"Purple Sticky Geranium" - Dye on Silk - 11" x 14" - For Sale - Recent studies discovered that this Montana flower is actually carnivorous.
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"Last Chance at Dusk" - Dye on Silk - 20" x 16" - For Sale - Sometimes the best catch of the day happens as the colors of dusk flood in.
"Riding the Current" - Dye on Silk - 20" x 24" - For Sale - I love to paint fish, and in Montana waters we can see them.
"Bee Power" - 18" x 20" - Sold -This painting was created for a show for the Dana Gallery. The theme was "My Home Town." Power, MT is where I have taught for the last 26 years and the community which has supported myself and my family. The Smoot Honey company is a integral part of the town, and a major contributor to any community needs. Also, bees are important to the health of our environment.
"Rippling Water Whispers" - 11" x 14" - Sold -This is by walks along the small creeks along Going to the Sun Road in Glacier.
"Poppies" - 3 panels of 14" x 18" -Sold- This was painted in honor of our Montana veterans.
"Glacier's Offerings" - 28" x 36" - For Sale -This is by walks along the small creeks along Going to the Sun Road in Glacier as well. This piece was a challenge just because of its size in relation to the detail with the gutta.
"Fall Creek with Elk" - Dye on Silk - 12" x 16" - For Sale- This would be a hunter's dream after hours of hiking and tracking.
"Noble Threat" - Dye on Silk - 28"x 36" - For Sale - Massive animal, not to be messed with.
"Catching Flies at Holter" - Dye on Silk - 20" x 24" - For Sale - A beautiful place to fish
"Little Humming Bird" - Dye on Silk - 8"x 10''- For Sale - Looking forward to these little visitors this summer
"German Wire-haired Hunter" - Dye on Silk - 20" x 24" - For Sale - For the love of dogs and the adventure of the hunt
"Mountain Road" - Dye on Silk - 10" x 18" - For Sale - Adventures up past Augusta, Montana
"Rooster" - Dye on Silk - 8" x 10" -Sold- a welcome partner in the morning
"Pride" - Dye on Silk - 11" x 14" - Sold-For a peacock lover and collector
"Silver Throated Tangara- Costa Rica" - Dye on Silk - 11" x 14" - Sold-For a peacock lover and collector
"Into the Future" - 11" x 14" - Sold-This is inspired by many of the young people in the farming community coming back to run the farm with the love of their lives to start a family.
"Cattails on Freeze Out Lake" - Dye on Silk - 11" x 14" - For Sale - Freeze Out lake by Choteau, MT is a well known habitat for birds and provides beautiful sunset views.
"Lake McDonald" - Dye on Silk - 16" x 20" - Sold - This is shows the lake in early morning pastels. This lake is famous for its rainbow rocks that shine through crystal clear waters.
"Snap of Twig" - 19" x 20" - For Sale - In the Fall it seems the deer all of a sudden become wary. Any other time, they are in the front yard, eating the trees!
"Fire Glow" - Dye on Silk - 8" x 28" - sold- This last summer fire season was fierce. The skies glowed and seemed to carry soot on the wind.
"Northern Lights" - Wall Paint - 24' x 14' - This was a commissioned mural for Mountain Title in Great Falls, MT. Since I had never done a professional mural, I had much to learn. It was a great experience, and allowed me to grow outside my comfort zone.
"Untamed" - Dye on Silk - 20" x 24" - For Sale - This horse challenges the viewer as the storm approaches.
"Western Wood Pewee" - 11" x 14"-Sold-Birds bring the hope of spring.
"Moose Drool" - Dye on Silk - 11" x 14" - For Sale - In Glacier I have seen more moose in June when there is still a lot of snow pack, forcing animals down for fresh grass.
"Cougar" - Dye on Silk - 16" x 20" - For Sale - There have been many sightings of cougars on the plains where I live - Not a cute "kitty."
"Peacock" - Dye on Silk - 8" x 10" - Sold - This was a commissioned piece. The colors work well with the dye, but the detail of the feathers with the gutta is a challenge.
"Bull Rushes at the Lake" - Dye on Silk - 8" x 10" - Sold - Our lakes and wetlands make wonderful habitat for our birds.
"Red Fox" - 8" x 10" - Sold -There are many little foxes around Power where I teach. Lovely to see.
"Little Rocket of the Sky" - 8" x 10" - Sold- Occasionally I see hummingbirds in my yard.
"Bugle Call" - Dye on Silk - 18" x 20" - sold- Elk are one of Montana's majestic treasures.
"A Breath Beyond the Golden Hour" - 8" x 10" - Sold - I love this time of evening in the evening shallows where the birds come to rest.
