Sunset

Having fun playing with color and softening edges.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Utah Landscape

I have a few pieces in the works. I've actually started on a few nude figurative paintings, which is proving challenging due to the different flesh tones. But I have to say that I really enjoy painting the landscape with all the array of color. This painting reminds me of all the spring flowers. It will be nice to break out of the inversion and cold weather.....soon, hopefully soon.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Blue Shed

Finished piece, Blue Shed, 5"x7" Oil on Canvas. This piece is from a trip to Puerto Rico with my family. We kept driving by this blue shed everyday on the way to the beach, and I couldn't resist the robin blue color and the orangs blossoms. I knew I had to paint it!

Eden Barn

Finished piece, Eden Barn, 8"x10" Oil on Panel.

Summer Landscape

New finished piece, Summer Landscape, 8"x10" Oil on Canvas

Monday, October 11, 2010

Studio Snapshot

This is a snapshot of my studio. I'm working on a few paintings, the largest one is on the easel and the smaller ones are on the palette in the background. Lately I have been interested in clouds and all the different colors they contained. The painting on the easel is the first coat, which I applied using a palette knife to lay down more color faster. Then I took a rag and smeared everything, I liked the soft atmospheric reaction it caused.
Besides just applying straight color, I have been glazing subtle color over the top of each lay to get a softer prism of colors....for a cloud like effect.
I am still beating myself up for not painting more often and getting more done. But I just have to take a breath and accept that I'm not perfect. One day at a time. I'm glad that I am starting to feel more steady in life and get back some sense of routine. I have my good days and bad days still. I'm excited to be applying for a masters program in painting this coming spring. I look forward to the challenge and also the help in reaching a new level in my work.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

First Place in the West Jordan Competition!

I thought I would share the exciting news! My painting just took first place in the West Jordan Plein Air competition! Yay! It makes me so happy to be recognized. I will post a picture of the piece soon....going out of town for awhile for work.