Combining Tradition and Art

Combining Tradition and Art

As I work through my week, I realize how so much of what I do is connected to the traditional aspects of art and riding. It all starts with really strong basics. For my art I need a beautifully crafted and prepared floorcloth or mural. I’m not happy unless... read more
Grabbing ideas. Creating designs.

Grabbing ideas. Creating designs.

It’s been a very busy Spring here at the studio. I am very excited to say that several new places (businesses, reps and media outlets) have popped up asking to spread the word about my work. Saying that I feel flattered would be a huge understatement. The... read more
Puppies, Paintings and Ponies

Puppies, Paintings and Ponies

We have a new member of our furry family here at the farm! Last Saturday we picked up the cutest little fluffball and welcomed her into our home. “Devon” was rescued by the Lucy MacKenzie Humane Society. I first laid eyes on her at their Spring Fling... read more
The Wayland Mural

The Wayland Mural

Yesterday, certified wallpaper hanger, Charlie Gilley, and I went to Wayland, Mass and hung a mural on four walls of a 1750s home in Wayland, Massachusetts. This was the final step in a process which started back in October of 2015. Friend of the homeowners and... read more
My Cousin Rufus- The Wall Murals of Rufus Porter

My Cousin Rufus- The Wall Murals of Rufus Porter

I will be presenting an educational session on the murals of my 3rd cousin, 5 times removed, Rufus Porter, at the Old House and Barn Expo this Sunday, March 13 at noon. I will be showing photographs of several Porter murals I’ve personally seen, as well as... read more
Horses: How They Feed My Art and Soul

Horses: How They Feed My Art and Soul

Those who know me know that I’m never very far from a horse. When I was 5, my mother declared that it was time for me to have a pony, and since the day Bluebell arrived, I have always had at least one horse under my care and in my life. At about that same time,... read more
Catching An Idea and Nailing a Design Down

Catching An Idea and Nailing a Design Down

The phone rings. I answer. “I’d like to talk about having you paint something for my home.” And there it starts. I love that very first conversation. It usually comes from somebody having seen my work somewhere. Online. In a magazine. In a... read more
The Hardest Work is the Most Rewarding

The Hardest Work is the Most Rewarding

My expert mural hanger, Charlie Gilley  (of Restoration Painting, LLC) did a wonderful job hanging the Hartland Farm mural this week. This is the seventh project Charlie has hung for me and he always does a fantastic job. He preps the wall the night before and then I... read more
Drawn In: The Hartland Farm Mural

Drawn In: The Hartland Farm Mural

What I love about murals is the way they draw you into a space. When I paint historical scenes, they transport you back in time. When I do a full-room installation, it just wraps around you and carries you away, to a quiet, peaceful place. When somebody asks me to... read more
The Trouble with Floorcloths

The Trouble with Floorcloths

There are a lot of problems with painted canvas floorcloths. The first is that when you decide you want one, you’re faced with that daunting, literally “blank” canvas staring you in the face. It’s not like going to a rug store and picking out... read more

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