Green, South Dakota Pelicans, and studio-tour-ready!

Green, 30 x 40 in., oil on canvas

I think that’s a plant that makes sand or gravel, but I’m not sure. It’s close to the I-29 entrance to the South of Brookings. If you know what that place is, please let me know.

This painting is an expression of love for color. With Green, I wanted to try using a lot of phthalo blue and green, and then see if I can harmonize around them. I’ve used phthalo a little bit in oil paint (more in watercolor) and love it, but am always nervous of how much it takes over. It’s not really like other colors. In the end, I used a lot of ultramarine blue in the sky and in parts of the grasses and trees, and alizarin crimson in all the highlights.

I feel like a lot more experimentation is necessary, but I’m happy with how this came together – especially the concentration of intense green around and below the horses, and more subtle color elsewhere.


Pelicans!! I love these birds. Pelicans are one of the best midwestern surprises for me.

South Dakota Pelicans, 6 x 12 inches, sold

I started this little painting a few years ago, and it never quite felt finished. I just got it out yesterday, and it turned out it just needed some pure white feathers. This feels very impressionistic to me, and I like that quite a bit… Comments welcome.


My studio is all cleaned up and ready to show! Anyone interested in a studio tour, either in person or virtual, let me know.

Thank you so much to previous collectors who have given me a shout-out on social media!! That means so much to me!! 

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