Portrait painting can be tedious and labored while in the process of engineering a likeness that captures the subject's essence of soul, spirit and personality. 


It helps me to know the person because I can better connect to the personality that I know.


Years ago I painted with oils and the blending produced beautiful results. However changing to Acrylics, I had to learn new techniques and taught myself through trial and error.


Acrylic painted on canvas looks one color while wet and seems to change when they dry. This causes me endless frustration. Lighting is also a factor. Going back and finishing a face and matching skin tones, etc may require a whole makeover!


I sketch the preliminary on the canvas with my paint brush using a photographed image.  The beginning of most of my portraits look nothing like the final product. I love painting in the eyes before I finish the sketched in nose, mouth, hairline and chin. The eyes are truly the lights to the soul.


The advice I would give to a beginner is to not give up!!! Practice, practice, PRACTICE!


Her Story Portraits


My latest work is a series of portraits that are a collection of  "Important women in history"


Most of history is about the great men who changed the world, hence "History is about "HIS Story" 


Now it is time for "HERStory”. So this portrait series is "Her Story"


I began painting this series 6/2018, each finished piece is presently hung on the "Her Story Wall" in my dining room 


9/2018 six portraits are completed accompanied by a framed story. (working on #7)


My goal is to display and sell these portraits together.


Each portrait is

12 X 16 Acrylic on Canvas


with a separate framed description. 




Here I am, deep in the heart of Texas, I was this gal from California, so desperately trying to “fit in” as a “Texanized” artist. However after awhile, I lost the joy of painting horses and longhorns, my inspirational nymphs vanished and were not to be found until……..…….. I rediscovered my real passion.   


Although, I paint from my imagination, I did so with a critical eye for perfectionism.  The initial idea of what the painting would be was in my head before it was on canvas.


Living in Texas I thought the theme of my paintings being horses, would be good sellers. I had them hanging in local restaurants and galleries.  When they didn’t sell, even at Christmas time, I became discouraged and went into a deep artist depression, ready to just give up painting all together.


I knew of artists who were selling even their abstract art, even here in Texas.  Of course abstract art was painted by those “want to be” artists, who could not draw or paint realism (or so I thought)….  until I decided to try my hand at it just to see if I could sell a piece of art for it’s color and decorator charm.


WOW!  It was a REAL emotional experience for me as the artist!  It was therapeutic, it set me free to discover a freedom of expression that was missing in my painting.  I got raves on some of these paintings and that was reassuring that I was on the right track.

It took some experimenting with different ideas by just letting go of the strict rules that I previously had set for my realism style.  With an attitude of “anything goes” my new mantra became, “just show up and just do it".


My inspirational nymphs have returned and my paintings practically paint themselves.   I am excited about painting!  The paintings now have personality of their own, because I am not judging too critically.  I am having fun!


My new style of Horses more impressionistic now

The message to all would be professional artists is set moodiness aside.Free yourself from too much judgment, start painting and have fun.


Art is Emotional


Why are you attracted to certain piece of art?  


Is it the subject matter, the colors, it would go with your decor, you are a collector of this genre?  It can be one or several of these reasons and yet, something more.


There is an emotional response that speaks to you.  A painting comes from the soul of the artist who painted it as an emotional communcation. It speaks to the emotions and the soul of the viewer and collector.  


When I begin a new painting I have a "feeling" of what I want to paint.  A beautiful face then becomes more than a beautiful face. it becomes the emotional expression attached to the face.  The viewer interprets it from their own emotional response to it.  The face can be identified with it's smile, frown, tears, etc.  



Expressionistic art


Other ways that communicate the emotion, even of a somber expression on the face is to surround it with a certain color to set a mood. Colors relate to moods. 


The mood surrounding this young girl is intended to be melancholy and sadness (blue).  The yellow bubbles represent happiness (bubbles of joy) and sunshine ahead of her.  Thus the title "out of the Blues"