This is stand of hollyhocks is one of my all-time favorite paintings. Its fuschia and aqua palette always raises my spirits, and I especially like the little cluster of daisies in the corner. Prints of this image are available.
Tulips in the rain is also one of my favorites. It was completely very quickly, with only the tulip heads allowed to dry before adding stems and the rainy background.
This watery close-up of the crocus blooms invites you to look inside the tiny flower heads. Surely they know that we’ve been watching for them all April.
This loosely-painted bouquet seems almost ready to float away. Again it was painted using a wet-on-wet technique, and then later going in and darkening some of the foliage behind the blooms.
Whenever I see purple irises, I can’t help but think of Monet’s. My close-up version is somewhat looser and reminds me of orchids.
When I look at this piece, I envision a woman picking an armload of colorful blooms that attract her eye and then popping them into a vase every which way–just the way they grow.
Whenever I visit Duluth, MN, I have to stop in Canal Park. One of its features is the restored Endion train station, which operated in the outskirts of the city from 1898-1978, at times servicing six trains a day.
Almost every Minnesota artist eventually depicts this iconic scene of one of our foremost landmarks. The lighthouse sits atop a cliff on the western shore of Lake Superior. During much of its service, supplies had to be sent up the cliffside on a cog rail from the beach below to the isolated keepers above.
This was a favorite destination when I lived in St. Paul, not only for its serenity, but also for the flock of ducks which it hosted–much to my grandchildren’s delight.
Scarlet and ivory tulips lined my rose bed once upon a time. They provided spring color between the flowering of the crocuses and the budding of peonies and roses.
This watercolor was painted after a visit to Preacher’s Grove in Minnesota’s Itasca State Park, one of the few stands left of enormous white pines.