Nov 21, 2015

Apr 29, 2015

"Gracie Girl" Oil on canvas

Still some fine tuning on the way.

Apr 14, 2015

Nov 5, 2014

A Soul Gone Missing

At one time, I had a deviant art account where I posted writings and photography. I followed a number of people that seemed to be interesting. It is amazing how many people have real talent. These people are just wandering about the streets, working as baristas for fry cooks or maybe not working at all, just getting by. But when they open and share some of their creative spirit it is like watching someone turn on a light inside themselves, and they shine. One person I followed shone. She didn’t post that much, but what she posted was good. I was glad I followed her and one day I visited her site with the intention of writing to her and letting her know that I thought she had talent and appreciated it. I found she had posted a journal entry a few days before. It was full of despair, written in the middle of the night. She described her situation as being without money, without friends, and alone. She appeared to feel there was nothing left for her, and the simple act of writing her despair in a journal entry on a social media site was illustrative of how low she had sunk. I wrote to her, but received no reply. Years later, that journal entry is the last evidence of any activity on that deviant art account. This remains one of the saddest experiences I have ever had. August, 30th 2014 @ 22:10 / 34 /

Sep 27, 2014

Because I'm Happy....

Inching closer to the finish line with this one. Yay! There is a fairly new oil color from Sennelier called "Kings Blue" it's gorgeous to experiment with, I think it's reminiscent of the special light violet that J. Lipking uses to cool things down in his portrait paintings. Another exciting new color I added to my palette recently is "Permanent Magenta" a brilliant oil color for flowers. Onward,

Sep 24, 2014

Adding some new artwork in the office!

Wine and Winsor Newton

Keeping company with some beautiful colors and a glass of wine, a great way to wrap up a day of painting!

Sep 23, 2014

Progress on new piece

My new painting "Coleus Leaves" I'm about 3/4 of the way there. 49 x 60 Oil on canvas.

It's Launched! :-)

Just finished launching my new website, so exciting to have a fresh new look! at: Here's a sneek peek!
Study of "The Thinker" oil on canvas 48 x 60

Feb 7, 2014

David's Glance 2

New painting for my husband's office! 48' x 60" oil on canvas. Having fun experimenting with textured backgrounds.

Cat Portrait 1

24" x 24" Oil on canvas. Painted for Animal Samaritans Vet Hospital in Coachella Valley, CA.

My Sweet Angel Pug "Cottie"

Oil on canvas. Painted for the Animal Samaritans Vet Hospital in Coachella Valley, CA.

May 19, 2013

Artistic journey...

A wall in my home that reflects how I've grown over the years as a painter... 
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Apr 26, 2013

Albert Einstein

48 x 60 Oil on Canvas.

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Jun 8, 2012

May 3, 2012

Canvas prepped with Cad Yellow, Cad Red and a Magenta to set a tone.
Early in the process
I think she's done! 40" x 40" oil on canvas. Greg has already claimed her for his office. :-)

Nov 20, 2011

Andrew Wyeth


The Palm Springs Art Museum has an exhibition of Andrew Wyeth's work through Jan. 22, 2012!!
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Palm Canyon Cafe Watercolor

This is an ink and watercolor painting I recently did for Local's Choice Magazine. I'm hoping to complete a few more this month for the restaurant section.
Richard Taylor
has out a few good watercolor books that really show how much fun it can be to experiment with ink & watercolor.
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Nov 7, 2011

Wild Rose 2011


48" x 60" Oil on canvas

Colors I used- Cadmium Red, Cadmium Orange,Alizerson Crimson, and Ultramarine Blue.
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Oct 25, 2011

Little Carrie's Painting


This is an oil painting my Great-Grandfather Charles E. Gooch's first wife Carrie Baker painted back in 1896. They were married in 1896 and moved to the town of Mt. Shasta,CA. which back then was referred to as "Sisson", it sits directly below the mountain on the West side. She became pregnant soon after they wed and died a week after giving birth to a still-born daughter named Mazelli Gooch. Carrie was a very small woman, she taught elementary school and painted in her spare time while living in Lookout, CA.
My 2nd cousin Avis has this painting in her home, I recently visited her and shot a couple photo's of it.
It's quite lovley, I believe the lake in the painting is Lake Siskiyou but I'm not certain of it. In her letters during their courtship; she spoke of how excited she was to be moving to Mt. Shasta to be with him after the wedding.
The last few months of her pregnancy were spent away from him down in Napa Valley, CA. at a health care facility where she died about 11 mos. after they were married.
I have her trunk that she stored her belongings in and which she took with her on horse and buggy to Mt. Shasta, it's a beautiful piece.
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Oct 20, 2011

I Like to Call This My "Gallery Display Dress Rehearsal"


All my current figurative & floral paintings are on display at the Gallery Building- 1090 N. Palm Canyon Main St. in Palm Springs. My talented sister Lisa Stanley helped me set this up! Hopefully I'll be moving to my new location in about 3 weeks, I'm so excited!!
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In Memory of My Sweet Gramma Nettie Hendrix



I painted this Sunflower in pastel for my Gramma Nettie 19 years ago, she grew so many in her yard over the years including this one.
I love her so much and miss her everyday. She was 98 years old and was an incredible woman. She left this place on July 19,2011 at 8:50pm.

"Beannacht" by John O'Donohue

On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
To balance you.

And when your eyes
Freeze behind
The gray window
And the ghost of loss
Gets into you,
May a flock of colors,
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
In the curragh of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life......

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Figure Sketch 18" x24" Conte paper w/ Pastel

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My Spot in Local's Choice 2011 :-)


Coachella Valley Publication
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My Cover Art for Local's Choice Magazine :-)

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Fall Issue

May 23, 2011


Sepia portrait sketch on rives paper.
18" x 24"

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