"Something to Crow About" - Dye on Silk - 11" x 14" - For Sale - Crows are an important part of many cultures in Montana.
"Montana Kill Deer" - Dye on Silk - 11" x 14" - Sold- The call of the killdeer is a comfort when hiking out in the fields of Montana.
"Purple Sticky Geranium" - Dye on Silk - 11" x 14" - For Sale - This little purple flower is a tough beauty of Montana. It is even known to be carnivorous.
"Montana Wolf" - Dye on Silk - 24" x 24" - For Sale - Although wolves are controversial in Montana, they are beautiful creatures.
"Morning Rippling Water" - 8" x 10" -Sold- In Montana I love the transition from the mountains to the plains.
"Meadows at Sunset" - Dye on Silk - These are four panels of 13" x 24" that fit together in an old farm house window - For Sale - This would be a beautiful view from a cabin window.
"Valley Rest" - 11" x 14" - Sold- As we all are isolated in our homes, I dream of summer and hikes in the mountains.
"Horned Owl" - Dye on Silk - 18" x 24" - Sold - Growing up owls were majestic predators.
"Yellow Rumped Warbler" - 8" x 10" - sold -At the tail end of winter, we look forward to little slips of color from Montana's birds.
"Western Tanager" - 11" x 14" - sold -This little bird is a beautiful example of how nature uses complementary colors.
"Canyon Wren" - 8" x 10" - For Sale -This sweet little bird steals my heart with its shot of bright red.
"River Trout" - Dye on Silk - 11" x 14" - Sold- I have been playing more with a mixture of black and clear gutta to create underwater reflections on the fish.
"A Moment Before Winter" - 8" x 10" - For Sale Autumn is my favorite and shortest season in Montana.
"Ruby" - 16" x 20" - Sold-This is a portrait of Ruby, a friend's beloved pet. Would you need a pet portrait?
"Back view of St. Mary's" - Dye on Silk - 11'” x 14'” - For Sale - A fellow hiker shared a photograph of this with me and allowed me to use it for a silk painting.
"Summer Thunder" - Dye on Silk - 23.5" x 27.5" framed and matted - For Sale - I have an affinity for the massive windmills in our area. They are like immense moving modern sculpture. Last summer Nature provided a thunder and lightening storm that roared through Great Falls, MT. A lightening strike literally melted the blades on one of the windmills. I was curious if I could replicate such an effect. I used a pearl gutta to create the lightening.
"White Tailed Eagle" - Dye on Silk - 8" x 10" - Sold - The white tailed eagle is one of the largest eagles in North America.
"Montana Cutthroat" - Dye on Silk - 28"” x 24” - Sold - My son loves fishing and has asked me to explore other species of fish. Playing with the color and light on the rocks continues to be an experinment. I also played with pearl gutta to create a shimmer and shift of light on the scales.
"Quiet Splash" - Dye on Silk - 8" x 10" - Sold - I enjoyed playing with watermarks and clear gutta with this one.
"Montana Red Band Trout" - Dye on Silk - 11'” x 14'” - Sold - This trout was the original Montana trout in the 1800's. As other species were introduced, this trout became more rare, living more in more isolated pools.
"Sunset in the Valley" - Dye on Silk - 11" x 14" - Sold - First Place at Montana State Fair 2018 in Mixed Media - Summer sunsets in Montana can be breathtaking.
"Saint Mary's Lake" - Dye on Silk - Sold - Montana State Fair 2018 permanent collection - 12" x 16" - This is a yearly stop at Saint Mary's Lake for me at Glacier.
"Sunflowers" - Dye on Silk - 8” x 10” - Sold - A dear friend of mine has always loved sunflowers, and she gifted me some for my garden. I was delighted they actually grew.
"Pheasant" - 11" x 14" - For Sale -I have to dodge these colorful birds almost everyday on the way to work.
"Cloud Shadows on Autumn Creek" - Dye on Silk - 11" x 14" - Sold - Montana has extreme seasons. One of my favorites is Fall, although it is short and glorious.
"Bluebird" - Dye on Silk - 11” x 14” -Sold- This year my trees were full of chattering birds. When fall cleared the leaves, I could spy many of the birds and their intricate nests.
"Fawn at Dawn" - Dye on Silk - 14'” x 18'” - Sold- I cannot wait for the new births of spring.
"Spring Hummingbird" - Dye on Silk - 11" x 14" - sold - Hummingbirds are common visitors in my front yard in the summer.
"Daffodils" - Dye on Silk - 11'” x 14'” - Sold- As winter in Montana drags on, I so look forward to the first flowers of spring.
