My career requires that I spend a lot of time in intellectual endeavors, so at the risk of sound cheeky, it is liberating to just let go and let flow. My artistic recreation is probably the only place in my life where I give myself permission to fail, I paint or do stained glass just for the joy of creating. This is my mindful practice, a place of peace and I’m quite proud of the pieces I’ve completed. I am part of an artist group through Alexander Rokoff’s Studio on Mississippi Avenue, he is my artistic mentor and maestro, here is a link to his professional work: Rokoff Studios. Under Alexander’s tutelage I mostly oil paint figures or portraits (human and canine). I did not do a good job of documenting all of these, so I am awaiting photos of those pieces that are residing on the walls of friends.
The following oil painting is of my guitar instructor, Bill Marsh’s baby, Penny a Chihuahua mix rescue. Bill is an amazing guitarist, a relief musician for Pink Martini, a regular guitarist for Edna Vazquez, and an instructor at Willamette University. Then, regardless of all of that, he is just a cool guy and artist. Penny is his studio dog, I bribe her with treats at every lesson. Yes, I am that person.
The oil painting to the right is of Addie (Cocker Spaniel) and Gracie (Golden Retriever), painted for my husband for his birthday. They are his precious baby girls.
The oil painting to the right is of Scout, a Boston Terrier and the pal of Penny below.
The photo to the left is an oil painting of Penny, a friend’s sweet Vizsla. She is a serene lady and Brock’s absolute joy.
The Border-Collie mix below, Miles is also an oil painting, of a beach baby – enjoying a piece of driftwood.
The Wheaten Terrier is of a Stewart. Stewart lived to be 14 years old and at the time of the photo, he was diabetic, deaf, and almost completely blind, but at the Oregon coast, he became the joyful, energetic dog of his youth.
The photo to the left is a painting of Bella, Selah and Andrew Painter’s dog that came to them as a puppy on highway 84. She was abandoned and on the side of the road, when Andrew stopped the car, called to her and true to their gentle, loving natures, she saw they were to be her future, loving home, and immediately came to them.
The pair of dogs to the right, are again of friends’ life companions, two rescue pooches, Piper and Charlie.
The man to the left is of Bruce, a lovely man who lived in North Portland and graciously allowed me to render his portrait in oils before he passed away from cancer.
This unfinished painting below and to the right is Stephanie. I didn’t work fast enough to finish her figure during her posed session. But her relaxed poise comes through even in this initial painting of her. I love her contemplative pose in the old chippendale chair.
This sweet German Shepherd mix is Kona, our friend Bev and Delaney’s little girl.
The dog to the right is of Picolina (little one), my parent’s Italian rescue dog.
The blue heron below is of Fredrick, our resident fishmonger.
The two dogs to the right are Banjo and Bailey, our friends, Chad and Cody’s fur babies.
When I feel like breaking a little glass, I also craft stained glass panels.