"Aurora Borealis" - Dye on Silk - 22'” x 28'” - Sold - I had wanted to try a pattern I already had in brighter colors. While painting I spilled an entire bottle of neon green dye, so I quickly decided I would make the Northern Lights!
"Morning Blush" - Dye on Silk - 12'” x 36'” - Sold - First Place at Montana State Fair 2017 in Mixed Media- I love being in the mountains early in the morning.
"Montana Vista" - Dye on Silk - 11” x 14” - Sold - I painted this picture from a reference photo taken by Jason Olthof of Mountain Man Photography. He is an avid hiker, and I appreciate the views he captures.
"Fall Trees in the Park" - Dye on Silk - 11” x 14” - Sold - The fall trees in the parks this year in Great Falls were beautiful this year.
"Autumn Creek" - Dye on Silk - Sold - Fall view auctioned at Paris Gibson Museum of Art.
"Montana Trout" - Dye on Silk - 34” x 29” - Sold - Nearly 20 years ago I did some art work involving underwater habitats for Fish Wildlife and Parks. I recently decided to revisit the topic of underwater wildlife. I also played with clear gutta to create the dapples on the trout and the rocks.
"Montana Elk" - Dye on Silk- 22" x 18" framed and matted - Sold - Here I wanted to play with the cool colors balanced between top and bottom. I also tried a pearl gutta to create some texture on the Elk's fur. Elk are iconic wildlife in Montana.
"Montana Elk" - Dye on Silk - 16" x 20" - Sold (Quick Finish)- On the Front Range near Choteau, Montana, the elk are on the move as hunting season begins.
"Hidden Lake" - Dye on Silk - 14" x 18" - Sold - This is a tribute to Hidden Lake in Glacier and its beauty. Seeing parts of Glacier charred this summer was very emotional for me.
"Caballos" - Dye on Silk - 21" x 28" - Sold- A friend took a photo of these two, and I wanted to see how the gutta would work for details of horsehair and how the dye would work on their bone structure.
"Red Barn" - Dye on Silk - 8" x 18" -Sold - I love fall in Montana as well as old buildings who have stories to tell.
"Summer Lilies" - Dye on Silk Scarf (Which can be hung, framed, or worn) - Only a segment shown here - 52" x 7.5" - Sold - This piece was painted at the Montana State Fair during demonstrations. I referenced orange lilies from my garden.
"Mountain Ram" - Dye on Silk - 16" x 20" - Sold - I have been working on "controlling" watermarks in evening skies as well as shading on wildlife.
"Untamed" - Gutta on Silk - 20" x 24" - Sold at Quick Finish at Shadows of the Past - This piece is gutta only and went to the quick finish to dye. I have had requests for prints in the black and white form and can do that. This pose reminds me of trying to train horses as a teenager. Often my horse said, "I don't think so!"
"Pura Vida" - Dye on Silk Scarf - Partial View - 8" x 60" - Sold - My grandmother had lived in Costa Rica for about 20 years, and I recently was able to travel there myself. I fell in love with the bright sticking of the locals and tried to duplicate the look in silk. "Pura Vida" is also a friendly universal phrase from Costa Rica. It means Pure Life.
"Montana Wheat" - Dye on Silk Scarf - 8" x 60" - Sold - I find ripe wheat against Montana Sky beautiful and peaceful.
"Summer Daisies" - Dye of Silk Scarf (which can be hung, framed, or worn)- 52" x 8" - Only section shown - Sold, - I was demonstrating silk painting at the Montana State Fair, so I quickly grabbed some daisies from my garden to reference. I love silk painting for its vibrancy and intense color. This image was chosen for Colors of Fall advertising.
"Back of Bridger Bowl" - Dye on Silk - 8" x 10" - Sold - This is a place my son loved to explore while attending college in Bozeman, Montana.
"Undaunted by Hail" - Dye on Silk - Sold - Lewis and Clark Foundation sponsored a competition for artists to compete to create a kite to represent our city and show in a traveling exhibit throughout the country. The design for the 10ft kite needed to be based on journal entries of Lewis and Clark from our area. I enjoyed reading the journals, and one involving a story of hunting near a butte while surviving a hail storm with large hail inspired my design. I was thrilled to win the commission. See the silk painting process page to see how the kite progressed from start to finish.
"Serenity at Sunset" - Dye on Silk- 11" x 14" - Sold - This is a smaller version of an asymmetrical design with a wolf, a controversial animal in Montana.
"Golden Harvest" - Dye on Silk - 11" x 14" - Sold - In Autumn the edges of the wheat fields near Power, Montana have random wheat stalks standing tall after missing the blade of the combine.